The Volt-10 uses a custom made 10" coaxial for high output and impressive power handling. The light weight cone gives this speaker a smooth sounding midrange even when played at high levels. The crossover was designed to give an even response that not only excels for surround speaker use, but also for great front speaker performance. The Denovo DNA-150 compression driver (tweeter) is installed on the back and fires through a small waveguide in the center of the woofer giving you point source sound and great off axis response.
It can be used in a sealed enclosure and extend down to 70hz, or in a ported enclosure to reach all the way down into the mid 40hz range. If needed, the Volt-10 can also be mounted directly in your wall or ceiling without an enclosure for Atmos or surround sound use.
These were designed to perform best when paired with a subwoofer that can handle the lower frequencies but the ported version will play down around 40hz for 2 channel music.
If you do not buy a flat pack the standard baffle is 14" x 14" with no roundovers on the edges. The Volt-10 angled and Atmos models were designed to perform best when paired with a subwoofer that can handle the lower frequencies. The ported version will play down into the mid 40hz range and can be used full range without a subwoofer for music. The ported versions can be used for fronts, surrounds, or Atmos. You can also mount these in the wall or ceiling without an enclosure behind them for surround sound and Atmos use.
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.
Ordered four of the Volt 10s with the Atmos flat packs (14"×14"×7"), along with the pre-assembled crossovers.
Fantastic packaging, everything is just perfectly secured, a lot of thought and attention to detail here.
Received two boxes, each weighing 42 pounds, each of the boxes contained a pair of Volt 10 components along with the flatpacks and crossovers.
Boxes are very easy to glue together, cuts are perfect, I've built using titebond 3 wood glue and pl3 construction adhesive, they both work well.
Right now I have two fully built and working as front left and right, replacing my previous AudioEngine HD6s. Initial impressions were that mid bass was lacking. However this cleared up within a few minutes as the woofer loosened up some.
These speakers are far more capable than the price would imply, I have them crossed over to subs at 80Hz, they produce great detail on movie soundtracks with good transparency.
Would recommend for LCR use in addition to surround and height channels, assuming you can cross over to subwoofers between 80 and 100 Hz.
(Posted on 1/15/18 from the old site)
I recently built four of these for my new theater as side and rear surrounds in the atmos boxes. While the small size of the atmos box limits their bass response, they sound absolutely amazing. If using them as mains, I would build them in a ported box. Everyone I have had over comments on how natural they sound, and how they disappear into the room. I am going to build 4 more once the weather warms up to replace my current atmos speakers. Highly recommended!
(Posted on 1/1/18 from the old site)
i built the ported flat pack for my garage. i have to say im very impressed. i have the angled sealed in the house for surrounds but the ported makes a big difference. i would highly recommend them
(Posted on 8/8/17 from the old site)
I have built a trio of 1099 from diysoundgroup in the past and with that experience under hand I ordered 2 pairs of 10xl for surround duty. As always Erich did a fantastic job of packing up the kits, actually he did too good a job, took me awhile to throw out/recycle all of the packing. The CNC cabinets are top notch as expected and the kit includes nearly everything you need. The PCB makes the crossover work super simple and the entire project was handled in a few hours over a weekend or two. The only downside to the kits was the size, this is entirely on me the 10xl are HUGE cabinets for surround duty and the volt6 would have made more sense.
(Posted on 7/18/17 from the old site)
Over the years I have built my basement home theater to provide a visceral experience on the audio side. 4 18" woofers in an IB array for subs and Wayne Parnham horn loaded 4pi's fro LCR's. Appropriate Emotiva and Behringer amps to power them. When it came time to move to an ATMOS install I knew I wanted something that could keep up with my other speakers while still being compact to fit 4 in the ceiling, and have high bang for buck value. The Volt-10 LX speakers have performed better than I had hoped. When I first was installing them I had one in the ceiling and played the DIO Holy Diver bluray I had. No other speakers ,or subs, and just one speaker filled the room! 4 was even funner. :) Not to say I would trade my mains for them but they really sounded good. For movie content these fill overhead action and blend really well with my beefy mains. Excellent purchase!!
(Posted on 5/26/17 from the old site)
I have two Volt-10 LX's in small sealed atmos enclosures which I built myself. Everything went smoothly. I'm using these as side surround right now mounted up against the walls in my narrow theater. Audyssey XT32 is setting the crossover at a low 40hz surprisingly.
