I recently got these and have just assembled the crossover to what I think is correct (after looking at similar online pictures). However upon testing, the sound is limited, but it seems that the low/high pass filters work. Has anyone had this problem?
I would recommend contacting our tech support for help with this. It may be best to email detailed pictures of the crossovers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date published: 2014-06-12
So if I buy two pair, can I use them as front left and right, and rear left and right, as part of a full 5.1 surround system? I would still need a center channel and woofer, but would this be a good starting point?
This speaker would be an excellent start to a home theater system
Date published: 2014-06-03
What is the approx. frequency at which this crossover operaters? I'd like more info generally about how to select tweeters + crossover frequency. Thanks
The crossover point in this design is roughly 4,200 Hz. I would suggest a book we sell called Speaker Building 201 which you can see below.http://www.parts-express.com/speaker-building-201-book--500-044
Date published: 2014-05-14
Where exactly do I drill holes for binding posts on rear so I can use banana plugs? Is there a step by step guide anywhere to assembling crossover? In the video, it blows right by it. Thanks!
You can drill them anywhere you would like as long as they don't interfere with the crossover placement. Unfortunately the video and schematic are the only resources we have for the crossover construction.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Can the rear panel be screwed/bolted on instead of glue for future access? (without building custom box myself?)
Yes the back panel can be removable as long as it is air tight with the cabinet.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Can I relocate the port tube to front of the cabinet next to tweeter?
If the port tube will fit in this location that would not be a problem.
Date published: 2014-04-21
What kind of wiring should I use to connect the components on the crossover? Would tinned speaker wire work, or do I need some other kind of electrical wire?
Yes regular speaker wire will be fine, 18-20 gauge will be plenty.
Date published: 2014-04-02
What is the shipping dimensions for this? Need to ship International.
Please contact our customer service department for an answer to this question. 800-338-0531 x2 or email@example.com
Date published: 2014-02-05
Does parts-express sell a crossover PC board that the crossover components from this kit could be installed onto? If not, what material would I be looking to buy to make these myself? First speaker build here... Thanks.
Unfortunately we do not have a crossover board that will accommodate all of the parts in this design. I recommend simply hot gluing the pieces to a small piece of cardboard instead.
Date published: 2014-02-03
I have a 2 ch amp going to the high inputs of a powered sub and the high outputs going to the os's. Will the xo on the os "pybass" the built it xo in the sub (if it has one?) when hooked up to the high inputs on a powered sub?
I'm not sure I completely understand the question, although the crossovers in the OS kit will not be affected by any type of high-pass filter (assuming there is one) on the speaker level output of the subwoofer.
Date published: 2013-12-11
What's the minimum recommended power..
Would these work as external speakers for my TV. I believe the TV puts out 7 or 10 watts.
There really is no minimum recommended power for these. They aren't the most efficient speakers in the world but 7-10 watts should be plenty assuming the TV has a powered speaker level output.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Home studio reference monitors
would you recommend these for use in a home recording studio? If not, please explain.
Although I prefer speakers that allow more power, I think these would work well in a small home studio.
Date published: 2013-08-22
How much will the sound change if I put a 2x25 watt sure amp inside
This will be my first official kit build. i want to put a 2x25 watt sure amplifier board inside, then i will wire in a panel mount dc jack, and a rca jack. i am basically trying to a achieve powered monitors. the power supply will be external.**I realize this will change the internal volume of one speaker enclosure. Does anyone have an opinion about if I will even notice the difference in sound? Any thoughts welcomed :)
It is highly unlikely that you will hear a difference or cause a big enough change in volume to matter.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Sealed for use with sub?
Any changes in crossover?Ideal cab volume?Is the driver appropriate for sealed?
These would not have to be sealed if you wanted to use them with a sub although they will work either way. I would recommend 0.08 cubic feet if you wanted to go sealed. The crossover will not have to be changed as long as the baffle of the speaker shares the same dimensions as the kit.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Can the crossovers be assembled on the 2-way boards offered on the website (260-130)?
Unfortunately no, the Overnight Sensations crossover uses a second order filter on the woofer and a third order on the tweeter which will not fit on this board.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Good Subwoofer For these?
I am wondering if anyone knows of a good sub to buy/build that would pair nicely with these at a reasonable price. Thanks! :)
Our Dayton power subwoofers are very popular choices for these. We have three different models, the Sub-800, Sub-1000 and Sub-1200.
Date published: 2013-03-15
How would these compare to the Dayton B652s?
I just purchased this kit to replace my Dayton B652's. Does anyone here have experience with both to give me a clue of what to expect.I'm hoping these will be a huge step up in terms of mid-bass and soundstage, and hopefully detail and "musicality" if that makes any sense. Anyone have any thoughts?Thanks so much in advance!
These should surpass the B652's in basically every catagory. The B652's are a nice speaker for the price although this DIY kit is much better designed from the ground up.
Date published: 2013-03-02
What size screws? Am building the the better MTM version and no where, from PE, other builders, or from Hi-Vi do they state what is the size of the screw holes are for the HiVi B4N aluminum midbass woofer. Do not want to screw wood screws in the the MDF, wanting to use the more common and better threaded screws with T-nuts. Thanks
The best size screw for this design is #6.
