Parts Express"Little Wonder"

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  1. charles_w

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    A few weeks ago I recieved an email flyer from Parts Express for a speaker kit that I think was called the Little Wonder. I was thinking of making a satelite system for my daughter using these but I lost the email and can't find it on the web site. Does anyone have any information on this kit?

    Thanks,
    Lee
     
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    Thomas and Jon,
    Thanks for the response, Itlooks like I'm a little to late [​IMG]
    Lee
     
  5. Hank Frankenberg

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    Charles, you might consider this SCH kit for $70:
    http://www.speakerpage.com/K05B11.htm
    The crossovers are pre-built and despite the low power-handling warning, I'd bet it will play plenty loud. I just finished a pair of the cabinets for a neighbor and after he paints them I'll install the drivers. SCH kits are excellent value.
     
  6. Jeff Meininger

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    Holy Geez, Hank... your reply prompted me to look into SCH towers, and I see that for $180 a pair, you can get what appears to be a heck of a great speaker. Are these the towers you use? The center channel looks "difficult", though. There isn't one single round speaker cutout on it. All those dang ol' crazy shapes instead. I wonder if it would be a stupid idea to just build a 5th tower and put it on its side. I could finish these in the same way that I finished the subwoofer, assuming that you can dye speaker grille material (or find it in the right color).

    I need to stop thinking about spending more money. BAAAD idea. At least for now. Never hurts to formulate a plan for the future, though!
     
  7. Brian Bunge

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    Jeff,

    The 5.25" drivers in the SCH center are the same round ones used in the shielded bookshelf speaker. I believe for about $13 or so you can buy the baffle precut for the center channel. I've got one of the center kits and that's what I did.

    The towers are the generation before Hank's and use a different tweeter. I'll be building a pair of them in the near future along with the center and two pairs of the bookshelfs.

    Brian
     
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    Oh, you're right. I had the browser open to the K05B11 when I wrote that reply. Oops. But you're right... with the baffle pre-cut for such a great price, it doesn't really matter how the drivers are shaped. *drool*
    I'm bordering on threadjacking now, so I'll shut up and search the archives. [​IMG]
     
  9. Hank Frankenberg

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    Jeff, my towers you saw are SCH towers and do have a different tweeter than the current version, but they have the same very nice 8" woofer. My center channel is also SCH. Yes, bad idea to build a third tower and lay it on its side. Buy the center channel kit and buy the front baffle already cut out, OR have a local speaker cabinet cool guy build it for you at an outrageous price[​IMG]
    You are now hooked. I told you after you got started on a sonosub, that there is no turning back. Prepare to spend, but, if you have a WAF challenge, remember you will save thousands over the years [​IMG]
     
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    Hank,

    Thank's for the link those look like a heck of deal for $70.00 a pair. I just ordered a pair to build for my daughters room.

    Thanks,
    Lee
     
  11. Hank Frankenberg

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    Lee: Enjoy. I try to spread the word about SCH because, #1, they're nice guys who #2, offer the best value I've seen in DIY speakers.
     
  12. Jason Wilcox

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    SCH rocks! quick and cheap shipping....great products...easy to follow instructions
     
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    Hank,
    Have you built or heard the monitors? The price is right I'm curios how they sound.
    The problem I see with speaker building is it's so much fun and addicting, that I want to build more than I can use[​IMG] (guess I'll have to start giving them away). If I make the trip to the Texas DIY and see the Alphas I'll really be in trouble!
    Thaks,
    Lee
     
  14. Hank Frankenberg

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    Charles, I built 5 of the previous generation of their higher-priced monitors and they were great sounding for the money! I sold a pair to a bud in California, and he was just awed. I built a pair of the previous generation of their towers and the added low end extension makes them just awesome. I also built their center channel, which is a proper CC design.
    http://www.geocities.com/hankbond1/index
    The new entry-level monitor cabinets I built are at the neighbors so he can paint them his choice of colors, so I haven't installed the drivers yet.
     
  15. Jason Wilcox

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    how loud do the k05b11s go without distorting?....like..a rough...xxdb at 1 meter...
     
  16. Wes Nance

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    I can also recommend the SCH kits. I have the higher priced monitors, and the center, and they sound great, especially for the money! I did buy all the speakers with the precut grills, so I didn't have to mess with the tweeter cutout.

    I have another pair of the monitors ready to build for my rear surrounds, then I'll have SCH all the way around in my home theater!

    Wes
     
  17. Hank Frankenberg

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    Jason, loud enough for the poeple I've built them for, and for me, before I built the towers. Just call them and ask -they're nice guys and will answer your questions.
     

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