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My name is István Gerencsér, I'm an electrical engineer and I live in Budapest, Hungary. Back when I was a university student in the beginning of the 1990's, I had already been interested in how to realize faithful sound reproduction. True, at the time I lacked the necessary knowledge, so I only wanted to purchase a quality hi-fi system, not to design and build home audio components. From 2001 to 2003 I was engaged in audiophile loudspeaker design and implementation. I designed and built several loudspeakers, among them the very unique Lithosphere 110, which consisted of two concrete spheres joined together, and a gradually tapered tube. In the beginning of 2017, I restarted my loudspeaker design activity and also embarked on learning more on audio amplifier design.
Many undertake building DIY audio components, especially loudspeakers in the hope that they will turn out an outstanding quality system that is cheaper than one bought it in a retail store. Unfortunately this -- except for systems that cost an arm and a leg -- is practically impossible; a home made audio component will always be more expensive than a factory made one of similar quality, especially if you factor in the many work hours thrown into the project. Just think about it that mass-product manufacturers can buy components and materials at the fraction of the retail price and their design, logistics, and some other costs split among a large quantity of end products.
In my opinion, the real "make-sense" of DIY is the challenge that you complete a project as much on your own as possible, intuitively solving any arising problem. In the end you'll have created something valuable, something unique that carries the touches of your fingers, so you can have the feeling that what you made is truly yours.
On this website, I'd like to share my loudspeaker experiences. My main goal is to provide DIY loudspeaker plans with high performance/cost ratio. The plans published here only contain the important technical detail that can affect sound quality, and not the arbitrary features: cover, paint, finish, etc. your components to your liking -- if possible artistically -- to make it unique, make it blend in with your room or even make it more like you.
You will also find loudspeaker and speaker cable buying tips, and I aim to collect useful and valuable links for DIY loudspeaker builders.
I hope that in 2019 audiophile DIY power amplifier plans and maybe kits will be added to my site.
In mid 2017 when I launched this website, I had been searching for a free domain name on .com. I was getting very desperate as my quest went on for hours and all the names I could think of that sounded catchy had already been taken. Then I remember trying europaudio.com and no surprise it had also been taken. Why not "euraudio", it pronounces like "your audio" so it fits a DIY audio site like charm, besides I live in Europe... click... and lo and behold: euraudio.com was free!
I still can (and must) learn a lot, so I gladly accept observations, reflections, corrections and amendments to what I have written.