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    My daughter wanted a set of small speakers for her room. Instead of buying something at the store, I told her I could make her something in whatever color she wanted. She chose Teal.

    I happened to stop by Michaels looking for some paint to make a teal stain out of and I stumbled across some wooden craft boxes for $5. A bit flimsy, but pretty easy to reinforce inside and would be perfectly suitable for this build (was going to use some B3N's I had left over in a sealed configuration).

    All told, I have $12 in materials, not counting my hardware and speakers that I already had lying around. I'm powering them with a small class D amp. Thought that I might have to make some kind of notch filter, but after cutting the treble and boosting the bass on the little amp, the sound is rather (shockingly) good.

    I ended up leaving the gold hardware on it since it matched the HiVi (non-functional though since the lid is glued shut). I stained the front a golden oak and mixed up an Acrylic stain with 2/3 paint and 1/3 water and stained the rest in a teal. Then a few coats of spray-on poly and I was done.

    My wife says I should sell these at the local craft fair in various colors, but they'd probably need to be powered/bluetooth and that up the costs considerably. Anyways, wanted to share as I've seen some neat speaker projects on here made out of unlikely sources.


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  • #2
    Great work! That ought to spoil her for a while.

    And if she runs out of clean headroom, tell her you can fix that if she helps you build a little sub.....

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    • #3
      Very nice.

      zaph has a design with the same driver on his site i believe, filter already laid out for you if you plan to go that route!

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      • #4
        Those look nice! Better than I expected for such a budget build.

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        • #5
          Thanks all. She was definitely happy with them and listened to them all evening after school.


          Originally posted by Kustomize View Post
          Very nice.

          zaph has a design with the same driver on his site i believe, filter already laid out for you if you plan to go that route!

          I was going to copy that filter but honestly, these aren't too bad as-is. I read a few other posts with folks saying that so I thought I'd try it first, then I could always do the filter later on.


          Apparently these boxes are made from Paulownia wood. I have not tried to stain that before but it took the stain pretty well. Much better than something like Pine, that's for sure.

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          • #6
            That 8kHz breakup is probably most apparent on-axis. If you never listen that way, it may not be a concern.
            Francis

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