The Carrera Speaker Kit – by Paul Carmody
Every once in a while, someone says to Paul, “I wish you would do a design using super-high-end drivers.” To which he’d say, “You buying?” Well, sometimes they are!
This project started out because someone handed him what I consider to be two of the finest drivers currently available, and asked him to design a speaker around them. This is what he came up with.
On the surface, the Carrera isn’t anything too unusual; an unassuming-looking bookshelf 2-way. Not exactly earth-shattering. But the performance he was able to get out of these drivers definitely goes beyond what he’d been able to achieve in the past and allowed him to really “nail” a sound he always longed for in a 2-way speaker, but never could quite get there.
How do they Sound?
“This is a speaker that does everything I could want in a 2-way bookshelf. As mentioned previously, the bass is deep, if not downright head-turning. The midrange hits that “sweet spot” for me, that lets me listen to all the rock and pop (and even metal) I want to, and never become fatiguing. And the treble has that pinpoint-yet-effortless sound Hiquphons are so good at.” “I don’t fully understand what magic they contain that lets them do what they do, but they are without a doubt the most “musical” tweeters I’ve ever heard. Cymbals sound just right; not too splashy or ping-y, and somehow they decay far more naturally than I’ve ever heard on other tweeters. Imaging and soundstage are both excellent. Sounds are placed very precisely in the soundstage and do not wander. ‘
When You Buy These, Here’s What You Get:
Included in this kit are the full build plans. You can purchase is in two forms, depending on your resources:
The Bare Bones Version:
- 2 x Hiquphon, OWI Tweeters
- 2 x Scan-Speak, 15W/8530K-00 Mid Woofers
- All Crossover components featuring a choice of select capacitors (Audyn Q4 shown) and Air core inductors. Capacitor Upgrades are available.
- Full Build Plans
Need All The Goodies?
The Full Kit Package:
- Crossover Mounting Boards& Terminals
- Choice of Input Terminals
- All Mounting Hardware – Screws.
- Color-Coded Hook-Up Wire
- Optional Push-on Connectors
- Port Tubes
- Damping Material
- Full Build Plans
Have trouble soldering or reading a crossover diagram? We can assemble them for you at a nominal charge.
If you want to see what Paul has been up to, you can visit his site here.