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The good news on DIY . . .

. . . is that there are resources now available to the hobbyist, at reasonable cost, rivaling or exceeding what the biggest corporate manufacturers paid thousands of dollars for less than 20 years ago. From Parts Express you can get BOTH Woofer Tester 3, a hardware/software package for deriving impedance, phase, and TS parameters, and the Omnimic acoustic testing package including tone generators, a calibrated mic, and RT/FFT analysis, for well under $500. (You have to provide the computer to run them). Soundeasy, a truly comprehensive design software package, is around $300 (?), while Jeff Bagby's Passive Crossover Designer and a number of compatible programs from FRD consortium, are FREE to download. Ray Alden's "Speaker Building 201" is simply the BEST book out there for explaining all aspects of the design process to the non-engineer, and the PE Tech Talk forum is a great place to get friendly feedback from advanced, knowledgeable builders.

All that is for those who enjoy learning, tinkering, and building stuff. If you just want to enjoy wonderful sound, without all the years of study and shop time, your new Vandies may well be your ticket to "happily ever after."


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