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    Smile Best $100 I've spent on audio gear

    Built the Wild Burro Audio Betsys in one hour flat. These 8 inch full range drivers in the open baffle design sound better than speakers costing ten times their price. These things are so easy to build a ten year old could put them together. If you don't have an unused sheet of plywood sitting around buy one from HD and they'll make all the cuts for free.

    If you've never heard a good single driver in open baffle you're in for a shock. The Betsys are so efficient they match well with a T-amp or 2.5 watt SET.

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    I actually built something very similar when I was a kid with a pair of 6x9 car speakers. We used to crank music in the parking lot at the muni pool with it. It sounded pretty darn good and could deploy from a trunk in seconds. (or pack up fast when the cops kicked us out!)
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    I've been considering Tekton open-baffle. These things apparently kill...

    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ull&1263053796


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    Tektons

    I've spent many hours listening to the wide baffle Tekton 4.5's with the Fostex FE126E drivers and they are outstanding. The Wild Burro Betsys are equally impressive but for significantly less money.

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    I'll have to check them out!

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    $100??? Gee that's way above my price point for gear........

    Seriously though that sounds like an interesting project.
    Any pics you could share?

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    Picture of Betsy OB

    I downloaded a picture of my DIY "Betsy" open baffle speakers in the member photo gallery under Poultrygeist.

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    She's huge!

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    I'll link the pic. My god man! My wife is a reasonable woman but No Way!!


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    It's not that big as you can fold the hinged wings

    front baffle 9 inches and wings are 10 inches and 18 inches. It stands 4 ft tall. This is my first experience with OB speakers and I'm hooked big time. For the first time I'm hearing music that doesn't sound like it's coming from a box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    front baffle 9 inches and wings are 10 inches and 18 inches. It stands 4 ft tall. This is my first experience with OB speakers and I'm hooked big time. For the first time I'm hearing music that doesn't sound like it's coming from a box!
    Oh I don't doubt it. Frugal horns are the same deal, quite large looking...

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    new member

    paceral500 here, hello to all.

    my interest is finding external mic system for camcorder

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    My latest speaker beliefs

    1. the best crossover is no crossover

    2. the best box is no box

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    My latest speaker beliefs

    1. the best crossover is no crossover

    2. the best box is no box
    Electrostatic speakers:

    1. No crossover
    2. No box
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    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeE SP9
    Electrostatic speakers:

    1. No crossover
    2. No box
    Electrostatic speaker: $$$

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    Electrostatic = expensive

    OB = inexpensive

    Why don't more companies manufacture OB's? there's no profit in them

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    Poultry, once I have the Golden Tube finished, I will be picking your brain. I hope to find more there than what your name suggests...lol.

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    I've lost interest in everything but single drivers and OB's. Banished my Aerials to a back bedroom and sold my Classe amp on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    sold my Classe amp on ebay.
    Dayuum! That was a drastic move! What are you going to power the OBs with? The Classe just doesn't mate well eh?

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    I just don't care for the sterile sound of solid state so the Classe had to go. My MiniWatt 2.5 wpc tube amp makes beautiful music with the OBs.

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    Check out these full range drivers;

    http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/auc....1370198&1&3&1&
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    That's a little step up in price geoff

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    At the other extreme is the Pioneer 8 inch full ranger from Parts Express which goes for $30 and has achieved cult like status among the DIY crowd. It sounds great in OB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    At the other extreme is the Pioneer 8 inch full ranger from Parts Express which goes for $30 and has achieved cult like status among the DIY crowd. It sounds great in OB.
    Cult status? Like the "Heavens Gate" cult?
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    Cult as in "a small circle of persons united by devotion or allegiance to an artistic or intellectual movement".

    OB may be best for those who think outside of the box.

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