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DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” – Part2

DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” – Part2

Well here’s the second instalment of the “Spirit of Orion” loudspeaker system build project (first part can be found here). Last time I gave a broad stroke description of the system and the final “incarnation” using the excellent Jordan JX92S full range drivers in the open baffle and the M&K subs and plate amps (with adjustable internal electronic crossover) as the woofer and electronics package. You will need a pre-amp /power amp combination or an integrated amp with pre-amp outputs and power amp input. A couple sets of good quality RCA cables are also a requirement, and of course some suitable speaker cable.

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DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” A Full Frequency, OB/Subwoofer Inspired By Siegfried Linkwitz’s Orion Loudspeakers. Part I

DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” A Full Frequency, OB/Subwoofer Inspired By Siegfried Linkwitz’s Orion Loudspeakers. Part I

Well as promised (finally), I’m nearing completion of the the “Spirit of Orion” loudspeaker project . For those that don’t know, the Orions are Siegfried Linkwitz’s DIY “challenge” to the world of loudspeakers. Dr Linkwitz (of Linkwitz-Riley crossover fame and the designer of some seriously expensive , but reportedly excellent Audio Artistry “Beethoven” loudspeakers). When not having audio “fun”, he spent his career at HP. See his biography at Linkwitz Labs.

The Orions have what I think is a very attractive look to them. They also are reportedly excellent, but a little on the pricey side (turnkey starting from $8200 including all electronics, and amplification). I don’t think pricey for what you get: A world class speaker that is relatively affordable, designed and built by one of the audio greats alive today. But building a pair is well beyond my means at this time, and beyond the means of many who read us here at A$$A. So what is a poor man to do? Well, how about building a pair of loudspeakers that look similar, and use some similar concepts … but do it on a budget of just 12.5% of the originals? That was the task. These are not clones at all, and represent a completely different methodology, topology (mostly), and outcome. Remember Linkwitz’s contribution to audio is quite profound, and I do not propose that I am in any way, shape or form the equal of Dr. Linkwitz. Please note that this is not a treatise on Linkwitz’s work (I am simply not qualified to do such) but rather a different interpretation of some of his ideas. read more…

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