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iamamp3pimp
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?

iamamp3pimp
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...

iamamp3pimp
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.

joetama
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.

vario
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.

iamamp3pimp
12-03-2008, 05:45 PM
ill look into it



heres what i found for tweets and mids

would i run 4 of each?

tweets

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=264-524

mids

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=295-306

i still have 2 of these sitting at home

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=285-020

any real use for them>??

iamamp3pimp
12-03-2008, 06:02 PM
lots of info on zaphaudio...

iamamp3pimp
12-03-2008, 06:40 PM
i kind of like this project

http://www.zaphaudio.com/BAMTM.html

hmmm

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?

iamamp3pimp
12-04-2008, 02:45 PM
ttt?

rollerdj
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

iamamp3pimp
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

rollerdj
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.

jdawg
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

iamamp3pimp
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.

rollerdj
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.

iamamp3pimp
12-04-2008, 04:00 PM
im gonna check that out, that sounds pretty cool.

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

rollerdj
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.

jdawg
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

mlstrass
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.

rollerdj
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

iamamp3pimp
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

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

iamamp3pimp
12-04-2008, 07:15 PM
something that will shine in 3ft @ 24 hz

iamamp3pimp
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?

rollerdj
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.

iamamp3pimp
12-05-2008, 06:14 PM
hes gonna make me a sub, i got that squared away

:)