Kitchen Speakers (style, on the cheap)

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    My wife wanted some speakers in the kitchen so I thought I'd make use of some 3" Dayton RS75-4 full-range drivers I had on the shelf. I went to the local pound shop type place and found some nice 1.1L tea and sugar wooden boxes for £4.50 each.

    A quick WinISD simulation showed that the drivers would reach down to 90Hz with a small port.

    So I set about making something :)

    Firstly I wanted to remove the wood lump from the lid to get as much internal volume as possible. It will be screwed on later anyway so no need for the plastic seal.

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    I had some 8mm ID steel tube left over from a curtain rail so used that as porting. Since it has a small inside diameter I used 3 of them. WinISD showed they needed to be 4cm long each. Tuning at 100Hz.

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    Ports made, fit connectors.

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    This hole cutting saw was nearly the right size, and with some liberal sanding the driver poped in nicely.

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    However, the thickness of the wood blocked the sound from the back of the driver so I needed to chamfer that away a bit. Usually this could be done when the panel is not glued in to a box yet, but no such easy solution here. So I put a router bit in the pillar drill and held the box at an angle to get a chamfer on the back of the panel Crude but it worked.

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    Finally, crimp and solder the wires up to the connectors and put some stuffing in the box.

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    Seal the lid with some screws and we are finished :)

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    I thought the next gen Kensai was top secret! :)

    Try them with the Advantage for bass :)
     
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    That's probably quite reasonable, since the crossover is in much the same place as the small things roll-off, and the sensitivity is within 1dB. I might play with it :)

    I wonder if I could sell such things though John Lewis or somewhere. I could make them quite affordable, but I guess most people will want them powered which makes it far more costly!
     
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    Exactly, you need something that can take a line input, or have some sort of dock arrangement so that people can just plonk in their iPhones. Or build in Airplay....
     
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    They work brilliantly with the Advantage :D
     
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    Shhhhhh!
     
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    Love it! :)

    How long before she actually lifts the lid and pour sugar and tea in them?
     
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    Not been around these parts for a while, Hello....
    They look great, I might make some of those, I would buy two 'tea' ones and cut the driver hole on the writing to get rid of it, remove the handle and turn them upside down, Cheapy maplin power amp 'project' boards and an old printer psu and you have a nice Ipod or computer speaker set.

    Well done, I like a bit of frugal innovation :0
     
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