Building a box isn't really any harder than a tube. Assuming you can cut straight. For that rockler has great self clamping straight edges.Oh boy... The closest thing to a subwoofer I've ever even owned is either the lame 8" thing that came with the klipsch pro media or the 10" not-sub woofers on my parent's old sony floorstanding speakers.
I wanted a home theater and the first thing I looked at was lame HTIBs... and effectively probably quadrupled the original budget into ~40% of my entire summer "before school starts" savings. Of course, I went and set meself a budget around 400 dollars for a decent sub to go with 7 decent speakers around 600, and a cheap ~200 dollar reciever. keep it somewhere around 1200 dollars. But truth be told, I've had my Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones long enough that I know what good sound sounds like... and reading reviews can really ruin a person's future.
So on that note......
I already went and dropped like 550 on an AV reciever (Marantz SR6003)
I've "reduced" my 7 speaker budget to only 3 front channel speakers with the intent of putting the old sony towers at the rear for now (them usher S520/S525 are gunna cost me like 900... sigh)... for now.
And thus, we get to the sub. I started by looking at the SVS PB10-NSD! Yeah... until I came to a realization that it might be good, but in a room the size of my living room (er.. my parent's basement living room 17w x 16l x 8h and open at the back) I just wouldn't be satisfied. So I went to the next level up. Didn't sound bad at all... until stupid forum posts on the internet got my convinced that two of those would be better than one onder: ... and I would never truly be satisfied with them >_<
The more and more I read, the more and more I realized one thing... "I don't care what... I want to be amazed"... which somehow brought me to the Epik Phoenix... which doesn't exist anymore :foottap: but looking into Epik Subs I discovered their current flagship or what-have-you... the empire, and at that price i thought that maybe I've made my decision. Of course I didn't, because then I discover that the Submersive is better than two Empires >__<... and I totally could never afford it until i graduate college. That ultimately somehow brought me here, and, although I've been fickle until now, I think i've made my decision. I think I'm gunna build a sonosub with
1x Exodus Maelstrom-X
My intent is that next year, hopefully this driver's still obtainable and I can match it with another one of the same sort, but maybe build it in a box for fun. Will probably be total overkill, sure, but c'est la vie.. i think.
For now though, here's what i've gathered from reading older posts:
-If I build an LLT design, I'll be happy, and my mom likely won't... :heehee:
-Just using Sonotube seems to be more simple than building a box
-Cylinder Subs generally fire downwards, which takes a bit more energy than firing backwards. (or can you stand one horizontally and mod a couch over one? That's what I keep imagining)
-dampening is... important or something? *I'm going to read up more on this tommorow
The preliminary numbers i'm looking at based on the sonosub program are this... mind telling me if they're going to give me any SQ or under-wattage issues?
Effective Volume - 677litres
27" internal diameter - this should fit through the door, although I haven't yet measured it.
80" from endcap to endcap (6'8)
13.2 Hz Tuning Frequency
9" Port diameter
35" Port Length
The things in that program I haven't yet thought about are
Ports - What type to use and how many?
As far as supplies... I HAVE:
A Miter Saw
A Circular Saw
And I will need to BUY
Maelstrom-X 18" (online.. probably)
Behringer EPX3000 (from a local store)
~28inch diameter Sonotube... will have to see what sizes are actually available
PVC or Sonotube for the port(s?)... what do you suggest?
Clamps? What sort of clamp size(s) am I looking at?
Screws? What sort of screws would work best? Clear description please!
Flares - what is reccomended
something for the dampening, i haven't looked it up well enough yet
What else should I be looking into? And how should I go about suspending the "cabinet" in the air?
The other thing I'm really not sure about needing is a router. My dad's telling me our other tools should suffice. And Finally, I'd like to ask if the Audessy MultEQ in my AV reciever will manage bass or not.
I recommend a router and a 7 1/4" circular saw for diy audio. You can't flush trim route with a jig saw. You can with a router.
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-700 would be a nice speaker setup if you don't mind building speaker boxes and a little soldering work. The question is do you really want to do it.
If money is tight you could build a pair of Dayton 15" Reference subs and run them on a ep4000.