I had modded my previous set of computer monitors with a better tweeter and custom crossover. Eventually I decided it wasn’t enough and I got the bug to start from scratch. I have always been enamored of MTM speaker projects and I thought it would be great to do a mini MTM for my computer!
I wanted the drivers to match as seemlessly as possible within the space restrictions I had laid out. because of the drivers used I would have had a ridiculously long port, so I decide to go with a passive radiator. I built the executive boombox so I’m familiar with them. Without frequency modeling software, I decided to go with an assembled xover.
I chose the Dayton PC83-4 3.5″ full range. Since this is an MTM with a Morel MDT12 for the tweeter, I bought the 4 ohm version of the Daytons. These were wired in series to give an 8 ohm load. I chose the Dayton DS175-PR to help get the response lower.
I had 10 inches as a width to work with. These were going to be deeper than normal to accommodate the 6.5″ passive radiator. Ended up being about 9 inches deep and 5″ tall. I used 3/4 MDF.
Since the Dayton PC83-4 are full range, I decided to go with a higher xover point to relieve some of the stress off the Morels. I chose 4.5k. I really didn’t feel like doing a custom xover without hearing the assembled xover first. I can always go back later and spend another $150 on custom parts!
Tips & Tricks:
I didn’t use anything but glue and clamps. Not a lot of air pressure from the drivers so I didn’t use anything stronger.
I am really ecstatic with how these sound. When these break in, I believe they will really open up. The Morels offer crystaline highs and open vocals. The Daytons are the real surprise here. So much better than I expected. With the passive radiator these little things are beasts! Can’t wait to they really break in.
About the Designer:
Been tinkering all my life. Built a few MTMs. Currently have more speakers and design ideas than I can keep up with (much to my wife’s chagrin!).
Project Parts List:
|295-154||Dayton Audio PC83-4 Full Range Speaker||4|
|277-060||Morel MDT12 Tweeter||2|
|295-498||Dayton Audio DS175-PR 6-1/2″ Designer Series Passive|
|260-148||Dayton Audio XO2W-4.5K Assembled Crossover||2|
|260-276||Parts Express Round Speaker Wire Terminal Cup 2-15/16″ Gold|
|N/A||Krylon Gloss Black spray paint.||1|
|N/A||Gorilla Glue Clear||1|