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Articles: A List of Topics on DIY Speakers.

       The following articles have been written as a guide to working with components and materials which are commonly, or not so commonly used in the construction of DIY Loudspeakers. It is not an exhaustive list but is based upon the hands- on experiences of QTA Systems in building cabinets and cases. The notes also draw attention to the pitfalls which can occur when performing certain assembly techniques.

Using Bitumastic as Speaker Panel Damping

(1)    BITUMASTIC: Bitumastic damping is often used in Loudspeaker cabinets and is a heavy material well suited to providing panel damping and resonance suppression.

Bitumastic Damping Sheet

Screws and Fixings for loudspeaker Cabinets

(2)    NUTS & BOLTS: There are literally hundreds of screw type fittings available in a wide number of materials. We look here at a small range sensibly suited to the DIY Loudspeaker Builder.

Cap Head Bolt

An Guide on speaker Damping Materials.

(3)    DAMPING MATERIALS: The application of damping materials to a loudspeaker cabinet can provide a considerable improvement to the acoustic properties / sound. The topic is complicated and we skirt around the heavy detail to give you the bottom line.

Herdwick Sheeps Wool

How to make speaker gaskets.

(4)    SPEAKER GASKETS: To work effectively Speaker Cabinets require an airtight seal between the driver and the cabinet. We show you here what materials to use and how to construct airtight seals between driver and cab.

Final fitting of gasket strip.

Ideas on using Rawlnuts to mount loudspeakers.

(5)    RAWLNUTS: In building dipole designs it is important to reduce / isolate Base driver vibration from the rest of the cabinet. The technique explained here provides some thoughts and ideas to achieve this goal.

Rawlnut Selection

A new material to absorb vibration and shock.

(6)    SORBOTHANE: A relatively new material with the ability to absorb vibrational energy and dissipate same into heat. Used in high tech footwear, electronic data systems, to damp heavy machinery vibration and as a high end damping medium for Loudspeakers.

30 Duro Sorbothane Feet

Advice on how to fit Loudspeaker Spikes.

(7)    LOUDSPEAKER SPIKES: There are many different types and styles of loudspeaker spikes. We take the lid of the pot and advise the do's and don't's of retro-fitting your own.

M8 Ball & Point Loudspeaker Spike

How to fit Turret Tags for Crossovers.

(8)    TURRET TAGS: Want to make your own crossovers, from prototype to something a bit mechanically better. We give you some hits and tips on how to do that job just a little bit better.

Standard Turret Tag.

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