After 7 months I finally finished my version of the
Ekta/9700. Thanks for your designs and contribution
to the DIY community. Here's the link to show you
the results of my labor. http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=29136
Ken from San Diego, California
Ekta/9700 in Brazilian Cherry
This forum has
encouraged to try the world of DIY speaker building.
Thanks to Troels Gravesen for sharing his designs and
this forum for providing information on speaker building
and making my first speaker build a success(in my mind).
I started this project in July 07 and finished it last
week. My work keeps getting in the way.
Since Troels design required a thick and inert enclosure
and the unavailability of 1" MDF in my
location(Temecula, Ca), I opted to use instead 3/4"
MDF laminated with 3/8 Brazilian Cherry woodfloor planks
leftover from my woodflooring project. The result is a
very hard, inert, and heavy enclosure. I used 3/4"
MDF and 5/8 " woodfloor planks for the baffle.
For vibration dampening the enclosure was lined with
asphalt/bitumen tape from Home Depot. For sound dampening
I lined the enclosure with 3/4 inch thick poly/cotton
batting. Behind the woofer is eggcrate foam that comes
with shipping boxes for computer equipment. The bottom is
lined with 2" stuffing of polyfiber.
The capacitors and inductors used were Jantzen from Parts
Express. The resistors are Dayton resistors also from PE.
The crossover for the tweet/mid is on the bottom of the
baffle, the woofer crossover is on the bottom of the
The result is a very crisp high, clear vocals, and clean
bass( the 6.5 inch SS speaker can go very low). These
speakers are great for music for which I intended to use
I tested music from the following artists: Craig
Chaquico, Mark Knopfler, Norah Jones, Allison Krauss and
Union Station, Donald Fagen, Eric Clapton, and Peter
I tested them for HT but I preferred my Klipsch system.
But for music, the Ekta blows it away.