Dayton 3 Speaker Project

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Project by DWhitt posted 05-21-2017 01:12 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always had a love for audio and woodworking so back in high school I decided to take advantage of both plus a soldering iron to build this “high end” pair on a budget. This particular speaker project is modeled after the “Dayton 3” project on They are considered by many audio enthusiasts to be the quality of a $2000 pair but only cost $200 in material including a sheet of MDF, drivers, and crossover components. I fondly look back at this project and can’t help but think about all of the lessons learned!

The speakers served me well through high school and college. I’ve recently acquired a pair of Klipsch speakers for mains in the living room so these are now going into semi-retirement in the garage shop until my son enters his audiophile phase.

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#1 posted 05-21-2017 02:10 PM

Nice looking speakers. Speaker building was my gateway into making things from wood. My first pair was made with cheap ply which I cut with a jig saw. I covered the outside with wood-grained shelf covering. :) They sounded better than they looked.

-- Barry,

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 05:32 AM

Very cool. I will be following up on this more. Looks like fun to do.

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 10:38 AM

Nice work.

I built some 3 ways with Dayton to, nice speakers. They must be 12 years old now, still sound great.

-- Chris K

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