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Phers1er
11-20-2008, 01:01 AM
I am planning a new build and I want to run an active 3-way set up.
I'm new to the whole active thing but have been told by more than a few people that building my own 3-way is the way to go.
My available power is
50x2 rms for the tweeters
100x2 rms for the mids
200x2 rms for the midbass
I am at a loss when it comes to choosing raw drivers. Any recomendations?

Or would lossing the 50x2 and running a higher quality 2-way active set be a better bet?
I'm trying to spend under $600 on the speakers if that helps.

RAM_Designs
11-20-2008, 01:02 AM
$600 for speakers is plenty...what sizes do you have room to work with? 8" midbass possible?

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 01:03 AM
8's should be no problem.

Louisiana_CRX
11-20-2008, 01:04 AM
you ought to get my OZ Matrix Elites...lol

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 01:09 AM
you ought to get my OZ Matrix Elites...lol
I wouldn't mind having them but one of the reasons I'm doing a diy 3-way is so I can buy the drivers one pair at a time. I have a family to take care of so I will never have $600 all at once.haha

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 01:14 AM
$600 for speakers is plenty...what sizes do you have room to work with? 8" midbass possible?
I was thinking 1-4-8" or 1-3-6"

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 01:18 AM
Also, The $600 budget is not set in stone.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 02:14 AM
anyone?

go_go_thrash
11-20-2008, 02:57 AM
The dls 3" mid is very nice, vifa xt25's have stellar reviews. The hybrid audio technology stuff has had a lot of buzz recently. There is always the choice of buying dyn or dls raw drivers. And Seas makes some very nice things as well.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help, I want to run active, and I have investigated it, just don't think it is something I am ready to jump into just yet.

http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1181
http://dls.se/en/car/prod.html?produkt=en_162

dragnix
11-20-2008, 03:00 AM
have you ever done a 2way before? Just asking since some people want to get ahead of themselves and therefore creates a lot of problems for themselves

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:02 AM
Thanks for the response, I'll check a few of those out.

WrenchGuy
11-20-2008, 03:02 AM
Buy my Daytons All you'll need is a tweeter.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:02 AM
have you ever done a 2way before? Just asking since some people want to get ahead of themselves and therefore creates a lot of problems for themselves

I have never done an active set up before

dragnix
11-20-2008, 03:05 AM
I have never done an active set up before

then i'd suggest just going with a 2way setup for now and get a feel for it first. A 2way setup done right will be a lot better than a 3way setup done wrong.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:07 AM
That being said, what combo/combos would you recommend for an active 2-way set up.
With a budget of $600 and 100x2 for the tweets an 200x2 for the mids??

dragnix
11-20-2008, 03:07 AM
lots of drivers out there really. I'd probably go with the ID OEM mids and the Vifa XT tweets

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:09 AM
That would save me a bit of money too. ^^^

dragnix
11-20-2008, 03:10 AM
indeed, what crossover do you have to do a 3way though?

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:12 AM
I'm still trying to decide, but I have my eye on an AudioControl DQXS

dragnix
11-20-2008, 03:14 AM
I didn't even know AC has a unit that can do 3way front stage. Though i could be wrong. Either way, there aren't a lot of options out there for that setup. But you can use your 360.2 if you're doing 2way :)

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:16 AM
I don't think it does 3-way. It thought you meant for the two way and a sub.
the 360.2 is long gone. i sold everything in my build log except the hsk 165's due to a non paying bidder on ebay.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:20 AM
Or I could just run the hsk's active? But I'm not sure what kind of power they handle.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:22 AM
I'm pretty sure my amps are a bit under rated.^^

WrenchGuy
11-20-2008, 03:22 AM
I was gonna get a DQXS. I made due with trying to get a DXS instead for a third the price.

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 03:39 AM
Ok so far I have ID OEM mids and the Vifa XT tweets, or my old hsk's. Any other good 2-way combos out there?

C3 Customs
11-20-2008, 08:10 AM
Bravox Audio Kevlar Series, and/or Bravox Audio EDX6 6" midbass with the hybrid Audio TBI HDSS tweeters.

James Bang
11-20-2008, 12:57 PM
Bravox Audio Kevlar Series, and/or Bravox Audio EDX6 6" midbass with the hybrid Audio TBI HDSS tweeters.

you obviously don't know WTF you're talking about.

