I just couldn't decide, and I enjoy messing about with electronics (especially computers, love customizing my computers (ps3-linux before update killed the pinguin, archlinux/gentoo and non-explorer shell windows, and a rooted HTC Inspire with Jelly Bean). I knew there were schematics and diagrams for some popular DIY kits when I started my search for speakers, but didn't look to much into it until this past weekend. I'm amazed at the number of plans avalible, but did not expect to have so many very well documented ones! I thank everyone who has shared such materials with the world.
With so many options available, and my limited experience, I figured I'd ask again on the forum to help guide my decisions to point me the right way.
Budget: ~$2500-$3000, planning to build in steps--LCR, subs, surrounds, wides/heights, most likely in that order. With that in mind, the listed Budget is for as many upgrades I can get now, and will get the rest over time as money allows, so the budget isn't really much of a concern but I want to stay within reason for my room (no room for more exotic designs, could only use an array for front L/R but that is just to much overkill lol).
Receiver: Denon 4520CI, no external amps.
Use: Mostly computer gaming (moreso than consoles) and multi-channel music (like Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon: Immersion's 5.1 mixes) and movies the least.
Requirements: LCR idealy all the same, I'll be moving the tv to suit center channel size (LCR size can be tower or bookshelf, size is no issue). All other speakers must be near walls, with Surround L & Rear L/R exclusively wall mounted. Surround R and Wides have room for a speaker stand if it makes any difference. Heights need to hang from the ceiling (any mounts for this?)
Rear R speaker, thinking about replacing my door with something heavy duty and very secure when closed to get the rear speakers at ear level.
I am limited with my options, as I cannot build a crossover from scratch. I need a schematic for that, which means I can't just buy quality drivers and slap em in a box, they gotta be tuned and optomized which I lack the skills and tools needed.
With so much discrete channels in gaming I think timbre matching all around is strongly recommended for smooth immersion and proper imaging, especially behind you. My Room is ~1,000 cubic feet, with a 7.9' ceiling.
If I had to pick one I'd prefer a speaker that excells with multi-channel music over one that excells at the theatre experience. I think with only one seat to worry about anything should be great for both.
I was first interested in the Statements from the feedback about their amazing mid range performance. I can easily use three as LCR, but was concerned about timbre matching since Statement Monitors /Minis all require 1-2' from a wall which would place the side L/R extremely close, basically within arm distance away.
Next was any SEOS design, figured the great waveguide would be great for my room. Was thinking a *-15's for the LCR, and a mix of 8/10/12's for the rest where appropriate. Again I was concerned with timbre. Am I correct in think matching waveguide size and crossover designer is more important than matching compression drivers for these speakers? I've been trying to figure out how SEOS kits at diysoundgroup are ranked for performance. I did find the spreadsheet, but It's unclear to this layman. Specifically the differences between the two *-15 kits, and between the alpha-12, deltalite-II and fusion-12. Aside from the crossovers I think I need to find info on the differences between their woofer drivers, right?
Kahnspires are next to research, but others on my list are Dayton RS 3-ways, Modula, Natalie P, and some of their variants.
Now for some questions: How do any of the above compare to another, either listed or not (not limited to DIY speakers). I'd like to compare their quality, relatively.
In your opinion, are any of these better suited to my room than the others?
Any recommendations around this price range that I should add to my research list?
I'm very interested in a relative comparison between Statements, Khanspires and any SEOS.
I almost purchased the SEOS sets for LCR's last night on impulse, but forced myself to wait until I'm confident with my decision. Hopefully this thread will not only extend my research options, but also help me make a final decision more quickly than google searching (only so many hours in a day, and that's not enough for this forum lol). If no other options would provide equal or better mids/highs I'll probbably stick with a SEOS variant, I find the design is more interesting and I believe the waveguide would be a great asset for my room (if I'm wrong, please explain why--I like learning).
All replies are much appreciated!
Here's the layout from the previous thread, as well as notes:
-Circle is the MLP. Again, only I will use this room so sweet spot size is no issue.
-Current speakers are shown (7.1 standard layout), with an area marking where I plan to add Wides and Heights. Heights would be ~45° vertically somewhere in said locations, hanging down from the ceiling.
-Bed stays, but the desk will get replaced if needed to accomodate center speaker.