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Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Dan Wesnor, Apr 13, 2003.
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Nice design what was the total cost of the project? And if you had to classify the sound would you say they are nuetral, dryer sounding, or are they sound a bit to the warmer side of nuetral? And yes I'm jealous you designed your own speakers and I have not How long does a design like this take?
nice ... I'd like to build some of those
Shawn, The woofers are about $50, the tweeters about $25, from Madisound. With PE 18ga coils (16 copper foil on the woofer, 'cause PE doesn't stock 1.8mH/18ga coils) and Dayton caps, cost would be $210/pair w/o the optional trap, $240/pair with the trap. This is drivers and XO only. You can save about $15 if you can find an 18ga 1.8mH coil (Madisound has one, but I've never used their house coils). You can expect to spend about $25 more in misc. materials (MDF, binding posts, hardware, but not veneer). This one took me about 10-15 hours to design. That doesn't include 100's of hours of listening/evaluation.
pretty good for under $300
I am also looking at making boxes for about $100-$125/pair. The ones above were original made for sale, but I like them a lot. I do have some of the same veneer left over.
Hmmm, I smell another custom speaker shop opening up. It's actually a great idea Dan. Have a couple different models at different price points and build to suit and(what I want to do) also offer custom installation. I want to start something similar up here eventually. Got to get my degree in electronic engineering first among other things.
I have no interest in selling whole speakers. It's more work, more investment, more risk, and no appreciable increase in profits. The money is in the boxes, and there are a lot of people who want to build speakers but lack the tools and knowledge to build the boxes. And custom install? $15/hr for pulling wire in somebody's 110-degree attic? No thanks!
Love your choices in veneer! Really nice. Pete
Dan, I charge up to $60/hour to run wires in attics. either that or I install wire at $6 a foot. But yes they can be very hot. Much hotter than 110 degrees. Your right about the boxes. I was thinking on more of a retail plateau with fully assembled speakers in a show room. But that is also a very high investement that most don't have or willing to take.
You got skills Dan. I would build my own if I had the technical know how. By the way, isn't calling a Mini 2-way a "Bose Killer" kind of redundant.
Calling a tin can with a string attached a Bose killer is redundant.