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Visaton Vox 80 - desktop speakers | assmebly and testing

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I'm not building that much stuff anymore and rather go with stock-components. Allthough I used to build a new PC-case every other year before.

Anyways, as my pair of Cerwin Vega XD3 died a few weeks ago, and I'm currently using a cheap backup system (Labtec Pulse 285 2.1 for 20) I decided to build me some nice speakers.

I'm a music-addict and allways listen to music everywhere I go, and the first thing I do after booting up my PC is to launch foobar firing up some tunes.
So I searched a few shops in the interwebs for some new speakers, only to find out, that nothing really matches what I was looking for - i.e. some nice and small 2-3way stereo-speakers.
I'm not really a fan of those 2.1 or surround-systems as I'm only listening to music really, and music is still best enjoyed in pure 2.0.

So, it came down to buying a new pair of Cerwin Vega XD3 or some AudioPro Addon Five, which are both some 160-190 here in Finland.

I thought that for that money I could aswell look elsewhere and maybe build some high quality speakers on my own, and I soon stumbled upon the Visaton Vox 80. Allthough the Vox 80 don't come with an integrated amp I thought about giving it a shot and simply pair the speakers with a mini-amp like the Scythe Kama Amp Kro, which seems quiet suitable.

My original plan was to modify the speakers like so, original to the left, modified to the right...



Little bit less tall, and a bit wider. Volumes stay the same, but the speakers get a lower center of mass to increase stability, when you accidently shake the desk or whatever.
Talking to more experienced people in various forums I found out, that this was possible to do without totally wrecking the sound of the speakers.

I changed my mind tho, when I built a cardboard-model of the speakers. The cardboard-model has very good stability allready, allthough it's very lightweight. The real speakers will weigh some 1.5 kg. Additionally, after having the cardboard-model sitting on my desk next to my screen, I grow fond of the dimensions, as the speakers are basically exactly in the horizontal middle of my screen.

So I fired up SketchUp loaded a model of a screen and started thinking about the design of the speakers design and colour.

As my hole desk is black and silver this is what I came up with...



So. The speakers and the amp are being shipped as we speak, and I'll go get some 10mm MDF from my carpenter within the next few days. I won't do alot of cutting besides the holes tho, but let my carpenter cut the MDF in the right dimensions.
The frontplate will be made of 1.5mm aluminum, which I've got lying around. I'll be brushing the frontplate and give it a layer of clearcoat afterwards.
I decided to add a frontplate, as the midtone speakers would've to be glued to the chassis, which I'm not quiet happy with, so the frontplate will hold these in place instead.

See you, when I got some materials to start with this project.

EDIT: I got bored and fooled around a bit...

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All the materials needed have arrived, so let's have a look at them...

First some pictures of the Kama Amp Kro.











All the MDF cut into size ...



... and arranged to see, if they all fit together.



What's that white stuff doing there?



It's the dampening material, which was in this box before



All the parts included in the kit...



...and the Visaton logo-plates I ordered seperately.



Last picture for today, some scrap 1.5mm aluminum I got lying around to make the front-covers.



Additionally I got all the materials not shown in the pictures, like the primer, the black paint or the woodglue. Tools that will be used is a soldering iron, rotary tool, a fretsaw, some files, assorted sandpaper and some clamps.

For the kit I paid 100, then another 40 for the amp and all the small stuff was some 30. The MDF was a killer to the budget as allways: 6.40
So alltogether we're looking at less then 200 for a pair of 3-way speakers and a small amp that all fits on the desk nicely and will top the sound of most 2.0-speakers in that pricerange
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The monitor I found in the SU-warehouse, as I didn't want to make a model myself. It looked fairly generic, so I used it.
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Started measuring, drilling, cutting and glueing...



As the wholes are too small for the router, I first drilled alot of holes before I'm going to saw them out roughly with a fretsaw. As this is only 10mm MDF the rest will be sanded down with a rough woodfile afterwards. Finetuning will then be done with a drum-sander attached to the drill-press.

