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  • Build Help - Sorry, I am new to this :)

    hey guys, I am wanting to dip my toe into building my own speakers, so looking for a simple build.

    What I want to do is build a small cabinet to hold my ipad mini. to do this, I was planning on having a "dock" it can lean into with speakers on each side. for simplicity, attach speakers via 3.5mm jack.

    What I am thinking is getting the following:

    1x M3N
    1x ND20FA-6 tweeter for each side
    1x DTA-2 amp

    questions:
    1) any thoughts on a crossover? do I really even need one?
    2) cabinet can be 10-12" tall. what is the minimum depth and width I can get away with for each of the speakers? I was thinking 10h x 4d x 4w (.5" MDF) to make it just over 1ltr.

    sorry for the newbie type questions... been searching a lot and having a hard time translating what others have done into what I am trying to do.


    Thanks!


  • #2
    after digging a little more, I think the right speaker box size is 11"h x 5"w x 6"d.

    digging more on xo design.

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    • #3
      Yes, you do need a crossover. If for nothing else than to attenuate and give the tweeter protection. 1 woofer and 2 tweeters does not make for a 2.1 setup. You may want to consider using 2 wide-band drivers. Possibly going a little wider for more volume and a little seperation.\
      https://www.facebook.com/Mosaic-Audi...7373763888294/

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      • #4
        If going 2.1, you can purchase all in one amp boards with a set crossover point/remote control

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        • #5
          If you like the M3N, try these. Easy build and they sound good

          http://techtalk.parts-express.com/bl...-foals-writeup

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          • #6
            To get started, definitely find an existing design that meets your requirements and build that. There have been a lot of small speaker designs posted on here in recent months to choose from. The very popular Overnight Sensations are about the right size and available as kit from several vendors including Parts Express.

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            • #7
              One liter is more like 60cu.in., not 160cu.in., so . . . If you're talking 11x5x6 INternal (for EACH side), now your box is more like 8L.
              Just make each side about 4L and use a single AURA NS3 w/a 1"id x 4" long port tube.

              If you can only hear up to 10k or so, I'd go w/a pair of ND91-8s (one for each side), each in about 90cu.in. (1.5L) w/a 1"id x 8" long port tube.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by zomby woof View Post
                If you like the M3N, try these. Easy build and they sound good

                http://techtalk.parts-express.com/bl...-foals-writeup

                Thanks, bud! That's one design I miss having around. Enough kick and wonderful midrange are their strengths.
                I'm toying with an idea currently to add a dedicated woofer to these marvels and clean them up even more.

                Later,
                Wolf
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                "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
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                • #9
                  One of my first builds was the one Chris R. above references. They sound amazingly good and are a great way to get started in speaker building. If you want more info on them do a Google search on Pico Neo speakers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wolf View Post


                    Thanks, bud! That's one design I miss having around. Enough kick and wonderful midrange are their strengths.
                    I'm toying with an idea currently to add a dedicated woofer to these marvels and clean them up even more.

                    Later,
                    Wolf

                    Thanks guys! I think I will go with the dragon foals.

                    Really appreciate all of the great responses!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Wolf View Post


                      Thanks, bud! That's one design I miss having around. Enough kick and wonderful midrange are their strengths.
                      I'm toying with an idea currently to add a dedicated woofer to these marvels and clean them up even more.

                      Later,
                      Wolf
                      You're welcome.

                      Very happy with them so far, and also considering adding a woofer to round out the sound a little.
                      Not that they would be ideal, but I have some ND105's that I've been anxious to fiddle with, and thought about incorporating them into a stand for the Foals.

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                      • #12
                        I have a set of RS125-4 handy, so that was what I'm planning. The sensitivity difference is from 82 to 91 in my case, so BSC should be easily dealt with. I don't plan on the same alignment as the Stance for the 125s, but something smaller, maybe 8 ltrs total for both drivers if I can swing it.

                        What started this endeavor you ask? I got a pair of baffles that would suit this direction. Tentative name will be 'Hybrid Vigor'. I thought to myself, 'Dragon Stance!', but then realized how silly that sounded....

                        Later,
                        Wolf
                        "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
                        "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
                        "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
                        "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

                        *InDIYana event website*

                        Photobucket pages:
                        http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

                        My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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