C3 Customs
11-20-2008, 01:08 PM
I am planning a new build and I want to run an active 3-way set up.
....
I am at a loss when it comes to choosing raw drivers. Any recomendations?
...
I'm trying to spend under $600 on the speakers if that helps.

If he is buying raw drivers per his/her own statement, then my suggestions stands.

But if looking for a one stop solution then yes my solution does not offer a complete solution. My solution was intended as possible solutions to buying separate drivers and I did not intend for all of the drivers to be used together.

James Bang
11-20-2008, 01:46 PM
C3 is still lost...



Peerless HDS tweets (if you can fit them)

w/ Peerless Exclusive 7"s.

If you go w/ the Vifa XT25s, they should be on axis.

FoxPro5
11-20-2008, 03:09 PM
Processing is your first concern, not drivers.

Should I repeat? Ok....

Processing before drivers.

Then install.

Then tuning.

This message brought to you by a 10 year old ******* who doesn't know jack **** about running an active system. ;)

C3 Customs
11-20-2008, 03:16 PM
C3 is still lost...



.....

Please clear the fog...

tez4life
11-20-2008, 03:19 PM
ID Oems would be a good choice as mention before. Seas Neos seem to be a good matching tweeter to them, as well as the Blaupunkt VC100s (budget tweeters, but sound great).

You have a very nice budget for a active 2 way setup. Im sure you could do something for 1/2 or even 1/3 of your orginal amount stated.

dragnix
11-20-2008, 04:21 PM
Processing is your first concern, not drivers.

Should I repeat? Ok....

Processing before drivers.

Then install.

Then tuning.

This message brought to you by a 10 year old ******* who doesn't know jack **** about running an active system. ;)
**** straight

Please clear the fog...
Hybrid Audio does not make the HDSS tweeters, TBI does. I believe that is where you are wrong

ID Oems would be a good choice as mention before. Seas Neos seem to be a good matching tweeter to them, as well as the Blaupunkt VC100s (budget tweeters, but sound great).

You have a very nice budget for a active 2 way setup. Im sure you could do something for 1/2 or even 1/3 of your orginal amount stated.
The Blaupunkt are no longer made i believe.

C3 Customs
11-20-2008, 04:23 PM
thank you, for clearing up my confusion.

dragnix
11-20-2008, 04:24 PM
you are very welcome sir

tez4life
11-20-2008, 04:27 PM
**** straight



The Blaupunkt are no longer made i believe.


True, but every now and then they pop up on ebay. Seller a month or two back had several sets like the ones I picked up. I got mine on here, and I saw someone selling a set not too long ago.

Seas Neos would be a nice choice as well, but its up to him.

And I defintly agree, processing is extremely important. It doesnt have to be the most expensive thing either. The Memphis in my sig gave me great results, at a low price.

Total, I spend less than $200 for my active front stage.;)

dragnix
11-20-2008, 04:31 PM
True, but every now and then they pop up on ebay. Seller a month or two back had several sets like the ones I picked up. I got mine on here, and I saw someone selling a set not too long ago.

Seas Neos would be a nice choice as well, but its up to him.

And I defintly agree, processing is extremely important. It doesnt have to be the most expensive thing either. The Memphis in my sig gave me great results, at a low price.

Total, I spend less than $200 for my active front stage.;)

There really are some good tweeters out there for the OP to choose from. Just look around for some closeout prices from companies going out of business. I got myself some crystal tweeters for $30 and have been running them for a while with good results. But then i just bought some TBI HDSS to try out, for $100 it can't hurt :D

I'm still staying under 200 for my active front stage ;)

Edit: Look on PE or madisound for some good raw drivers

Phers1er
11-20-2008, 06:56 PM
Processing is your first concern, not drivers.

Should I repeat? Ok....

Processing before drivers.

Then install.

Then tuning.

This message brought to you by a 10 year old ******* who doesn't know jack **** about running an active system. ;)
Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

I'm still trying to decide, but I have my eye on an AudioControl DQXS

Also thanks to everyone who gave recommendations.

gbart
11-21-2008, 01:06 PM
some good info in here i need to research some of these drivers. I havent heard of some of the tweeters mentioned and im sure they are great. Im going with DLS for now i may change down the road tos ee if i like something better.