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After seeing all the crappy logitech speaker systems on newegg and listening to them and some crappy ass bose speakers, ima build my own.

Anyone here into speaker building and wants to give me hints? My dad is a giant audiophile and has been speaker building since he was 14, but anyone got some suggestions for a good sub, already have the mid range drivers.
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Personally I've used car audio subs in the house.....and depending on your music type they can sound excellent. And you can also get an amplifier for them from partsexpress.com (think it's called a plate amp?). Subwoofer wise, just make sure you build the box to the recommended specs that the manufacturer states (Pioneer for example requires 1.0-1.5cu ft sealed). It all depends on what tone you want to hit with the sub though, and how restricted you want the frequency response.
 
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Personally I've used car audio subs in the house.....and depending on your music type they can sound excellent. And you can also get an amplifier for them from partsexpress.com (think it's called a plate amp?). Subwoofer wise, just make sure you build the box to the recommended specs that the manufacturer states (Pioneer for example requires 1.0-1.5cu ft sealed). It all depends on what tone you want to hit with the sub though, and how restricted you want the frequency response.
Yeah trudat, well my dad designs his own cabinet designs in solidworks and cnc's them, but yeah im prolly gonna buy a plate amp to go into the sub cabinet.
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Yeah trudat, well my dad designs his own cabinet designs in solidworks and cnc's them, but yeah im prolly gonna buy a plate amp to go into the sub cabinet.
He CNC's them? You mean they're not made out of 3/4" or 1" MDF? That's the best possible material for speaker enclosures (even 1/2" or smaller...depending on size of speakers). Also keep in mind, they sound a LOT cleaner with some really good sound dampening material....or even some cotton stuffed inside the enclosure .
 
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He CNC's them? You mean they're not made out of 3/4" or 1" MDF? That's the best possible material for speaker enclosures (even 1/2" or smaller...depending on size of speakers). Also keep in mind, they sound a LOT cleaner with some really good sound dampening material....or even some cotton stuffed inside the enclosure .
Yeah I know, my dad has been doing this for 30+ years, he does all of this, does meauresments, tunes everything, and a lot of **** I don't even what it is. But yeah I'm just get some plywood, and sound dampening things. Same sound dampening ima use in my comp rofl. I'll post more detailed stuff when I actually start.
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Do you have a design in mind?

Truth be told, if you don't you'll end up with a driver in some wood that sounds like a bunch of poo; not a hi-fi speaker like you're expecting.

A few tips:
  • Don't use plywood. Its a pain to work with, it is terrible for quality, and good luck finishing it. MDF resonates almost none, is much more structurally sound, and easily finished - well worth the extra price.
  • Talk to your dad - it sounds as though he knows his stuff, and he'll be able to help you out a lot better in real life then we could over the internet.
  • For a first build, I would use either a kit or a good set of plans so you have some direction for the project, fewer unexpected issues, and perhaps most importantly other people who have done what you want to do so they can offer assistance if and when you need it. Box design is an art - as is carpentry, driver matching, crossover design, etc, etc. You might like to take a few variables out of the equation.
  • As I said above, define a clear goal for the project. Otherwise it will free-wheel out of control (and probably budget) and you might not be very happy at all with the quality of your end product.
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You shouldn't be expecting to have better than average sound quality especially since you don't do a lot of speaker building.

You can't just plop any old drivers in a wood box and have it sound good. You have to design the boxes around the drivers. The shape and the air port will make it sound superb or completely ruin your sound quality.

I just recommend that you lay down a few hundred for a nice set of speakers (like up in the $400 a pair range).
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Yeah, I did more research into it, and yeah, I'm using a custom cabinet made with 1/2 MDF, I have all the designs and the designer right next to me so any problems I encounter I can just ask. Not sure wether to use custom crossover or passive, depends how much money I have. Probably going to pay more. See as the amp that gives 50watts to the sub and 25watts to each satilite cost 140 dollars...

I'm tuning it with a bunch of instruments and other stuff, and using MATH CAD to make sure everything is where it should be. More research progress once my dad comes home.
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Check out zaphaudio.com. If I was going to build something, it'd be one of his designs.
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Again, I have my dad's designs he made in SolidWorks 2007 and the cabinets are cnc'd. Some of my dad's designs are up on the net and for sale. I'll ask him later.
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