Originally Posted by Valtyr
Okay, great! Thank you both for your replies.
I think building my own cabinets is probably out of the question, I do not understand the graphs well and I have no real understanding what I need to tweak when I do it.
I think I read one of your other posts where you had recommended the same sub to another member and you mentioned another option for a pre-fabricated enclosure. That is probably doable but I'm guessing this Dayton is right up my alley.
Are any of these other Dayton kits up to par with what I'm looking for? I with the assembled box on the dual one was slightly more attractive. The others in the kit section seem to be more boxy and what I'd be used to looking at.
I was also curious, I read in a post possibly even my own thread. Someone mentioned that the amp is not limited like the SVS subs are. Does that mean I can destroy the amp? I really don't think I'll use the sub to destroy walls or at their maximum capacity I do listen to music at high volumes though so I just want to ensure that I cannot destroy these with reasonable listening. Also, are the Yamaha receiver or the Denon receiver powerful enough to power one of these DIY kits? I guess with an amp it would be powering itself and simply processing audio waves as the receiver sends them. Thoughts?
There are projects out there with pre-made cabinets, not quite as simple to assemble like the dayton sub and are a bit more involved, but they wouldn't be really hard. There is this cabinet pack
that can be ordered to fit the SI 18" drivers which can be ordered here
. This Behringer
amp could power that easily, and it could power another if you wanted to make two subs. You will want some kind of limiter or EQ on that thing and there are a lot of options in that respect (here is an good solution for that
). A single sub made from those parts wouldn't cost more than $1k for everything, including a nice finish or veneer. Since you could use the same Amp and EQ for an additional sub, you could have two 18"s for maybe $1300 overall. That kind of performance wouldn't come close to being matched for that price by any commercial subwoofer, and you can make them look as nice as you want since you are doing the finish. That even blow away the Dayton dual driver sub, but, like I said, a bit more work is involved. You would probably need to spend 2.5 to 3k to get a performance matching commercial system.
Tweaking the subs are not that hard, just ask for help in the DIY forum, you will get a lot of assistance there. There is a wealth of resources available for anyone going in this direction.
As for the other Dayton kits, this one
wouldn't be so bad, it would be about on the level of say an SVS SB12 NSD, but probably more mid and upper bass output I am guessing. The only other kits which are interesting, the Titanic driver kits, are not in stock.
As for the limiters on the amp, the Dayton kits will all have limiters, but if you went with something like the 18" SI drivers, you would need to configure the EQ for a limiter. It wouldn't be that hard, just set up a high pass filter in there. They can play as safe as any protected commercial subwoofer, it just depends on the way you set it up.
And yes, these solutions are all self amplified, your receiver isn't needed to power these subs.