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    • #9429

      For me, I got the bug after listening to @robbiedh02 father’s Definitive Technology BP2000 and Altec Lansing 5.1 theater in his basement. I was amazed at that sound.  There was earthshaking bass while still having clarity for the rest of the system. So of course I tried to achieve this on a modest budget, by receiving some KLH speakers for Christmas. That obviously did not get me what I wanted. Eventually I realized that in order to really get the quality I wanted without spending the money that I couldn’t afford, I would have to build it.  

    • #9431

      Of course the only way to get the exact quality you want is to build it yourself.  The old saying that “If you want something done right, do it yourself” is absolutely true.

      For me the launching pad was a brother in law who repeatedly told me I didn’t know what I was doing… I just could not let that stand, so I started with a bunch of white drafting cards and ended up with a stereo system, including stands, self-designed and built from the ground up.

      This is me, in 1979, with one of my speaker cabinets which I outfitted with Phillips Deforest drivers…

      Somewhere along the road of shutting him up, I just stopped looking back. Although I don’t do total system design anymore, I’m still just as involved in music and home audio as I was back then.

      LOL… You might say I’m actually into GFY audio… or at least my long estranged x-brother-in-law might think so.

    • #9436

      I’d say the impetus for me was being the youngest child, I got all the hand me downs. When the older siblings got the FM clock radios, I was stuck with the old GE portable record player with AM radio. I didn’t have any records, so guess what I listened to? As the holidays and birthdays progressed, I still ended up on the low end of the totem pole. 

      So in the earlier 70’s I was finding old radios I could take the speakers out of (pretty much the only worthwhile things on them) and started making boxes for them, doing all manner of experiments. That’s also when I started with the Radio Shack “X” in One kits and P-Box kits, trying to learn as much as I could. 

      It was actually in the 80’s when I found the books on designing speakers at RS and that’s when my mind became focused on the published T/S parameters. The rest is, as they say, ongoing history.

      So ultimately, what started me was being the last to get anything good and my desire to make what I had better with what little I could scrounge up.

    • #9598

      I’m broke af and I’m not paying baller money for some stupid transducers and filters in a box. Second to that, I was really really really into making the best purchase I could for my studio monitors and I dove into a lot of aspects of speaker design and how complicated it is and for the first reason that sucked me in. I could build a rival system for pennies on the dollar considering I use appropriate methods and proper design. I still have yet to build my own monitors but I ended up buying some Focal CMS 65s. They do a solid job and I can’t complain too much. 

      To add a second part, the community itself is pretty awesome and sucked me in. They’re mostly helpful and ridiculously smart. I’d rather hang with some smart dudes that can build stuff than shoot the breeze about sports or weather or something.

    • #9601

      For me it was wanting better quality speakers while on a student budget. I was tired of searching craigslist for deals, even though I was able to get a pair of Def Tech SM350s for a decent price. The matching center left quite a bit to be desired. It was a sideways MTM. Somehow I came across the forums at Parts Express and realized it was possible to build my own speakers. I wanted to design something, but after learning about all the equipment I would need along with all the software to learn, I decided to start with a kit. My dad and I built a set of 3 of Jeff Bagby’s Continuums over a July 4th weekend just over 4 years ago. It was a lot of work, a ton of fun, and I still love these speakers to this day.

    • #9603


      That is a great story and really echos mine.  You picked a great set to start with.  I think one thing that can be intimidating on DIY speakers is the finish.  But it doesn’t have to be perfect/  I feel there is something beautiful about the small imperfections, that reminds you you did that.

    • #9608

      I was always into car audio growing up and trying to wedge as much bass into a car as possible. Think, 4 MTX 12’s in a 1984 Accord or better yet, 4 10’s in a Ford Probe GT. Well, while that interest never really went away, the maturity changed (a little) and I really grew fond of trying to get the movie theater experience at home. Well, a projector took care of immersive visuals but I never felt satisfied with audio. I grew up thinking Bose is best and I would drool over their jewel systems in the mall. Then I realized, if Bose can do it with some tiny speakers in a cube, why can’t I?  Then, I found 123toid on YouTube and I was back in!  The crossover design stuff really peaked my interest. I am now on my second build and I already feel like I know 200x more than I did on my first build. We will see how it turns out I guess!

    • #9821

      I started out with the learn to solder kits and learned that I liked building speakers more and then found some radio shack books on speaker building.

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