Building DJ Speaker Enclosures

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Building DJ Speaker Enclosures
Custom-built speaker enclosures will make your act the talk of the town. (DJ image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

A successful disc jockey knows that presentation is everything. To be successful in the world of music entertainment, you will need to invest in a proper set-up that turns heads your way. A worthwhile DJ speaker enclosure is made of quality material that directs and amplifies the speaker's sound without altering it in any way. This article is intended to instruct you how to build a quality, long-lasting DJ speaker enclosure to use during your shows.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Speakers
  • Earplugs
  • Safety goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • 3/4-inch baffle board
  • Power drill
  • Sabre saw
  • Skill saw
  • 1¼-inch drywall screws
  • Rubber casters
  • Mounting plates for jacks and connectors
  • Carrying handles
  • Veneer or finishing gloss
  • 90 degree clamp
  • Carpet covering

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Using the woofer size, you will need to calculate the necessary size of your enclosure. (See measurements in Resources section.)

  2. 2

    Avoid building square enclosures or using parallel surfaces during your construction. These designs produce unpleasant sound frequencies. Instead, angle the box so the largest side is the front side. This way the sound waves will travel forward and out of the box.

  3. 3

    Find out the specifications of your woofer, usually referred to in terms of "Q" and "V" ratings. This is important to finding out the volume of your speaker enclosure. To get the volume, multiply the Q rating by the V rating. Then you have the volume of your DJ speaker box.

  1. 1

    Durability of the wood that you use is very important to the quality of sound. Porous wood resonates poorly with varying unpleasant frequencies. Do not use plywood or particle board unless it is to line the inside of your structure, but is not the main source of support. Baffle board is best for sound and lack of distortion.

  2. 2

    Using the sabre saw, cut the appropriate size holes for your speakers into the baffle board before screwing the boards together.

  3. 3

    Assemble your box using the power drill and dry walls screws. Use the 90-degree clamp to ensure sturdy structure at the right angles.

  1. 1

    After your basic box design is complete, you will want to increase sound quality with a few finishing touches. It is very important to attach metal carrying handles to your enclosures.

  2. 2

    Brace the corners of the box with rubber casters that will mould to the shape of your enclosure and protect it from damage.

  3. 3

    Line the inside of the box with carpet to protect your speakers.

  4. 4

    Paint or apply a veneer to the outside of your enclosure to give it a more appealing appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't make your enclosures square! Square shapes have awful bouncing frequencies. Taper in the sides near the back of the enclosure to help force the sound out of the frond and not just bounce around between the parallel sides of the box.

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