$100 – $500
Wanted floorstanders and figured I could build some – longtime dream, finally realised! Used online calculators for speaker volume, crossover, bass tube and basic carpentry and soldering skills to put it all together. Great learning experience.
Unique floorstanders that would both look and sound good.
HiVi M5N 5″ Midbass #297-417
HiVi Q1R 1-1/8″ Textile Dome Tweeter #297-417
Own design based upon speaker volumes calculated online and recommended by the PE product pages
MDF (never again!), cut to size, with speaker cutouts using a router. Wanted to be able to disassemble easily to access drivers, so box design much more complicated than it needs to be.
Used the very awesome XSim to select the components and make a custom crossover.
Tips & Tricks:
Keep it simple. My original speaker design was too complex, looked great on paper, but gave many headaches in the actual build process. Have the right tools.
Won’t use MDF again – too much dust that gets everywhere. My second set will be all wood.
Sounds good but amp specific – FX Audio amp delivers good sound across the whole range, very good mid, decent treble and bass – the M5N is a very good driver I think. Using a home built gainclone (another project) loses quite a bit of the bass.
I learned a lot of how not to do the next set – don’t over complicate the box, it makes it very difficult to build, and get the right tools – long straight edges are difficult (I now have a table saw).
As a learning experience, it taught me a lot – the next one will be better and quicker as a result.
About the Designer:
Complete amateur, general manager by day, family man all other times – hope to teach my kids that there is value in “I made that!”, which makes it fantastic, no matter what.
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