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tino95843

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« on: 3 May 2023, 11:09 pm »
I am a music lover and thinking of building my own speakers. I would consider myself a beginner wood worker and somewhat concerned getting the build done correctly. Any advice would be appreciated..

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« Reply #1 on: 3 May 2023, 11:32 pm »
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« Reply #3 on: 4 May 2023, 12:15 am »
Welcome!  Check out the GR Research speaker kits.

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« Reply #5 on: 4 May 2023, 12:02 pm »
Welcome!

My first serious loudspeakers were from I. M. Fried (1977) and consisted of their model B (pre-built 2-way monitor similar to the BBC LS3/5a) and model M bass box (6 cu. ft. transmission line kit) so a hybrid.  CSS and Madisound offer nice kits.  Do not recommend designing your own loudspeakers unless you love wood working and alone time in the shop. 

Do suggest looking into active monitors (low level sophisticated crossover driving one channel of amplification per driver) that studios have used for 20+ years.  Superior dynamics, deep bass for the given box size, no speaker cables needed.  Your entire system could comprise of a streamer/DAC, like the NAD CS1 ($350 and tiny) and small active monitors, like JBL 305 Mk2 (2-way $300/pair) or Kali IN-5 (3-way coincidental $700/pair).

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« Reply #6 on: 4 May 2023, 01:01 pm »
I am a music lover and thinking of building my own speakers. I would consider myself a beginner wood worker and somewhat concerned getting the build done correctly. Any advice would be appreciated..

Welcome to AudioCircle!

Of course you can do it if you persist, but your three statements seem to point away from DIY speakers.

When the project is finally complete, DIY always costs more than buying equivalent commercial speakers. Even if you pay yourself like dirt. We do it for the fun. We like building things just as much as listening to music. It is a separate but complementary hobby to listening. The learning is fun, and the problem solving. It takes a long time to learn enough where the whole project is fun all the way through. But with learning new skills you can do bigger projects, and apply the skills to other tasks in life.

DIY can potentially perform better than commercial speakers, and that's why DIY costs more, because you use better parts. But this all depends on the design and engineering skill, which is limited in the beginner. So a kit is valuable to ensure success on the first few projects.

So if listening is your primary interest, I would recommend buying gently pre-owned speakers.
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tino95843

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« Reply #7 on: 4 May 2023, 11:30 pm »
Thanks for all the insights. I am leaning to a GR speaker kit and the more I look into it the more I think that's the direction I am going.

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« Reply #8 on: 10 May 2023, 09:20 pm »
Just ordered a GR kit. Will reach out foir help if I get myself in a bind.

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« Reply #9 on: 11 May 2023, 04:39 am »
Hi Tino,
DIY project from a member you may like.
Eminence Alpha15A + 4.7mH + Visaton B200:

Decware OB barrel with the Lii Audio F15 driver:

If one have a woodworker is possible try the Lii Audio F15($399/Pair) 97dB/8Ω and benign impedance curve suited to OB or Bass Reflex box or the F18($540/pair), no Crossover, no Tweeter beaming, no Phase rotation, no driver sensitivity loss, no Harmonics loss, no Retail price.
http://www.glowinthedarkaudio.com/lii-audio-f18.html

If you want a bigger woofer there are 18'' and 21'' from Lii Audio:
https://www.lii-audio.com/product/w-18/

https://www.lii-audio.com/product/w21/


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