Wooden Speakers

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Project by TheFritz posted 04-06-2014 11:52 PM 4614 views 75 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Truly wooden speakers. They use a pair of transducers to vibrate a thin sheet of hard maple. They sound almost as nice as they look. Perfect for the office.

The transducers are: Dayton Audio DAEX25FHE-4 Framed High Efficiency 25mm Exciter 24W 4 Ohm, from Parts Express

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#1 posted 04-06-2014 11:57 PM

Wow, didn’t even know this was possible. Do the sheets visibly vibrate? And do you think they audio quality will maintain or change with humidity/time? Nice work.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 12:01 AM

That’s super cool. I wasn’t even aware that this could be a thing. How thin is the vibrating sheet? I’m very impressed.

-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 03:18 AM

Very cool. Do you have any specs on them to share?

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 03:51 AM

Very cool concept and the end product looks great ! Is there a source that you can share that might shed some light on the technical and or design requirements ? Thanks for sharing, and once again nice work!.........ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 07:22 AM

Very nice! Any change of a video with some sound example?

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 10:11 AM

Instant favorite!
How does the kind, size and thikness of the wood used inflounce the sound?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 11:02 AM

Thank you guys for the warm response. As far as the technical details I’ll share what I can.
The “exciters” are “here

I’m driving them with this mini amp

They are fun. What I recommend is picking up a pair and playing with them. Just hold them against all sorts or materials. Thinner is louder. Stiffer has more bass. Both only up to point.

Mine are 6” x 9.75” and approx 1/16” thick.

I recommend checking out the video here for more info:

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 12:50 PM

Wow these are really cool, going to have to add this to my To Do list

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 01:42 PM

Wow! What will they come up with next? And rather inexpensive for the hardware too!

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 02:34 PM

That sounds good and I love the look .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 03:28 PM

This is really cool! I have one question though – I can’t visibly see anything actually holding the thin sheet to what I’m guessing is the “exciter”? How is it staying put??

edit: nevermind – the exciter has a 3m adhesive already on it. I guess I should try the links first next time!

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 06:07 PM

Too cool! And for no more than the parts cost, why not? Thanks for posting.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#13 posted 04-07-2014 09:01 PM

I think there were speakers like these back in the 80’s, can’t remember the brand name. The sound was directional, the volume could be cranked up and not seem that loud unless you were seated in the “sweet spot”. Wondering if these are similar?

Great project, nice result!

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#14 posted 04-07-2014 11:57 PM

This is quite clever, I might have to make a pair someday. Thanks for the information.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 04-08-2014 01:46 PM

Do you know if adding a frame around the panel would alter the sound in a good way or bad?
I think this is a great design, now I’m thinking of some different metals to use.


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