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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by siptu View Post

dont worry too much if you want to build your own speaker cabinets.

the lines dont need to be perfectly straight or smooth.

you can nail the boards together (or use screws if they are small enough .. otherwise a pre-drilled hole does help)

 

get it held together and then use something as simple as a hot glue gun to seal up all the gaps from the inside.

 

you could get a cheap jigsaw off ebay if you cant find one locally ($20 - $30)

then drive down the alley to see where they keep the garbage and hunt for some wood.

if simply cleaning it doesnt do it for it, you could leave it out in the sun for a while .. or simply seal the wood with paint.

 

$30 for the amp

 

that leaves $140 for midrange .. tweeter .. crossover .. speaker wire

 

the question is,

is there any reward for building it more in-depth?

 

the one thing i havent heard about the DIY speakers at parts-express .. complaints

(i havent heard much, but from what was there i say)

 

A buddy of mine built a speaker box out of a cardboard box, pencils to keep it from exploding out the back, and duct tape.

Sounds pretty decent for less than $1 worth of materials.

post #17 of 30

2 layers of pizza box can prove to be stiff... at least it was for the 5.25 inch hole on my speaker boxes that i had covered up.

 

double the size.. double the layers..

 

could work if they are glued together to keep the inside layer from vibrating.

post #18 of 30

If you're in Australia these will be well and truly worth your money. I would have gone with these in a heartbeat if I wanted to put together a cheap setup. This is similar to the CNET review suggested earlier.
 

http://www.theloudspeakerkit.com/dayton-b652-6-1-2-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-pair/

http://www.theloudspeakerkit.com/dayton-dta-100a-class-t-amp-30-wpc/

post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rictee View Post

If you're in Australia these will be well and truly worth your money. I would have gone with these in a heartbeat if I wanted to put together a cheap setup. This is similar to the CNET review suggested earlier.
 

http://www.theloudspeakerkit.com/dayton-b652-6-1-2-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-pair/

http://www.theloudspeakerkit.com/dayton-dta-100a-class-t-amp-30-wpc/

damn it costs 50 for a pair on amazon but 100 for a pair in Australia of the Daytons

post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Have you seen this review at CNET? http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/

Get the Lepai t-amp and then find some used speakers locally. You can get way better sound than from any <$200 multimedia speakers.

What used speakers? like anything I can find?

post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by McNuggetsPie View Post

What used speakers? like anything I can find?

Not just anything. But whatever sounds good to you. smily_headphones1.gif
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by McNuggetsPie View Post

damn it costs 50 for a pair on amazon but 100 for a pair in Australia of the Daytons

There are some hidden gems under $100. They don't have to be used. 

 

Take a look at the Micca MB42. 

post #23 of 30

First of all, is Sir Paul really posting on these forums?  :)

 

Anyhow, I know I might get laughed at but I picked up a pair of used AudioEngine A2 power speakers yesterday for $75.  I think they are new about $180.  They sound very nice for what they are....tiny speakers.  Since they are small, they designed them to overemphasize the bass I bit which to some people, it's good.  Just a suggestion, I am sure there are many options out there that are cheaper and sound the same but I haven't done much research.
 

post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Centropolis View Post

Anyhow, I know I might get laughed at but I picked up a pair of used AudioEngine A2 power speakers yesterday for $75.  I think they are new about $180.  They sound very nice for what they are....tiny speakers.  Since they are small, they designed them to overemphasize the bass I bit which to some people, it's good.  Just a suggestion, I am sure there are many options out there that are cheaper and sound the same but I haven't done much research. 

That CNET review (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/) describes the Lepai/Dayton set as better sounding than the A2s. With a budget of $180, it would be possible to exceed their SQ even more since that allows for even better passive speakers.
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Centropolis View Post

First of all, is Sir Paul really posting on these forums?  :)

 

Anyhow, I know I might get laughed at but I picked up a pair of used AudioEngine A2 power speakers yesterday for $75.  I think they are new about $180.  They sound very nice for what they are....tiny speakers.  Since they are small, they designed them to overemphasize the bass I bit which to some people, it's good.  Just a suggestion, I am sure there are many options out there that are cheaper and sound the same but I haven't done much research.
 

That's a pretty good deal for $75. Congrats.

post #26 of 30

Centropolis, you're a lucky man. I never found a pair of used audioengines for less than 120 Euro

post #27 of 30

Used Energy, Paradigm...

post #28 of 30

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR is currently $100 on Amazon. That with an inexpensive amp gets you great sound under $200. 

post #29 of 30

currently looking into buying micca mb42 and lepai lp 2020a and speaker cable. since amazon doesnt ship to australia melbourne, does anyone know any website that ships here? i really like the look of those and the review gives me a really positive feelings

post #30 of 30
The Micca Motion MB42 appear to be a house brand of Micca Distributors, although I cannot seem to find them on their website: http://miccastore.com/. You might contact them directly to see if they can say where to buy in Australia.
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