It's better to go little by little here, so that the speaker-chassis fit very tight in the end, as I'm not going to glue them into place. They'll be hold in place by the faceplate in the end.
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Neat project.

...how does a speaker die? I'm kinda curious because I bet you could fix them unless it was some kind of catastrophic failure. (Like, the cone shooting across the room trailing voice coil wire, and upon landing bursting into flames.)
Lightning struck and my speakers were not attached to the surge-protected circuit So the speakers themselves are possibly unharmed, but the integrated amp is fried.
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Nice project. Are you going to try and fix the integrated amp in the cerwin?
Nah, I allready got rid of them, as they weren't anything special anyways. Still some good speakers for the desktop tho.
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After cutting out all the holes with the fretsaw and hours of filing later...



The holes are all a perfect match now, and I started glueing some parts.
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Another day, another post

Today I managed to glue the two bodies together. The only thing not glued yet is the frontplate for several reasons...



I also soldered the wires to the speakers, but I didn't take the wires that came with the kit, but settled for something nicer...





The diameter of these now matches the wires that are allready attached to the tweeters, additionally they simply look better.

The last thing I did today was to cut two pieces of the aluminum I had lying around. These two will become the frontplates, to give the whole thing a more interesting look.



Tasks for tomorrow are some fretsaw-action to cut the holes into the aluminum, and some filing and sanding of the frontplate and the boxes.
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I too hope that they'll sound great, atleast it's what I expect from a pair of 3-way bass-reflex speakers.

Otherwise I would've wasted some €150, but gained some experience
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Really nice project!

hmmm... could you please write me som dimensions? im not relly sure i get the size of them, by eyeballing i would guess about 30x12x7 cm or something but i some pictures it looks ridiculus small and other a lot bigger, as it's also a 3-way speaker, how small can it be?

And final question, where are you going to place the electronics?
The outer dimensions are 367 x 75 x 137mm (height x width x depth), so you were quiet on the right side there.

The electronics. What electronics? The only stuff that will go in there are the speakers, the wiring and the crossover-board.

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What a cool project. I am interested in the results. Why didn't you go with bigger drivers?
Why would I want bigger drivers. The woofers are 80mm, the mids are 45mm and the tweeters are 13mm. That's actually quiet normal sizes for some desktop-speakers.
My Cerwin Vega! XD3 had 80mm woofers and a 20mm tweeter.

Glad you like the project so far
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the crossover-board i guess(green board with pink "thingies" on), i guess you put in in the bigger chamber? is that what splits the sound between drivers and tweeters.
Yes, it's "splitting the frequencies" and it's going into the big chamber, below the bass-driver. It'll be only put in between the dampening-material, without being fixed anywhere to the box. As the bass-driver is screwed into it's place, this is where it'll be put in through.
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Progress for today. First I went on with cutting out the holes in the aluminum. My good old trusty fretsaw does a wonderful job with this...



After that, it was time for filing again...



While filing, I started glueing the fronts to the boxes, and this is the first one after I took it out of the clamps. The second one is being glued as I type this.



And a picture with the aluminum in place to check if it fits...



Tomorrow I will sand the boxes and file the edges of the aluminum, but basically there's not that much left to do, besides the painting and soldering all the speakers to the crossover.

Painitng could be a problem tho, as it's still subzero in Finland and temps in my workshop are below 10C.
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Question for you guys, as I'm not quiet sure if I should redo the frontplates, and make them bigger like I've done them in the rendering before.



Which one would you choose?
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Thanks for the inputs.

I guess I'll stick with the small front-plate. It might look a little awkward first - which is why I was undecided - but it sets more focus on the speakers and divides the box.

I'm still waiting for the temperatures to rise above zero, so I can start painting. There should be atleast around some 15C in the workshop, so that I can work with the spraycans.
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Yesterday I started with the painting, as it was finally warm enough (15C) in the workshop.

