Has anyone thought of a group buy on a custom subwoofer?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Anthony_Gomez, Jan 17, 2002.

  1. FRC SoundWorks will design and build custom subwooers for a pretty darn good price. Has anyone thought of putting together a custom driver to your specs? ..or are you pretty much happy with what the DIY community currently has out?

    FYI, FRC designedthe BPD-03's(and supplies the parts)..builds the 01's and also the standard SVS drivers.
     
  2. Jack Gilvey

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    I've mentioned this before, Anthony, but somewhat in jest. What did you have in mind? What would you like different from anything that's available?

    The prospect sounds like lots of fun.
     
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    Their Home Theater 12 ($110) looks interesting if the XMAX is truely 44mm. Has anyone ever bothered to contact them to see what the other T/S parameters are?

    -Robert
     
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    44 mm??!! That's longer than my...
     
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    I have thought about it also. Scott at FRC is a great guy, and might enjoy the project. I am certainly not an expert, but I have been thinking of something along the lines of the 03 series, but with a lower Fs (and perhaps Vas.) Would a driver like this "better" for HT applications, or just "different"? By the way, I thoroughly enjoy this forum and all the helpful advise people provide.

    JP
     
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    I'm not a driver engineer, and have only a basic understanding of the physics of it all, but I think that one reason that the "perfect driver" doesn't seem to exist for DIY-ers is that current technology calls for certain design tradeoffs. A low Fs calls for a loose suspension, which precludes very high excursion or a very low Vas. High excursion calls for a stiff suspension, which raises the Fs. If you did take an 1803 and just lowered Fs by raising Mms (basically mass-loading it), sensitivity would plummet while Qts came up.

    I think that drivers like the Shiva and Tempest have the best balance for most folks, low Fs,excellent excursion, good sensitivity, reasonable Vas and Qts (not too low).
     
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    This has been thought of before at other forums, such as the Madisound discussion forum and the Bass List mailing list. If I remember correctly the Shiva is a direct outgrowth of a Bass List move to get a custom driver made. There was a flurry of discussion and Dan Wiggins basically said:

    We've been thinking about making this (insert Shiva like parameters here) would this work?

    Scott Hinson
     

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