Silkie Ref desk bookshelf

Silkie Ref desk bookshelf


Project Category:
Bookshelf Speakers

Project Level:

Project Time:
8-20 Hours

Project Cost:
$100 – $500

Project Description:
build the best bookshelf speakers for under 200 dollers. one of my little ones poked a hole in my bowers and wilkins CM9 tweeter. i wanted to see what i could build for the price of replacment.

Design Goals:
wanted to fit the crossover tweeter and port into a .1 square ft ported box as suggested for the driver i picked out

Driver Selection:
Part # 275-070

Part # 295-353

Enclosure Design:
made with 3/4″ MDF. internal dementions 4x6x9 inches. i decided to port on the bottom so i raised the front 1 higher than the reer making them point 8° up. the 3/4 inch port comes up between the mid/bass and the reer mounted crossover

Enclosure Assembly:
purchased 2 2×2 3/4 inch panels of mdf. drew out the planned cuts with a little extra room to account for the blade. i cut a 1/4 inch trench with my router for all my pieces to fit together. for the side panels i cut the trwnch and then cut the angle for the front. i counter sunk the front baffle and screwed them in sealing with 1/8 inch foam rather than glewing together so i could make adjustments. i used some old packing foam i had at work and cut a sham cloth and wraped it around the port for extra sound dampening. i painted them teal because i found it in the oops paint at home depot and could not pass up the deal

Crossover Design:
using x-sim and the data from PE i created a 2nd order crossover at around 1900 Hz. the woofer seemed to have a higher response so i added a 4.5 ohm resister to create a flat response. i later clipped the resister after testing because i could only hear the tweeter. i will probuble add a small resister to bring down the tweeter a bit more.

Tips & Tricks:
i cut the circles by attaching a scrap piece of wood to the bottom of the router and measured the radious of the circles required.

a great project i learned a lot allong the way and found i was able to fix mistakes quickly.

About the Designer:
i work as a calibration repair technician with 10 years expierence. i currently own a pair of bowers and wilkins CM9 towers and wanted to get as close if not better than the sound of them.

Project Parts List:

Dayton Audio RS125-8 5″ Reference Woofer
Consolidated Stranded 16 AWG Hook-Up Wire 25 ft. White UL Rated
Parts Express Speaker Cabinet Port Tube 1-3/8″ ID Adjustable
Parts Express Gold Plated Binding Post Pair
Blue Perforated Large Hole Crossover Board Pair 3.5″ x 5″
Mills 4.5 Ohm 12W Non-Inductive Resistor
Dayton Audio 0.40mH 20 AWG Air Core Inductor Crossover Coil
Dayton Audio 0.50mH 20 AWG Air Core Inductor Crossover Coil
Dayton Audio PMPC-8.2 8.2uF 250V Precision Audio Capacitor
Dayton Audio PMPC-6.2 6.2uF 250V Precision Audio Capacitor
Dayton Audio DC28F-8 1-1/8″ Silk Dome Tweeter

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