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Old 08-23-2003, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to build a speaker....not car!

I asked a while ago where to find replacement woofers. Now I got looking into some of the stuff out there, and I was wondering if anyone had a website, book, or first hand knowledge about how you go about building yourself some actual speakers.
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Old 08-23-2003, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a good question, I would like to make some custom dorm room speakers

I imagine lots of duct tape
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Old 08-23-2003, 09:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you me the actual raw speaker? Or like a 3way tower with a woofer midrange and tweeter? If your talking raw frame, it's a bitch to do...
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Old 08-24-2003, 01:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, im thinking the tower. Actually buy the woofers and all. Just dimesnions, construction methods, wattages , etc.

Not necesarily a tower, but I did want to build two of those, and like four other smaller speakers with just one 8 inch woofer, and a tweeter in them.
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Old 08-24-2003, 07:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, I will start you off with a tip. A cube is the worst possible speaker enclosure because of the reflections in the cabinet. Rectangles are pretty standard and work well.

To deaden the inside of the cabinet a bit, try putting in insulation (the kind used in the walls of houses) or foam (like from a sleeping pad).
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Old 08-24-2003, 08:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have some information on speaker enclosures (Enclosure Info), but its mainly based around car subwoofers.
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Old 08-25-2003, 06:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Id like to try that too, I have four huge speakers but theyre just that speakers only. I dont know jackshit about woodworking.
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Old 08-25-2003, 02:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What about materials? Plywood? Partical Board (OSB)?
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Old 08-29-2003, 10:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Partical board works well, or if you feel like spending more you could do something like oak or walnut.
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Old 08-30-2003, 12:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I got into trying to do this and you will spend less money just buying some. If your going for a custom job then you don't want directions because then it wont be custom...
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Old 08-30-2003, 02:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was just looking for a general outline,....Cheaper to just buy em eh??

If so, this is the first project that was ever cheaper to buy then make.

But if you say so...I may have to just buy some.
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Old 09-06-2003, 08:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok for all the info...and parts and crossovers you can assemble yourself... www.partsexpress.com has to be one of the best sites around.......they will give you any info...from wood to use and how the box should be shaped, or www.madisound.com has pretty sweet individual components...which you can make a hell of a speaker system for home with. It is cheaper if you know how to do it and you want something totally custom and very sweet sounding.
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Old 09-07-2003, 04:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks man. Im pretty good with the old hands. And I love anything custom. I think Ill check it out. Ill be sure to let you know how I make out if I ever get around to actually making it happen.
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Old 09-09-2003, 03:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Try this link for a whole kit. Good stuff.

http://www.bottlehead.com/straight%208/straight_8.htm

Only $650 for the kit, or $35 for the plans.
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks juju. Those look like some kick ass speakers. And for a first time builder having plans is nice...
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