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Designing Desktop Monitors: Using Crystal Skull Vodka Bottles as the housing and I need speaker recommendations

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Hi. I'm a college student and have been an active follower/reader of HeadFi for quite some time; it is because of this site that I got into high end audio, was able to decide upon buying a pair of Grado 325i's and found out how to modify them (rhydon v4 drivers and custom cups from MartinCustomAudio.com). Here's a pic of my Grados now (they're the second post on the page):

http://www.martincustomaudio.com/search?updated-max=2012-06-03T11:19:00-05:00&max-results=25&start=88&by-date=false

Anyway, a couple days ago I was in NYC for an interview and I saw a pair of Harmon Kardon GLA 55s in a store. I loved the way these speakers looked but for $1000, as college student, I simply cannot afford that; it took me 3 years to get my grados to where they are today. I need, well want, new desktop speakers. As I surfed the web and looked at new, uniquely designed desktop speakers, I thought "I'm an engineer, I'll just make them myself." So I thought about making some desktop monitors using a couple Crystal Skull Vodkas Bottles (empty) as the housing. Here's a picture for reference:

http://www.apetogentleman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Crystal-Head-Vodka-640.jpg

I figured I'll hollow out the eyes and put some small speakers in there, maybe put some LEDs in there when I'm done. The reason I'm posting this is to get some opinions/advice from people:

- I can do all the drilling and sealing for the housing so that should be, relatively, easy
- I can get the bottles not problem (they're like $30 each on ebay for a 750ml bottle or $25 for a 500ml) so I figure if I get 4 bottles ( 8 speakers total; 2 tweeters and 6 mids), that should produce a loud enough sound for my room set up.
- I have a sub already and an Onkyo CR-445 receiver, which is what I plan on wiring them up to when I make them, so I'll use a passive crossover system when installing the speakers.
- The glass should be thick enough, considering the size of the speakers that I plan on using.
- Soldering will not be a problem

I really need speaker recommendations because I want them be be LOUD but have no idea what speakers to use or where to get them; I tried looking on Amazon but had no luck. I thought that this forum would be the most appropriate place to post this question so I'm sorry if its not . Any and all advice/feedback/recommendations are welcome. Anyway, thanks for all the help and I look forward to your responses!
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Parts Express has lots of speaker building components.

However, know that building speakers is a lot more than just sticking drivers that fit inside. If you are doing this for a novelty, OK. If you are doing this because you want them to sound good, you have a lot of audio science to learn. Check out some DIY Internet speaker communities if good sound is your goal as they can help you get started. Here's one.

For instance, the first thing you need to learn about is sensitivity. The trick to "loud" is to get the drivers with higher sensitivity ratings: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-explain-speaker-sensitivity.htm.
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