First subwoofer build please help!

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  1. ChrisLazarko

    ChrisLazarko Supporting Actor

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    This is going to be my first subwoofer and I want it to look nice but I don't want to spend $500 on it, I don't mind perhaps $200-250 though but it will take some time on the money part so I am very open to ideas and what should be changed. I have been thinking, everyone builds either a cyclinder or a box sub, so why not try something different?

    Perhaps a box sub connected to a cyclinder? I have a design on my webpage along with my home theater pictures so maybe someone could give an approx size on the cyclinder and box, as well as how big of a driver, and what kind of amp or whatever I might need. Thank you for any help you could provide anyone. Also websites and places to find the parts I need would be great.

    The website is here:

    http://www.angelfire.com/nj4/tvpics/index.html
     
  2. ChrisLazarko

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    Two drivers I looked at by a company called "Ultimate Sound" from Parts Express, is this company any good? Here are the links, but the drivers are somewhat pricey? Good freq. responce though, thanks for any suggestions you guys can tell, remember my budget cannot really exceed $250 or so.

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...ID=16056&DID=7

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...ID=16058&DID=7

    As well as this one from Eminesence:

    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...=290-570&DID=7


    Also, why does it say that most of the 12" woofers will get to a lower freq. than a 15" woofer will??? What's up with that? Thanks for the help guys!
     
  3. Dan Hine

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    I'd say skip all your driver ideas and go with a Dayton DVC 12". Also, unless you have a spare receiver laying around you'll need to get an amp of some sort. Dayton's 120 Watt amp would do the trick and would give you a great sub...trust me, I've I've built one just like it. It hits hard, quick and just damn impressive.

    Unless you decide to go sealed though you'll also need to factor in a port which would be around $15-20 I think, and materials...that will put you close to your $250 budget. In which case opt for one of the Dayton Quatro Series drivers.


    - Dan Hine
     
  4. ChrisLazarko

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    Well looks good so far. So how about the design I layed out? Boxed connected with a cyclinder? Bad idea or good? I am curious about this because I am thinking that if say I create a small box perhaps 2 feet long and 2 feet wide, then a cyclinder connected to it, wouldn't that create more bass? Your spreading it out into an area and causing it to bounce around more, would that just add more distortion or would it deliver tighter cleaner bass?

    I'm asking because I have seen nobody with this design.
     
  5. Dan Hine

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    Thank you Dan... but could recommend a place where I might be able to get cyclinders and a box to do this project? I am wanting to make the finished product black probably or perhaps a nice wood finish. The driver and amplifier that you suggested do give me very little budget left on my options.

    As for the 12" DVC, why is the Freq. responce so much more than the 15" subs I see? This sub seems to be able to hit the 20Hz which is what I want, and you say it sounds very nice as well.
     
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    Do a search on google for El-Pipe-O
    That dude has 2 15" subs in a square box with a mass stack on top reaching his 14' ceiling.... i read what he wrote about it and apaprently he had to tighten all of the stuff in his room because things were falling off the walls and what not.
     
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    Hey Chris.. how are your woodworking skills? This seems like a pretty ambitious project if you're just getting into things.

    Not trying to discourage an imaginative mind, but just putting together and finishing a normal box sub can be quite the undertaking for those of us without a dedicated wood shop!
     
  9. ChrisLazarko

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    I've been hearing alot about Shiva subwoofers? Should I be looking towards on of them instead of this Dayton sub?
     
  10. DaveKahler

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    I have a Shiva and it rocks, $125 shipped.

    [​IMG]
     
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    yeah thats the guy....
    i wish i had that setup lol
     
  13. Dan Hine

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    The Shiva is nice but I'd take a Dayton DVC 12" every time. Just as good and less expensive...hmmm [​IMG]
     
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    Well i'm curious on the types of drivers out there. I think my final design will just be a 4' tube with a 12" sub... now since I have this down, how big of a sub will I end up needing to get a nice low freq. about 20Hz without any distortion or muddiness.

    I've also seen people use 2 subs in tubes and i'm not sure if this would be too much? Perhaps a smaller sub to get some higher freq's and then a larger sub to finish off stuff that is 30Hz below? Would this be a good combo or will I end up getting bad results? 2 amps needed? I am sure I will need 2 crossovers for this as well, and I want to be able to adjust them.

    I have been thinking of so many ideas I sketch things in class. I don't want to spend the money and then end up that I didn't have to or the thing sounds like a piece of garbage where my Polk could have done better.

    Thanks for any help guys... Also I don't want the tube to be much better than the sub... I am looking for a compact design than can deliver low freq's but it doesn't have to be ALOT. Remember it is only powering a mid-size room.
     
  15. Wayne Ernst

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    Chris,

    You just missed a deal on the 12" Dayton DVC. A user just sold it -- and the asking price was $65.00 - shipped.
     

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