Purpleheart Bookshelf Speakers

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Project by delturcious posted 12-31-2015 10:16 PM 705 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for a close friend (and fellow audiophile) last Christmas. The baffles are solid 3/4” purpleheart finished with mineral oil, and the rest of the case is simply 3/4 particleboard covered in black synthetic leather.

The tweeters are vintage EPI (Epicure) soft domes, and the woofers are HiVi B3Ns. The crossovers are a custom simple 6dB/octave design. Normally you don’t want to recess-mount a woofer, but since they’re only 3” and the baffles are rounded over, it’s not an issue. I didn’t want screws showing, and I wasn’t going to cover up purpleheart with speaker cloth, so this seemed like the best option.

The last photo is a set of hex braided speaker cables I made to go along with them. They’re more for show than anything, but they’re extremely flexible and stay right where you put them.

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 10:34 PM

Beautiful! I like speakers in view rather than hidden behind grill cloth. The braided cables are a nice touch too.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 01:57 AM

Beautiful speakers. I can only assume you dont have small children in the house. A kid with a pencil in his hand heading towards one of these speakers would send shivers down my spine !

Oh, and I LOVE the cables !

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 02:12 PM

That is a great example of selecting a suitable wood species for a design.
Very attractive. Well done.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 06:43 AM

wicked looking speakers you’ve built here, love the purple heart wood, really stands out against the black leather…

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