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Not Your Grandpa’s Speakers


Designed by: Mike Schmitz

Design Goals

  • Casual listening
  • Large and noticeable
  •  Unique aesthetics
  • Passive

Key Features

  • F3 of 26 Hz
  • +/- 6 dB 26 Hz to 18 kHz
  • 2nd Order Crossover at 250 Hz, 4th Order Crossover at 2.5 kHz
  • Wide Dispersion
  • Cost less than $1200
  • Ported design
  • 3/4 in. MDF and 1/2 in. Baltic Burch construction with Maple trim.

Tweeter – Fountek Neo X 2.0 Ribbon
Midrange – SB Acoustics SB15MFC30-4
Woofer – SB Acoustics SB29NRX75-6

Frequency Response
Integrated Frequency Response
Not Your Grandpa’s Speakers Glossy
Not Your Grandpa’s Speakers Research Paper


Fountek 2-Way

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Designed by: Jamie Bennett

Design Goals:

  • Portable
  • Sonically Robust
  • Accurate
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Active Crossover
  • Ported

Key Features:

  • F3 of 60 Hz
  • +/- 3 dB from 60 Hz to 20 kHz
  • 4th Order Crossover at 2.3 kHz
  • Wide Horizontal Dispersion
  • Under $1000
  • 3/4″ Maple Baffle
  • 3/4″ Double Walled MDF


  • Tweeter:
    Fountek Neo X 2.0 Ribbon
  • Woofer:
    Fountek Fw168 6.5″

Frequency Response 

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Integrated Frequency Response


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Speaker Glossy

Research Paper 



TW-84 Home Entertainment Speakers

April 29, 2016 Leave a comment

TW-84 Pic

Design Goals

  • Pleasurable
  • Fairly Flat Frequency Response
  • Passive Crossover
  • Ported Enclosure For Increased Low End
  • Pair With External Subwoofer
  • Sound Good Alone As Well

Key Features 

  • WxDxH = 1′ x 1′ 3/8″ x 3′ 9 1/2″
  • +/- 2dB from 40-20,000Hz
  • 2 Way Design
  • F3 of 37 Hz


  • Scanspeak D2604/32000
  • Dayton Audio RS225


Frequency Response



Design & Final Testing Report


Aries I

May 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Aries I Loudspeakers

Designed By: Kevin “Hexecho” Gray

The Aries I loudspeakers were designed for use as desktop near-field monitor loudspeakers with a large soundstage and stereo image. A stand out feature of the Aries I cabinets are the high-Carbon gray Iron baffles and rear panels, this metal helps to add strength to the speakers while absorbing and dampening vibrations from the drivers, preventing the drivers from causing unsavory resonances in the wooden cabinets. The speakers are designed for an impressive transient response, and low-end extension with smaller sealed box, I wanted to make sure these speakers would give a kick drum some real kick. The speakers were intended for high-fidelity enjoyment along with music production and mixing, sporting a +/- 3 dB frequency response from 120Hz to 20 kHz with a +1 dB boost at 110 Hz.  The phenomenal off-axis frequency response of the Aries I allow it to excite a space with accurately reproduced sound, helping to add to the soundstage. Aesthetically the Aries I speakers sport an industrial style as-cast iron front and rear panels mounted into the deep-red 7 layer plywood cabinets by hex head bolts, and feature a the Aries sign on the outside of the right speaker layered in blue wood dye under the many layers of red.  After all of the metal work and parts costs the Aries I ran a budget of $800.

Design Goals:
Good low-end: F3~70Hz
Use of metal in speakers: Iron panels, aluminum woofer, titanium tweeter
+/-  3 dB frequency response
Bass boost: +1 dB at 110 Hz
Fit onto a desktop: 12″x12.5″x13″ 45 lbs
Great Transient Response
Big Soundstage

Frequency Response with Crossover  and Off-Axis Frequency Response

Full Range with crossoverhorizontal off axis

Pouring Aries I PanelPouring of an Aries I metal panel


The Dark Passengers – 2 Way Ported Nearfields

The Dark Passengers - Near Field Mixing Monitors

Designed and constructed by Andrew Villa

Design Goals

  • Portable
  • Accurate Response
  • Hi-Fidelity for creating/mixing SFX, Dialogue, and music
  • Tight transients
  • Good horizontal Off-axis
  • Dexter Themed
  • Used as Nearfield monitors

Key Features

  • Small size: 12 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ x 16 1/4″
  • +/- 1.6 dB from 80 – 20 kHz
  • Vented Enclosure = decent bass for small near fields
  • Cost $400
  • F3 of 72 Hz
  • Tight, precise sound
  • Great Clarity
  • Unique paint design


  • Fountek FW168 6.5″ Aluminum Cone Woofer
  • Vifa XT25TG30-04 1″ Ring Radiator Tweeter

Testing Results 

Overall Frequency Response:

Plot 1 - Overall Frequency Response


Integrated Frequency Response:

Plot 2- Integrated Frequency Response

Purple: Tweeter, Yellow: Woofer, Blue: Overall Sum


Impulse response:


Plot 10- Impulse Response


The Dark Passengers: design, drafting, and final testing

The Dark Passengers: Glossy

JMWS-1 Nearfield Mixing Monitors

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment


Designed By:

John Watza

Key Features

  • Desktop Nearfield Mixing Monitors
  • F3 of 55Hz
  • +/- 1.5dB
  • Mini DSP Plate Amplifier
  • Accurate Transient response

Frequency Response

Right Speaker Plot 1

Intergrated Frequency Response

Right Speaker Plot 2


JWatza Speaker Glossy

JMWS-1 Documentation and Design


Aeternus Lux 2.2 Modular System

May 11, 2013 1 comment

Design and Construction:

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Paul Kirby

Design Goals

  • Portable
  • Low Fatigue
  • Low bass extension
  • Modular
  • Good horizontal Off-axis
  • Eventual use in 5.1 system

Key Features 

  • Large Size WxDxH = 9″x1’2″x4’10”
  • +/- 1.5dB from 75-20,000Hz
  • MTM Design
  • Inset tweeter for minimal distance between woofers, hence minimal vertical lobbing
  • Side-firing subwoofer modules (f3 of 25Hz)
  • Removable main with f3 of 70Hz
  • +/- 1.5dB from 75-20,000Hz
  • Active to passive cascaded crossover for module implementation


  • Morel MDT30S-4 1″ Textile Dome Tweeter
  • SEAS Prestige L15RLY/P (H1141) 5.5″ Aluminum Cone Woofers
  • SB Acoustics SB29SWNRK-S75 10″ Subwoofer

Main Response (green is port measurement)

Integrated Response

Sub Response

Sub Response

Impulse Response

Impulse Response


Design Report and Final Testing

Aeternus Lux Drafting