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evilskillit
Jan 7, 2014

METAL TOADS


It occurs to me that I should have posted this earlier so there would be more advance notice in case anyone wants to tune in.

Anyways a bunch of DIY speaker building enthusiasts are getting together on 10/18. We're going to be live streaming the whole thing.
If you're into speakers, wood working, wasting money, or other nerdery you can tune in here to see people show off their designs and talk about them.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iowadiy---grinnell-diy-audio-event

I've been thinking about doing a DIY speaker building thread if that's something people would be interested in at some point. I'm no expert but I'm sure I could throw something together. Anyways I'll be there tomorrow, tho just attending, I'm not showing anything. To any one who tunes in, cheers.

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evilskillit
Jan 7, 2014

METAL TOADS


Welp that was a total waste of time for you guys. Apparently the venue had a problem with ustream and I didn't find out till I got back home the next day. Sorry to anyone who actually tried to watch it.

Here's the streamed video on youtube, the sound isn't great but you can't hear how good a speaker sounds through another set of speakers anyways, but it shows off the looks of the designs and you can hear the designers talk a bit about them and whatnot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNnF7yZmTY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=?12_neK6JlHk

Mofabio
May 15, 2003
(y - mx)*(1/(inf))*(PV/RT)*(2.718)*(V/I)

Thanks for posting - not a total waste of time. I'm still rocking DIY microbes from the old AV forum thread.

I'm looking to upgrade at some point though - is there an effort-to-cost-to-sound quality sweet spot?

ChaoticSeven
Aug 11, 2005



I was just trying to remember the name of those speakers from the old thread. Building those is what got me started in woodworking. Still have them, was thinking about refinishing and repainting them since I'm better at that stuff now.

Olympic Mathlete
Feb 25, 2011





I'm a Bill Fitzmaurice fan, have multiple different subs built from his designs and a quad of his PA tops. All are real loud on virtually no power and the quality of them compared to the cost (and other speaker brands) is unreal.

I'd quite like to go off piste though and crank out some acrylic bookshelf speakers for shits and giggles because I'm bored. Might do that over the winter, burn my fingers soldering crossovers and such.

Methylethylaldehyde
Oct 23, 2004

BAKA BAKA


ChaoticSeven posted:

I was just trying to remember the name of those speakers from the old thread. Building those is what got me started in woodworking. Still have them, was thinking about refinishing and repainting them since I'm better at that stuff now.

The Microbe bookshelf speakers? About as big as a gallon jug of milk? I built two sets of them and a big sub from instructions in that thread, and they're still going like champs.

ChaoticSeven
Aug 11, 2005



Yes, I believe so. One of my tweeters "blew" but then mysteriously started working fine again. I don't use them right now, but I'd like to put them in the bathroom up high in the corners. They're ported though, not sure how much room they need from the wall.

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evilskillit
Jan 7, 2014

METAL TOADS


Actually yeah a pair of Microbes from the old thread about 7 years ago is what got me into DIY speaker building. They're still on my desk serving as great PC speakers. I've built more stuff in my day. Still haven't gotten around to learning the art of the passive crossover, but active stuff is getting so cheap and easy to come by that I may never have to.

The hobby has come a long ways, here's some pictures of this weekend's get together.
http://imgur.com/a/yqY6U

Mofabio posted:

Thanks for posting - not a total waste of time. I'm still rocking DIY microbes from the old AV forum thread.

I'm looking to upgrade at some point though - is there an effort-to-cost-to-sound quality sweet spot?

Not 100% sure what you mean by effort in that equation. I suppose the answer to that aspect would be pick a simple design, something rectangular and don't do any of the crazy shaped poo poo if you're not into it.

As far as cost goes you can build some real giant slayer stuff. In the $300-$800 range you can build stuff that'll probably blow away anything you could get at a hi-fi shop for under several thousand, and beyond $800 in DIY and a couple thousand at the high-fi shop I think you hit diminishing returns pretty hard.

ChaoticSeven posted:

I was just trying to remember the name of those speakers from the old thread. Building those is what got me started in woodworking. Still have them, was thinking about refinishing and repainting them since I'm better at that stuff now.

Yeah my original Microbes look relatively like poo poo. I also plan to give them the box they deserve on some rainy day.

ChaoticSeven posted:

Yes, I believe so. One of my tweeters "blew" but then mysteriously started working fine again. I don't use them right now, but I'd like to put them in the bathroom up high in the corners. They're ported though, not sure how much room they need from the wall.

Yeah the port needs at least an inch or two off the wall to breathe. Unless you re-build the cabinets and relocate the port to the front or side or bottom or something.

evilskillit fucked around with this message at 23:34 on Oct 21, 2014

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