I'm not an audiophile...my favorite genre of music is metal probably. I am a fan of Klipsch and to me these Volts (at a better price) are on the same level being they are also compression driver horn speakers. The Volts sounded great to me as they were breaking in, temporarily listening to them as mains. Crisp clear highs and midrange.
Now I have to stop myself from buying those Titan kits for mains.
(Posted on 5/16/17 from the old site)
I ordered these a few weeks ago. I've been using them as mains since I put them together and man are they nice. They sound really good and are crystal clear at all times. I am going to be adding some 615s as lcr at some point, I cant even imagine how great that will sound. I highly recommend these speakers; great sound at an even better price, and a snap to put together including the crossovers. Really glad I went the diy soundgroup path. Customer service is amazing! Cant wait till my next build.
(Posted on 5/6/17 from the old site)
I ordered these with the angled flat pack with the intent of using them as my LCRs temporarily in my small theater setup, and then moving them to the surrounds when I finish my full basement renovation. These replaced Definitive Technology BP 30 mains and a CLR 2000 center -- and holy cow these put the Def Tech's to shame. The clarity and power handling on these is phenomenal.
I'm using an Emotiva XMC-1 as the main processor and an XPA-5 gen 1 amplifier. With the Def Techs as the mains, Dirac Live was an absolute necessity. Their dark sound signature was unrefined and unlistenable -- Dirac really reigned them in and made a huge difference. With the Volt 10's -- Dirac doesn't have to do much to get them to the target curve because they already so well behaved. If this is what $150 in parts gets me, I can't wait to put together the HTM-12's I have picked out.
I was really impressed with the flat pack quality too. The precision of the cuts is astonishing. When I unpacked all the pieces, I spent a few minutes just pushing pieces around and marveling at how perfectly the cut edges met each other. This is a level of precision I could never achieve with my tools at home, and the flat packs barely cost more than the raw material itself! The crossover boards also make assembly really easy, I was able to put together 4 of the crossovers in under an hour.
Overall I am incredibly satisfied with my purchase and would buy these kits all over again in a heartbeat. I've been very wary of buying speakers online based on reviews/comments online alone (having been disappointed by all the praise the ELAC B6's get once I finally heard them in person) but the Volt 10's absolutely 100% deserve the praise.
(Posted on 4/25/17 from the old site)
I previously had a system of Polk LSiMs (705,703,706c). I purchased the HTM-12 as my front speakers and 6 volt-10lx as my surrounds.
The sound quality is fantastic. I'm not one for audiophile descriptions, so I'll keep it short. It measures better in REW in room compared to the Polk 703s I was using as surrounds. My room is sub-optimal for placement, long and narrow. Because of this, I have to have the surround speakers only a few feet away due to the width. With the polks (3 way design), a lot of the surround effects sounded like they were coming directly from the speaker. Rarely did I get a seamless soundfield like between my front speakers. I assume because of the coaxial design, the Volt 10s project a seamless sound-field . Even when sounds are coming directly from the location the volt10 is located, it doesn't sound like it's coming from the speaker. (Boxy, no depth, etc). A fantastic upgrade, even with my sub-optimal acoustics.
From my quick testing, neutral, great sound and imaging when used as front speakers as well.
This was my first time ever using wood glue or soldering. The instructions were easy to follow and having the wood CNC cut made it really easy to assemble. I live in Canada and we drove down to the border to pick them up. Fantastic packaging job, which really protected everything well. It would have been a pain to drive 6 hours one way, and find out something was broken.
Even without the sound quality improvement, the ease of building them would have made them worth getting for the price. The complete HTM-12 + Volt10lx system cost about as much as the Polk towers by themselves did. Yet these are a sound quality improvement, and higher efficiency. Fantastic!
(Posted on 4/16/17 from the old site)
Packing was amazing. I ordered 4 Volt-10LX to use as Atmos speakers.
The sound quality was so good that I ordered 3 Fusion-15s to replace my
current LCR. Thank you for such great offerings. I can't wait to hear the F15s.
(Posted on 4/11/17 from the old site)
I built a pair of Volt10LX in the ported flat packs as mains for my music only system in my bar. I came from a pair of Klipsch RB61s and these Volts just blow them out of the water in every way.
Due to mounting limitations behind my bar, I needed something I could mount sideways, and these coax speakers fit that bill perfectly. I have a Crown XLS1500 that can push ~325watts to each of these guys, and they can take all of that without flinching.
The off axis performance on these things needs to be heard to be believed.
Whether you are building these as surrounds, or as mains, they will put a smile on your face.
