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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:34 am 

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Location: santa cruz, CA, US
Im good with a tape measure and saw, but I don't do speaker calculations for fear of being one decimal point off and building a 40 foot port for my new bookshelf's

My thought is,

if I had $500 available, can I build a better speaker then I can buy ?

Design goal would be a 'single pair' of speakers that would sound and perform better then anything I can buy for the same $500 new or used.

Id need the drivers and the crossovers, I can build any box I want but prefer a simple build to an overly complicated one.

Should I buy some vintage JBL monitors or ??

"Perhaps wiping the grime of 1000 LPs' across the surface of the one I was about to record/play is not the best idea"

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:37 am 

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Location: Repentigny, QC, CA ... ojects.htm

is one of the best Net resources, for you, out there. Take a look. With persistence you can find a simple and good design.

Or, look at something like this. F r speakers are 240USD per pair. Wood 100+USD, and no need for a crossover! ... ull-range/

I like open baffle (OB) and hybrid OB designs. Not all are achievable for 500USD though.
PM me for e-mail address so that I can send a couple of images on to you.

Forget all about those JBL monitors. Inflated prices for only average quality sound.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:41 am 

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Location: Portland, OR, US
You can certainly build a speaker that you will like more than commercial efforts, since that is simply a matter of taste. But you dont define "better" so its anyones guess.

Now a days you can invest in a nice speaker testing program for your computer and a calibrated mic for some reasonable money, though it will eat up a chunk of your budget.. But to think that you can quickly come up to speed on interpreting the measurements without a lot of trial and error is, IMHO, not realistic. And while measurements are far from the be all and end all of speaker design, without them as a starting point you are completely flying blind.

Then again, there are a number of plans for kits that have already been thoroughly vetted, that might be the place to start.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:57 pm 

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Location: Surprise, AZ, US
Building and designing your own speakers can be a frustrating and expensive proposition. How do you know what each driver sounds like and when in combination with other drivers? and let's not even talk about designing a crossover but with digital parameters can be changed a bit more easily.

$500 isn't much money and I suggest buying speakers that you can audition, especially if you can get used speakers on CL or elsewhere and saving yourself a bundle of $$.

JBLs can be brutal on the ears.

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