Newbie DIY speaker question

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Garrett Lundy, May 26, 2003.

  1. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

    Mar 5, 2002
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    The purpose: A 5.1, maybe even a 6.1 or 7.1 HT speaker system. 100% movies/ 0% Music.

    The goal: Every speaker having a frequency response of 20-20,000 hertz.

    The questions:

    What is a good beginner's DIY speaker guide? Book, website?

    Wouldn't it be possible to attach a inexpensive (yet quality) subwoofer (such as the Sony SA-wm40) to a standard bookshelf speaker to make a full-range tower (For much less money)?

    Assuming the above could be done, how about a dipole full-ranger? (For THX approved HT's)
  2. TimForman

    TimForman Supporting Actor

    Dec 4, 2002
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    Your goal is definitely possible. In most cases it would involve building three-way speaker systems.

    Many people have enjoyed reading The Loudspeaker Cookbook by Vance Dickason.

    What many DIY'ers have done when building up their HT system is to build two-way speakers for their mains and surrounds and a sub-woofer or two to reproduce the lower frequencies. In my case, my mains extend to 45 Hz, my subs extend way below 20 Hz. Since low frequencies are essentianly non-directional (the listener can't tell where the sound is coming from) this has been a good solution for me.

    Check out Linkwitz Labs website for some interesting design ideas for dipole loudspeakers.

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