(Posted on 3/2/17 from the old site)
These were my second purchase from DIYSG and were to be my surrounds complimenting my 1099s for LCR. They are phenomenal speakers and flat out blew me away by their clarity and range even with a weak receiver driving them.
My first pair is still up as rear speakers upstairs and then I began building my dedicated home theater in the basement. My room downstairs is large and I wanted big sound for surrounds and atmos to blend well with my 1099s. So I bought 10 more of these. I have 4 for atmos and 6 surrounds (dual sides as my room is long).
I put them in quickly after getting the boxes made and went with the smaller atmos enclosure with the added crossover parts. I can say they sound ridiculous and fill the room up even before I move my 1099s down there.
Bottom line is if you want big sound with great range these are a fantastic option. We are even considering using them as replacement LCR upstairs once the 1099s move downstairs.
(Posted on 2/1/17 from the old site)
I purchased 3 V10s Ported for LCR duty to replace a set of three JTR Triple 8s (Gen1) until I complete a hi perf LCR Custom Build I'm doing from scratch that will take time. The quality of the packing as always fro Erich is nothing short of perfection. The components are machined to perfection. IC boards are super easy for XO assembly. Instructions on the Forum here are very helpful. I was able to assemble three of these and have them sanded and fit and finish done in a day along with a pair of Volt 8LX slanted packs. Three coats of Duratex later, rubber feet, foam padding added, a bit of Polyfil behind the driver, Neutrik Connectors, XOs installed and wired drivers installed, ports cut and installed and I have three beautiful cabs. Ok, now how do they sound?
I plugged them in. Running them off a QSC GX5 rated for 500 watts RMS with 0.01%THD per channel. A Marantz 7005 into a DBXVenue 360 for EQ and crossover. First impressions were, ok. So I got out the RTA mic and stand and Pinked the room with AutoEQ for the LCR. Set a room curve with a bit of a high end nudge for my listening preference and away it went. Loaded up some content in Pure Direct LR only mode I had on hand which I like- Tim McGraw's Southern Voice and Gerry Mulligain's Chelsey Bridge and Mariah Carey's Obsessed Live (I have very wide taste in music). I was floored. The EQ made these boxes come alive like I've never heard a box do before even in Live Audio experience I've got in the past. These are incredible. I love Coax drivers. The alignment and point source can't be beat. Period. The quality of these Lxs in terms of detail, dynamics, tonality, and tightness is unmatched by anything anywhere near its price range. These I will not be shy to tell you outperform my JTR Gen1 Triple 8s. All day long. Those Gen1s were a work in progress for Mr.P in all fairness. His gen2,3 were much better and I'd compare these with those Gen2,3 boxes in terms of quality. Please if you're looking at these as mediocre surround duty drivers, these are NOT!! These are amazing first class Main Duty Cabs. I'm going to run more tests for SPL at heavy power levels up to recommended 400 and report back.
These cabs are by far the best bargain and hidden gem in pro or home audio. I'd put these on tripods and run them for a wedding too cab or small cover band bar venue any day!!! These would also make a killer floor monitor as well. For those of you who share the world of live sound with me.
I'm sitting here right now listening to some current Dance music on these for fun with my DIYSG Sealed 18s loaded with SI HT18D2s and the quality and tightness is just incredible. Like I said you can't beat a Coax in my book. My custom build for LCR incorporates a very high end Coaxial Mid/Hi Compression driver for that reason.
Bravo Mr. H and Matthew!!!!!! Best kept secret in audio right here.
(Posted on 10/24/16 from the old site)
For starters I own basic entry level Polk, nothing fancy but demoed a lot of B&W Tannoy and Definitive Technology speakers before I bought these.
I've owned tannoy and the last best speakers I owned were Aperion intimus 633T and matching surrounds and center. The 633T you didn't need a sub they were just crazy as hell.
Anyway kit was super easy, even for me. Only drawbacks of say is 10 not available with Baltic Birch Flatpack - MDF pain is the ass.
Even the cross over was easy as hell to do, and he provides you with a picture showing you how to do it.
I have my LCR Volt-10 powered by SpeakerCraft bb1265 bridged to 130 watts each speaker. Receiver is Marantz SR7010 volume set to -5 and hit play. These produce chest thumping bass- very dynamic and pin point imaging.
They were barely moving at that volume and begged for more but my amp ran out of steam.
Erich is very helpful and friendly and personally will answer any questions you might have.
I will be buying two more ported for my surrounds and 4 angled for my front and rear hights for my Auro-3D setup.
