1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

diy subwoofer help!!

Discussion in 'DIY Speaker & Subwoofer Building' started by robbym12345, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. robbym12345

    robbym12345
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi i'm new to all this but need some help!
    I have been through a few subwoofers from richer sounds which have all been appalling so i want to build myself a subwoofer to save some money (i can't afford five hundred pounds+ !!)
    I really like the sound of a twelve inch, but want something that will hadle the same as my speaker set up, no distortion at high volumes! i have a gale 12" at the mo (150w) which is nice at low volume but flaps like anything when turned up.
    I guess i'd like to spend around £200 (excluding the mdf) could someone give me some advice about what and where i should buy an amp an driver to do the job. i have a seven channel sony amp with extra dedicated sub out point so would want an active sub with auto on/off.
    Many thanks for your help!!!!
    Rob
     
  2. Ian J

    Ian J
    Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    25,529
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +4,906
    We have a DIY forum here where a few have tackled their own subwoofers. Have a look there as there will be more useful info there for you to read.
     
  3. drummerjohn

    drummerjohn
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2001
    Messages:
    2,465
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Southampton
    Ratings:
    +184
  4. bob1

    bob1
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    Messages:
    4,313
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Ratings:
    +128
    Bk electronics sell drivers and amps,CLICK but for a bit more you may as well get xls200 for £279.CLICK.It doesn't worth building the box to me.
     
  5. sonic65

    sonic65
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2005
    Messages:
    147
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Bourne
    Ratings:
    +1
    I agree with Bob1. How BK produce the XLS200 for the price is quite something. Machining MDF is a bit of a hazard and the end product has to look good in the lounge. The electronics is the easy part until you get a BFD.

    sonic65
     
  6. cosmic023

    cosmic023
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2003
    Messages:
    1,369
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Somerset
    Ratings:
    +87
    robbym12345:

    Well i still enjoy my DIY sub very much, it's F:censored:G amazing !! :D:smashin: Everyone that has heard it is totally gobsmacked.

    But then the BK unit is good value for money.

    It's all down to you, do you want an easy method, or would you rather work on your own sub from scratch !! :D

    Cheers
    Cosmic023
     
  7. avanzato

    avanzato
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,874
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +60
    I found this German site today http://www.lautsprechershop.de/hifi/index_en.htm they have some very interesting kits including subs and dipole subwoofers too :cool:
    I don't know anything about the company but might order something small to check them out.
     
  8. cosmic023

    cosmic023
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2003
    Messages:
    1,369
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Somerset
    Ratings:
    +87
    Nice bits of kit there Mat, another project looms !! :D
     
  9. avanzato

    avanzato
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,874
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +60
    I just noticed that BK sell the Alcone drivers used in some huge subs on the Strassacker website.
     
  10. robbym12345

    robbym12345
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    thanks chaps! i forgot to say i am a builder so building it isn't a problem, i quite fancy a towery looking thing anyway. this may sound daft, but do you reckon i could buy a second hand amp (normal two channel) or even a car stereo amp? the modules still seem a lot for what they are, and i could get a lot more power for the same price.it will all be hidden so size isn't the problem!!
     
  11. Mroizouk

    Mroizouk
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2005
    Messages:
    333
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +1
    I don't think car stereo amps will enjoy 240v...
     
  12. avanzato

    avanzato
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,874
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +60
    The dedicated subwoofer panels are worth getting as they carry all the inputs and controls you'll need, in a simple to install unit. I got my BK BSBP100 off eBay for about £60 but they don't come up that often.

    If you don't want a crossover then a mono amp module will be sufficient and cheaper.
     

Share This Page

Loading...