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  The Silverado, a small d'Appolito loudspeaker 
  Sep 28, 2005, 07:30am EDT 


By: Sander Sassen

This turned out to be a much better loudspeaker than I initially expected. Iíve worked with aluminum cone loudspeakers before but always found them to add a certain harshness to the sound, a sharp edge so to speak. The character of the Silverado however is best described as neutral and very accurate, it reveals a recording down to the minute details without any sharpness. With the risk of sounding like a hifi-magazine reporter I can say that Iíve listened to a few of my favorite CDs and discovered some new details on some of them.

Silverado Silverado

The finished loudspeaker on a stand, pictured here as a rear channel in a 5.1 home theatre setup.

So how much will this loudspeaker cost to construct? The drivers will cost you around $140 per loudspeaker, about double that in Europe unfortunately, due to pricing policies. Crossover components and panels for the enclosure will set you back by another $75, add to that the cost of the felt, damping and paint and youíre looking at about $300 per loudspeaker. All in all thatís not expensive given the good performance of the Silverado but not exactly dirt cheap either. If youíre looking for a compact, accurate and neutral sounding loudspeaker then this is your ticket, donít expect to find anything that compares to it commercially, not even at twice the price.

Sander Sassen.

Note: This design is strictly for the do-it-yourself enthusiast and not to be used commercially without my explicit written permission.

1. Introduction
2. Selecting drivers
3. Bass-reflex enclosure
4. Cross-over
5. Measurements
6. Conclusion
7. References and credits

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