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Desktop Obelisks, my 3D Printed inDIYana build

I wanted to share the details of the Desktop Obelisk 2.1ch system I brought to inDIYana. The satellites each use:
2x Techtonic TEBM28 and 2x Dayton ND65PR passive radiators. There's no added mass on the radiators, so they are tuned to around 130Hz in the 0.34l enclosure.

The "crossover" just a 15uF capacitor across one of the drivers, to prevent comb filtering. The drivers are wired in series. Here's the impedance plot:

I EQ’d the satellites based on measurements with my UMIK-1. The total dynamic range of the EQ is ~11dB, with the highest point at 8kHz. Here's the EQ curve and the measured frequency response:

The enclosure is fully 3D printed, the enclosure prints as one piece and the base is a second piece that screws onto the enclosure, here's a shot of the internals in CAD, you can see I'm cutting it quite fine for clearance for the threaded rod on the back of the PR:

The models are available here for for download and printing:

The Desktop Obelisk is double barreled version of the P-CUBE, a super-cute 65mm cube speaker I published here:

The sub-woofer uses two W3-1876S’s mounted back to back for force cancelation. It is a dual bass reflex (DBR) with a passive chamber connected to the driven chamber by a port, and ported to the outside world. The acoustic design is by Peter Kulicki.
The driven chamber is 1.4l, the passive chamber is 2.0l, both ports have a length of 345mm, and a crossection of 1570mm^2, equivalent to ~45mm diameter circular port. The two tuning frequencies are around 50Hz and 125Hz. Here is an impedance plot:

The files are available for download here:

Peter presented the design on his YouTube channel here:

Double bass reflex designs are not that well documented on the internet, Peter gives his own brief explanation here, citing it as a way of broadening the passband of a subwoofer:

The setup is driven by a Wondom JAB5 class D amp, 4x100W with built in bluetooth and DSP:
I decided to live life dangerously and removed the temperature controlled fan from the heatsink.
The sub/sat crossover was provided by the DSP. I previously ran the crossover as 24db/octave at 140Hz. For inDIYana, I increased the crossover to 150Hz and 48dB/octave, to get a little more power handling out of the satellites. Here's a shot of the Sigma Studio Project:

The front panel controls I put on the amp are master volume (tops out at unity), a volume boost, to allow me to go above unity for low volume sources, and independent gain for HF and LF channels.

I was using a 24V 6A power supply, which was probably the short pole in the set-up, but may have saved my from blowing a driver :-D



  • edited May 30

    I was very surprised when I heard these at InDIYana. I actually asked someone which set of towers were playing. I was even more surprised when I found out that little artistically shaped device was the subwoofer. At the time, I assumed a full size sub was hidden under the table. Only after arriving home did I realize where the bass was coming from. Fantastic job at making a set of small speakers sound large!

  • That's a neat Sure amplifier module. Only downside is it only goes to 6ohm.
    Nice project👍🏻

  • Thanks for the details of the design - one of the more interesting and fun designs at InDIYana...

  • @ani_101 said:
    Thanks for the details of the design - one of the more interesting and fun designs at InDIYana...

    Thanks Ani. It’s been a struggle online in the past to get people to take 3d printed enclosures seriously. It was great to meet a group of open minded enthusiasts. I’m wondering what I can manage with hand luggage next time. Perhaps if I get some sonotube delivered to the venue, and carry the rest of the speaker with me...

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