More speakers!? A high-end two-way bookshelf

By jason, October 27, 2012 on 9:17 pm | In projects | 2 Comments

I wanted to try a speaker with super high-end drivers so I found some used for a pretty good deal and also found a pair of cabinets that someone didn’t want anymore. As such, I was able to go high-end without a high-end price. Brand new, the drivers and crossover plus a from scratch cabinet would have easily exceeded $1000. As is, I spent about half that.

Here is the cabinet that I started with:

And I turned them into these:


I still have quite a big of material left over of course, but it was nice to be able to spend zero dollars on the cabinet and just a few bucks on some rattle can satin spray paint.

The crossover is a Madisound design that came with the drivers (The Scan Speak 5″ Revelator and D6600 tweeter). They turned out fine… but I’m not convinced the price premium is worth it. I haven’t done a lot of listening yet so I might change my mind, but I doubt it. Even if I can hear a difference compared to my various Dayton speakers, for sure it will not be very significant.

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  1. Hi,
    After extended listening, is the price premium worth the performance gain?

    Comment by Peter — January 2, 2013 #

  2. Umm… I don’t know. It’s close. I would say probably not. But I’m not sure if that’s because the crossover I’m using is optimizing the drivers or not. I might need to try it with the ZD5 crossover and the Vifa XT25 to see if a designer that I know I like makes a difference. Jury is still out I would say.

    Comment by jason — January 7, 2013 #

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