How hard is it to make those Dayton Speaker kit speakers?

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  1. Raj_asaurus

    Raj_asaurus Stunt Coordinator

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    I was just checkin out the catalog and was intrigued by these somewhat expensive speaker kits and was wondering if they are very hard to build for someone that has never built a speaker and if they are worth the trouble. i mean the MTM kit with 2 7" aluminum drivers and vifa tweeter is around 500 bucks! At that price would it even be worth it when there are things like the Rocket ELT with 2 5.25" drivers or the Ascend CMT-340m out there for the about the same amount?

    I guess I'm just wondering this because I have some time on my hands and it'd be cool to learn how to make a speaker although those kits seem expensive...

    What kind of tools would I need to build these things?
     
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    You could save $200 and build the cabinets yourself. After you are finished with two or three coats of primer and six or seven coats of black laquer (sanding in between each coat) you may re-think your statement.

    -Robert
     
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    If you are considering kits, you should also look at www.gr-research.com

    If you just want to learn how to build a speaker, try the BR-1 kit at PE, they're only like $150/pr.
     
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    So you guys wouldnt discourage me from building speakers even if I have no experience? How much tim ewould it take a newbie to make them?
     
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    Also, how do these kits sound? Thats a pretty big concern if I"m going to be spending my freetime building it...
     
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    Post this same question at the PE Tech Talk board and you should find a people people who have heard them and if you are lucky the designer (I think it's Darren K) may answer.

    -Robert
     
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    For some kits, you should know how to solder at least adequately. If not, I would not recommend those particular kits. With the GR kits, you can purchase the networks pre-assembled, then build everything the way you want (includes drawings for cabinets). My main system speakers consist of 3 A/V-2s and 2 A/V-1s with all the upgrades, and I have heard very few speakers that come close to their performance at this price point. I have also heard the Paradox 1 (discontinued) and it is also quite impressive. The keys are excellent components, properly aligned drivers (placement) with a very well designed yet simple crossover, and basically a great ear.

    Time-wise, I would say a basic kit like the BR-1 should be just a few hours if there is no soldering involved. I've only heard one review of this speaker and it was very positive.
     

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