I'm introducing the Mini Dinas here. Want to give you guys some ideas of the trials I've had while building these. So here's my first design. The thought was to make it a boenicke W5 clone. But the more I researched that speaker, I quickly realized I did not want to clone it. I'll go more detail later. I got a few measurements and I'm honestly not impressed with the FE It has a really weird response. But here are the test enclosures in the original design. I tested everything and created a crossover, which was a lot more complex than it should be.
Once I designed the crossover, I built these enclosures. But there were two problems, The first was the first crossover I created just dipped down a little too low in the impedance for mini desktop amplifiers to handle.
That was fine with something like a ice power amplifierwould I envision most people using something more like the SMSL that I recently reviewed. The second problem, was when you gave it significant power you did have chuffing at certain frequencies. No it was rare, but it was definitely audible. In order to combat that, I decided to widen the enclosures a little which would give me more room to make a taller port.
This did make a big difference, but it still hasn't gotten rid of it completely. I'm going to be trying at least one more enclosure, but this one with passive radiators. The cost will go up, but I'm hoping for a much better sound.
The only issue that I'm still debating is whether to switch out the full range driver. I'm thinking of switching to the RS It'll match the radiators better and honestly I think it will sound a lot better as well. Especially since I haven't really been that happy with the FE The look I'm considering is one passive radiator on the front and one on the rear. The speaker will need two passive radiators. The way that would look, would almost be like a tweeter up top with a mid-range underneath it and then a subwoofer on the side.
At least not the way that it's currently designed. I would have to make some changes to the volume in order for it to work properly. Right now it's all theoretical and whether it's going to work anyway. So I plan to build some enclosures hopefully next week to see how it works. These look promising. The idea of the Dina's I loved but the real estate was something I didn't have.
Are these aimed at HT or a desktop setup? How about the driver you used in the Reveal line or the PS95? I suppose we'll just have to see when Toid has finished. This is more assumed for the desktop. With only a full-range driver handling the highs, your off-axis suffers. Still pretty good for a desktop unit. Any ideas as to driver you're going to use to replace the full range driver? Won't adding a passive radiator increase the size of the box even if you're just allowing for the physical dimensions of the radiator?HiVi - DIY 3.
Currently unavailable. The kit is complete with everything you need included. I've built several kits, and by far, this kit is off the charts when it comes to value.
The total price of the parts is way more than the kit itself. The MDF cabinet is very very solid, and fit is clean and precise, but it does take some effort to align all of them together. I can see why they went with miter cuts, but it does make it a bit harder to use clamps. So take your time in assembling this, and not rush. Use a glue that takes a bit longer to set. This way, you can keep setting the panels, and then tighten the clamps.
Assembling the cross over is a breeze, and i loved how easy they've made it to mount the See All Buying Options. In Stock. I bought this as a present for my 12 year old son to build. He has some experience soldering and enjoys it, but I did need to assist him a little to build it - here are some issues we found: -The instructions with it were incomplete - there were no instructions for assembling the speaker 'shell', aka cabinet; but if you understand and enjoy Chinglish, and can read a schematic, you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out the electronics assembly.
I did this part. They should deliver the boards with this part already mounted - The only possibly tricky thing about assembling the 'shell' was identifying where the wires went through, so here it is. There is an enlarged slot on the Add to cart. My son loves this speaker! My kits were incomplete. Both were missing a headphone cable to plug in near the end of the build. I overcame this by soldering an additional 3 wires in from what I had laying around.
I like the product and it was a good experience for my children. I recommend also having the detail soldering completed as an option for lesser experienced buyers. I love these I installed them into a portable bluetooth speaker and they gave it sub levels of bass and the simplest things in the world to install they are going into every future build. Nice kit, very easy build. Anyone with basic soldering and electronic skills should be able to assemble this. My 9 year old son soldered this kit together with minimal assistance.Sincewe at Vanatoo have proven ourselves over and over again as the go-to choice if you're looking for the best performance at affordable pricing.
