$500 – $1,000
These satellite speakers were designed for use on my desk where space is at a premium and listening volumes are low.
At present I am running them with a Logitech subwoofer, but eventually I will build a matching sub with USB DAC (to run off my computer), DSP and amp.
The design goals were:
– Very small footprint
– Look awesome
– Great mid to high frequency sound
The design goals were NOT:
– High volume
– Deep bass (the sub will do that from under my desk)
They use AuraSound NS2-326-8AT drivers with the mounting tabs sanded off and glued in place.
Closed box design
They are made from stacked layers of CNC-routed MDF and covered in walnut veneer. The mounting brackets are polished aluminium.
Connection is via flush mounted banana plug sockets with laser etched positive terminal indication.
Tips & Tricks:
My top tip: receive and measure the drivers before getting the CNC cutting done (rather than going by the spec sheet)! I had to make some slight modifications to accommodate the wiring and the holes in the brackets for the drivers are slightly too large.
Overall they sound great over the mid to high frequency range and have great imaging. With a sub, they make a great, small footprint desktop system.
About the Designer:
Former automotive engineer and tinkerer, now entrepreneur and tinkerer.
AuraSound NS2-326-8AT, Part # 296-252
Custom machined and bent aluminium brackets
Custom CNC routed 12mm thick MDF pannels
Banana plug sockets