(Posted on 4/14/16 from the old site)
These speakers are an amazing value, but I don't want to send the wrong message in that statement, they are a great speaker at any price, and easily compete with commercial offering's in the 600-800$ range.
Flat pack and PCB make the build go together easily, paint and finish is the hardest part, of course.
These speakers are very "Dynamic" and have no lack of power, there is a certain benefit to going with "large" speakers over smaller, even very capable ones, I don't know if it's the compression driver, crossover, or woofer, or the entire package, but these speakers capture that "large speaker" dynamic range, while staying very crisp and textured, the high's on these were really a shocker, I was not quite expecting such performance from the compression driver, it's not harsh at all and is very refined.
These are currently in a system with Paradigm Studio 20's v.3, and frankly the Paradigm's don't keep up very well, those retail at 800$ a pair. Don't get me wrong, they are a fine speaker and have served me well, but particularly for Home Theater application's the Volt 10's are making the Studio 20's weaknesses obvious, at a "mere" 89 DB sensitivity, the Studio 20's just don't reach the same effortless range that these Volt 10's do, at least not without an expensive dedicated amp.
Im in the process of building my LCR 1099's and I can't wait to get everything completed.
(Posted on 4/5/16 from the old site)
I have a rather large open floor plan media room theater. Throw distances are >/= 12'. Such a room devours the normal surround speaker, yet a common monopole speaker has too high a directivity index, and is therefore distracting and without the ability to create a good ambient surround field. One would think (and I suppose many folks try it) that commercial cinema surround speakers would be good in such a room. Unfortunately, their directivity index is typically too high, also, because they presume a long throw.
Outa nowhere comes the Volt-10LX...that I believe occupies a unique niche amongst speakers. Its coaxial design renders a directivity index that is considerably lower than a conventional monopole speaker. It is at exactly the right amount for a larger room so that it can create both direct sound and use the room to create a very strong ambient surround field. It's larger woofer gives it the heft the larger room needs below 500Hz. It sounds like it's sized to fit the room rather than an effect speaker that sounds too small. And it's angled baffle is the perfect finishing touch to keep the footprint small, but properly aim the speaker into the room. Find another speaker that does all that. I don't know of it, if it exists.
If you have a large room, this is the surround speaker to use for your surround speaker array. The overall contribution it makes to the spectral balance of the entire system is a highly noticeable improvement. FYI, I have always used Audyssey Pro, so I've heard these and the other surrounds I've used calibrated the same.
The only "shortcoming" is the fact that you must seek a solution for a grill, if you need one. They are available at PartsExpress, but require a bit of creativity to install. Once complete, they look quite good, and even passed the WAF.
(Posted on 3/18/16 from the old site)
I have a pair on my computer desk right now, waiting for me to install them as front heights. Needless to say I'm not in a rush to do so. I've been listening to them for 2-3 months like this. Mine are sealed and crossed to a sub at 80 Hz.
They are excellent. They sound great at low volume and high. They can get stupidly loud off of a 90WPC AVR, and have no problem filling my 20 x 30-ish basement with sound.
They've displaced a pair of Continuums. I love the Continuums, but I like the Volts better in this case because they play louder and cleaner in this largish space. I don't know whether it's the AVR running out of juice or the Continuums running out of power handling, but that setup taps out before I do. The Volts play clean, loud; more than loud enough on the same AVR.
(Posted on 1/13/16 from the old site)
I purchased a pair of these with ported flat packs to try out one of these DIY kits. My intention was to use them as surrounds with my Klipsch KLF-10 and KLF-C7 LCR setup. Well, having now finished the kits and been listening to them for a week in 2.0 stereo, I plan to sell every speaker I own with the Klipsch name on it. Klipsch is fine for what it is, and they are a great value on the used market, but these DIY speakers stomp all over them in every way. For the first time in all the years I have been dealing with home audio, I woke up in the morning with one of my ears ringing because I had played my stereo so loud the night before. These speakers are so clear and play so effortlessly, I did not realize how loud I was playing my system. That is all with only 100W of power. Now I wish I could decide on what DIY speakers to use for my LCR, maybe more Volt-10 LXes, or maybe even 1099s…
(Posted on 1/6/16 from the old site)
I installed 4 of these in the ceiling of my dedicated theater room for an ATMOS setup. They work great as an atmos speaker but I was really impressed at how well they handled music just powered off my 100 watt per channel AVR. My mains use the JBL 15" 2226j pro driver and the box dwarfs these "little" guys but they provide a very robust, dynamic sound. Very happy with my purchase!!
