the best DIY subwoofer solution for me?

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  1. Phil_Lunar

    Phil_Lunar Stunt Coordinator

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    Here is my current setup for subwoofer:

    -8 inch passive sub from a speakers kit Kenwood(KS-201HT) said 100W on the back)
    -I powered it with my old Pioneer SX-303R 100WX2 receiver.

    I must say that I got pretty descent bass out of this setup when listening to movie In DD or DTS. but now that I have isolated my HT room, I can now output movie at volume I really like(said 10 to 5 db lower than reference level)

    but of course the sub is now starting to bottom quite often, and he is getting quite boomy also.

    Now of course I will like to buy a SVS sub but since I am in Canada and my budget is limited, I suppose that a passive DIY sub might be a better solution
    I will like to continue to drive this DIY sub with my current SX-303R 100WX2 amp.

    so what sould I do?(I want to keep it under 150$)

    1-Replace the 8 inch driver by a better one?

    2-build a complete 10 or 12 inch passive subwoofer?

    3-fogot about using my old SX-303R and make my DIY sub an Active one?(I know it will cost me more than 150$)

    I got good knowledge in home audio and electronic, but i've never done a DIY project. So any help will be appreciated
     
  2. Brian Fellmeth

    Brian Fellmeth Supporting Actor

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    I vote choice 2. Your stereo amp will drive it just fine and allow you to funnel about $100 into a capable 10 or 12 inch driver.
     
  3. Phil_Lunar

    Phil_Lunar Stunt Coordinator

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    I think I found a good driver on a local shop here(96$CDN) :

    it is a Pioneer Dual-coil driver

    100 Watts RMS / 200 Watts Peak
    Polyproplene Subwoofer
    25Hz to 700Hz
    30oz Magnet
    Pioneer # A30GU30-55D

    Anyone know about this one?
    Will I be able to drive it with my 8oms 100WX2 amp?

    My ultimate choice will have been a Shiva Mark III dual-coil driver build in a Sonotube design, but it will cost me like 200$ for the driver only so...

    Can I still make a Sonotube out of this pioneer 12'' dual coil driver?
     
  4. Jon Torres

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    Is that $150US? You missed a good deal on the Dayton DVC 12 for $85 at partsexpress.com. You could check ebay also because it's listed there as well. I would skip the Pioneer and choose a better driver.
     
  5. Phil_Lunar

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  6. Jon Torres

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    No, I wanted to know if your $150 budget was US or Canadian. The dayton dvc 12 is very similar to the shiva. I would wait until it was a deal of the day on partsexpress again or wait for the person to relist it on ebay. You could also take a look at solen.ca for drivers that might work.
     
  7. Brian Bunge

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    If you wait for the Dayton DVC to be the deal of the day again you'll be waiting a very long time. IIRC, they have only had it as the deal of the day once or twice in the past year.

    Forget the Pioneer driver. It won't hold a candle to the Shiva or DVC 12.
     

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