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Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 28, 2005 2:46:02 PM

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Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has experience building their own near-field
monitors. Is this possible at all? And what level of expertise would
one need to do this. My main objective to do this is to save a few
bucks or at least increase the quality I can receive by spending the
same amount of money on a major manufacturer's pair.

If the answer is no, would anyone recommend the following for me? I'm
trying to use these to produce electronic music (many different types).
What size woofer would be necessary to get a good bass reading?

Here are my choices available where I live: (I'm limiting the prices to
the lower range because Mackie HR824's run about $870 here, a bit more
than I am able to pay now. I'm also listing mostly active monitors so
I don't have to buy an amp (money's pretty tight now). Is it a bad
idea to get active monitors? (Many apologies for all the questions and
newbieness of this post.)

SAMSON RESOLV65 Active Monitor - $355

BEHRINGER 2031A Active Monitor - $238

STUDIOPHILE SP-5B Monitor - $395
MIDIMAN LX4 2.1 - $345

Thanks!
david

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Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 28, 2005 5:30:06 PM

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Not really sure what you're talking about.

My other post was about wire diagrams and a vocal booth.

This post is about monitor speakers. Totally different. Don't read it
if you don't want to, but if you comment, try to make sure you know
what you're talking about.
Also, if there's a similar post in the past, please post me that link
instead of making a remark like that.

Also, I'm asking for advice on the three monitor speakers mentioned
above, which I don't believe has been covered before either.

sorry if I offended you in any way, just don't read if you don't want
to, and I appreciate any help anyone can offer.

cheers,
david
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 28, 2005 10:27:14 PM

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"David M" wrote ...
> I was wondering if anyone has experience building their
> own near-field monitors. Is this possible at all? And what
> level of expertise would one need to do this. My main
> objective to do this is to save a few bucks or at least increase
> the quality I can receive by spending the same amount of
> money on a major manufacturer's pair.

Virtually the same question was asked 10 days ago right here
and it generated a considerable number of responses. This is
why "lurking" or at least running a Google Groups search is
recommended to avoid being flamed for posting a redundant
question.

Note that r.a.p is not generally favorable to DIY projects as
they are generally paid to USE the tools, not to make them.
Other newsgroups and/or forums are more conducive to DIY
if that is your primary goal.
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Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 28, 2005 11:32:56 PM

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In article <1106951405.991767.208280@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com> davidsetagaya@yahoo.com writes:

> Not really sure what you're talking about.
>
> My other post was about wire diagrams and a vocal booth.
>
> This post is about monitor speakers. Totally different.

I guess he was talking about a totally different person who asked here
just a couple of weeks ago about the same subject. You could look
thorugh the last two or three weeks of messages in rec.audio.pro using
the Google newsgroup archive and get the gist of it, which is that
it's not a good idea unless you're already a speaker builder. Too many
things that you can do wrong, no easy way to do it right the first
time (other than buy a tried-and-true kit, which doesn't save enough
money to be worth while). And without a good monitor to compare it to,
you won't know how good a job you've done.

All in all, not worth it. Whatever you were willing to spend on a DIY
project, post that amount and ask what you can get for that amount of
money. Save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and maybe a thumbnail
or two.

--
I'm really Mike Rivers (mrivers@d-and-d.com)
However, until the spam goes away or Hell freezes over,
lots of IP addresses are blocked from this system. If
you e-mail me and it bounces, use your secret decoder ring
and reach me here: double-m-eleven-double-zero at yahoo
January 29, 2005 12:57:41 AM

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In article <1106941562.739931.205230@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
"David M" <davidsetagaya@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I was wondering if anyone has experience building their own near-field
> monitors. Is this possible at all? And what level of expertise would
> one need to do this. My main objective to do this is to save a few
> bucks or at least increase the quality I can receive by spending the
> same amount of money on a major manufacturer's pair.
>
> If the answer is no, would anyone recommend the following for me? I'm
> trying to use these to produce electronic music (many different types).
> What size woofer would be necessary to get a good bass reading?
>
> Here are my choices available where I live: (I'm limiting the prices to
> the lower range because Mackie HR824's run about $870 here, a bit more
> than I am able to pay now. I'm also listing mostly active monitors so
> I don't have to buy an amp (money's pretty tight now). Is it a bad
> idea to get active monitors? (Many apologies for all the questions and
> newbieness of this post.)
>
> SAMSON RESOLV65 Active Monitor - $355
>
> BEHRINGER 2031A Active Monitor - $238
>
> STUDIOPHILE SP-5B Monitor - $395
> MIDIMAN LX4 2.1 - $345
>
> Thanks!
> david
>

Didn't get the answers you were looking for the first time around eh?