(Posted on 1/2/16 from the old site)
I built the ported version of these and planned on using them as surrounds with 1099's as mains. I have decided to build my theater smaller and these sound so good, I'm going to now use them as mains. They are seriously that good.
I have been listening to them in 2 channel for a few weeks. They took a little bit of time to break in but now they are super detailed, very dynamic and have great mid range. Just very even sound from down low all the way up, and this is using a little 20 wpc Lepai amp!
(Posted on 10/31/15 from the old site)
Built 4 of these - the first speakers I ever built myself and like many others I could not be more pleased. They replaced some NHT Super Zeros. The Volts are some much more detailed in the their response - I hear things I never heard before. And they are way more efficient - I had to turn the trim way down.
They are east to build. The finish is up to you - you can make a glossy black, to a fancy veneer or do like I did and use Duratex for a great finish.
Fantastic Surrounds!!!! I'd expect they make great mains too!
(Posted on 10/18/15 from the old site)
These were my first DIYsoundgroup kit (replacing AV123 Rockets set). Volt 10LX + slanted flatpack went together easily and turned out great. Crossover was pretty easy for a relatively inexperienced soldering guy (checking out the pictures on the forum was very helpful for me)
I used these as mains for a while as I was putting together 1099s and I was really surprised by what they could put out in such a small package. Very happy with the sound. Currently have two pairs as surrounds/rears in my setup and they sound great.
At this pricepoint, this was a great first experience for me into the DIY world. For anyone on the fence about getting into this hobby, I think this is a great "get your feet wet and see what a few hundred dollars can get you" project.
I just brought a pair back from an AVSforum get-together and the consensus seemed to be quite positive in an absolute sense, and especially positive considering the price-point and compact size.
(Posted on 8/18/15 from the old site)
I used to own B&W speakers and came across AVS forum found this thread. I have read about DIY speakers but never have a gut to build. Finally, I did and glad to make best decision. Sold my B&W and build this VOLT-10 and three 1099s. I am so happy they sound just great and I thank Erich for putting all this DIY speakers together. My next build would be 2 subs from Erich also.
Note, if anyone wants to get great speakers and great price. Go to forum and read there are tons of helpful people can help you build the best speakers you dream of.
(Posted on 7/15/15 from the old site)
I have purchased 2 Volt 10's & 4 Volt 10LX's (4 - SR/SL & SRR/SRL, 2 - Kitchen) so far and plan to purchase 4 more for Atmos when I upgrade. These little speakers are great! They keep up with my LCR 1099's perfectly. They are very easy to put together and the new PCB makes it even easier to put the crossover together. I have used the flat packs for 4 of the builds and they went together beautifully.
These were impressive enough that a friend of mine decided he needed 5 of them for LCR & SL/R after hearing them for the first time.
These are as safe of a bet for surround duty as it gets. You will not be disappointed!
(Posted on 6/26/15 from the old site)
For the $ you can not beat these. Built a pair for rear surrounds and I would not have a problem using 7 of these for all the channels they are that good. I have a set of GR Research AV-3 towers that these can match down to 70hz. Give them at least a couple hours of loud breakin time before you judge the sound.
(Posted on 6/17/15 from the old site)
I have 4 of these for surround duty, and I have moved two up front while I am waiting on my L/C/R's all I can say is wow. Even as L/R these speakers truly shine, and blow away some older polk towers I have. Obviously have to pair these with a sub, but for everything else I wouldn't hesitate!
(Posted on 3/6/15 from the old site)
I built these into a 1.3 cubic foot ported enclosure with a the port tuned to 50 hz. I haven't had time to do any REW sweeps yet, but so far they sound great. Big, effortless, open. They have been finished for about 5 hours, and I have listened to a couple cds on them. I am quite happy. I am a complete convert for phase coherent point sources.
(Posted on 2/24/15 from the old site)
I came across DIYsoundgroup from AVS forums last yr and started shopping for speaker kits. My biggest obstacle was size and placement. I decided on using the Volt 10's with 16 degree custom enclosures and placing them (LCR) across the top of the 6.5' tall wall unit. And of course surrounds to match.
So before speaking with Erich, and soon as I saw them in stock, I ordered 5 Volt 10's. After ordering, I sent an email to Erich describing what I was trying to do and he encouraged me to wait a bit and he would have a new 10" and crossover that would work much better for LCR placement. So I waited, maybe not so patiently, and was rewarded with the Volt LX's.
