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    Sub 200$ DIY need suggestions

    Hi guys
    I've been trying to get a hold of some decent second hand speakers for my close friend here, but the second hand market clearly isn't great. As my parents are currently in the US, i thought I would take advantage of that and order a fairly cheap speaker kit (drivers + xovers, we can make the cabinets). I'm thinking something under 200 bucks, for example a simple 2 way kit, something that won't require a subwoofer and that isn't too hard to build (sealed/ported box).
    Also, can't be too big (under 8 inches for the woofer, because of transport). Full range drivers aren't out of the question.
    Suggestions?

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    The Usher UA 701 is a excellent design by Dr. D'Appolito.


    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=302-855

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    If your friend doesn't have the power to drive the Usher I'd recommend the FE126 in the bass reflex design. The Fostex drivers are available all over Europe.


    http://www.fostexinternational.com/d...e126e_encl.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    The Usher UA 701 is a excellent design by Dr. D'Appolito.


    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=302-855
    That's 200 each, unfortunately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    If your friend doesn't have the power to drive the Usher I'd recommend the FE126 in the bass reflex design. The Fostex drivers are available all over Europe.
    http://www.fostexinternational.com/d...e126e_encl.pdf
    So these are decent in bass reflex? What about the larger 6" and 8" version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio amateur
    So these are decent in bass reflex? What about the larger 6" and 8" version?
    If it was me, I'd try the FE206en 8"... I've seen a few sites claiming they are the best of the Fostex line + they should have decent bass + you'll save some money by eliminating the crossover...

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    My bad AA,

    I assumed the price was for a pair. Below is a link for lots of FRD which include free plans if you buy the drivers. I'd consider the Audio Nirvana Super 8's in a minimonitor cabinet for $158. I've read some good reviews on these.

    The BR-1 kit from Parts Express has tons of good reviews and is less than $150 a pair including both cabinets. Watch the video of it's assembly and the soldering of the crossovers which isn't difficult. Sorry I didn't link it but it's easy to find. Shipping could be expensive for you on the BR-1.

    http://www.commonsenseaudio.com/nirvana.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    My bad AA,

    I assumed the price was for a pair. Below is a link for lots of FRD which include free plans if you buy the drivers. I'd consider the Audio Nirvana Super 8's in a minimonitor cabinet for $158. I've read some good reviews on these.

    The BR-1 kit from Parts Express has tons of good reviews and is less than $150 a pair including both cabinets. Watch the video of it's assembly and the soldering of the crossovers which isn't difficult. Sorry I didn't link it but it's easy to find. Shipping could be expensive for you on the BR-1.

    http://www.commonsenseaudio.com/nirvana.html
    Ohhhh, that's the site that I was thinking of (the one that referred to the Fostex 8" as the best in the Fostex line)...

    Thanks for the link... Seems they think Audio Nirvana is a step up from Fostex... And those 15 inch Audio Nirvana have me dreaming about a sweeeeet open baffle design...

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    Anji, the 15 inch would be too large to go it alone in OB so a tweeter would be necessary. Sounds like the coax 15 incher may have a built in tweeter but it's $500!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    Anji, the 15 inch would be too large to go it alone in OB so a tweeter would be necessary. Sounds like the coax 15 incher may have a built in tweeter but it's $500!
    Assuming their claims are correct, then even their 12" drivers have frequency response up to 20Khz, so they should be fine without a tweeter... The 15" is up to 15Khz, so just about the limit of most people's hearing (I suppose I could always add a supertweeter later if needed)...

    I'm seriously tempted between the 12" or the 15"... I like the 15" cuz it reaches 22hz without a cabinet.... So it would have great bass even in an open baffle...

    They are claiming that their full range drivers don't need a tweeter... Which would certainly be fun to test out....

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    The 15 will never reach 22Hz without a cabinet, not in a million years.

    To get any bass at all in an OB configuration you really need a big baffle. On top of that, you'll need more than a milimeter of excursion to achieve any sub 50Hz bass, even with an efficient driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio amateur
    The 15 will never reach 22Hz without a cabinet, not in a million years.

    To get any bass at all in an OB configuration you really need a big baffle. On top of that, you'll need more than a milimeter of excursion to achieve any sub 50Hz bass, even with an efficient driver.
    Yep, their claims seem highly unlikely... But it would still be fun to see how well they actually perform...

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    Yes. I've yet to try out my Infinity 6" by 9" car speakers, their specs are perfect for OB. Too many things to do, not enough time

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    Ps. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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