Do It Yourself Line Arrays

I started this website to document my journey to optimize audio replay in my home. In order to get great sound in my living room I’ve decided to build my own. I’ve ventured into DIY audio by building a pair of do it yourself line arrays. More specifically: build and design it yourself! After an initial period of trying to figure out which concepts could lead to some form of success, I’ve chosen to build myself a pair of full range floor to ceiling line arrays.

Line Arrays

Line arrays are a bit of a strange breed in Audio. They do act quite different compared to the more traditional multi-way speakers. Even though they do have some compromises of their own, they also have a couple of strong points. That alone could make them a valid choice for those that seek great sound in a small form factor.

They are not for the faint at heart though. Line arrays like the ones featured on this page need equalizing to be able to sound right. The use of EQ does not bode well in the HiFi scene. So if you’re against this kind of manipulation, line arrays are not for you. Otherwise: read on!

The Room

Whenever we bring a speaker into our home it won’t be as good as it was designed to be. Create the perfect speaker, bring it into your living room and all bets are off. However we can improve our room, to get overall better results. For some strange reason, once we start doing ‘improvements’ like that, we could quickly run into an argument with our spouses. I set out to find a solution that only needed minimal treatment of the room and still be able to perform above average.

Do It Yourself

So why the choice for do it yourself line arrays then? Well, for starters, line arrays occupy very little floor space while they do have several good things going for them in the way they interact within a room. They can be placed close to a wall, out of the way. They do need some adjustments to the room to be able to perform their best. Basically, the planes parallel to the line arrays need some attention. This way it is easy to absorb the most offending early reflections. The close to wall proximity has other advantages for bass performance.

Do it yourself line arrays and damping panels in the room.

Read more…