Source for Audax HT kit

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by AndyF, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. AndyF

    AndyF Agent

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    I think I've settled on constructing the Audax HT kit for my next speaker project (sonosub was first).

    I've only found two companies that advertise offering the Audax HT kit, Zalytron and Madisound. I haven't asked either company what brand/type/quality of components that are included in their kits and I'd honestly wouldn't be able to know which one was better than the other.

    I've included the prices offered from each site. Can anyone guess or tell me which would have the better components? From other threads, it seems that both companies seem good to work with.

    Zalytron:
    http://www.zalytron.com/HT.htm

    Front Speakers: Parts $256.00 pair
    Center Speaker: Parts $208.00
    Rear Speakers: Parts $162.00 pair


    Madisound:
    http://www.madisound.com/audaxhometheater.html

    Front Speakers: Parts $260.00 / pair
    Center Speaker: Parts $180.00
    Rear Speakers: Parts $170.00 / pair


    Thanks,
    Andy
     
  2. Why don't you email them to see what parts (brands) they specifically use. They should be more than willing to tell you.
     
  3. AndyF

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    I waiting on responses from Zalytron and Madisound concerning the component list.

    I'll post them when I get them.

    thanks.
     
  4. Kevin Golding

    Kevin Golding Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd be interested in this, too. I started looking into these a few weeks ago, and Zalytron's price was $275 for the fronts at that time.
     
  5. Rick Guynn

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    I bought mine from Zalytron shortly after the kit came out a couple of years ago. In retrospect, I think I would probably go with Madisound.

    RG

    *edit* Kepp in mind this is based on my purchase a couple of years ago, so Zalytron may have improved.
     
  6. Joe Ku

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    I am in the process of building the Audax kit I bought from Madisound. The high pass uses sonicaps and other higher end parts while the cross for the woofers uses lower quality parts (as they don't make much difference in the sound quality).

    I also tried to email them to find what was in the kit but never got a responce, eventually I just called and got the info I wanted. The crossover boards from madisound just barely fits through the speaker holes, I hope I never have to remove them from the center channel. If you built your own cross You could easily make it a little smaller but If you place them before you close up the enclosure it doesn't really matter. I built the L & R as towers at my wifes request and mounted the crosses in the base for easy access if I should ever need to service them.

    Madisound only provides thin (1/2" or 3/4" I didn't measure it but it is something close to that), flat foam for the speakers, NOT 2" eggcrate, so you may want to buy some before you start construction.

    Overall I am happy with the madisound kit, aside from the foam included. on the plus side shipping was very cheap.

    Unfortunately I can't tell you how they sound yet, I have them veneered but still need to stain and finish them. Hopefully they will be finished in a week or two.
     
  7. Joe Ku

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    One other thing, Zalytron includes Biwire terminal cups while madisound only ships regular terminal cups, although I am sure you could upgrade the madisound kit if you ask when you order.
     
  8. AndyF

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    Here's the response from Zalytron:

    Axon 250volt polypro caps
    Axon non inductive resistors
    Erse coils

    Comments on these components?


    I'm still waiting on Madisound.


    Joe, I was thinking about using some excess AccustaStuff that I have or I might use Blackhole5 just to try it.

    Thanks,
    Andy
     
  9. AndyF

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    Got a response from Madisound:

    Capacitors: Solen (for tweeter), Bennic bipolar and Carli (for mid/woofers)
    Resistors: Eagle
    Inductors: no name listed (assume they are in-house Madisound units)


    So, any comparisons/preferences between:
    Capacitors: Solen vs Axon?
    Resistors: Eagle vs Axon?
    Inductors: Madisound vs Erse?


    Thanks.
     
  10. GuyS

    GuyS Auditioning

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    I noticed that the schematic on Madisound's web site show all inductors as 19 gauge and the Audax plans call for 18 and 16 gauge. I don't know how much of a difference that would make.
    I am close to finishing enclosures for the Audax Mains and will be ordering the speakers and crossover parts in the next few weeks. At this point I am not sure if I will get the kits or order individual parts. Ordering individual parts would cost me about 25 bucks more than the $260 Madisound price but would comply with the Audax design.
    I will be watching this thread closely for some good info.
     

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