Ive been reading and reading and reading and reading, which means ive changed my mind a bazillion times already, but i think for my Home Subwoofer, Ill be going semi-DIY. Ive never attempted this. I was looking at the Hsu VTF-15, and the PSA XS-30, and a couple of others (my price range is right at $1000.. maybe $1100.. yeah, and this is a HUGE investment for me, as I am probably getting into a hobby that is beyound my paygrade, but hey, why not)
Now, i hear for around the same price, I can get two of these Dayton 18" subs for $250 each. and they have the flat pack box you can order, that is allegedly easy to put together for about $125 each.. I think i want to give this a whirl.. Im going to just post a bunch of random questions here, and hope you experts will throw me some good ideas/opinions/etc..
remember, this is my first attempt at any sort of build, and i really cant afford to screw it up!
let me know if you need pics of my little apartment or anything like that to give advice.
1. Would it be smarter to go this route? Will one of these easily do what one of the pre-built subs i mentioned above do?
2. I was thinking of getting the EP4000 as the amp to power this build, so when i buy the stuff for a second one, i have enough juice for it already.. however, i read that you need a mini DSP? Im pretty clueless about that.. is that what it needs in order to tune the amp for a subwoofer? If so, can you guys clue me in on them, and point me in the right direction? And any explanations on how to adjust it, etc.. Id love to hear. (Im hoping you guys know the exact sub and flat pack im speaking of, as to give me specific advice)
3. How many tubes of glue do i need for this? Is that loctite PL premium the stuff i should use?
4. Exactly how do i wire this thing up properly and get it where it needs to be with all the settings and whatnot? (I have an onkyo 809 receiver, which can handle 4ohm speakers, i dont know if that matters, as this thing will have its own dedicated sub.) Exactly what wires do i need to go from my receiver to this sub, and what wires do i need within the sub enclosure? Also, exactly where do you run the wires in the enclosure as to not cause any vibrations/extra noise/etc..
5. any pointers on properly glueing/clamping/building this thing? and what should i use to install the driver into the baffle? Someone mentioned MDF doesnt really like screws??
Please just give me any and all specific or general advice you can on basically the build from start to finish.. Feel free to ask me any questions and i will provide you whatever info you need to help..
Im looking for just awe inspiring bass that gets down low (I love when the bass tickles your throat, even when you cant hear the bass). I am about 50/50 music/movies. running 7.1 right now, but actually thinking of just going down to 5.1. Oh, and im one of those idiots with no regaurds for his hearing, as i will listen full volume all the time, especially music. I want it to hurt!!
I really am greatful for the folks who know what they are talking about, who step up and help on these forums.. without them, i would just get frustrated.
some other notes: I really cant afford to screw up this build, it is a huge investment for me. I dont have bunches of testers and tools. I have access to a couple of clamps and a caulking gun and a drill with asssorted bits (this is why i was going to go with the flat pack that is allegedly easy to assemble). i live in an L shapped small apartment. the tip of the "L" is prolly about 1200^3 and the stem of the "L" is prolly 1600^3 feet. also, dont take my neighbors into consideration when you give advice on volume and whatnot.. pretend i live in the middle of nowhere, as i made friendly with all my neighbors and i know when i can and cant max this bad boy out.
Long live the addiction to better audio!