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post #1 of 19 Old 02-22-18, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Killer 2 channel recommendation?

I'm looking for something to add some sound to my family room. I want a couple of really high end speakers that look and sound great. I've built in translam before, and I have a method that makes really stiff, really heavy enclosures, and I'll probably use that method again. (I always like the Magico Minis)

Let's start the budget at around $1K for components and crossovers. (no need to worry about the enclosure in the budget, I've got that covered) I'll be pairing with subwoofer, but they still need to sound amazing, on their own. I'm not really a true audiophile, so I just want something that's too good for me, and the room that I put it in. This will NOT be part of a surround sound or home theater system.

Thanks in advance.
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Wow, anyone? I remember when this forum used to be super active and helpful. LOL
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DIY Sound Group has some highly regarded speakers that should fit your needs. They would be worth a look.

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That's all good, but what's regarded as a top notch DIY build on a budget these days?

I called out Magico Mini, because I like to use the translam method. (I have the equipment and software) I'm really looking for a build in that size range.

I used to hear great things about Scanspeak Revelators. Are those still in production? Or something as good or better, in the same general price range?
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There are many kits and designs out there as well as ton of great drivers. Find something that works for YOU!

How does one find something that works for them, when they don't know what works for them, and when they aren't able to listen to everything? I really don't know what that means! I'm not looking to just assemble a set of pre-fab kits.

To be perfectly clear - I don't really need to visit any translam threads, as that's not the advice that I'm seeking - I've built several speakers (as well as furniture and art) with this method.

http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthr...K2-in-Translam

What I'm looking for, is advice on what the current generation of DIY'ers think sounds great in a given price range, and without being overly complex, or technical in getting them to sound that way.

I remember this forum used to be exciting. There was tons of conversation, new product reviews, and innovative, killer builds, by some really smart people. Not to mention a lot of testing and advice on component pairings. What happened to all of that around here? Seems dead these days... (I refuse to believe that "Millennials are killing this", also)
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How does one find something that works for them, when they don't know what works for them, and when they aren't able to listen to everything? I really don't know what that means! I'm not looking to just assemble a set of pre-fab kits.

What I'm looking for, is advice on what the current generation of DIY'ers think sounds great in a given price range, and without being overly complex, or technical in getting them to sound that way.
If you don't know what works for you how should anyone else then? What if a person responds with a suggestion they think is great but you happen to be looking for something completely different? Things like style, budget, appearance, output and sound profile are all unique to the individual. We can only really provide options, you have to do the research and make the final call.

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If you don't know what works for you how should anyone else then? What if a person responds with a suggestion they think is great but you happen to be looking for something completely different? Things like style, budget, appearance, output and sound profile are all unique to the individual. We can only really provide options, you have to do the research and make the final call.
What more could I possibly give you, in a world of abstractness? I've basically asked for a budget build that sounds great to someone who is a bit more of an audiophile than myself. I've given the criteria that I want a (preferably) 2-way build, with an approximate size. I've stated that I don't want home theater, and will possibly pair with a subwoofer.

Can it really be difficult to start narrowing down specific recommendations?

I've already searched through multiple threads. I'm trying to get brought back up to speed on driver pairings, after having been away for almost 5 years. Like I said, there used to be a lot more activity with testing, and recommendations... What happened here?
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How does one find something that works for them, when they don't know what works for them, and when they aren't able to listen to everything?
To bad for you that the answers you seek are not on this forum or that the forum is not serving you. However, if you look at some of the links you would see that there is useful information on many of these current kits that have been getting great feedback around the net.

Look at this Finalist build: http://speakerdesignworks.com/Finalists_1.html

Or this Creative Sound Solutions Criton build: https://www.css-audio.com/product-pa...oudspeaker-kit

As well as these kits at Meniscus audio

Adelphos: https://meniscusaudio.com/product/ad...aker-kit-pair/
Kairos: https://meniscusaudio.com/product/kairos-pair/
Invictus: https://meniscusaudio.com/product/invictus-pair/

There is info on some of the pages as well as info in their forum. Plus, if you do a google search there are many builds, feedback, measurements, evaluations, reviews, etc. on other forums regarding these designs.

I've listened to some of the Vapor Audio speakers. Their large fullrange translam cabinet Perfect Storm speakers really impressed me. They did at one time offer their Breeze model in a DIY kit for $800 years ago. Not sure if they still do? There is somthing special about the RAAL tweeter.
http://www.vaporsound.com/speakers/breeze/

Here's a used set for sale:
http://www.usaudiomart.com/details/6...rrus-speakers/

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I remember this forum used to be exciting. There was tons of conversation, new product reviews, and innovative, killer builds, by some really smart people. Not to mention a lot of testing and advice on component pairings. What happened to all of that around here? Seems dead these days... (I refuse to believe that "Millennials are killing this", also)
Sorry but things change. Take a look at the forums and you can easily see that traffic has slowed down. Anyway, there is DIY still going on by all ages its just that not a lot is shared here....so don't blame Millennials for it....and I was born in '66!

Good luck in your search.

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