So to keep this post short, I will say the following: Over thanksgiving I had the opportunity to go listen to Mark (CoolJazz's) Open Baffle speaker setup. It consists of 3 8" Tang Bang Full Range Drivers per speaker running full range without a crossover. He also had 4 10" Goldwin sub drivers crossed over at 65hz. All these were purchased from Parts Express.
The total cost for his open baffle system is a bit out of my reach to say the least (each 8" driver was 210 and each 10" was 15) lol.... But I cant get how it sounded out of my head. It was one of the most AWESOME sounds ever and I have been somewhat searching for how to get that sound in my home office ever since.
So I have been looking at trying out some Open Baffle stuff in my office. I was talking to a forum member on another site (PDR on TheCarverSite) and he steered me toward some Open Baffle speaker designed by Dannie Ritchie (formerly of AV123 now with GR Research). These speakers were originally marketed under the now defunct AV123 brand but are still availible as a kit with just the drivers and crossovers you build the cabinets from plans.
As I have relatives who happen to be carpenters so I am sure I could have them build them for me out of whatever material I want/need as well as finish them for me.
The kit runs 379 for a pair plus shipping. They can be ordered here.
Given the spec's you still need some sort of sub in the mix as the speakers only go down to 65 hz, but overall they look like they could be good.
I am looking to know if anyone has seen/heard these, if so what impressions they have of them, and/or if they know of a kit or DIY suggestion around the same price.
Mark (CoolJazz) and I have gone over some other driver options that are cheaper than the TangBang's and I still may end up going that route, but these speakers just look to be pretty good at what they do (from all the reviews I have read) and are a MUCH smaller footprint than what I would be looking at if I was using 8" drivers.
P.S. I already thought about having Trey (VR3) build the crossovers for me either using the parts he has access to, or possibly the parts that come with the kit, but I havent nailed down any kind of pricing.
So thoughts/suggestions/things to consider would be appreciated.