Originally Posted by bcharlsen
So would my pick if driver and tweet be ok in other designs?? or am I just SOL? I am more worried about sq not spl. some extra help would be great
The drivers are a key part of any design. You can't swap in other drivers.
Designing crossovers involves building, listening, measuring, and tweaking. It is unlikely that you'll be able to get someone to do that for you just so you can use some cheap drivers. A person with those skills is going to work on projects that they find interesting. Saving you a few bucks isn't interesting.
Also, be aware that crossovers can be a significant part of the cost of building a speaker. And lousy drivers often need expensive crossovers. A driver that looks like a bargain may not be once you build a crossover for it. That might be one reason that you don't see a lot of DIY speaker designs for every cheap driver out there.
You aren't SOL; you just need to change the way that you approach speaker building. If that feels too constraining, get over it. Focus on the possibilities rather than the limitations. There are tons of excellent designs out there.
Here are some more ideas (and I know that I am sort of ignoring your size requirements, but I think it's good to look outside your initial constraints a little bit):
* There's a speaker design on this $15.50 "tweeter" product page that uses the $9 Aura NS6 woofer that I mentioned:
* Madisound kits:
* "Stentorians" with lots of those NS6 woofers:
* Several small, budget-friendly designs in the threads here:
* This design requires some fancy woodworking, but it uses inexpensive drivers, and has some cool audio properties:
Now, with all due respect, quit whining and get back to planning your speaker build.
It's going to be fun.