So far, I've watched one movie, but listened to much more Stereo thru just the Fronts. I prefer the 2 channel right now. Great sound very clear and when you need it the 10's have a nice smooth bottom end. When I get time I'll run Audyssey and maybe then, I can appreciate the 5.1 as much as 2 channel.
Details- The packing and shipping was great. Crossovers were straightforward and fairly easy to solder. Any questions, ask Matt on the Forum.
Don't hesitate, when they're in stock, Buy Them! You won't regret it.
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I ordered 4 of these with 4 of the angled flat packs and could not be happier. I use Cheap Thrills as my mains and have been making do with Polk M-30's as my surrounds. after finishing these 4 off I'm flabberghasted at how amazing they sound. Incredibly off axis response and I honestly can hear so much more detail in the surrounds that I can't believe I waited this long to build them. A+ all the way, you can't go wrong with these for surroudns
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I've been using 4 of the Volt-10 speakers for surround in a full diysoundgroup 7.1 setup. When i replaced my aging rear paradigm speakers with these i was/am completely satisfied. I now have a balanced sound stage for the front and rears. Very clear sound and am still breaking them in crossing them at 80hz.
I built custom angled enclosures to accommodate the placement above some windows (maintained same internal volume and angle on the front as the flat pack). The Crossover was intimidating since it was my first but once i did one the rest went very quickly. Just read the avsforums on soldering and you'll be fine.
Excellent kit to build confidence in diy speaker building!
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First off let me start by saying I've owned way more speakers than I should have searching for perfect HT sound. I've got into Pro designs with the Pro 10 and was hooked with the detail it delivered. Followed by my one of 2 favorites JBL 3677 which I love and is insane in many ways including midbass and dynamics. Currently I'm building a new theater and needed something to match my QSC 2150 mains that can keep up with their reference capabilities.
When selecting surrounds I'm kinda different I guess as I always test as mains first. If they don't sound good as mains I don't want them in my room in any location.
My requirements are it must have good detail, good imaging and most of all... no sign of harshness and also be decent with music. To me the JBL 8340a used in many popular theaters were...welll harsh as hell and didn't sound good at all with music. I have a review on AVS of when I tested them. , as well as a review of the insane 3677... The 8330a was less harsh but still just didn't sound good, slightly harsh and hollow.
So on to the Volt 10s, The packaging was top notch and everything fit perfect, the only issue was the cutout for the woofer was a little tight and I had to turn the cabinet over and tap on it over and over to get the woofers to drop out after pre drilling the screw holes.. I had the angled enclosures built and drying in 30 minutes for the pair. The crossovers took maybe 20 minutes each and another 20 minutes to install everything and wire them up. All in all it's a very quick project.
Because I'm building I only have a living room 2 channel setup consisting of an AVR and a crown XLS 1500 pushing them and a DIY sub I built a decade ago with an Adire DLP12.. I removed my Paradigms and placed the Volts on their side sitting on my stands. They looked pretty cool in the angle cabinets laying sideways toed in.
So how do they sound? For the price they are a steal. Not a hint of harshness, imaging is good, detail is solid and they have a decent sound with music. They aren't as detailed or as good with music as JBL 3677, Pro 10 or the QSC 2150 but they sound good with more detail than most consumer speakers.
One of my new favorite test is to test how well a speaker throws detail into the room.
Several months ago I was testing out the QSC 2150 (in 2.1) and was watching Dumb and Dumber on Netflix. At one part 30 minutes are so in, the main characters are in a hot tub having a goofy discussion. I wasn't paying much attention until I realized I heard the hot tub water all around the room, crystal clear and imaging all over the room as If i had a hot tub in the room. I hadn't ever noticed this before. So I quickly hooked my Paradigms back up and sure enough....nothing..barely any water bubbles or movements from the jets was audible... so to say the least this is now one of my test for spewing detail into the room.
The Volts are better than the Paradigms here but not anywhere near the QSC. With the Hot tub scene the Volts made the bubble audible , but didn't give you the "there,s a hot tub in my room" feel. But they still have more than most consumer speakers, have good imaging, great sensitivity, absolutely no harshness and absolutely squash the JBL Pro surround with Shame.
Now I'll score them against some Pro speakers I've owned. I also have Paradigm and Rockets 850s but they aren't Pro design so I'll leave them out.
*Volts crossed at 100 hz.
