3D Printed Speaker enclosures – another rabbit hole

PS95-8After months (and months) I’ve finally been able to pull my thumb out and start a long wanted upgrade of my somewhat old Home Theater system…….With a 3D printed ‘twist’

The S-HS50 speakers I have that are connected to my 1/2 height pioneer amp (A VSX-S300 ) aren’t the best, one’s a little rattly now

The Amp’s great, tiny and fitted on a shelf in an apartment we owned some years back, no need to upgrade……..

Having a quick google for 5.1 speaker systems upgrades suggested that I’d need to spend quite a few quid to get any significant upgrade……..Fond memories of my audio setup as a student (Arcam Alpha 7 Amp, KEF Q15 Speakers and Marantz CD67SE) meant I couldn’t settle for any old speaker system…

SO, as you do, I googled ‘DIY Small speaker design‘ just to see how easy (or hard) it would be to save a few quid and DIY up small, but great sounding speakers………..

This lead me to a superb forum called DIYAUDIO

Some great Youtube videos also……..including this one……….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5jAZH_ONS0 – “The Best driver for your first DIY Speaker build”

Some more googling for reviews, speakers, and generally procrastinating for a week doing waaaaay too much ‘research’ cross referencing speaker types, enclosure types and general audio goodness assured me that the Dayton Audio PS95-8 speaker is the way to go.

This tiny – 3.5 inch speaker meets quite a few of my (as yet undefinded) project scope points

  • Small – It’ll allow me to (in theory) use an enclosure almost as small as my existing speakers
  • Cheap (ish)
  • Great sounding according to a few dozen people in quite a few websites

So, Jumping in head first and yet more googling, I purchased 5 of the things……

https://www.soundimports.eu/en/ps95-8.html

They arrived in just 3 days, well packed, Thanks guys!  Not a great exchange rate with the bank so cost £120 all up….Still, far, far cheaper than anything that can be purchased off the shelf with an equivalent sound quality (hopefully!)

Now, to knock up an enclosure of some sort…………

 

 

 

Author: Bleugh

Early Fourties, Wife, two kids in primary school. Both of us work full time...5 years now we’ve been Back in Blighty after a decade away...It's a new country for everyone! Still finding time to tinker!

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