To sound good at everything from quiet volumes(late night use), to medium volumes(general use) to pretty loud volumes(sometimes).
Total budget £500 max for the drivers,"wood"(MDF),passive crossovers and the amp.
The bass drivers would need to be the pa type as I much prefer the sound of cloth edged drivers to give that rough sound as I don't like too smooth or clinical clean sounding bass on those types of music give for the kind of music(which rubber or foam surround would give).
I play mostly, which is roots reggae, dub, digital reggae, dancehall, dnb, old skool jungle, although I do play other types of music I play the ones listed THE MOST.
First the amp, I want to avoid a normal intergrated hifi amp due to the very power they put out which would give weak low bass.
And buy something like the Behringer A500 which puts out 2x 230w rms into 4 ohms (fanless convection cooled amp) for £156.
Pa bass drivers to get low enough(can always add a sub if needed later though), without being too expensive and too large is the tricky one....
First the tweeters, either these:
Monacor RBT-95SQ Hi-Fi Ribbon Tweeter 30w rms/4.5-22khz/98db, £22 each
or this silk dome tweeter: Number One DT-80 HiFi Dome Tweeter, 45w rms/3.5khz-16khz, 97db £16 each
Mids to make cabinet design much easier would be better if they had sealed back like the:
Celestion Truvox TF0615MR 6 inch, 50w rms, 500hz-5khz, 97db sens, £24 each.
Or if it sounds much better I can get hold of Beyma Mi-80 6 inch mids rated 100w rms, 98 sens with a phase plug in them for £35 each used.
Bass drivers, I'll ONLY
as stated above want to go for drivers with a corrugated cloth surround for that ragged pa bass sound, which foam and rubber surrounds don't give for the type of music I listen to mainly.
Most cheaper pa bass drivers don't have big xmax, but after searching for a bit, I found one that does.
Beyma SM212 looks like a great 12 inch to go for as it has 7mm xmax, has an fs of 40hz, frequency range down to 45hz, sens of 98db and is £76 each.
But then I'd need the Eminence PX-LPAD rated 100w rms for £16 to lower the sensitivity of the mid and high drivers to match the bass driver....
If I went for this
Crossovers I'd probably use these:
Beyma 3VHIFI 3 way crossovers meant for hifi/studio monitors, £45 each.
What could I tune the enclosures to if the Beyma SM212 has an fs of 40hz, would it kill the driver to tune it to 40hz, or better tuning it to 45hz?