Lets face it, if you have ever tried to design a speaker or build a speaker box you quickly find out that it is not an easy task.
It’s not that you couldn’t do it, you can… but sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the week to do all you need to get done, plus figure out how your new DIY speaker cabinet should be designed.
We can help you get there:
We offer a full suite of design systems that can incorporate your specific design goals into custom speaker boxes or we can build the speakers entirely.
Here’s how we design the speaker system…
First, we find out what you need. Often, our enthusiasts already have an idea of the speaker that they would most like to have. So this is sometimes easy to figure out.
Then you tell us about your room, your listening bias and preferences, and the speakers you like most. Looking at these factors tell a great deal about what would be the best speaker for you. Often, this means that a custom solution is the best way to build speakers. Usually, retail speakers on the market are not designed to fit every customer, as this would be impossible.
Speaker design in CAD or “Computer Aided Design” for Speaker Building
Because we are designing in CAD, you have access to the speaker plans when they are done. Obviously, this isn’t free, but the convenience and professional results are worth the costs.
From here you can have a local cabinet shop build the cabinets for you, you could build them yourself, or you can have us build them for you.
We are experienced in this type of speaker building. This is a part of our product portfolio.
The CAD part of speaker building DIY speaker projects is important.
It allows you to see what the speaker will look like and also offers the ability to find problems in the design. Design problems are often not found until the speaker has been constructed. By using CAD you minimize these problems in the cabinet design.
Crossover design and and your speaker box design program
Depending on the drivers being used, the location of the drive units from one another and the size and shape of the baffle will all have an effect on the speaker response and crossover.
We do not use passive crossovers for our DIY speaker projects. Our speaker cabinet design is based solely on using active stages for the crossovers and driver protection. We also do not design passive crossovers either, so if you plan to use passive we would design the box and you could source your own passive unit if you choose.
There are a variety of products that offer significantly better performance than a passive crossover. Active crossovers can be purchased as off the shelf units. They can also be built using active crossover designs that have been proven. These are usually high performance units that are also very affordable.
Crossover designs such as DEQX and TACT can be configured to control your new speakers easily and effectively.
Active crossovers from Marchand are another method to control the active loudspeaker. The choices are almost limitless for active and digital crossovers and they can fit any budget.
Even the pro audio industry offers what they call ‘speaker controllers’ that can do the job well also. The point is, the entire speaker crossover units take care of the speaker control in the active low voltage stage of the signal transfer before the signal reaches the amplifiers. This lowers distortion, which is important if you want to build a speaker that sounds really excellent.
Obviously, this means you will need an amplifier for each ‘way’ of the speaker system. Which may increase the costs somewhat, but only until you realize the amount of performance increase you gain by going active, or ‘digital’ for the speaker crossovers.
Build a speaker box that’s better
This can be done with a computer as well. This is the way my music and home theater system is set up.
I use my HTPC to perform all speaker crossover functions with the help of Thuneau Allocator Lite software in combination with J River Media Center.
My Droid phone acts as the remote control (also can use an iPhone). I can build any speaker I want with this setup and use any crossover slope I choose with the click of a mouse.
When you make the decision to build a speaker box don’t forget that you don’t have to ‘go it alone’. There are many ways to accomplish your goal. We may fit into your plan to build a speaker box quite well.