Step 2: Speaker Theory

I built my first set of speakers as a high school student over 10 years ago. I've been making them for friends, clients, and now for Instructables as a prize for our Art of Sound Contest ever since. Over the years I've generated a few simple theories about speaker building that I think are relevant.

Yes, they do sound better, and no you don't have to be an audiophile to hear the difference
  • Sound quality has been steadily declining as heavily compressed digital audio, iPod docks, and bottom dollar stereos have proliferated around the world over the last 10-15 years. Listening to music on a great set of speakers is the single biggest change you can make to your stereo to get better sound quality. If you want to blow $200 a foot on oxygen free speaker wire made from precious metals, great, go for it, just make sure you've already invested a lot of time and energy in making the best possible speakers your finances and skill level allow.

Spend more money then you thought you were going to
  • If you're about to build your own custom speakers, you'll likely be spending at least 40 hours on the project if you've got experience with woodworking, electronics, finishing techniques, or have built your own speakers before, and even longer if it's your first pair. Depending on how you value your time, you'll have thousands of dollars of free labor (your own) invested in the speakers. If you happen to find yourself deciding between a $5 paper cone, no name woofer, and a $25 poly cone made by some brand name, please, get the more expensive one. Like tools, speaker components are an investment that you'll have for the rest of the your life, so reach a little and get the best stuff for your project that you can afford.

Start with a kit
  • Get started by ordering a kit from a supplier. It takes a significant amount of knowledge and work to design your own crossovers and calculate your own box dimensions. It's much easier to tackle your first speaker project by standing on the shoulders of experienced audio engineers. So, get a kit from one of the retailers listed in the next step and get started on your project today.
wats up with the golden rectangle spiral...? just filler or does it serve a purpose?
the golden ratio, persect beauties? well its this thing where every part i the ratio of the bigger one. search up golden ratio
i undesrtand the golden ratio, i'm just curious why it's here...?
same here... maybe were expected to apply it..
IIRC this shape is used as an ideal towards which the enclosure is supposed to be designed. It's been about 30 years since I thought about any of this, but there are a variety of types of speaker enclosures. For example, the famous Klipsch Horn speakers use a folded-horn enclosure, and I'm sure its design is related to this "golden ratio".
ah alright, thanks man
fbigun ayhan134 years ago
slm ayhan isminden anladıpıma göre türksün:)
adım fatih istanbulda oturuyorum benim ingilizcem pek iyi değil o yüzden sana ingilizce yazamıyorum :(
acaba senin bu kabin yapımı hakkında bilgin var mı. bende kendime özel bir kabin tasarlamak istiyorum.ama bu işi profesyonelce yapmak istiyorum bana yardımcı olabilirmsin ?
ilgine şimdiden teşekkür ederim
zinnatty5 years ago
what's the name of that spiral?