So I just partnered in on two 40 passenger Temsa TS35’s to use for private charters in our area. Using the DIY spirit, I’m pretty determined to build a really solid sound system for a reasonable cost.
I’m thinking active as it feels a bit safer should some anomalies need to be fixed up.
The stock speakers look to be an awkward 3x5 size and in my estimation wouldn’t allow for the options or quality that I’m looking for. With that in mind, I’m wondering about two options:
1. Fabricate small enclosures and simply run 4 or 6 2-way (or 3-way) sets spaces throughout the bus using the 4 corners and possibly the luggage compartment in the middle of the bus for 2 additional sets.
2. Use the 20 existing overhead locations (possibly with a custom 3D printed mounting plates) to house a small mid-range/full range only or possibly small 2-way combined, then use 4 or so woofers spaced throughout the cabin to make a 3-way system that way. The thought process here is that dialogue from movies and music in general would be much easier to hear clearly via the full range/small 2-way being directly overhead with the woofers filling in the lower regions from other locations.
Hopefully this description makes sense.
I like the idea of going active and using raw drivers to maximize quality while keeping costs in check.
Depending on which option I pursue, driver costs need to stay pretty low. I’d like to see what we can do with $1200 or so for just the raw drivers (not including subs or amps).
I’m very open to suggestions on amps, but the biketronics amps are looking interesting for the main speakers. For the subs, I’m thinking about 2 Dayton 12” HF’s in a sealed box and open to suggestions on an amp for those.
And lastly, wide open to suggestions for a solid DSP and/or and head unit. Looks like there are a few head units that can process a 3-way setup internally, although not entirely familiar with the pros and cons of integrating that functionality.
I’m hoping to get some fairly quick feedback here. My partner is antsy to get this finished and keeps pulling up random amazon listings for crappy speakers and saying “these would be good, right”.
Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.