Volt 10 JBL 8340a JBL 8330a QSC 2150 JBL 3677 Pro 10
Imaging 7 8 7 10 10 9
Projecting Detail 7 8 6 10+ 10 9
Vocals 9 9 8 10 10 8
Harshness 10 4 6 10 10 9
Music 8 5 6 9 10 9
midbass 7 6 6 10 10++ 6
overall 8 6 6.5 10 10 8.5
Again I test as mains so as surrounds many may not care about most of this. Except for Harshness which again the JBL 8340a/8330a are unacceptable IMO.
For the price The Volt is a great surround for a high end system. After a week with them I'm going with 10 of these as Surrounds, rears, atmos.
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Since I needed a taller cabinet, I built my Volt 10s in a larger ported box. Sound quality is top notch, and I wouldn't hesitate to use these as front speakers.
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I bought these to match up with my LCR Tempest as side surrounds. They sound great and the PCB make the crossovers extremely simple to assemble. I hadn't soldered anything more than a couple electrical wires together many years ago and after watching a Youtube video over soldering to PCB I finished these in 15 minutes easily. Huge upgrade for me over my ancient Infinity Quadrapoles.
Thanks Matt & Erich for another great speaker! I am looking forward to eventually building the V-6's for rear surrounds.
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I just finished building six of these speakers, two for me and four for a friend. I am using two in my bedroom 5.1 system as the surround speakers. I decided to set-up five of the V-10 speakers in my bedroom to see if I would like an entire system of these speakers and the answer is YES! I can hardly wait for these to come back in stock!!
This kit is so well done and a breeze to assemble. The PCB really helps with soldering the crossover parts and makes for an easy mount within the speaker box.
Thank you so much Matt & Erich!!
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I'm using these as surround backs in my set up. I opted for the angled flat pack enclosures which went together very easily. I haven't entertained much in dolby pro logic IIX but with movies recorded in 7.1 there contribution is significant. The sound field is more encompassing with a greater sense of height vs 5.1 as I'm relatively close to my surrounds. Depending on the movie, especially some of the newer action releases (Man of Steel for example) there is a lot of content in the SB position and they sound very cinematic.
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I built these using the angled flat packs and they went together nicely. The crossovers were relatively easy to build, but I would have liked for the holes for the speaker wires to be a little larger. I replaced four Polk monitor 30 with four of these and I am blown away! They sound so much fuller and creat a much more convincing surround experience.
My wife likes them as well. She said that she was impressed with how nice they looked, she was not expecting this quality from DIY. She has not commented on how they sound, but if she is not complaining that is a good sign, lol.
When I first finished them, I played some full range 2 channel music through them to test them out before hanging them up. I connected a 200 wpc Crown amp to them and eventually turned it up all the way. They played clean and loud with no noticable distortion. I played a couple of songs by Santana and the Eagles, these are songs that I have heard many times and am familiar with. I can say that I am thoroughly impressed with the dynamic range and clarity from these speakers. I could have sat and listened to these all day long if I had time to. You will likely want to pair these with a sub, but even without one they sound great!
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As others have noted, Erich is very easy to deal with, super helpful, and shipping is fast, and well packed.
I built these out as rears with angled flat packs as rears in my dedicated basement HT. Build went smoothly, crossovers went together easily and I was up and running in no time.
Never before have I noticed or been able to hear all of the rear sound present in a HT setup. Movie doorbells and background dog barks drive my dogs crazy now, and several times I have been creeped out with rain scenes, I thought I had a water leak from the bathroom above they sound so realistic.
I would absolutely build these again.
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What a great speaker. I had my doubts going into this project but now I'm getting ready to order the Elusive 1099's to go with my newly installed, bad-ass surrounds. They are incredible. So much so that my def techs don't hold a candle to them. Trust me, if you go this route, you won't be disappointed.
Oh, and the customer service and response time is outstanding. Good luck getting that service anywhere else.
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I'm not what one would call an audiophile, but my parents made me take orchestra/band/piano lessons as a kid which has given me a decent ear. I'm very happy with the sound coming out of the V10's in surround duty. It's clean and powerful, and getting more so as they break in.
Sound aside, this is a really simple kit to put together. I haven't soldered in 20 years, but the crossover went together easily and smoothly. I followed some of the tips in the reviews before me, which also helped trememdously.
The price/performance ratio of these speakers is great. They are 10x the speaker that you would get for the same price in a big box store. I would know - I was shopping them before deciding to go this route. No regrets!
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As usual, shipping/packaging were perfect. I bought two of these kits along with the slanted enclosures for use as a surround. The slanted flatpacks went together really easily and the new MDF looks/feels great.
