Hello, This is my first post here, and I hope that my time in this forum will be a positive learning experience. As you have probably guessed am interested in building my own speakers. About a year ago I got Interested in audio. I started by buying some speakers (AR226ps) and a receiver (JVC6500v 100w x5). This is setup as a stereo system though. I am not a bass head but I do enjoy loud punchy bass, the kind that hits you in the chest. And the AR’s just are not cutting it. I want speakers that can really hit. Hears the catch, I only have $300 to spend, but I can make the cabinets myself. I have heard that home built speakers can sound quite good, without spending lots of money. I want loud, tight bass, not boomy or muddy. My broad musical interests are: Led zepplin, red hot chili peppers, hendrix, Pink Floyd, cold, tool, and various jazz, and trance applications. I don’t really know where to start, as I have no experience in this venture. But I have some ideas. I think that two 8” woofers would deliver tighter, louder bass than one 12” or 15” and be more space efficient. Also, I don’t have any desire (or need) for bass lower than 40-35hz. A 5” midrange and a 1” tweeter would follow the woofers…??? I have been toying with the idea that I could bi-amp the speakers, ex: hook the woofers up to speaker B , and the mid/tweeters up to speaker A (on the receiver), that would double the power. (sorry if this isn’t making any sense) As for the cabinet it can be up to 3 feet high x 1 foot wide x 1 ¼ foot deep. Should I port the speaker? If so in the front or back, I have seen both, and how big should the port be? Also, inside the cabinet should I seal off the woofers from the mid/tweeters? The worst part of this project, I think is going to be the crossovers. I don’t know anything about this except I want the woofers only to play sounds in the 35-120hz reign. This would give the maximum amount of bass without muddling up the midrange. (????) Now what drivers should I buy? I have heard that vifa gives the most bang for the buck. I have been looking at speakers at partsexpress.com and they sell many off brand speakers with almost identical specs as the vifas but for almost half the price…. What brands are good, but still cheap? Lastly does anyone know of any good speaker building books, and/or web sites, that I can use for reference. Any information you can give me will be helpful. Thank you all!