Bookshelf Speakers- Zaph Audio ZMV5

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Project by GabeS posted 05-07-2012 03:54 AM 5979 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second pair of speakers. These are based on the Zaph Audio design. (for plans see I was going for the best sound I could get in a sub $200 pair of speakers. These easily blow away speakers at 2-3 times the price. I modified the boxes from Zaph’s design to curve the sides and moved the port to the back. I also disassembled and integrated a Sonic Impact Class T amplifier. They are essentially powered iPod speakers since I can plug in an 1/8” jack source.

As for the woodworking. The fronts are birdeye maple and the sides are makore veneer and Heat Lock that I had left over from my first speaker project. The rough sawn birdeye was a nightmare to plane through my DeWalt 734 because of tearout. I took it to a friends house and ran it through his drum sander. One day I may own one :) The front baffle circle were cut with a Jasper circle cutting jig.

I’ve looked at a lot of DIY kits and designs. This is a great inexpensive speaker design for a first build. Especially for under $150 in non-wood parts. Add a sheet of 2’x4’ 3/4” MDF and some veneer and you good to go.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:39 PM

Nice design.

I have looked at Zaph’s Audio page before. Lots of good info. Thanks for showing the kerfed MDF. I want to build some speakers for part of a 3 way system. The woofer will be simple sealed 8” woofers inside a built in cabinet. I want the tweet and mid to be either side of the TV and blend with Center that the TV will sit on. I may borrow some of your ideas to make the left and right speakers stand out a little.

Your speakers would make great high end PC speakers too.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 05:01 PM

Use to build them out of particle board. LOL! Then veneer. Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 01:29 AM

Nicely done, bet they sound great!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 03:03 AM

Good point Chris K. They were too big for the desk. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Thanks for the other comments as well!

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 03:22 AM

I really like that bending method. Sure beats steam;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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