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Designed and built by Matthew Jacobson


The Sound Striped two-way home speaker system was designed to fit in with a night of fun, whether that be a night of movie watching or jamming to some tunes. To achieve this goal, the cabinet was designed to be noticeable, bright, and striking. The end result created a loudspeaker layered with stripes of several different types of wood, including redheart, padouk, birch, and maple across its front baffle, reminiscent of something you may see down a bowling lane.

The cabinet was designed to work as a floor standing system, with a height under 2′ tall. The angled front baffle was constructed to allow the sound to be directed up towards the listeners in an average living room. This allows for ideal listening when seated for a movie watching experience.

However, the striking aesthetics would not be enough to fulfill the goal of the loudspeakers. The two-way system was made for the listener to fully experience the booming, explosive sounds that may be heard in movies, or for the thumbing beats and satisfying kicks heard in music. In other words, the clean, bass-boosted system was made to really be noticed.

Design Goals

  • Affordable component and construction cost
  • Room filling sound pressure level output
  • Deep bass response
  • Clean sound with low distortion

Key Features

  • Sharp, striped front baffle
  • Ported enclosure designed for low bass response
  • Good off-axis response for multiple listeners
  • Active cross-over design allowing for easy future adjustments


  • 12″ x 23″ x 21″ Cabinet Dimensions
  • Designed F3 of 28 Hz
  • Two SB Acoustics 29mm Textile Dome Tweeters
  • Two Dayton Audio 8″ Reference Woofers

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Note: Loudspeaker construction occurred in Spring 2020 semester, during the COVID-19 epidemic. This hampered plans for the final tuning of the loudspeaker design. The attached documentation covers up to cross-over design of the speakers.

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Thunder and Lightning


Designed and built by Chris Wilson

Gonçalo alves is a Brazilian hardwood. It is sometimes referred to as tigerwood — a name that underscores the wood’s often dramatic, contrasting color scheme, that some compare to rosewood. It is considered one of the most beautiful of tropical woods, has a tough reputation, too. Strong and durable, it’s used for construction in its homeland and secondarily for fine furniture.

I wanted my speakers to be different. So I built a Lichtenberg machine and burnt Lichtenberg figures into the front side of my baffle. Finished by filling with blue glow-in-the-dark resin, I think I fulfilled my goal.

Since I invested so much time into the outward appearance, sound quality would have to be top notch. That is why I bought ribbon tweeters and ceramic woofers for the desktop monitors. The combination of those two provided the widest possible range (55Hz-22kHz) while having the flattest response. The subwoofer had to go as low as possible while still being inconspicuous and out of the way. The final design follows closely the form-factor of the footrest that is beneath my desk and is painted black. With its 10″ subwoofer and sealed cabinet design, it can get as low as 28Hz.

Design Goals

  • Visually appealing in a unique way
  • Flat response
  • Full range
  • Relatively Portable

Key Features

  • Unique lightning bolt effect
  • Beautiful wood grain with hand-rubbed oil finish
  • Sealed enclosures for increased transient response
  • Flat tuning



  • Measured F3 of 28Hz
  • +/- .7dB from 100Hz – 22kHz
  • Sealed box including sub
  • Fountek Neo X 1.0 ribbon Tweeter
  • 6″ SB Acoustics SB17CAC35-8 ceramic woofer
  • 10″ Dayton Audio RSS265HF-8 subwoofer
  • Desktop monitors 8.5” x 11” x 14”
  • Subwoofer 15”H x 15”D x 20”W with integrated legs

Overall Frequency Response

Overall PerformanceThe subwoofer and desktop monitor were placed on a tall stand to simulate anechoic conditions. Because of this, the subwoofer is not receiving the 3-6dB boost from the boundary effect from the floor.

Horizontal Off-Axis Response – 0º, 15º, 30º, & 60º off axis

Horizontal Off-Axis ResponseThis measurement was taken closer to the floor. The flat frequency response is being affected by floor reflections. The main data points to look at are above 5kHz.

