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Old 10-09-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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Anyone build their own speakers? I've taken on a project and am looking forward to the finished product. So far I've put the crossover together and am getting ready to build the cabinet, then I'll order the drivers and other components. The build I'm trying is called Dr. K's MTM. I did some research and a lot of people say to build someone else's tried and true design, then move onto more personalized builds. I'll probably build a few other people's designs before I try my own, just to get my ear and experience at a comfortable level. I'm ordering my crossover components, drivers, and other hardware (connectors, etc.) from parts-express.com. I'm not doing it to make money, just a hobby. Anyone ever give it a try or are actively building their own speakers?

Dr. K's MTM build: http://www.parts-express.com/project...mtm/index.html

Second crossover complete (disregard the burn mark, was already there):

Not the prettiest thing (not much soldering experience) and this is my first build (gotta start somewhere).


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I've been wanting to build some for the longest time, just no time or effort availble since I want them to be top notch. I love Parts-Express, I really like to see what others have built. Have you seen the one that was a huge tower made of transducers instead any woofers. It had like a 100 of them on there, so many that they were able to reproduce some actual lows, not bass per say like a sub, but a good bottom end
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$700 plus shipping for 2 speaker w/ some assembly required?

I can't imagine most listeners could tell the difference between this and a nice pair of factory speakers you could buy for half that price.

It's a cool project, but I am not sure I understand the cost to benefit ratio....
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I can't imagine most listeners could tell the difference between this and a nice pair of factory speakers you could buy for half that price.

It's a cool project, but I am not sure I understand the cost to benefit ratio....
I'm not sure how it all adds up, but at least this way I get to do it over time, and don't have to drop the money on a factory pair in one go. Also, I didn't pick the cheapest build, I picked one that was fully tested to be very well designed. The crossover for this design is also quite expensive and complex in comparison to others. Some say a less complex crossover, others say a more refined one. I just saw it and decided it was the design I wanted to go with. I'm expecting a lot from these when they're complete, hopefully I'm not disappointed.

I'm not going to buy their boxes/cabinets, they're just too expensive. I'm going to price having a local carpenter do them, or do them myself (I'm undecided).

From what I've read you only save about $100-$200 building them on your own. However, these designs have been put through rigorous sound tests, I would even go as far to say they've tested their designs more than most manufacturers. However, again, I'm doing it as a hobby.

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Have you seen the one that was a huge tower made of transducers instead any woofers.
Haven't seen that one, sounds like quite the setup.
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I have a set of home speakers that I assembled myself. 8" DVC JL Audio 8W6 (first series, God those things are going on about 18 years old!!!) and a set of horn drivers for the mids and highs. The 8's run up to about 200HZ and the horns take it from there. A few coils and caps with soft 12db/oct on subs and 24 db/oct cuts on the highs. Not impressive, just simple. Time to recover the grills, they're looking a little ratty after a few moves. I'll post pics soon, I just took them to my renovation house for music while I work. Once the renovation is over maybe I'll recover them. I've built several sets of home speakers for people over the years. It's fun to make wave drive boxes, those are my favorite because they're H U G E ! ! ! and louder than all get out.
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Honestly speaking, a quality head unit can give you the option of setting xover points eliminating the need for a passive xover. But I would personally use a cap for tweeter protection going that route.

This said, it would be a bunch of fun doing your own set up. But only use quality parts in your xovers. Madisound is another great site as well.
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Hey just browsing the forum and found this! I build my own subs and take parts and mix and match them to make huge power handling subwoofers. Recently bought two lanzar opti1232ds that were blown and reconed them with jl w7 voice coils. Having these subs run at 500 watts a piece I hit a 149.7 with both doors open in term lab sealed was a 147.4. I haven't perfected 6x8's 6x9's.
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Pics?

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I can try and find a few on my computer later today but my subs are installed already so I can't really show you any pics of the motor unless I took it out, but I'll get a few up later
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