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    I built the Audax HT speakers a while back. Through some abuse, wear and tear, etc., I decided I was going to rebuild them. A couple of the drivers need replaced. Imagine my dismay when I discovered they're no longer available!!

    My original idea was to make 5 of the center speakers to use all around. I think for the price, this speaker is hard to beat!

    So, what wold be a good system to look at to replace the Audax system? I would like to keep the cost somewhat comparable to what these cost.

    My room is a dedicated room 17'X26' with 8.5' ceiling. I am currently running a Sony STR-DA 50 ES receiver. (I know, dinosaur, but it works great!).

    I am currently only looking for 5 speaker set, haven't decided on a sub design yet.


    Thanx for any help you can throw my way!!



    Griffster

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    Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

    I guess what I'm looking for is something that has roughly the same performance of the Audax kit. I've spent the better part of the day searching the web, and haven't found a lot to choose from. Does anyone have a link to HT speaker plans? I can spend more than the Audax's cost, but the sky is NOT the limit!

    I have above average woodworking ability, and am not afraid to take on something a little more advanced. I looked on the projects page here, but didn't see anything I like.

    Most of the DIY forums seem to be sub oriented. And while I'm looking at sub ideas, I need a set of speakers to replace what I currently have. What's everyone building these days?


    Thanx!!



    Griff

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    • #3
      Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

      Try these:

      http://www.rjbaudio.com/Microbe/microbe.html

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      • #4
        Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

        The Audax drivers used that design have been unavailable to us DIY'ers for a number of years.

        The good news is I believe you will find that there have been some significant advances in driver design in the intervening years. -And the pricing can be significantly better as well.

        If you've been out of pocket when it comes to DIY designs, we have seen significant improvements in the quality of DIY designs in the last several years. This is due to both the availability of affordable software tools, and to the increase in design cognizance of the DIY group as a whole.

        Lots of well turned out designs can be found here:

        http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=28655

        as well as in the Mission Accomplished section there...

        Hopefully you will find something that strikes your fancy.

        Many have heard or built these designs, and I'm sure will be more than glad to share their experiences.

        C
        Curt's Speaker Design Works

        "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
        - Aristotle

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        • #5
          Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

          Thanx Curt! I just wandered back to htguide. Been a member a long time, haven't been in a long time.

          Thanx for the suggestions!!

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          • #6
            Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

            Originally posted by georgew View Post

            george,

            I don't think those will give me the punch I'm looking for. They look like a very well-designed speaker, but too small for my room...


            Thanx!!

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            • #7
              Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

              This page is an interesting read...

              http://www.customanalogue.com/elsino...nore_index.htm

              And Parts Express is carrying the woofers again:

              http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...umber=264-1092

              I also noticed that Madisound has recently started getting some of the old Audax drivers back in stock. A few different tweeters, the PR170 pro midwoofer, the 5.25" Aerogel woofers, and the small carbon fiber woofers.
              "...this is not a subwoofer" - Jeff Bagby ;)

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              • #8
                Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

                Originally posted by Griffster View Post
                george,

                I don't think those will give me the punch I'm looking for. They look like a very well-designed speaker, but too small for my room...


                Thanx!!
                The Microbe is a bass overachiever for it's size. I would not worry about that.

                It's been awhile, and I'd have to dig out the old catalog, but what was the cost on the old Audax HT kits? If they were under $300 for the pair, then the "MAX" 8" 2-way I've been working at might be suitable for size/cost/sensitivity.. I have a couple more things to try on the tweeter, and then they should be finished:

                http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...h_speaker/MAX/



                There are also a multitude of Dayton RS-HT kits for sale at PE, or you can also use a proven DIY design. There are many here at PE, HTguide, etc... The RS-Modula by Jon Marsh seems ot be very popular for about the same price point I listed above, but you only get a 7" 2-way with that.

                The Dr. K/Natalie P is the MTM alternative.

                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:
                https://app.photobucket.com/u/wolf_teeth_speaker

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

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                • #9
                  Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

                  Originally posted by Griffster View Post
                  Thanx Curt! I just wandered back to htguide. Been a member a long time, haven't been in a long time.

                  Thanx for the suggestions!!
                  Welcome back to the fold, Griff!

                  C
                  Curt's Speaker Design Works

                  "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
                  - Aristotle

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                  • #10
                    Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

                    Critofur,

                    Those are crazy!! As much as I wish I could own a set.......


                    Wolf,

                    I have a hard time thinking the microbe can produce as much sound as the Audax's do. The Max-8 looks intriguing. Do you have a write-up about it anywhere?

                    Curt,


                    Thanx!! Been looking over your page....

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                    • #11
                      Re: Audax Sold Out!! What to do....

                      Originally posted by Griffster View Post
                      Wolf,

                      I have a hard time thinking the microbe can produce as much sound as the Audax's do. The Max-8 looks intriguing. Do you have a write-up about it anywhere?..
                      Not yet, as I am still finalizing the design. It won't be long. There is a thread for the build, but it's not completed either:

                      http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...ghlight=update

                      It's close, but not quite ready. I will post a writeup when completed.
                      Later, and thanks for asking!
                      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:
                      https://app.photobucket.com/u/wolf_teeth_speaker

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

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                      • #12
                        I have 2 HP130ZO and 2 AP130ZO

                        I have some of the Audax mids:

                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=214625

                        How about $15 a pair of either the HP130zo or AP130zo?

                        I would be glad to shake the dust off them for you.

                        Send me a PM here if interested.

                        Dick

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