Doorway subwoofer

doorway

We’ve seen some crazy speaker builds in the past (massive folded horns for example). [DiscoJones] wanted to build a set of speakers that could reach very low frequencies and be very efficient. Instead of constructing a large box, he built a baffle that could be placed in a doorway and use the blocked off room as an enclosure. It has eight 12inch subwoofers, eight midrange drivers, and four tweeters. The speakers are fairly cheap and he built a simple crossover to help them work a little better together. The goal was always deep bass though, so don’t expect very high fidelity from a setup like this.

Comments

  1. psuedonymous says:

    Aw, I was hoping he’d actuated an actual door to provide REALLY low frequency bass.

  2. sizzle says:

    i bet it sounds amazing. FIRST

  3. sizzle says:

    maybe not first :p

  4. ngol says:

    every landlord in the country just pooped themselves a little.

  5. pelrun says:

    ngol, that’s the brown note for ya!

  6. joe says:

    Ah yes, infinite baffle installs are usually oh so good sounding.

  7. calebkraft says:

    As cool looking as this is, there’s some math behind how large the enclosure needs to be for efficient sound production. I suspect that this is more for the visual shock factor.

    He seems to have put some thought into it, but as far as speaker design goes it seems that even the smallest room would be too large. I’m no expert though. That being said, I want one… or two.

  8. Makes me recall the fond memories of the construction of my speaker box bed as a teenager…

  9. James says:

    Still think I’d rather try to replicate the TRW rotary sub for low freqs

  10. mem.namefix says:

    @sizzle – you were the first luser to comment anyway – kudos.

  11. sexiewasd says:

    @calebkraft

    An infinite baffle setup has no box, or at least one big enough to not dampen the suspension of the drivers by compressing the air inside of the box. the only things to worry about would be the room being too small, not properly separated from the back side of the baffle, or why there are eight mid ranges and four horns in the back of the room.

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    perhaps a closet instead…

  13. DeFex says:

    James the rotary sub can only play 1 note at a time, so it is rather useless.

  14. grovenstien says:

    bloody noisy people!

  15. jim says:

    that’s insanely brilliant

  16. Chuck Norris says:

    yea this iz sick
    i get one of these for mu h front door

    truestarmag.wordpress.com

  17. shibathedog says:

    Like some other people said, this is only going to sound good if he actually matched these speakers with the room size. The door is probably going to vibrate too.

    Also is this really a subwoofer or just stereo speakers in a door? Why would he have midrange and tweeters on a subwoofer and more importantly why would there be two hookups? Subs should be mono.

  18. Ned says:

    Did he build 2 of these to get stereo sound?

  19. jim says:

    it’s infinite baffle: all the room does is stop the sound from the back of the speaker canceling that from the front, the room size is not an issue.

  20. joe says:

    Loudspeaker design lesson: This is an infinite baffle setup. The drivers used in this type of install typically have very low mechanical compliance or Cms in theil/small parameters. This means they are not dependent on using air pressure to properly damp their suspensions. As such, an infinite baffle setup isn’t dependent on a fixed enclosure volume which limits frequency response. Infinite baffle setups have a flat response that drops quite low and crosses over well into midbass frequencies.

  21. tobias says:

    my thoughts as an audio engineer…

    idea: ok-
    components: crap
    crafting: pretty well done
    usability: none
    why a stereo pair only inches apart…useless !

    get a good (horn) sub for cheaper…nobody needs more !

    got a 18″ cerwin vega located in the corner, using only 10% of what it’s capable of.
    needs a good crossover and filtering of course !
    absolute killer in ht setup…some of my friends almost got a heart attack :)

  22. James says:

    @defex – the rotary sub should be able to replicate whatever (low) frequency sounds you put into it, the only difference between its method of vibration production is axial rotation of blades, rather than linear movement of a cone – assuming you’re using similar drive circuitry and the servos for altering the blade pitch are torquey/powerful enough you should have no problems superimposing frequencies..

  23. James says:

    @defex some more…

    I’m fairly sure I’ve seen a test vid online of one (possibly not the original) hooked up to a DVD, the tester noting there were sounds at <20hz that they never "felt" before lol.

  24. shortwave says:

    dude .. VERY GOOD idea I’m sure he had intentions of just making it loud and the stereo part who says it has to be stereo .. yeah it has 2 channels 2 mono-blocks to a mixer or an electronic crossover make a great DJ setup just carry the door. lol screw 100’s of lbs of speakers when a door panel and a spare room will work, house party

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