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09-07-2016 02:21 AM

Hey guys- I’m toying around with the idea of building some nice looking smaller speaker boxes to set up with a small receiver in my kitchen.

Any audio guys out there that may have some suggestions on where to start? I’m thinking a slim design, something that I can mount under the too cabinets. Or, a more common bookshelf design to sit on top of the upper cabinets.

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 02:37 AM

Great idea! My brother used to work at a high-end home audio installer and became very familiar with the construction of some of the top model speakers. For my birthday a few years ago, he built a Bowers & Wilkins speaker using spare parts from a previously damaged unit. A lot of vendors, B&W for example, like to showcase their speaker construction for marketing purposes so that you can come up with a replication based on some of their pictures and/or videos. As for the hardware that goes inside, you may have good luck buying a damaged pair on craigslist (or similar) and repacking the components inside of a new housing that matches the look of your kitchen. Sounds like a fun project – good luck!

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 11:48 AM

Depends on how picky you are about the resulting sound. There is a lot of engineering design in especially middle to high end speakers, especially something like B&W’s. Subwoofers are one thing, full range quite another. Proper speaker matching, crossover networks, spacing, vents, etc all gets very complicated. If you’re picky, buy the complete speaker. Laminate your wood of choice to the cabinet if you’re after a certain look. Most are made with mdf or similar with some sort of laminate for the outside. Very few if any manufactured speakers are made from solid wood due to flaws and varying density. Do some google searches for diy speakers. You don’t say how large. I have 2 sets of Boston Acoustic “bookshelf” speakers ~ 12×9x9 and they need a sub to sound good. You would do well to include a sub in your plans.

If all you want is mediocre sound ( mount them under the cabinets?) for background music just go buy some cheap stuff at best buy or somewhere and be done with it.

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 12:53 PM

Are you building speakers or just putting purchased speakers in a custom box? I bought an antique wooden radio at a yard sale once that had the guts totally rusted and shot so I refinished the wood, put new grill cloth on and put a speaker inside that. Only limitation is your imagination when it comes to that sort of thing.

Cambridge Soundworks makes great mini speakers, I’d look there.

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 02:00 PM

There is a commercial speaker box maker next door to our building and they only receive MDF for their boxes. I suspect it has something to do with the density of the sheet goods and their resonance.

If it were chosen because of the cost then I would expect them to be using particle board which is cheaper in my area.

A quick google search shows that most speaker builders are using MDF. It is a simple matter to cover the speaker with veneer when the box is complete.

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 02:25 PM

I suggest building a kit. Many are available; here are a few links you might want to peruse:

Parts Express Kits

Meniscus Audio Kits

Two-way kits at Madisound

Given your intended placement, you’re not going to get the best sound from any speaker (kit or store-bought), so I’d look for the less expensive kits that are small enough for your needs. For example, the Overnight Sensation might do the trick. I haven’t heard them, but lots of guys have built them and are happy with them.

Most kits include everything you need except the wood or MDF/veneer/paint. Some even include pre-assembled crossovers (the electronics that split the incoming signal into high and low frequencies) if you don’t want to solder anything.

Building a kit (and hearing them play music the first time) is a lot more fun than just buying a pair at a store.


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