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    Posted: 21 May 2013 at 12:18am
Iv got next to no knowledge of building a sound system but have some carpentry experience so the woodwork shouldn't be a problem! The things that worry me are crossovers? Drivers? Amps? Would just like some general help as I'm not sure where to look! thanks jack
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What's your purpose for this project?

Are you planning to add the HD15's to other speakers? If so, what are they?

If not, you will also need to think about what top boxes to use with the HD's.

A pair of HD15's on their own isn't going to be of much use to anyone..
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Purpose is starting a free party rig which I hope to expand over time! No other speaker at present but later on will be used maybe with 1850's? And for tops I was considering mt130's? Or maybe for ease buy some for now?
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For your long term plan, I don't think HD15s will be the best combo with 1850s.  Neither drops very low without a stack of them.  The 1850 is an all around bass enclosure, and would be a good replacement upgrade for an HD15.  If you want more bass below the HD15s you could do a band pass subwoofer or else some scoops.  If you are only going to build a pair, I would go with some Tapped horns or Bass Reflex for bass duty.  HD15s and MT130s for that matter will sound much better if you have a bunch of them in each stack.
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Okay thanks for that! also say I had two subs with 800w drivers in each with 2 mid tops about 200w each what ampage would I need? And what else would I need just too run the speakers
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providing the subs are 8ohm... i'd go for an amp with 1000/1000 @8ohm. the little bit of head room will stop you trying to run the amp into clip and making it sound nasty.

matrix do a MF3000... its well worth the money as i have a few matrix amps now and i love them to bits!

..plus it'll weigh about 10kg at a push.
If it sounds like a gorilla is trying to escape, turn it down.
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Okay! would I need an external crossover or anything like that?
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Definitely.  External crossover is pretty much required.  You could try to make passive crossovers in the enclosures, but the components needed to make them capable of handling high powers won't save you any money and then you have 0 adjustment capabilities.
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the connecting up sounds soo confusing !
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Originally posted by jack lane jack lane wrote:

the connecting up sounds soo confusing !


It's really not that difficult. You just need to think about breaking it down to your signal chain. It should run something like this.

Source - Mixer - Active crossover - Amps - Speakers

If you're starting from scratch with building your system. I would reccomend the Punisher & Xtro combo. I've got 4 Punishers and they pump. Haven't heard the xtro but apparently it's one of the best sounding tops available.
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Also it make things much easier and faster to connect everything up if you label the ends of your cables with where they are supposed to go!
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Originally posted by Monkeys Monkeys wrote:

A pair of HD15's on their own isn't going to be of much use to anyone..
would be a wicked techno rig LOL
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