Building your own custom speakers has got to be one of the most rewarding, straightforward and cost-effective DIY activities I’ve come across. I’m absolutely shocked that it hasn’t had a larger presence on Instructables and in the communitywell, until now of course. Some speaker projects can be complete in a weekend, while others can go on for years. 100, while top-loudspeaker design cookbook pdf free-the-line kits and components can add up to several thousands of dollars.

Regardless of how much you choose to spend on your speakers, you’ll likely be building something that will sound as good as commercial product that off the shelf would cost as much as 10 times more. So, if you’ve got access to a table saw, a jig saw, a drill, some wood glue, clamps, and a place to make some sawdust, then you’ve got the opportunity to build your own custom speakers. This Instructable will cover the entire process, from sourcing components, to tips and tricks, to exotic and inspiring finishing options. The images below show just a few of the speakers that I’ve built over the last 10 years. Back in 1997 I attended the Home Entertainment Show with my father. We had the intent to build the best speakers that we possibly could. We listened to just about every manufacturers flagship model.

I recognized all of the drivers from the DIY catalogs, wondering which one would reign supreme. At the end of the day, after the votes were in, we both selected the JM Labs Grande Utopia’s as our favorite model, hands down. Since then, it’s been widely agreed that the Grande Utopia are among the best sounding home audio speakers in the world. 40,000, and now the updated model, equipped with a Beryllium tweeter, costs even more. JM Labs uses affiliate company Focal brand drivers. Now here’s where it gets interestingthe same line of drivers used in the JM Labs loudspeakers, can also be purchased from Zalytron.

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. 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’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. 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.

DIY speaker builders work, designs, and the companies that distribute the best components in the U. There’s a wide range of designs, driver options and technologies to learn about and choose from. Parts Express is great for entry level drivers and is also a great supplier of all kinds of speaker building accessories. Madisound has a wide range of products, from hi-fi components to complete kits that even include pre-assembled cabinets. Zalytron is the primary US dealer for the world renowned Focal brand drivers and offers everything from budget kits for the money conscious builder, to top-of-the-line audiophile kits that rival the industry’s best speakers. Using the resources listed in the previous step you can begin the process of selecting your drivers or kit for your speaker building project.