Two layers of white primer were applied, with a 400 grit sanding inbetween and after...



Ghetto paintbooth with oil-radiator



After letting the primer dry for 24 hours, I sanded it down with 400 grit again before applying the two layers of black paint, which again had a 400 grit sanding inbetween and after.

It's not the most perfect finish and has orange peel, but that's something you'd expect when painting at these low temperatures.



The next shot shows what happens when you take a picture 10 minutes after appyling the first layer of clearcoat without deactivating the flash of your camera



And the last shot, where I applied a layer of clearcoat to the brushed aluminum plates aswell. Now it's just waiting for the whole stuff to dry, before I can assemble the speakers.



So far the boxes look quiet nice, allthough the paintjob is not the best, and I'll take better shots of them when I've moved them out of the workshop.
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As I wrote above. Due to the rather low temperatures of a mere 15C you get this orange peel.

Here's two pictures after the paint has set for a few hours...



You'll notice that I didn't spend too much time sanding it all down to become totally flat. You can see the joint between the pieces of MDF-pieces, but you'll hardly see it when the speakers are placed left and right to the PC-screen. The flash makes it very visible tho.



The brushed and sealed frontplates are very nice tho.

EDIT: Here's two pictures of a frontplate I painted a few years ago, just so you can see what's possible, if you spend more time on the paintjob...



Notice, that the four holes there are 10mm in diameter to get an impression of how bad or good the orange peel is on this piece...



To get the paint really flat, you need to buff and polish it, but I'll never do this actually.
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I made two macro-shots from 5cm distance to get you a closeup of the finish. It's not that bad really, as it looks on the first pictures.



The diameter of the center-hole is 35mm for comparison. Also note, the colour is really black, but shows dark grey here due to the lightning.

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It's not that hard, if you buy a readymade kit and only have to build the box for the speakers.

There's lot's of places in the interwebs, where you can buy these kits, ranging from entry-level 50 kits up to high-end 2000 ones.
The big brother of the speakers I'm building here - the Vox 200 - for example costs 1500
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Lookin good!
In a year or so I am hoping to build myself some Statements. Definitely not a cheap job.

How is that aluminum with the clear coat over it? Is it noticeable and does it keep a nice durable finish?
The clearcoat on those aluminum-parts is just to seal the stuff and prevent corrosion aswell as nasty fingerprints. It's not very noticable, but gives the brushing an even better finish and shine, just like you would see on brushed stainless steel. You just need to be careful not to apply a too thick coat of paint, as this would leave a yellowish stain.

EDIT: Soe shots in daylight, to give you another impression of the paintfinish.

First two shots of the aluminum in comparison to my stainless steel coffee-can...





... and two shots of the boxes.





As I said, the finish isn't the best, but it'll be sufficient for the purpose of standing left and right to the PC-screen.
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Assembling all the stuff.

I shoved the dampening material into the boxes after inserting the front-drivers and the terminal, before I started soldering all the speakers to the crossover. When all was soldered I took a quick test, before I put the crossover into the box aswell as the bass-driver.



I also cut some 3mm foam into pieces and glued it to the bottom of the speakers.

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Then it was time to test the speakers fully assembled.



Even with only my small Sansa Clip+ and a random selection of electronic, rock and classic these speakers put out alot of sound for their size.

After this test was OK, I assembled the grills for the bass-drivers.



I didn't attach the Visaton-Logos, as they're gold and red, not really matching the colours of my desk.

Anyways, now that I've attached the speakers to my PC I'm listening to some FLAC-files (reference-tracks like "Josh Wink - Higher State of Conciousness", "Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings, Op. 11" or "30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill") currently to see how good the speakers perform.

These speakers are really great for their size and price-tag. They are clear and neutral, and have enough bass to let the desk vibrate. They're actually better then the Cerwin-Vega! XD3 they're replacing

All in all the result is very pleasing, but I think I'll buy a nuForce Icon 2 next, to see just how much more I can get out of these two speakers
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