The Overnight Sensations are likely one of the best selling DIY speakers of all time. The small size is deceiving because they're able to fill an average size room with plenty of volume and good bass response. These speakers also make great computer or bedroom speakers.
From the speaker designer: The Overnight Sensations were designed to be a quick, economical build that could put out a surprisingly-big sound in a small box. Could be a weekender project for an addict, a gift for a teenager, or--in my case--a set of small, full-bodied monitors that I could listen to while I graded papers. The bass these little HiVi drivers can put out is tremendous. They throw out a very large soundstage and can actually fill a medium-sized room very well. I originally built these to sit on my desk, but since they have very full bass, they sounded best put up on a little stand or risor. Once I did that, I absolutely fell in love with listening to them in the nearfield. They image very well not only from left to right, but also in front of, and far behind the speakers.
Minimum order is 2 speakers: If you ordered one in the past and need one for a center, please contact me. Kits are sold as full kits, sorry no substitutions or subtractions. Don't forget binding posts, terminal cups, or speaker spikes if you need them because they can be shipped for free with any kit or flat pack purchase.
Shipping Note: Most speaker kits currently ship for free, but flat packs normally do not. We try to get your order packaged and shipped in 5-8 days depending on how many orders have come in. Please read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section for more information.
|Speaker Kit Information|
|Model:||The Overnight Sensation|
|Frequency Response:||45hz - 20khz (+/-3db)|
|Power Range:||5 - 35 watts|
|Sensitivity:||83db - 2.83v/1m|
|Woofer:||4" HiVi B4N|
|Dimensions:||6" W x 9" H x 8.5" D|
|Kit weight:||About 7 pounds|
|Assembled weight:||About 7 pounds|
Price Break Down:1 - 4" HiVi B4n woofer: $14.91
Packaging Material: $1.50
Paypal Fee: $1.98
Retail Cost: $73.29
Discount Cost: $66.93 with free shipping
Please read the 'About Us' section for more information on pricing structure and quality parts used.
Specific Overnight Sensation Assembly Notes:
It is recommended that you lightly fill the speaker cabinet with polyfill without blocking the port. The tweeter is a push in style tweeter, so it's a tight fit and will need to be pushed in pretty hard. That's the way they were designed to mount. If your tweeter seems like it just won't fit, check for any excess glue or plastic on the tweeter mount which can keep it from getting started in the hole. Once it's started, push a little on the top, then on the bottom. Back and forth until it's all the way in. Note the reverse polarity when wiring up the tweeter. Paul has a lot of information and the crossover schematic posted on his site. Click here to read all of that information.
I recommend gluing up the box and leaving the front baffle off until the last step. Before gluing the front panel on, you might want to install the port. Before gluing the telescopic port together, check to see if it's wide end will fit through the cutout okay. Sometimes the plastic can be just a little bigger from the manufacturer. It will be tight no matter what, but as long as you can fit both sides of the telescopic section of the port through the hole, then you can glue it at 6" and install it later. If the plastic port seems a bit too big, you can either sand it a little bit or attach the outer portion of the port to the box and then glue the telescopic portion inside so that the total length of the port is about 6" long. It doesn't have to be 100% perfect, just close. Then go ahead and glue on the front panel. That paragraph sounds a bit harder than it actually is. Please be sure to read the general tips below before starting your build.
Recommended Tools and Supplies:
Screws and Gaskets:
Stuffing or Lining the Speaker Cabinet:
Links to Build Threads for this Speaker:
Frequently Asked Questions:
* What length do the ports need to be? Answer: The designer recommends them glued at 6" long.
* Does this kit come with a circuit board to assemble the crossover on? Answer: No, most people assemble them on a small thin piece of wood.
* Do I need to use a subwoofer with these? Answer: For music, these can be run without a subwoofer.