Hello all. After feedback on my prior posts, developing my thoughts on a prioject as DIY newbie. What follows is my general thoughts and goals for a project, and please add thought and Qs that further narrow it down. I'm in a general planning phase.
Not looking for a cheap experiment build, but something high(er) end that rivals, or exceeds my current reference speakers, ATC SCM 19s. That's a tall order I suspect, but if something I build/have built is as good, but half the $ or less say, that's goal achieved. I'd say 2k max budget, which is approx 50% of those ATC, but budget is not locked in stone, The real win would be producing something I enjoy even more...
stand mount 2 way, mated with a sub (Velodyne HGS 12) in mid sized room.
Watching Toid's vids for example, I'm leaning toward Dayton Esoteric 7" Driver and Peerless Corundum tweeter. Or, perhaps Kartesian drivers? I want all top quality drivers there.
I have always wanted active speakers as I feel actives are the future. Currently, thinking about the Hypex Fusion Amp FA122, which has DSP per members advice here. Other recs there? Would such an amp have the fidelity of a higher end build? I have no experience with class D amps, but I know they have come a long way and now accepted in "audiophile" circles now, at least by some. Power wise, while I don't listen to music at high SPL levels, I do want amplification with plenty of headroom and power to spare for a smoother more dynamic listening. That amp is Power (4Ω) 2x 125Wrms/Power (8Ω) 2x 75Wrms, but they do make another with more power.
Sound quality goals:
A focus on resolution, vocals, mids/highs, without trying to force deep base from them. The sub will do say 80HZ and below, but that may change with how these speakers behave. Point being, not trying to get a 2 way stand mount to deliver full range audio per se.
I like clean forward sounding speakers, that don't get too bright either, not always an easy balance.
Cabinet wise, I like this design and would be interested in that scaled up in size for the above design goals. I'm sure a pre existing design already exists that could be followed, but I do like the idea of using real wood per vid vs MDF. I'd likley have someone with the carpentry skills and tools I don't have build it for me, and hopefully I can do the rest...