Overall Waterfall Plot

Waterfall Plot - Full

Impulse Response

Impulse Response

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Jupiter 6103s



Juglans nigra, more commonly known as Eastern Black Walnut or simply Walnut, has long been one of the most sought after cabinetry hardwoods in North America. Taking its name from the Roman god of the sky, Jupiter, (Juglans being a compounding of the Latin for Jupiter’s Acorn), its remarkable strength, striking color, and fine workability have made it a favorite among woodworkers the world over for centuries, truly a wood worthy of its godly namesake.

Walnut was the clear choice for this design as it immediately evokes the feeling of a classic 70s hi-fi stereo. The rich brown of the walls and the black front baffle were a near uniformity of hi-fi speakers of the era. And the sound too aims to capture some of the feeling often associated with that era of music: warm, laid-back, and pleasant. However, the retro-styled exterior belies a very modern internal system.

A fully digital crossover networks allows for the fine tuning of the entire system to suit the needs of any particular room. The 3-way functionality also allows each driver to function within its most efficient frequency range. The height is calculated to center the mid and tweeter with an average listener’s ear when seated on an average couch (roughly 40″ from the ground).

With their end use being “do-anything” living room stereo towers, these speakers need to be able to cope with a wide array of content, from background music to intensive “home” mix review, from television to intense cinema. Versatility is key to their very existence.

Key Points

  • Balanced, broad frequency response 30 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Clarity through entire frequency band
  • Warm, flattering  music playback
  • Classic visual aesthetic
  • Fountek NeoCD 3.5H – Horn Loaded Ribbon Tweeters
  • SB Acoustics SB17CAC35 – Ceramic 6″ Mid-Woofers
  • Dayton Audio RSS265HF – Aluminum 10″ Subwoofers
  • 3-Way digital crossover (miniDSP 2×8)
  • +/- 1.5dB 30Hz – 30 kHz
  • f3 of 28Hz
  • f10 of 21Hz
  • Hand-rubbed oil finished Eastern Black Walnut Cabinet
  • Double-walled front baffle for added rigidity
  • Fully sealed enclosure for increased transient definition
  • Warm, flattering frequency response

Selected Measurements

Overall Frequency Response (60 dB range)


Integrated Frequency Response (20 dB range)


Overall Harmonic Distortion


Integrated Step Response


Overall Waterfall Plot (18 dB Range)


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Jupiter 6103 Glossy


Kitten Koffins

Near-field Reference Monitors

Designed by Sarah Calvert

The Kitten Koffins are near-field reference monitors that incorporate a unique shape size that produces a wide dispersion of sound. The coffin cabinet is an excellent shape for producing a flat and even frequency response. Both of which were very important goals of my design.

Due to being a sealed speaker and their smaller shape, the Kitten Koffins have an F3 of about 70hz. They are 13 inches in height and just over 14 inches in depth. Because of the angled shape on the front of the speaker, the width is roughly 10.5 inches. I designed them smaller and to incorporate a subwoofer with the system.

Unrealized 3D Model

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Prunus serotina, or black cherry, is a hardwood species found throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is known not only for burning all night in the wood stove, but also for it’s gorgeous color, figure, and grain pattern when properly finished. It was for this reason that Black Cherry was chosen to comprise the the baffles of these loudspeakers, eventually leading to the name Serotina.

From the beginning the intention was for these loudspeakers to provide the most pure, uncolored reproduction of any audio signal that was passed through the system. This meant a very broad spectral response and extremely accurate transient reproduction were necessary of the final product, and were achieved by employing multiple high-quality drivers and sizable, sealed enclosures.

An active crossover network ensures that the system can be fine-tuned for a wide variety of applications. At 6′-4″ they are stretched to accommodate the height of the end user when at a standing desk. However, with a quick re-alignment of the drivers using delay presets, the same great results can be enjoyed from a seated position for an extended stereo listening session or home theater application.