The crossover PCB is a really nice touch for those that are feeling somewhat apprehensive about the crossover. I used some velcro to attach mine to the box but there are many options.
The sound from these speakers is phenomenal for my usage. I didn't do any serious two-channel testing. I had some friends over for a movie shortly after I installed these and everyone commented about the improvement in the surrounds and overall movie experience. For my room (very narrow, not much walking space) having the slanted box was critical to being able to mount high enough to be safe for people walking but without having to comprimise coverage or quality.
Kudos to Matt and Erich. I think this is a well put together and executed design and when you factor in the price it becomes an amazing value in addition to being a fantastic speaker.
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I replaced my surrounds with 4 of these sealed kits along with the slanted enclosures. They sound great and surprisingly are strong down to the 60hz range when hung on the wall. I have them crossed over to subs at 80hz and they are incredibly dynamic and offer very good coverage (my room is fairly small so I needed something with flexible placement). They punch way above their belt and were a joy to assemble. The crossover is well laid out and was super simple to put together (only 5 part cross-over; perfect for a beginner!)....I put them together in about 45 minutes for all 4. As noted by others, the mounting holes on the corners of the pcb are a little tight, but just enlarge them a little with a drill or use small screws when attaching them to the enclosure. 16 gauge speaker worked just fine for me and fit in the holes snugly. All in all, an amazing offering!
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I liked my first set so much, I bought a second pair!
I am using these as surround speakers on the sides and in the rear. I built sealed enclosures and cross them over to the sub at 100Hz. They blend very well with my Cheap Thrills L-C-R. I built slanted enclosures very similar to those now offered on the site. The coaxial form factor solves many difficult placement issues facing surround speaker placement.
The crossover uses good quality components and is really easy to assemble now that printed circuit boards are included. The circuit boards are well made and have a good, compact layout. You may need to enlarge the holes for your hook-up wires, so check the fit before you assemble the board. Also, depending on the screws you have available, you may need to enlarge the holes for the mounting screws in the corners. Drilling these holes is much easier before the board is assembled.
Another great product from Erich and the DIY Sound Group! I took off just one star for Performance because there is always something better...but not for anything close to this price. Buy a pair and I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.
|Speaker Kit Information|
70hz - 20khz (sealed)
45hz - 20khz (ported)
75hz - 20khz (Atmos)
|Power Range:||10 - 400 watts|
|Sensitivity:||95db - 2.83v/1m|
|Tweeter:||Denovo Audio DNA-150|
|Woofer:||Denovo Audio CX-10|
|Enclosure Type:||Ported or Sealed|
|Dimensions:|| Varies by design
|Kit weight (no cabinet):||About 15 pounds|
|Assembled weight:||About 23 pounds|
Price Break Down:1 - 10" Custom Eminence coaxial: $79.991 - Denovo Audio DNA-150: $19.751 - Custom crossover board: $91 - Set of crossover parts: $25.482 - Ports: (optional)1 - CNC cut front baffle: $111 - Set of screws: $.50
Packaging Material: $4.00
Paypal Fee: $4.25
Retail Cost: $153.97
Discount Cost: $152 with free shipping
Please read the 'About Us' section for more information on pricing structure and quality parts used.
Specific Volt-10 Assembly Notes:
A great Volt 6, 8, and 10 assembly thread has been put together to help you build these popular designs. Click here for all the information and pictures. Your enclosure should be built with 3/4" thick material and the included 3/4" thick baffle to the dimensions listed under the specifications tab. If you do not order a specific flat pack the standard front baffle is 14" x 14" so you can build a sealed .7cuft enclosure at 9.25" deep. You should have one horizontal "window pane" style brace towards the center of the standard enclosure. No brace is needed for the angled surround design. It is recommended that you lightly fill the enclosure with polyfill or some type of loose insulation as long as you don't block the ports. Please be sure to read the general tips below before starting your build.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
* Do I need to cut the port to a certain length on the ported version? Answer: Yes, total length should be 5".
* Where does the tweeter go? Answer: It screws into the back of the woofer.
* Do I need to use a subwoofer with these? Answer: Yes, these were designed to be used with a subwoofer.
* Where should I put the assembled crossover? Answer: The crossover can go anywhere inside the cabinet as long as you don't block the ports on the ported version.
* Does the standard 14" x 14" front baffle fit the angled flat pack? Answer: No. If you're building angled cabinets, the flat pack is highly recommended because they aren't easy to cut yourself.