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Whoa; Daft. So please give our speakers a try. And if you don't, you can send them back within 30 days for a full refund. See our audition policy for more details. These ended up becoming my primary set. I thought the LSR's sounded good until I put these on my desk. They're that good. Simply unreal detail and imaging. I hear so much more with these. The LSRs are only a tiny bit better in the bass dept, reaching a little lower.
But add ANY sub to the T0's and you'd be missing nothing. For the cutting-edge level of technology incorporated into these, I consider them an absolute bargain. For example, each speaker is bi-amped. For a desk, they're perfect. If trying to fill a full room with sound, these may fall short, not getting quite loud enough for impactful listening from across the room. I also added the small IsoAcoustics stands to the setup, raising them up by about 3.
I needed something with small size and big full sound for my small studio to monitor my Yamaha DTX e-drum kit. I also monitor a Nord Drum 3P through these speakers.The speaker is based on a compact subwoofer design, to which they added a midrange and external top-mounted tweeter unit.
They also added a plate amp to each enclosure with extensive control over bass levels and crossover, allowing end-users the ability to customize the sound somewhat.
The result was impressive. The speaker drivers and electronics are available from Parts Express. The Klipsch looked pretty snazzy in its piano black finish, and it was matched up with some equally attractive gear from Cambridge Audio.
Outside of the designated entry-level rooms, there were quite a bit of affordable audio options to be found. They were big, clear, and dynamic, and sounded good with the music selection. I would love to hear them at my house with some of my test tracks. You should subscribe to New Record Dayby the way, Ron knows stuff! They were running with Primare Electronics, and while I loved the mids, the low end seemed a little thin to me.
Probably because they were so far out into the room. Again I really want to get these in my listening space!
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The EVO sounded pretty good to me, so much that I actually stopped and listened to a few songs. The sound was nice and balanced from what I heard, and I would love to spend some more time with them. They also looked good in their wood veneer. As I wrote last week, KLH is back! The company has a new owner, and they are jumping back into hi-fi in a big way.
I could see why they have gotten so many great reviews! This Scottish Brand started by former Tannoy employees has made a lot of fans across the pond, and now we will finally get them here.
They will be distributed by The Sound Organisationwho is working on building out the dealer network. The 35XTi is part of the new Motion lineupit has some cosmetic upgrades and tweaks crossover, driver that are said to improve the sound over the previous generation. It was dubbed the Hifiguides. They had a ton of speakers on display, including the Ohm Walsh that you can barely see in my pic over in the far left cornerwhich was running when I was in there.
Zeos has professed his love for that speaker in the past, and I must say it sounded good that way. They probably had more headphones than the headphone room on the 3rd floor! You must be logged in to post a comment. Skip to content April 15, Search for:.Near the bottom of this page are the older speaker projects that use drivers which are dnow iscontinued.
Last update: 1 September The speaker projects are listed chronologically.
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For more DIY projects, use the navigation menu on the left side of the page. Last update 1 September Once again Mark tries on the Fostex FEEn high sensitivity fullrange driver, but this time the end result is a large elaborate back-loaded horn loudspeaker.
The speaker cabinet plans are from the FEEn driver datasheet. The horn loudspeaker cabinets are made from 21 mm thick pine plywood and use a single FEEn fullrange driver and no crossover. Australian beeswax is used on the outside of the horn cabinet and heavy cedar oil was applied to the mouth of the horn.
Mark reports that the horn speakers can draw an extremely accurate soundstage, sound excellent and have lead to a whole new listening experience with Paris, a 2. This open baffle speaker project is simple to build and uses low cost speaker components. The project was inspired by the "Big Air" open baffle system by Jim Strasser. Bruce indicates that the speakers have an excellent overall sound but cautions that open baffle speakers systems are "bi-polar" and not for everyone.
The enclosure is a 6. The loudspeakers use a single Fostex FEEn fullrange driver with no crossover circuit. The speakers work well as nearfield monitors and combined with a subwoofer the speakers can be used for home theater duties.
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The speaker box plans are from the datasheet that was supplied with the drivers. The loudspeakers use a single Fostex FEEn fullrange driver and no crossover. The two chamber box design extracts good bottom end from these low displacement drivers.
