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Old 28th January 2005, 01:35 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a design for a powered full-range speaker for use as a monitor at home for DJ practicing.

Audiophile quality isn't required.

There are a lot of commercially available units, but they all seem rather expensive for what they are. I'm sure it must be possible to construct a viable alternative for a fraction of the price.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Old 28th January 2005, 01:48 AM   #2
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The hardest part will be selecting the drivers and cabinets for bass reproduction. Get some woofers, horn tweeters, slap together some bridgeclones, throw them in some 3/4" MDF boxes, add grilles, crossovers, carpet and handles and you're done.
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Old 28th January 2005, 02:00 AM   #3
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Depending on your needs, it's pretty hard to beat systems like KRK Rockits ( http://www.krksys.com/v3/rokit.asp) or Behringer Thruths on price. Both have optional subs.
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Old 28th January 2005, 07:11 AM   #4
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I heard the Behringers and I thought the M-Audio's were better for the same money. For not much more, the Yorkvilles are very good. But, all this may still be too expensive for DJ practice.

I think what get's built/bought depends on what's already hooked up in the system. A sub/sat would be about right. Use full-range Tangbands for the sats, cross around 150Hz to a 10-inch sub. If you don't have an amp, then build them active. Should give enough impact to make it feel club-like.

What ever you do, don't run them clipping, that's just bad form, and sadly typical. In most cases, DJ's can run their system 3dB below "normal" and most clubkids would never even notice. Save wear and tear on the shut-down circuits and much of the groaning as people wait for the system to power up again.

If you're practising, why not just use your cans? Are you just looking for a cheap system that will play house parties? If so, then get a pair of good used studio monitors and build yourself a big transmission line sub. If you have amps, use them... if not, go active.

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Old 28th January 2005, 09:49 AM   #5
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If you're practising, why not just use your cans?

Doesn't quite cut it.
Yes one can hear what's playing in one side and what's to be mixed in the other (if the mixer allows) but it sucks IMHO.
Usually a thumping bass line needs to heard as well as felt while mixing. To be honest I've never mixed while the sound was at low volumes.
Also don't believe little inefficient fullranges are going to cut it even with a 10" sub.
Apexjr has some fullrange amp plates one could pair with some high efficiency drivers.

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Some Selenium 15" co-ax action might be in order.
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Old 3rd February 2005, 04:27 PM   #7
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Those Seleniums sure went up in popularity when the price dropped. Mine are on the way.

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Old 3rd February 2005, 06:39 PM   #8
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The reason they are a good option is that they come with a passive x-over on the back, so the only thing left is the LF alignment. You could use it performing too and probably add a matching sub when the need arises.
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No DJ, just a little student radio that ended last fall. The university station is fairly well equipped. Bryston 2B driving EV Sentry 100.

It is difficult to suggest what to do if you don't provide a budget.

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Old 14th February 2005, 06:50 PM   #10
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Default you go boy!

Get the selenium coax 15 and the plate amp from PE.
That will land you at 400 in amps and drivers.add another 50 in nice plywood and hardware you have a system that you could take to the club od your friends party.
You can not find a better deal,even on ebay.
You will be everyones friend with that setup.If you want to be even cheaper get some 12 inch seleniums and piezos but you wont get as many groupies.Or bass for that matter.
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