--
Cyrus

*coughcasaucedoprodigynetcough*
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 29, 2005 12:58:48 AM

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I just completed a beautiful pair of LS3/5A monitors....they took A LOT of
time and money and research and hard work to build exactly to spec....if I
had to do it over again I would probably just buy a pair. If you are really
dead-set on building your own, check out www.ls35a.com or the ls3/5a yahoo
group. They are really incredible monitors, but very expensive to buy, and
very expensive AND time consuming to build properly to spec. Good luck!

--

Jonny Durango

"Patrick was a saint. I ain't."

http://www.jdurango.com



"David M" <davidsetagaya@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1106941562.739931.205230@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I was wondering if anyone has experience building their own near-field
> monitors. Is this possible at all? And what level of expertise would
> one need to do this. My main objective to do this is to save a few
> bucks or at least increase the quality I can receive by spending the
> same amount of money on a major manufacturer's pair.
>
> If the answer is no, would anyone recommend the following for me? I'm
> trying to use these to produce electronic music (many different types).
> What size woofer would be necessary to get a good bass reading?
>
> Here are my choices available where I live: (I'm limiting the prices to
> the lower range because Mackie HR824's run about $870 here, a bit more
> than I am able to pay now. I'm also listing mostly active monitors so
> I don't have to buy an amp (money's pretty tight now). Is it a bad
> idea to get active monitors? (Many apologies for all the questions and
> newbieness of this post.)
>
> SAMSON RESOLV65 Active Monitor - $355
>
> BEHRINGER 2031A Active Monitor - $238
>
> STUDIOPHILE SP-5B Monitor - $395
> MIDIMAN LX4 2.1 - $345
>
> Thanks!
> david
>
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 29, 2005 1:16:54 AM

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In article <1106951405.991767.208280@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com>,
David M <davidsetagaya@yahoo.com> wrote:
>Not really sure what you're talking about.
>
>My other post was about wire diagrams and a vocal booth.
>
>This post is about monitor speakers. Totally different. Don't read it
>what you're talking about.
>Also, if there's a similar post in the past, please post me that link
>instead of making a remark like that.

Well, SOMEBODY posted exactly the same question a week or so ago, and there
were a lot of answers explaining why it was a bad idea. It might be worth
doing a google search.
--scott

--
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 29, 2005 11:46:34 AM

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Richard Crowley <rcrowley7@xprt.net> wrote:
>
>Note that r.a.p is not generally favorable to DIY projects as
>they are generally paid to USE the tools, not to make them.
>Other newsgroups and/or forums are more conducive to DIY
>if that is your primary goal.

Actually, I think RAP is very conducive to DIY tools. I even published
a DIY studio monitor design a few years ago. It cost a lot more to build
than a pair of Mackies would cost to buy, though. And it had some problems.
But it was great for what it was intended for (emulating big soffit mounted
monitors in a portable package).
--scott
--
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 29, 2005 11:46:35 AM

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"Scott Dorsey" wrote ...
> Richard Crowley wrote:
>>
>>Note that r.a.p is not generally favorable to DIY projects as
>>they are generally paid to USE the tools, not to make them.
>>Other newsgroups and/or forums are more conducive to DIY
>>if that is your primary goal.
>
> Actually, I think RAP is very conducive to DIY tools. I even
> published a DIY studio monitor design a few years ago. It cost
> a lot more to build than a pair of Mackies would cost to buy,
> though. And it had some problems. But it was great for what it
> was intended for (emulating big soffit mounted monitors in a
> portable package).

Indeed, Mr. Dorseyh is a very notable exception to my
"generally" characterization. And I personally find his DIY
magazine articles a very refreshing reversal to the current,
"dumbed-down" state of technology publishing.

Back a decade or two ago when the original "Electronics"
magazine was published, one of my favorite features was the
2 or 3 schematics published with a page or so of circuit design
explanation, etc. A lot of circuit design is learned by studing
schematics just as programming is learned by reading other's
code.
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
January 30, 2005 4:10:33 AM

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ok, thanks to everyone for responding. I have DEFINITELY decided to
buy my own speakers. sorry for the laziness of not checking the
archives. Actually, in my defense, I did try to search, but typed the
search terms 'build monitor' in the google groups search bar instead of
this groups' search bar. try it and you'll see my results.
ok, anyways, cheers to everyone,
david.
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