Desktop satellite speakers

Desktop satellite speakers

Shannon Ley

Project Category:
Bookshelf Speakers

Project Level:

Project Time:
20+ Hours

Project Cost:
$500 – $1,000

Project Description:
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.

Design Goals:
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)

Driver Selection:
They use AuraSound NS2-326-8AT drivers with the mounting tabs sanded off and glued in place.

Enclosure Design:
Closed box design

Enclosure Assembly:
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.

Parts Used:
AuraSound NS2-326-8AT, Part # 296-252
Custom machined and bent aluminium brackets
Custom CNC routed 12mm thick MDF pannels
Walnut veneer
Banana plug sockets



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  1. 2

    Fantastic and really outstanding work! I’m a really fan of stacking casing concepts. Will also post very soon my own project here.

  2. 3

    Super nice job on these. They look unique, and that REAL aluminum baffle/stand sets off the walnut perfectly. That driver is one of the few you could have mounted so tightly with its centered rear breathing area as opposed to a central magnet system like most drivers have. These things look very cool, much better than store-bought.

  3. 4

    I recently joined a makerspace that has a large CNC router. What program did you use to make the CAD file? Was it difficult? is it something that is downloadable/shareable?
    Thanks in advance!

  4. 5
    Shannon Ley

    Hi Henry, I designed them in Inventor – if you are familiar with Inventor (or similar), it’s pretty easy. You could pretty easily do it using more elementary techniques/software.
    I got the brackets made by a machine shop in China. The bend angles were off by a few degrees and I never ascertained whether the design or manufacture was off. Email me and I’ll send you a PDF of the drawing (

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