10 March 2010

Tang Band D4-1 DIY Rear Horn Speaker Kit

This winter I wanted to build another set of speakers but there were a couple of problems. My woodworking skills are not great and I don't have a heated workshop where I could work as sawdust and paint fumes are typically not welcome in the home. With that in mind I was looking for a speaker that required not cutting or finishing and came across the Tang Band D4-1 DIY Back-Loaded Horn Speaker Kit.

Tang Band D4-1 Speaker Kit

The kits as supplied is 100% ready to build with all the necessary parts and tools required except for a soldering iron. There is no cutting required and the small speaker kit goes together just like the ready-to-assemble furniture that you would find at Ikea. The enclosure just stacks up and is held together with hex screws. The enclosure is a rear-loaded expanding horn which houses a single fullrange driver, the Tang Band W4-1617.

Tang Band D4-1 DIY Rear-Loaded Horn Speaker Kit

The enclosure was very simple to put together and the exterior wood face came pre-finished with a low gloss finish. The finish looks like it it can be lightly sanded and painted should one desire a different finish. The overall dimensions of each enclosure is 162 mm x 320 mm x 500 mm (W x H x D) and the finished speakers weigh 10.9 kg each.

Tang Band D4-1 DIY Back Horn Speaker Kit

The net result is a simple, attractive and compact back horn speaker that sounds great and is fun to build!

For full details see the Tang Band D4-1 DIY Back-Loaded Horn Speaker Kit review.

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  1. Very classic combination of audio electronics and wood, a bit vintage look. You can also be a good woodworker, try some other DIY woodworking projects.

  2. will this design work with the Tang Band W8-1808 8" speaker if I simply widen the enclosure a couple of inches?

  3. Do you still sell the Tang Band D4-1 DIY Back Horn Speaker kit?
    Current price + shipping & tax to NYC?
    What are the dimensions?
    I have a 22 X 20 room. Will it fill it?
    Thanks for any response.