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Project by mccreamark posted 09-23-2008 08:52 PM 4593 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi this is another project of mine.
I love listening to music I have 3000 records and a Micri Seiki .
These are back loaded horn speakers they are a special design using a folded horn (tunnel) inside the speaker box to amplify the sound. This type of speaker only uses one driver and it covers the full sound range much like a car stereo speaker. Some people add sub-woofer to these (I do ) for extra oomph!
This is a Fostex F206e 8” Japanese speaker and i used the speaker plans from Fostex. They have loads and loads of speakers so you can build any size you like.
I made these from 18mm ply and then cased it in 12mm ply and veneered the front with Birds eye maple and used the mahogany veneer from the ply I bought 2 door saddle at the diy store and used them for the front and top corners as they were the same cheap mahogany/luan as the ply.
I gave it 2 coats of shellac and 5 coats of System3 WLPU boat varnish waited a month and buffed it and waxed it.
I tested them before finishing them and they sounded terrific,spooky good. My friend is a guitar player and came over to hear them and he went home and said he could get off his mind so he bought them off me. I am now building another set.

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#1 posted 09-23-2008 09:15 PM


Great work, really a unique design. So there isn’t a horn speaker it is just similar to a port?

-- Rob

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#2 posted 09-23-2008 10:53 PM

Couldn’t ask for a nicer compliment on your work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 01:41 AM

A coworker just recently asked me about making these. We’ve been online checking out hundreds of designs. I hear these sound awesome. Here is a cool link to some designs:

-- Tony, Ohio

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 03:20 AM

Talk about timing, was just this past week considering making a speaker ‘box’ for my sons truck not for boom, but rather something to put the speakers in that will protect them since there is very little mounting space for them. If it can increase the sound quality and protect them at the same time (not to mention look half as good as your’s) it’s a win-win situation.

Great looking speakers, and can only imagine how good they sound. Nothing really beats wood (even ply) for resonating.

-- Still learning everything

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 05:02 PM

Hi thanks for the comments thse type of speakers sound great on any type of music but when they play acoustic type music like jazz or classical and vocals I think they can,t be beat.
After I sold them I was sorry and couldn’t get the memory of them out of my mind.So the only solution was to make another set.
Most people that get to hear horn speakers leave with a new opinion of HiFi and some can,t get away from it and have to get them for themselves.
I’m in bed resting my legs listening to Myles Davis,I wonder if I’ll ever finish them at this rate.

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 06:55 AM

If they sound anywhere as well as they look, I would be in audio Heaven!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 12:08 AM

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 05:03 AM

tubes or solid state?

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 12:32 AM

Hi chuck solid state at the moment I will be building a Hiraga” Le Monstre” and then a pre amp over the winter .But I.m back in college and it,s almost exam time . Can,t paint anymore with my knees shot so I went back to school doing electronics, might do tubes as well!

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 06:59 AM

Nice one Mark.
I hardly even looked at the woodwork side of them!
Back in the day when I ran a guitar amplifier repair shop I used to have a bunch of guys come in to buy guitar speakers from me because the stiff compliance made them really suit horn loaded speakers – some guys even glued in their own wizzer cones.
If I had more time and space I’d make a pair to suit my 15 watt per channel valve amp – I’m sure the efficiency would make it crank!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 07:29 AM

Good job Mark.

How do you think they would sound with a Dynakit Stereo 70 amp?

-- Joe

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 01:46 PM

I would say wonderful I only have a cheap Kenwood receiver and I was stunned.I have had many speakers from Celestion SL600 ,Jamo’s, Dittons,Pinnacles,DCM time windows, and they all had good and bad points but the differences where subtle and subjective with these speakers the difference is profound and can be heard by everyone.The detail level is terrific and sounds very real , the words you could never quite understand in a song are now crystal clear.
I plan to build an new amp myself as soon as my shed warms up.
Thanks for the comments .
Happy Holidays

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