The “Blues” Speaker Kit, by Matt Sobie
Matt came to us looking to do a new HT system. He wanted to try something new, but not too expensive. HiVi had just released the LR, Kevlar series, which looked promising and the SB tweeters were always a very good value.
Preliminary tests show the woofer would work well in a 14L or smaller cabinet, and with a little help from us, a nice 4th order acoustic network was designed.
Not only did they pass the listening tests of Matt and his Cousin Andrew, but the drivers look pretty sexy as well. The name was inspired by that Canadian “Beer” carton sitting nearby the work area.
How Do They Sound?
Matt says, “Once I had the crossover completed and wired in, I finally had the opportunity to listen, and all I can say is… WOW! These little TM bookshelf speakers definitely pack a punch! I’ve never been a fan of bright speakers, and the first thing I noticed is how amazingly warm, refreshing, and natural the mids and highs are. The next feature that stands out is the amount of bass such a small package produces; not overly dark sounding at all, but still an incredible amount of punch for their small package. I also need to include their ability to manage extreme sound levels beyond what I would expect from something so small, these shine here as well.”
The full kit comes with everything you need except the cabinet. We are happy to delete or substitute items.
- 2 x SB, SB26STAC Tweeters
- 2 x HiVi Research, L6-4R woofers (this is a 4-ohm system) High current 4 Ohm stable amp needed.
- 2 x Crossover components – Cebo standard, with choice of capacitors brands. Sandcast resistors standard. Specified inductors.
The Full Kit includes:
- 2 x Crossover boards and terminals
- 2 x Choice of Input Terminals
- 2 x Internal color-coded hookup wire
- 2 x Internal Damping materials
- 2 x Port Tubes
- 2 x Mounting screws.
- Complete plans
There is an added option for a fully assembled and tested crossover if your soldering skills are lacking.
“And I guess that’s why they call it the Blues
Time on my hands could be time spent with you.”