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post #1 of 14 Old 09-13-17, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Dayton Soundbar

I have a living room that had a really cheap Samsung sound bar that we picked up with a gift card a few years back. But I have always wanted to design and build a soundbar from scratch. So recently I did just that.

Goal: Is to have a soundbar that sounds great and is compact for most living rooms. I also wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing. With this is mind, I wanted it about 4" in height and length 36" or shorter. I also didn't really want frequencies below 90hz, as I planned to use a separate subwoofer with it. With those design goals in mind, I started picking out the drivers.

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4x Dayton ND65-8
2x Dayton ND25FA-4
Dayton 2x15 Amp (I may upgrade this, but I had this on hand)


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1/4" MDF (doubled in the speaker enclosure)
1/4" Walnut Baffle (doubled in the speaker enclosure

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This looks really cool, I'm thinking of building something similar for my wife for Christmas with a sub for in the bedroom. I'll check out your video.
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Very nice, you nailed the visual appeal for sure. Is that at 2-way or 2.5-way horizontal mtm? How is the polar response?


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Good workmanship! I see professional tools, and it is always easier to work with. congratulations!

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Re: DIY Dayton Soundbar

I love the DIY perspective as I'm the same way, but...sometimes a more cost effective, if not individualistic approach accomplishes the same thing if not better. Then again I don't have the resources available to me anymore now that I live in a condo. I applaud your accomplishment and enjoyed your video. Here's my work around, although not as aesthetically pleasing as yours. 4 BIC America DV-32b's used as a center channel in a series-parallel configuration. Small but still able to hit an 80Hz low by themselves. Using a sub as well to hit a 20Hz low with very good results but perhaps I'm missing something so any and all advice is welcome to correct my imperfect thinking, lol....
Oh, forgot to mention these 4 are set on their sides to reduce profile and create a "virtual" soundbar.
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A DIY soundbar? There's something you don't see every day. Maybe you'll start a trend.

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Here we go, now I have to go spend more money!

Very nice looking sound bar.
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Very nice, you nailed the visual appeal for sure. Is that at 2-way or 2.5-way horizontal mtm? How is the polar response?
I'm sorry I did not see these responses. It is just a 2-way MTM. THe polar response is excellent. The only thing I am not a big fan of is that the ND series speakers really need a zobel to make them behave well in a two way setup. Because of this, you end up have a very complicated crossover. I am currently working on another soundbar, but using the Dayton audio PC83-4 and the ND20FB-4 tweeter. So far, I am really pleased with the results. Not only is it cheaper, I think it actually sounds better too.

Currently I have only design the TM two way, but sound tests have been off the charts. Now I plan to make it MTM and see if I can port it to about 60hz for more of a complete solution. Although, I may just keep it sealed and make it a 2.1 soundbar.


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Good workmanship! I see professional tools, and it is always easier to work with. congratulations!

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