The speakers will be used in a home theater so for a non-reflective finish the speaker enclosures are painted with a undercoating paint for a stipple like finish and flat black paint. Mark reports that the speakers are an excellent mate for use with his 2. The 2-Way crossover uses a 3rd order Butterworth filter at 4 kHz with an impedance correction circuit.After we talked about it, we decided to give this speaker a lot of bass and the end user a lot of control.
So we picked out an amplifier that allows the end user to change the variable crossover on the subwoofer and the volume of the subwoofer and the rest of the speaker independently.
It is really a very powerful bookshelf speaker. Here are some videos about them and the parts we used. I am very impressed with the DIAS design.
I did slightly modify the design. It could also weaken the frontpanel? Still 2 questions. It is not quite clear to me how to connect the speakers to the Lepai. You have a left and right audio input.
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Do I use one of them? I could solder them together mono and connect the subwoofer to the subconnector, the Dayton to the left speakeroutput and the tweeter to the right speakeroutput with capacitor. Would that be the way of doing it?? You connect both the midwoofer and the tweeter to either the left or right terminal. One of the terminals will be left empty.
The value of the capacitor is int he plans. If you are unsure you are getting the right capacitor, open up the plans. The plans have the value of the capacitor as well as a link to purchase the exact one I used at the top of the second page.
I hope this helps. I downloaded the build plan. Thank you. You connect both the tweeter and the dayton to one terminal. You coud solder the left and right inputs together. Sorry bothering you again.
I red that you connect the tweeter and the subwoofer with reverse polarity. This seems very odd! Why is this? It would be best to do this in the forum, so other people can get this out.Basically, you can get great sounding speakers at a low price. Plus if you enjoy woodworking and some electronics, then it can be an enjoyable hobby. Update: The quality of cheaper speakers has improved over the past couple of years, but there has also been a shift away from larger drivers in order to save on cost - the cost of a large woofer, the cost of the extra wood to build a box to hold the larger driver, and the cost of shipping a heavier speaker - up to pounds per speaker.
Most speaker manufacturers both low and high end have shifted to systems with drivers 6. Subwoofers themselves are not a problem. The assumption many people make is that a single subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room because low bass is omnidirectional.
The sound waves produced by the sub start out directed away from the driver, but the 50' long waves will reflect off the walls of the room many times so that it is near impossible to determine what direction the sound is coming from.DIY Speaker With Subwoofer Hits Down to 35 Hz! - DINAS - Active Bookshelf Speakers Collab w/ 123Toid
So there is no need for expensive large woofers in your main speakers. Since subwoofers are usually self powered you don't need as powerful an amplifier for your main speakers either. The problem is that subwoofers only appear to be omnidirectional for the very low bass frequencies - maybe 80 or Hz and lower.
It takes a very good 6. Without it, you will either have a gap in the system response between your main speakers and your subwoofer or you sub will need to produce higher frequencies that can be perceived as directional. Build a box, cut a couple of holes, throw in some speakers, and wire them together. Well, it is almost that simple, but also much more complicated. You can make an OK sounding system by doing this and it could be done in less than a day.
To do it right, you should spend some time with speaker selection, finding drivers that work well together. The box must be built to a specific size, possibly with multiple chambers. The box must be braced to the point that when the bass hits, the only thing in the room not vibrating is the speaker box.
A well-designed crossover is also necessary so that each driver can perform optimally. With your basic 2-way system, you have a tweeter and a mid-range speaker. A 2-way system will not produce very deep bass, although a good mid can provide more bass than you would expect. A 3 or more way system adds a woofer for full bass response. You really start to save money when building a 3-way speaker system. If you are an experienced builder with the right testing equipment using high end components, then a 2-way system might be right for you.
I have seen prebuilt 2-way boxes and premade crossovers that could make building a 2-way system very easy. The boxes were made of plywood, were stapled together, and were unfinished. Sometimes, cheaper wood is acceptable for a speaker system that doesn't have a powerful woofer.
This could be the answer if you were looking for a cheap simple speaker, but then why are you building one at all? The problem is that the box and crossover haven't been specifically designed for your speakers. The box size and crossover point must match what the drivers are designed for. Attempting to use Off-The-Shelf parts like this will result in a speaker that sounds like crap.