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Old 25th December 2017, 09:43 PM   #11
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Ok, if you talk about cost it may be different.
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Old 25th December 2017, 10:08 PM   #12
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I have always designed my own cabinets.
Some were built with little or no knowledge.
Bang them in a box and see how they sound.
I built a couple of speaker cabinets for a mobile disco.
I put two Fane 12-50WRMS speakers in each box.
They sounded good and were very loud.

My latest project was a Fane speaker in a folded horn box.
That is my favourite speaker looks wise and sound wise.
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Old 26th December 2017, 12:00 AM   #13
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If you are into single driver (FullRange) or WAW (Woofer Assited Widerange) the offerings by “brand” speakers are VERY sparse & usually quite pricey (or cheap Bluetooth). And there is a huge number of proven designs of all shapes & sizes.

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Old 26th December 2017, 01:49 AM   #14
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Oh I love the sound of those systems. I've built a set of them. 2*2 watt satellites in over-damped TL going flat down to 200Hz. Assisted by a 60 watt sealed subwoofer to give it enough punch.
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Also, IMHO the feeling of have created something is a must and it gives you a better idea of how universe works, believe it or not!
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:53 AM   #15
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Also, IMHO the feeling of have created something is a must and it gives you a better idea of how universe works, believe it or not!
I agree especially nowaday when kids just spend time on computers. Make sure once created not taken away by some other people.
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Old 26th December 2017, 06:33 AM   #16
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If its reasonable to build your own speakers today depends. Building speakers
is a think of knowledge and experience. If you have none it can easily end in
frustration and money thrown out of the window. Its probably better to build
a construction from a well known DIYer like Gravesen example.
For starters the Scan Speak or Seas 3W-Classic`s are nice and not to expensive.

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Old 26th December 2017, 01:28 PM   #17
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@dvjorge: it depends, if you have no tools at home & you are looking at small speakers, I would recommend you buy off-the-shelf speakers. I found that common book-shelf brand speakers are cheap & good.

If you have spare time and tools, building speakers is quite a joyful experience. And depends on your skill, the result can be very satisfying at a fraction of the cost of brand speakers. If you have no experience at all, I would recommend a pair of full range speaker drivers and an appropriate horn cabinet to start with.
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Old 26th December 2017, 02:41 PM   #18
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I tried the diy speakers and enclosures too, but I gave up. It's not that easy, cabinets are not cheap to build( of course if you want nice ones), drivers are not cheap , crossovers are not cheap. And my problem was that I was not sure about what I was doing is 100% correct. Measurements are always tricky , walls , rooms , furniture etc .If you really want diy speakers you could try the kits from meniscus, Madisound or parts express, or others.
So I gave up, but I always can improve my retail speakers, better caps and better coils , better resistors, but the best improvement would be the active crossover.
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Old 26th December 2017, 02:53 PM   #19
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I agree somewhat but if you do your research and take it slow it can be fun , I heavily modified some ElectroVoice status 50 's and made my center channel from scratch. Here's a pic . That center is massive weighs about 60 kg is a 3 way crosses with an LR2 @ 450 Hz and 3800 Hz has a Lpad on the mids.
The enclosure is heavily braced lined with felt and stuffing and is a sealed unit.

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Old 26th December 2017, 04:05 PM   #20
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I tried the diy speakers and enclosures too, but I gave up. <snip>
If you have access to a CNC machine, it would save you a lot time. I made my first horn speaker in a day (excluding the research time & drawing time).

Two/Three-way system requires expertise that may scare off newcomers.

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