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Helix DIYSG Build

Got my Helix Speakers from DIYSG on Saturday! This was my first speaker build, very please with how it came out. Thanks @MinHeadroom and @PreciseD for encouraging me to build my own speakers! I'll definitely be going the diy route for my HT.

Here's some pictures of the Helix Build. Got my 16yr old to help me solder one of the boards...it was a fun project to work on together.

The most stressful part was the time between soldering the board and hooking everything up to an amp before assembling inside the cabinet to make sure everything was working! it all came out good though

The speakers sound very good, I am extremely pleased with them.





















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Those look good! I want a set of these myself. I heard them recently and they sound fantastic! Nice work.
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Great job and nice solder joints!!

The DIY bug bit me again as I just "finished" my 18" sub builds..

I'm glad you took the red pill

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Great job and nice solder joints!!

The DIY bug bit me again as I just "finished" my 18" sub builds..

I'm glad you took the red pill

haha! thanks! yes the red pill is good
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That’s awesome man! I’m moved to have played a role in great speakers and father-son soldering!
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Nice build.

Can you compare them to any other speakers you have heard?
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Nice build.

Can you compare them to any other speakers you have heard?
Thanks!

Aside from my HT speakers which are klipsch reference... L&R are klipsch R-26F, which I will change to DIY soon, I don't have too much to compare to. I haven't done a ton of music listening on those. The Klipsch are driven on a Denon AVRX1200W (80w/ch). The Helix are driven on a 2235 marantz (35w/ch). I actually got the marantz in the same day I finished the speaker build (so that turned out to be good timing).

I can tell you that you can turn both of them up and either of them will fill the entire house (2,300 SF) with loud music and be heard outside on the front and back porch clearly.
The Helix speakers seem fuller though. They are loud and pleasant to listen to while the Klipsch are loud but nearly as pleasant sounding. Not sure how to describe it. One way would be if I turn the klipsch up real loud, they feel loud. With the Helix playing loud they sound great and you don't realize how loud you are listening to them until you go outside. The sound is just better.

Previously I had the turn table hooked up to a soundbar/sub package and obviously there is no comparison there.

I can also say that ( I'm not sure how much of this is the sound stage created by the old marantz or the speakers (probably a combination of both)) the sound stage they create are amazing. I put a Janis Joplin record on, specifically the song Summertime... The clarity and the sound stage of the song blew my mind... one guitar being clearly heard from the right speaker while another guitar comes in on the left speaker... and the detail, I heard things I hadn't before... I swear in between the 1st guitar players picking I actually heard the very light scraping sound of him resting his pick on the strings (i play guitar but i had never heard that in the song before). Back to the sound stage......it straight up sounded like Janis was singing from a center channel. The music was coming from the left and right speakers and her voice was coming from in between them. I put my wife in front of the speakers without saying anything other than "come listen to this" and the first words out of her mouth were "it sounds like her voice is coming from the middle."
I put a Lorde record on and the bass sounded great. Didn't realize how much was in that record. It sounds nice and clean without being boomy.

My son recently scored a set of JBL 4312A speakers, I need to hook those up to the second channel of the marantz and to a comparison.

anyway...thats my 2cents I would highly recommend.
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I suspect a lot of that has to do with the tweeter. The Klipsch has an aluminum horn and the Helix have a silk dome. The aluminum is going to be more harsh but with better dynamics and directivity. The tweeter on those Helixes are like smooth butter, fantastic sound with great imaging. I want a pair so bad.

One could argue the Helix will be better for music and the Klipsch will be better for home theater. I personally have an affinity for domes so I'd take the Helix for both applications.

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Thanks for the write up on how they sound!
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the write up . . .

post it at the site too . . .

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the write up . . .



post it at the site too . . .
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