My Dayton 6′ Rs towers….

I’ve been building lots of speakers these last few years, never really tried any of the dayton audio drivers. Did tons of reading and research “even” listened to a friends pair of speakers using a 8″ dayton. Then wham I was addicted.

So I did a big order.

8 x RS180-8 7″ Woofer’s
4 x RS100-8 4″ Mid-Woofers
2 x RS28A-4 1″ Dome tweeter.

To be safe, I also ordered 2 x RS125-8 5″ mid woofers, just in case the 4″ can’t keep up or go along with the rest of the design.

I started off with some google late night sketchup work, and created this.

I can’t lie though, this photo did help me want to build something like it.

Then it was off to the cabinet shop to buy some 3/4″ MDF, they even cut it for me, into manageable pices, so i can build this test box at home.

Next day i attacked the garage and started cutting.

Drivers arrived a few weeks later.

All the drivers lined up, not sure if i’m going with 5″ mid bass drivers OR 4″ i have the 4″ ones mounted for now, but can swap them out for the 5″.

More late night building,

Mounted all the drivers,

Then carried this big heavy 6′ tall beast to my room. Not sure why, I have to drag it back down stairs this week to go measure and get driver data..

Differential Preamplifier 8×2. Project Balanced Pre-Amplifier

Another **UPDATE** July 28th

Boards are all populated, not tested yet just waiting for a ribbon cable to show up that connects the selector board to the main board.


Bench all setup to start SMD soldering.

Some parts soldered on the first day, then I took a break.

Input selector board.

All done !

**UPDATE** July 25th

Parts are here !! WOOT !!

I stumbled app-on a really nice & simple pre-amlifier. Contacted the maker ( In Canada ) and did some chatting and research, came to the conclusion and ordered the boards. It’s a fully SMD Balanced Pre-amp, so i get to spend a few hours placing one part at a time soldering one part at a time on the boards.

So far I just have the new shiny boards, parts are on their way. Reading over the very well laid out manual, is going to make this build fun and enjoyable. After I have it all built & tested, I’ll be researching around for a custom chassis or draw up and get my own made.

I have also choose not to use the PCB mounted XLR in & out connectors. Instead I’m going to be buying chassis mountable Neutrik ones..

Few pictures ( from their site ) and a direct link to the product.

Raw PCB & selector PCB

Fully assembled kit, from the company, they sell it two versions. BUILT & Un-built.

Product link.

Differential Preamp 8×2