What DIY speakers do you have for Ht and why?

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  1. Dean-P

    Dean-P Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm in the long process of deciding on which kit to build to start my HT. I have built a Shiva 54l sealed which is going to be Darman clone later this summer!
    I have Athenas as my centre and surrounds and Sound Dynamics as my fronts,these will go to another system after I complete my "new" fronts.
    I am looking for the fronts as being a match to a future center channel as well.(next spring with cabinet being built this summer)
    Here is what I am considering so far:
    -Spires by CSS
    -AV-1 or -3 if a -2 size cabinet can be used for the -3.
    -Audax HT fronts @ Solen.ca

    I'm curious to know what others are running and why they chose them...
     
  2. Michael Hartwig

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    When I first started researching for a diy speaker, I ran across many. I wanted something I could get parts from here in Canada; like Solens. I stumbled across the ARdiy's by Ed Frias. The parts were available from Solens and the price was reasonable. I made my first pair. I was afraid to hook them up; not knowing what they would sound like. Well I was extremely pleased with what I heard. I quickly became very proud of demoing them to family and friends. I eventually ended building another 2 dozen of these speakers for family, they loved the sound.
    Being as I like to build things; I ended up redesigning the shape of the cabinet (still using the specified internal volumes) for a complete set for my HT. I also ended up building a few Tempest Octagon subs. The complete package sounds great for HT and I love the sound for my music. SACD in multichannel surround is superb.

    http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/attac...&postid=274605
    Here are the accompanying surrounds:

    http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/attac...&postid=274615

    Closer view of the front mains:

    http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/attac...&postid=274619
     
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  4. Michael Hartwig

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    The following link for the parts and instructions (note this is for a regular box style cabinet).
    http://www.audioreview.com/Learncrx.aspx
    click on DIY Speaker Kit
    All the electronic parts are available at
    http://www.solen.ca/

    SJ: They are already painted. I choose a textured paint to give me a seashell look. I live on the westcoast on Vancouver Island [​IMG] .
     
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    Beautiful!

    Those were so impressive I got sidetracked. I was using PSB Image series speakers all around but I recently started building GR AV-3 for the front array. I have only been able to complete the AV3-s center and I am more than impressed. The clarity of the AV3 is remarkable in comparison to the PSBs. I have also A/B the GR with my cousins ADS mains and Sonus Faber bookshelves and they still impress me. The sound is completely open and realistic.

    The great thing about DIY is that you can afford to build a few sets just to see what you like. I would not hesitate to build the AV3's. I can't wait to complete my full set.
     
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    I have just completed my AV-3s for use as a center. Every once and a while I get a sort of sibilance (metallic fuzziness) on female voices, otherwise it sounds great. Better than expected. Did you experience the same? I was thinking that it was due to the fact that the speaker is not broken in yet. I have maybe 40 hrs. I have also not yet tried it with a full on demo with a choice DVD.
     
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    Yeah, I never get tired of looking at Michael's speakers.

    Currently... I have a set of Georgia Tech 2-ways acting as my mains. Why? Because they were my first DIY speakers and I haven't had the heart to part with them.

    For a sub, I have my 85 Liter Shiva. Why? I dunno... the Shiva Mk I was the driver to have when I built it.

    I'm too embarassed to type this in full sized text: For my surrounds, I have some super cheap KLH full range speakers. They are crap! These date back to when I had my old prologic reciever.

    Someday... when I bring my HT out of the "industrial-minimalist-hodge-podge" look that it's in at the moment (new house), I'd like to make a full set of matching speaks.
     
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    I don't have a home theater but I am real happy using Adire Kit281s for music, and everyone says they are better for movies. [​IMG] (See Mike Knapp's page.)
     
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    Im using vented 281s for the mains and a LCC for the center. I love em.
     
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    Im using vented 281s for the mains and a LCC for the center. I love em. I also have a vented Adire alignment Tempest. I love that too. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  14. Dean-P

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    Michael Hartwig

    What are you using for a center channel?
     
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    No not where, but what of? Made up of what?[​IMG]
     
  17. Michael Hartwig

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    The center channel is made with 2 Peerless shielded woofers (831975) and the tweeter is also Peerless (811978). Follow this thread for more info: http://forums.audioreview.com/showthread.php?t=4268
    Is that the question? Or are you talking about cab material? MDF.
    I hope I answered your question.
     
  18. Dean-P

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    Yes,that is what I mean.[​IMG]
    What kind of impedance would that kind of wiring be? 4 or 8 ohm or even 16 ohm? Seems like, the way you have it wired, that it would be 16 ohms...
    Dean
     
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    Michael, those pictures of your work never fail to impress me.
     
  20. Brian-K-Owens

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    I use North Creek Rhythm's for front and center, and Borealis for surrounds:

    North Creek Kits

    Awesome sounding speaker for home theater or music. Great dynamics and imaging.

    Brian
     

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