Many thanks for putting this build out
there. I've really enjoyed building these speakers. In the end they were
built from 24mm baltic ply with solid walnut for the 19mm front panels,
I got the local hardwood store to assemble it from 130mm strips for
stability. They sound absolutely fantastic.
Firstly, I'd like to thank you again for making the designs available, I
know from running my own blog how much work it is to keep a site running
I've had the Jensen speakers running in my system for a few months now
on my shared AV / music system. Overall, I am extremely pleased with
them and have put a review of them onto my blog: [
] with links back to your site. I've also put a final comment on some
posts over at DIY Audio that had been left open previously.
Firstly amplifier wise they are connected to a Roksan K2 amplifier,
which seems quite able to drive them but I think better amplification is
needed. For AV duty the Roksan has a bypass mode that turns off it's
pre-amp and takes it feed from the Arcam receivers left and right out.
Over the past two months, I've had a few people around who also like
music and AV. They really liked the sound and described it as
effortless, full and natural. We used a few different sources for the
test including my DIY turntable, BD discs, CDs, Qobuz streaming and a
few 24 bit downloads. What surprised me most is that the staging is so
good I'm running without a centre channel for movies. I tried a test and
put a centre channel there that was off, people thought it was on!
Earlier this week I went to the Bristol Sound and Video show; where many
companies had their high end products on display. What surprised me is
how good the Jensen's are, they compared well against speakers costing
in excess of 6000 pounds. But I did realise that I need better
In terms of the build, I did switch out a few things, I used Neotech OCC
cable for all but the bass unit and Audio Note rear banana connectors.
Further, I went for gold plated screw on connectors between the top and
bottom unit. Also, I used PU glue for all joints, I've had a lot of
success with it on my turntable builds (just make sure you have some
decorators wipes than can remove PU to hand)! This was an epic build for
me, it took about 6-7 (very) long days of effort, but the result is well