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  • #16
    Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

    Totally cool write up, Jeff! +1 on the mention of my project, and like others have mentioned your PCD program ROCKS!!
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    • #17
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      Even though I've still not actually built a speaker, I owe what I have done to Your software and the amazing advise, and positive critique the more knowledgable members here have given. I read almost everything I can here and try to absorb as much as I possibly can. I'd really like to finish the Deadhorses before my 2 year mark, which seems to be coming up here more quickly than ever.

      Thanks to you, and everyone else that's ever given me advise or posted any accurate information on the web in general!

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      • #18
        Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

        Great post! Thank you for the encouraging words. Makes me want to be at home reading more of my copy of Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, instead of stuck at work.
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        • #19
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          Thanks Jeff, Thanks for all
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          • #20
            Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

            I have no problems desigining speakers... now building them... that's another ball park. Give another 20 years for those 3D printers to be practical and then I'll be able to execute any designs I can think of hahaha....

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            • #21
              Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

              And Wolf's designs are always impeccably voiced.
              As always, thank you for the priceless compliment, and I am also proud to be a member of this community. If you hadn't shown me some of the ropes, nor had I done the 3 years of reading and learning on the first large scale project, I also feel I would not be where I am today in this hobby.

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              • #22
                Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                As been mentioned I wouldn't be doing this without your tools. How great to be able to design speakers with very little math or electronic back ground. Being a 30+ year carpenter not to much excited me when it came to building or designing anything until I came across speakers. The creativity can be endless.
                Thanks for the mention although I don't belong with the other names.

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                • #23
                  Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                  Pretty nice synopsis Jeff. I remember blowing people away with my SpeakerLab 30's back in the early 80's. Certainly the proliferation of design tools and CAD capability has opened up the field to anyone with patience and perseverance. I remember the first geek fest we did here in AZ. One or two superb designs, a few "pretty goods", and the rest were "compromised" a bit. The last couple years, there weren't any that I couldn't handle. It's amazing to think back to the old Mad board & bass list days, -- and realize many of the same debates are still raging today! :rolleyes:

                  The creativity of the boxes and driver configurations has far surpassed the commercial realm. Ironic, now that we've "arrived", the world belongs to MP3 players and earbuds. Pretty amazing to see the turnout at MWAF and the variety of approaches. I wouldn't want to be a judge. Kind of like doing Miss America. Nobody there you wouldn't be glad to go home with! :D
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                  • #24
                    Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                    I have only been at this a few years, so it's really good to get the perspective of those who have been doing this many years, and know that quality has been raised across the board.

                    What about quantity? I see many guys here churning out multiple builds a year. I can't imagine this was the case in the early days.

                    Aside from the emergence and improvement in design and communication tools, I bet long-term cost trends play a role too. Sure we complain about recent price increases, but in relative terms over the decades, I'm sure costs have come down for drivers, XO parts and cab materials, of course adjusting for changes in spending power (inflation).

                    I suppose there should be no surprise that what we see in DIY speaker building reflects the constant push in our economy/society overall for better, faster, cheaper.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                      My first ever 'DIY speaker' was in the 4th grade (about 1985). My dad had some Sony 3 ways and something happened that damaged one of the cabinets and he was going to toss them out. I took them and put them in a cardboard box at first, and I don't mean I packaged them up, the box was the cabinet :D. Eventually I built some particle board cabinets and found out a bit about how much better they sounded when firmly mounted (about 7th grade). Then I replaced the xovers w/ some ratshack ones having absolutely no idea what I was doing and they sounded a little better. Over the years I've played w/ lots of different speakers and over time figured out that even minor changes to things like the foam surround on woofers makes a big difference (sometimes bad, sometimes good). But, I never knew how you did the math to figure out how to make it all work.

                      Long story short, I still don't really understand it all- but I'm getting there :p! I just kind of stumbled on the DIY forums while googling something entirely different. I hope to someday get an understanding of xover and cabinet design, but until then I'll thoroughly enjoy using all you're wisdom!

                      Basically just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for taking the time to share it, and taking the time to help answer all my dumb questions. I feel like a kid again when I'm building speakers and it's not work, it's thoroughly enjoyable. Hopefully someday I'll have more time and money, and be able to purchase some of those tools it takes to voice speakers, design xovers, etc and be able to give back some of what I've gained. Thanks again guys
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                      • #26
                        Curt's Speaker Design Works

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                        - Aristotle

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                        • #27
                          Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                          Originally posted by davepellegrene View Post
                          As been mentioned I wouldn't be doing this without your tools. How great to be able to design speakers with very little math or electronic back ground. Being a 30+ year carpenter not to much excited me when it came to building or designing anything until I came across speakers. The creativity can be endless.
                          Thanks for the mention although I don't belong with the other names.

                          Dave
                          You're wrong there, Dave - you have earned your spot. Anyone who has seen and heard your speakers would agree. It has also been nice getting to know you and your family.
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                          • #28
                            Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                            Jeff, what an excellent writing! The more I learn about this hobby, the more I find I don't know. Old commercial speakers have been finding me lately and as I dig into them (sometimes to repair, others to salvage parts) I see the state that commercial audio has been. Most were so built so poorly that salvaging them hardly is worth the effort. There are exceptions but they are few and far between. Even I with my admittedly limited knowledge and experience in home audio have been able to design and build a few sets that have far exceeded most of those older sets. This was only possible due to the help and software I have received by gentleman such as you Jeff and many others. So thank your for helping to make this crazy hobby easier and much more enjoyable!
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                            • #29
                              Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                              A most inspiring write-up! Thanks Jeff!

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                              • #30
                                Re: Personal Commentary on the State of DIY Speakerbuilding

                                Excellent advice there, Curt

                                And thanks for the nice comments you gave on the judging sheets for my speakers.
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