View Full Version : so i want to set up HT in my apartment living room......

11-29-2008, 10:29 AM
I dont know exactly what i want to spend, and i would like to DIY my speakers...

I can soldier and follow directions, and build whatever cabinets are necessary to house everything.

is it going to be attainable to do 5.1 for under a thousand dollars?>
and have it sound pretty good?

as far as the sub stage im not sure what speaker i am going to use, but it will be a single 10 or a 12 tuned really low, so ill need something good for that as well.

another question i have is would it be okay to use cat5 for my speaker cable if im only running 30-50 watts per channel?

11-29-2008, 10:34 AM
as far as the reciever goes, i believe my TV has optical out, so i dont need HDMI pass-through or anything like that...

11-30-2008, 11:59 AM
so yesterday i saw an onkyo tx-sr506 for 160 bucks new @ CC so i went ahead and bought it.

its got all the connections that i think that i will ever need, plus the ability to Bi-amp the fronts which should add a nice touch to things.

now what?

still wanting to do 5.1 and build the cabinets myself. what should i be looking for in an amplifier for my subwoofer stage? looking just to push it with a couple hundred watts, nothing crazy just yet.

12-02-2008, 03:33 AM
Have you found a DIY project?

If not check out Zaph's website (just google it). He has some pretty nice projects on there.

12-02-2008, 12:19 PM
Get some vintage speakers (check your local craigslist and audiokarma.org) and run em off of a dj amplifier or two and use a 5.1 receiver with hdmi as a preamp.

I built a complete system for about $500.

12-03-2008, 05:45 PM
ill look into it

heres what i found for tweets and mids

would i run 4 of each?





i still have 2 of these sitting at home


any real use for them>??

12-03-2008, 06:02 PM
lots of info on zaphaudio...

12-03-2008, 06:40 PM
i kind of like this project



mtm for the front ant TM ffor the rear?

i like this a lot.......and the price isnt bad at all....

whats trhe tama know about this?

12-04-2008, 02:45 PM

12-04-2008, 02:52 PM
I did a pair of the BM's Jacob was selling in a 3 ft^3 @ 27hz. Sounds **** good on movies and music. The icon I built up did really good in HT to if you might be interested in it. :D

12-04-2008, 02:55 PM
i moreso need a sub amp than a sub...i heard a friends and his setup was only around 80 watts and it slammed nicely

i want more than that, but not much

12-04-2008, 02:58 PM
I'm putting 850 to mine. :D there was a couple of cool builds on PE build log section that was rally cool. You might take a look see at some of them.

12-04-2008, 03:01 PM
a mj18m and a plate amp would do really good, or if you dont have the space just go with a 12 or 15, under $1000 is easily obtainable

12-04-2008, 03:48 PM
a little large though

i know nothing of plate amps, any model numbers or brands?

id like something that i can flush mount into the enclosure, i already have enough crap visible on the entertainment center. the subwoofer enclosure will go underneath an end table, i have roughly 4.5-5 cubes to work with, i havent measured it just yet.

12-04-2008, 03:56 PM
there was one on there using 4- 6.5" subs and a bash500 plate amp that looked pretty cool. Thing fit right under the couch, so you'd never see it.

12-04-2008, 04:00 PM
im gonna check that out, that sounds pretty cool.

i hear these bash plate amps are popular....

12-04-2008, 04:01 PM
me too. Never got to try one. You see them here and on e-bay from time to time.

12-04-2008, 04:24 PM
the sub stage is easy lol, just get a plate amp from partsexpress and a woofer. The other speakers are the hard part. I would suggest 10 mli65, 2 in each speaker and a matching tweet. Sorround is easier to balance if eache speaker has the same speakers. Maybe one of the dayon 12's and a plate amp about 500w would be more than enough

12-04-2008, 04:28 PM
You could always make the sub enclosure into an end table, so it's "hidden"

There's a 15" RL-P in the classifieds for a good price. They make excellent HT subs. I run 2 of them off a plate amp.

12-04-2008, 04:31 PM
I almost did the end table box. I think a coffee table box might turn out cool too. :D

12-04-2008, 05:00 PM
im getting something custom from david for the sub, so i need a plate amp for about 300 watts

anything out there besides the bash, or it that just the best way to go

12-04-2008, 05:20 PM
price wise, can't go wrong with it. What's dave making you? :D

12-04-2008, 07:15 PM
something that will shine in 3ft @ 24 hz

12-05-2008, 05:50 PM
any other suggestions for the 5 speakers?

does the center channel need to be doubled up from the rest of them?

or can it be the same as the rest?

12-05-2008, 05:54 PM
that I don't know. Mine is only a 2.1 setup for now. I think I saw a 12" SS RL-p for sale that might do good at that size. Or talk to TeamPSI about making you one. He made my dmx recone just for HT, and it did great.

12-05-2008, 06:14 PM
hes gonna make me a sub, i got that squared away