Go with DIY Bookshelfs?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by SteveF, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. SteveF

    SteveF Extra

    Jun 5, 2000
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    I've found the DIY towers discussion to be quite

    interesting. However, towers may not work for our

    situation. Ideally, we would go with bookshelfs. However,

    the way our place is setup, I have the following two


    * The speakers would probably have to be on their side

    * The speakers would literally be on 12" shelves, leaving

    very little clearance behind the speaker.

    I will have a subwoofer to round out the bottom - it is

    similar to the Rava in dimensions and configuration, using

    a Shiva and RCM Detonator 110 mk2. So, a nice musical

    speaker is my main priority. Two questions:

    * What speaker kits in this range are suggested? I'm aware

    of the Adire HE10.1 through this board but am interested

    in other alternatives in the 400$/pr parts range

    (excluding wood). What alternatives would you suggest? How

    about a sealed KIT281? Others?

    * Is a shelf-mounted speaker going to seriously limit the

    quality of the sound? I would imagine yes, as I remember

    toying with speaker location with my PSB 300's and

    confirming that rooms do seem to have sweet spots for

    placement of the mains.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Brian Bunge

    Brian Bunge Producer

    Sep 11, 2000
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    Tell us what you height restrictions are for the shelves. The one thing that I would avoid at all costs is lying the speakers on their sides.

    I'm assuming the 12" restriction is the depth, correct? It could be difficult using a rear ported speaker unless you plan on plugging the ports anyway since you're using a sub. Assuming you can deal with the height, a pair of Emeralds from Subwoofers.com would work well. They are 11.75"H x 7"W x 7.75"D. They do have a rear port, but I use mine with the ports plugged and actually prefer them that way with a sub.

    Shelf mounted speakers certainly aren't ideal, but as long as you can mount them standing up it will work.

  3. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

    Mar 12, 2002
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    Another consideration is to contact Madisound and have them design you a cross-over for an in wall construction and try to flush mount your speaker to that bookshelf. I would highly advise against putting any speaker on any bookshelf and would recommend getting some kind of wall brackets and either hang the speakers from the ceiling aimed to the listening position or from the side walls toed in instead. Personally I hate speakers mounted against a wall opposite from where I'm seated as it affects the depth, panning (seems like a partition in between the mains), and bass (it muddles the speakers too much).
  4. Gary Joe

    Gary Joe Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 6, 2001
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    How about the Adire Kit 81C's? They are designed to be on their side as their for HT center channel use. Just use two instead of one.

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