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Looking for DIY speakers for MUSIC only - Upgrading from AA Sierra 2's

Hi Everyone!

I have a pair of sierra 2's with RAAL that I'd frankly like to sell and try something new. My problem is that every DIY speaker seems to be home theater focused, and I can't figure out what to buy / build if I'd like to do 2 channel listening.

Ideally, I'd like to build something that isn't super expensive, that sounds better than the sierra 2's. I'd love to not need a subwoofer, but I imagine that isn't really going to be possible unless I build something humongus (which I'm not necessarily against!)


Any ideas?
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Don't have a speaker recommendation, but if your goal is sound quality, you won't achieve high fidelity without a pair of good subs. Will probably be very difficult to achieve a sound quality improvement for music over the Sierra 2's IMO. A pair of well integrated dual subs will provide the most dramatic improvement in sound quality if you don't have them yet. You will need a Umik-1 mic and REW to get on track here.
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I see two V.B.S.S. in your future. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-d...gn-thread.html
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I promise you, I've been drooling over these forever. My only problem is that I'm in Canada so shipping for these is prohibitively expensive. I've actually made a few posts trying to buy them in Canada in the classified's section!
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8" Tang Band full range drivers and in a 2.8cu ft big port box is a great combo and inexpensive (drivers are $200 through PE). You'll still need a sub though if you want below 40hz
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^ no way that sounds better than the Sierra 2’s when bass is removed.

Have you asked about the upgrade to the Sierra 2Ex?

That would be where I head.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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You might want to be a lot more specific about what you want. Cash to spend, exact dimensions of a box you can deal with etc. etc. etc.
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Budget? For music listening one of the Linkwitz designs would be on my short list.
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You might want to be a lot more specific about what you want. Cash to spend, exact dimensions of a box you can deal with etc. etc. etc.
I'd like to keep it under 2k CAD - I'd also like a full sized tower if possible.

I'm looking into something called Jim Holtz statement 2 - My problem is that I've never built a speaker before, and while I'm eager, I'm not necessarily skilled and that one looks pretty complex.
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you could try the classix ii kits to start?

Any Paul Carmody design should do good with music.

check out meniscusaudio.com.

How bigs the budget? https://meniscusaudio.com/product/ph...r-speaker-kit/

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You might want to do some research on these guys. http://gr-research.com/diykits.aspx

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realistically, you probably can't build anything that sounds "better" than the Sierra 2's for under 2k...

Similar quality and/or different probably, but not necessarily better... S2's are very nice quality speakers... for different I might point you toward Philharmonic BMR's (check Meniscus). They just come in under the price I think, though maybe not with exchange rate...

They also aren't really better, just different...

To go better, I'd actually point you to Maybe a Revel or something a lot more pricey than 2k... Maybe something up the Paradigm line?

Maybe look into multiple subs and some room treatments to get some better/different sound?

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The new vortex 15 from diysg might do it. No flat packs yet but they should be around eventually. Baltic birch too. They will definitely be way louder than the S2s. With plenty of bass in a tower flat pack. If you can get prebuilt crossovers that would be a super easy build. Don’t even have a waveguide to worry about. And you can get a simple speaker grill for protection.
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I had the Sierra-2's for a few years. Good speaks...maybe a bit hyped. Didn't love them enough to keep them when I moved. Have since built the Fusion 12's and the Maximus 12's. It depends on what you're looking for. I've enjoyed all three but think they serve different purposes and niches. The Sierra's were pretty boring for HT but fine for music. Not loud enough to fill a big open area by nice for 2 channel. The Fusions have impact and SPL for days. Low distortion. Good vocals. Good instrumentals. The Maximus do everything the Fusions do except with more impact and detail and better vocals.

I'm getting ready to build a couple pairs of TriTrix for my boys so I'm eager to hear what they are like. Might build some Soltice kits for my living room just to have a simple 2 channel set up. I'm afraid I'm becoming a speaker hoarder.
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