The Three way version of the Ellams are playing for few weeks now.
I haven't finished them yet; painting and putting the veneer on is a
hard step to make. It would mean no sound from these wonderful speakers
for at least a week.
I don't have many experiences with other diy speakers. I heard a few
last year on a diy meeting. I can tell from my memory: this is another
level! I am really impressed by the sound. The 8" driver gives the sound
a full body without any boom or unpleasant woollyness. The mid- and
high-section is unbelievable clear, compared with the two way version
the dynamics are balanced and everything feels perfect placed in the
My signal is generated by a NOS DAC (4 parallel PCM1794 chips per
channel) and still amplified by the LM3875's. The 40-50 watts are enough
to power the speakers to unpleasant levels in a 60+ square meter living
room. I still use a subwoofer. With the 2-way i needed to place the
crossover-point around 80Hz, it gave the sound body but the extreme low
(20-40Hz) was muffled. With the 3-way she rolls off at 22Hz. Now i know
why the (bigger) Rell subwoofers are called 'musical'. Drum kicks and
bass licks get unbelievable live like. Classical pieces are experienced
as in the concert hall it's record in. Don't get me wrong, this isn't to
praise my subwoofer. Its all thanks to the Ellams, every thing above the
35Hz comes from the 8" drivers without any reinforcement.