Key Points

  • Uniform Frequency Response
  • Highly Versatile
  • Clean System Integration
  • Pleasing, Natural Aesthetics
  • Raven Point Source Tweeter
  • 5″ Eton 5-212/C8/25 HEX Woofer
  • 10″ Focal P25FS Subwoofer
  • 3.5 Way Active Crossover Network [MiniDSP]
  • +/- 1.5dB From 40Hz to 22kHz
  • 3dB down @31Hz
  • 10dB down @25Hz
  • Oiled Black Cherry baffles
  • Tall for use at a standing desk
  • Sealed cabinets provide accurate transient response
  • A narrow front baffle makes for wide horizontal dispersion
  • Removable back panel for future access

Selected Measurements

Integrated Frequency Responseserotina integrated
Horizontal Off-Axis Response serotina horizontal

Blue = 60deg | Lime = 45deg | Red = 30deg [listening axis] | Purple = 15deg

Serotina with designer


HR Designs: The Saadia Rahman Prototypes

The Saadia Rahman Prototypes, by HR Designs
(Photo by Christopher Plummer | 1 May 2019)

The Saadia Rahman Prototypes are the first speakers designed and built by Haroon Chaudhry, Spring 2019. They are designed and built for Saadia Rahman to use in her house for casual listening.

Design Goals:

  • High enjoyment listening in a casual living room setting
  • Exceptional visual aesthetics
  • Easy to setup and use


  • 100% passive 3-way crossover
  • Padauk front, sides, and back
  • Walnut top, bottom, and wings
  • Easy-to-use terminals


  • Vented enclosure with bass boost from 50-100 Hz
  • Woofer: Dayton Audio DC200-8
  • Midrange: Dayton Audio RS125
  • Tweeter: SB Acoustics SB19ST-C000
  • Total Cost: ~$800 USD


Integrated Frequency Response (10 Hz – 50 kHz | 40 dB range)
Horizontal Off-Axis Response (10 Hz – 50 kHz | 40 dB range)

Crossover Design:

  • Woofer: 35 Hz – 300 Hz
  • Midrange: 300 Hz – 3 kHz
  • Tweeter: 3 kHz – 30 kHz
Crossover Circuit Schematic


The HNY: Buns

Designed and Built By Sam Palumbo

Design goals

  • Home Entertainment and Mixing Use
  • Floor Standing
  • Natural Wood Look
  • No taller than 3ft 7in


  • Fully Active 3-way Speaker
  • Founteck NeoX1.0 Ribbon Tweeter
  • 5-in Dayton Audio RS125-4 Mid Woofer
  • 8-in Dayton Audio RS125-4 Reference Woofer 
  • Dimensions: 10”, 13”, 43”


  • F3 of 40 Hz
  • +/- 2dB from 40Hz- 22kHz


Designed & Built by Henry Sendek
  • Design Goals:
    • Full-Range Loudspeakers for Living Room Entertainment
    • Relatively Portable
    • Extended Bass
  • Specifications:
    • Dual 5″ SB Acoustics SB15CAC30 Woofers
    • Single 5″ Ribbon Fountek CD2.0 Tweeter
    • 2.5Way Active & Passive Crossovers
  • Features:
    • F3 of 45Hz
    • +2dB/-3dB (45Hz to 20kHz)
    • 94dB (Max Continuous SPL)
Full Loudspeaker (Red) | Tweeter (Blue) | Top Woofer (Yellow) | Bottom Woofer (Purple)


Designed & Built By: Maddy Hunt

PC: Christopher Plummer

Design Goals:

  • Desktop speakers for enjoyment listening purposes
  • Easy to build with simple yet pretty aesthetics
  • Small size and easily portable
  • Affordable


  • SB Acoustics 5″ SB15NRXC30-4 Woofer
  • SB Acoustics SB29RCDN-C000-4 Tweeter
  • Active system


  • 14.43″ H x 9.5″ W x 10.19″ D
  • f3 at 50 Hz
  • Crossover at 2000 Hz
  • Ported Enclosure
  • Total Spent: ~$525

Materials: Curly Cherry

Overall Frequency Response:

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Loudspeakers Designed by Noah Schumaker

SBPOS6, standing tall and proud.
PC – Christopher Plummer

Design Goals:

  • Pleasure Listening Speakers for a desktop
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off near 60Hz (F3)
  • Portable in size
  • Low Cost
Frequency Response, on axis.

End Product:

  • F3 of 55Hz
  • Active crossover at 2250Hz
  • Final Dimensions (H x W x D): 13.5” x 8.5” x 10.75”
  • Sealed Box design
  • SBNRX172C35-8 Low frequency Driver
  • SN29NDCN-C000-4 Tweeter
  • Overall Costs: ~$440.00
Noah Schumaker and the SBPOS6 Loudspeakers.
PC – Christopher Plummer
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