I'm looking to start the process of building my 5 speaker set. I have fluance atm, but looking for much better. If i were to buy speakers, i would go ascend as everyone around the speaker forum praises ascend.
I have a rule when it comes to buying loudspeakers. Always listen before you buy. If you can't audition then you are gambling on whether it will satsify.
I have another rule for building loudspeakers. Always experiment before you
build and sample various drivers to understand their personality. This of course
doesn't happen overnight and it's a time and money consuming hobby.
The general broadcast rule if you still don't know, then build known good kits
What kind of drivers would i need to compare to ascend? (assuming that my construction is good)
When you DIY you are usually limited to the brands that offer raw drivers for sale
and you have to analyze all the variables to come to a design conclusion.
It's is possible to make a great sound system with cheap drivers and make
a poor sound system with great drivers. The driver is one variable in the design
I was thinking of using Dayton reference series for my speakers.
Those drivers are good, but just like any driver, understand how to work
Any better brands?
There are many brands of drivers, you can spend your whole career just
analyzing all of them :) ... Usually money dictates which drivers you migrate
too as some folks don't want to spend alot of money. If you have a limited
budget then you can narrow the driver choices. Make a list of driver
candidates based on the budget and weed them out by analyzing and or
asking others about them. Unless you want to buy samples and do your
own auditioning and testing.
If the DIY aspect of designing loudspeakers is confusing then just build
known good kits and begin your quest from there as you have a reference
for future projects that you design yourself.