M6N 2-way

M6N 2-way

Greg T

Project Category:
Bookshelf Speakers

Project Level:

Project Time:
1-8 Hours

Project Cost:
$100 – $500

Project Description:
I used the Denovo enclosure, the plan was just a two way design with the plan to use them alone or as fronts in surround sound. I used the DC28F-8 Dayton Audio tweeter and the HiVi M6N. They both have a sensitivity of 89 dB so they would be a good match and not require an l-pad to balance the tweeter. When I modeled it in BassBox I got an ideal volume for a ported setup similar to the 0.56 cubic foot boxes if I did not use polyfill so that is what I went with in this case. I tuned the port to 36 Hz. for the smoothest response. On paper I would have a roll off at 61 Hz for the F3 in with the M6N.

Design Goals:
I intended this to go with a turntable and a small subwoofer, but was so happy that in the end I have used them as my front channels for a 5.1 channel surround sound system.

Driver Selection:

Enclosure Design:
I used a ported box, part number 300-7064. I also used a ported setup with the port tuned to 36 Hz.

Enclosure Assembly:
The knockdown boxes are simple to put together. I ended up finishing them in white, the most complete image with this is just before the final coat.

Crossover Design:
I chose a crossover point of 2000 Hz, Linkwitz-Riley, 2nd order. And I did use a Zobel for the woofer to help smooth it out. I ran into some cone break up in the range of 1000-2000 Hz that became a hump in the response with my crossover point. So in the end i added a notch filter as well to target 1500 Hz and take the edge off the mid-range.

Tips & Tricks:
In my case I found the tweeter did not need to be out of phase for the second order crossover. Acoustic results varied form the planned design when tested with the Omnimic and I had a dip at 10 KHz like it was out of phase. I verified that I had them wired correctly and then rewired to normal polarity and found the dip disappeared. The response chart is before and after i made that change.

Happy with the results overall. I would have put the tweeter a bit closer to the woofer if I had to do it over, but with the room they are in the stereo imaging was not really impacted nor the perceived center point of the speaker box. I found the lows better than a set of old Sony towers I used for my surround sound so I swapped them out. After breaking in the woofers I find that they are meeting the goal for low end, but now that I have them in surround sound that is less important. I was so happy with the tweeter’s sound that I swapped out the tweeter in my center channel with the same model to have a more cohesive sound in my front three speakers.

About the Designer:
I have been a technical adviser for Parts Express for nearly 5 years.

Project Parts List:

Dayton Audio DC28F-8 1-1/8″ Silk Dome Tweeter
HiVi M6N 6″ Aluminum/Magnesium Midbass


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  1. 1

    ? i checked the f3 for those drivers and it’s 46hz. How were you able to tune it lower? I thought that the printed specs for f3 were the lowest it could do.

  2. 2
    robert matthews

    Nice build! I basically built the smaller version of these (with the .23Cubic foot denovos) tuned to 45hz using the dsp-408 as an active crossover (using two dayton apa150’s to power everything) . Im using mine as front heights in a 5.1.4 atmos setup and these speakers have seriously impressed me. They blend very well with my klipsch RP series towers as well. I have been watching movies in atmos for a year and it was only when i built these that i truly got to experience what it was like to duck when bullets pass over your head. The tweeters are amazing for the money as well

  3. 3
    Edward Bustamante

    Nice build. I was planning on a bookshelf build with these M6N’s also and I saw the need for a zoebel filter also but could not find the Le for these woofers published anywhere. I emailed the PE techs and they came up empty. I got nowhere when I tried contacting Swan speakers either. What is the Le on this woofer and where did you find it?

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