Australian Army Speaker Box
$100 – $500
A portable, powerful and clear sounding speaker that fits inside a standard 5.56 Australian military ammo container
To create something that doesn’t only look like it came from the military but for it to perform like it does too! Symmetrical, tough, and durable.
Dayton Audio RS100-4 4″ Reference Full-Range Driver 4 Ohm
Part # 295-378
Dayton Audio ND16FA-6 5/8″ Soft Dome Neodymium Tweeter
Part # 275-025
The container has roughly 6L of airspace and the two main drivers required roughly 3L of airspace. Adding the batteries, mounts for the Amp and battery pack, wires, port, dampening material, two crossovers and the interface dish roughly reduced the airspace to just under 3L.
Because everyone everywhere who knows anything about speaker design will tell you that building a speaker out of metal is a terrible idea, I decided to line as much of the inside as I could with timber and sound dampening material. Leaving very little metal exposed helped with reducing reverberation, and I still got to keep the rugged look of a freaking ammo container!
A side note. I never actually took a photo of the container with the dampening material inside, but fill it with as much as possible keeping in mind that air need to pass through it and the more you add the less total volume you have and you might actually be decreasing the performance of your speaker and over dampening it.
Tips & Tricks:
Being my first build I got some help online. Kirby Meets Audio on youtube supplied me with a crossover design, for a price. Parts express have a rather older video on youtube about putting together a DIY crossover which helped heaps. I managed to build the crossover but I’m not sure I entirely understand how or why it worked. Beginners luck?
The low pass should be 1300HZ and the high pass should be 4000HZ, both a 2nd-order Chebyshev. But those are just numbers and words to me.
In conclusion I would recommend doing more measuring, and maybe reading a book or two about sound engineering before diving in again. Learn from my mistakes and optimise this design. It does sound amazing, but it might also sound better if I knew more.
About the Designer:
My name is John and I’m an industrial bread baker and packer. I have little to no experience in electronics and I’m just a general nerd who is into PC gaming and general tech. I’ve had over 5 years on and off experience in timber work projects and i’m not a newbie when it comes to tools and crafting in general.
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