I've been wanting to start a speaker project for some time although I am having a hard time feeling informed enough to pick a particular design. Music is my passion in life and I really want to take the time to do my homework before investing my time & money in my first DIY audio project.
I've currently got a pair of Mackie MR-8 Studio Reference Monitors (mackie.com/products/mrseries/
) for my DJ setup and home theater. I really love these units and the fact that they are active really makes life simple >_<
I'm ready to explore the world of passive DIY speakers, and would like to start by building a pair of towers that rival (or, ideally, surpass) the quality of my current monitors. My biggest issue is determining how much to spend, as I don't want to spend around ~$500 building some speakers only to neglect them and spend my time listening to my Mackies.
As most folks new to DIY I looked at the TriTrix kit (parts-express.com/projectshowcase/indexn.cfm?project=Tritrix
) but quickly disregarded them as I don't think they'll be substantially better (if at all better) than my current setup (not to mention I want to build my own towers from scratch). I'd really like to build towers as opposed to bookshelf monitors as I just love the look! Now I've been drooling over the Copper Project (parts-express.com/projectshowcase/indexn.cfm?project=CopperProject
) as it uses much better drivers yet still utilizes a very simple crossover and cabinet design. Any thoughts on the Copper Project design?
I've been trying to find more designs other than those found on Parts Express, but find most forums inundated with sub build after sub build =( I'd really appreciate any and all help you folks can offer....I would LOVE to start my project ASAP!! I don't intend this to be my soul fulfilling setup that will last me decades, but I want to build something of relatively high quality that will last me a couple years until I can learn more about speaker design and acoustics.
Concerning my setup/budget:
- I would like to spend no more than $600 on the speakers & crossover, although I'm leaning more towards cheaper designs since this is my first project. If this is an unrealistic budget (or overly generous), please let me know!! I am really interested in learning the value of DIY speakers.
- I am still in the process of picking out a new receiver, although I believe it will be either an HK 3490 or an Onkyo TX-SR608
- Working with a mid-sized bedroom that I am going to completely re-arrange to accommodate the speakers
Any thoughts on where I should begin? I'm really interested in what you've got to say!