Date published: 2013-02-22
speaker caulk ?
The video shows or says actually, to caulk the woofer. So, I bought 72' of speaker caulk to do it right and to have 70 plus feet for future builds, I should live so long.Anyway, the woofers come with a gasket of sorts, not sure just what it is and what it's for.Should I only use that for this project or the caulk, or both?????Anyone need some caulk?
The gaskets that come with the woofers are all you need, no additional sealing is necessary.
Date published: 2013-02-20
A big duh question here from a total newb. I am putting my crossovers together and wanted to test before installing. Somewhere along in internet research on this crossover build it was suggested to test with a 1.5V battery if one was worried about damage. So, that is what I did. But, I don't hear a pop or any sound out of the tweeters.So, I wire them up to a small amp and all I seem to hear is very high end sounds. Nothing "musical" if you know what I mean. If I only have tweeters connected I don't hear music but just some sounds.Woofers sound just fine. Plus, the volume from the tweeters is way down. Same on both set ups. Is this what to be expected or have I messed up my crossover wiring?I don't want to put them in the cabinets and such until I know they are right on.Thanks in advance.
You generally won't hear a pop from a tweeter with this test. 1.5 volts DC directly into many tweeters can damage voice coils. The best way to test a tweeter is simply to hook it up in the design and verify it works unless you have test equipment and a proper high pass filter on the tweeter itself. If you have the tweeters wired directly to an amplifier with no protection from low frequencies they are very suseptible to damage and they will sound much quieter than a woofer at the same volume level. 80% of the sound you hear comes from the woofer/midrange, the rest is harmonics and sibilance from the tweeter. I recommend getting the whole crossover together as the schematic shows and see how it sounds. Listening to tweeters alone will most definitely raise question if you are not too familiar with speaker design.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Pair these with low power tube amp?
Due to the low sensitivity of the Overnight Sensations, could one still power these with an integrated tube amp like the Miniwatt N3 which is only rated at 3.5 watts per channel?
Big amp or not, these speakers won't rock the walls... They are designed to sound really good within a reasonable volume level. And with a tube amp - and the high current it has which transistor amps rarely have - it will make these sing like beautiful music. You will hear a 3D sound stage and air unlike you can imagine.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Different 10-ohm resistor than shown
I received the Overnight Sensation shipment and one of the resistors (the 10 ohm) is now a "Mills 10 ohm 12W non-inductive resistor. Assuming this is intentional, what is the reason that the resistor changed?
As the resistors only need to be same by specifications or better it doesn't matter what make or how they look. One of the reasons that they are different could be that they are out of stock of that particular or that they changed to a other supplier. Companies usually have several sources and if for some reason they can't get their usual products they can supply alternative without any quality effect. Many times if question is out of stock item the provided product might be more expensive or higher value in Watts this time. Over all it is just cosmetics without any other effect.
Date published: 2012-12-10
In the crossover diagram it shows the tweeter "-" connection on the top. Is this correct, or is it mis-labelled and it should be "+"?
Yes the tweeter is wired in reverse polarity, so "+" goes to "-" and "-" goes to "+".
Date published: 2014-06-10
As computer speakers, how would these, in combination with the Topping TP30 with USB input, compare with the Behringer MS40's with Toslink input?
The Behringer is a good product - the Topping / Overnight combo is more money and has better components. It's not truly a fair comparison. I think it comes down to whether you want a powered speaker, or components which can ultimately offer you more versatility. The Overnight speaker is very good, and while the Topping may be a good choice for this amp application - later you could use a larger, better amp and truly experience the potential of the Overnights... The Behringer will never be anything more than its designed purpose.
Date published: 2012-09-28
There wasn't any absorbing material stuffed into the cabinet. By design??
It isn't included in the kit. Depending on how far you want to go with the project, I would apply sound deadening to the inner cabinet walls and then very lightly fill with polyfill.
Date published: 2012-09-02
Which Topping amp?
I am planning to pair these speakers with one of the Topping amps. The input will be from a Squezebox, which has a Burr-Brown DAC. So all I need is the amp with enough clean power to drive the OS speakers.
I personally would want at least 30 watts of clean power for these, and would be happier with 50. They are rather low sensitivity so more juice would be required to liven them up. And from what I have read about them, this seems to be true.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Prebuilt crossover option?
What is the best pre-built crossover to go with these speakers? (as opposed to assembling it from the parts provided)
Call Parts Express at 800-338-0531 for information about having your crossovers pre-assembled and shipped with your kit purchase. The components are chosen and designed for this model. A generic crossover would likely be less effective than the parts included.
Date published: 2012-09-02
Do these sound good in different listener spots in the same room?
This looks ideal for my needs, which are to get decent sound into a 15 x 18' living room and adjacent 14 x 12 dining area. One thing though that concerns me is the description of the OSs as "near field monitors", which to me implies speakers meant to be listened to from very close, and which often have a tiny sweet spot. For example, I own a pair of Samson Media One 4a monitors, which sound pretty good when I am equidistant from them, but moving even a foot or two to one side sharply degrades the sound and soundstage.So, are the Overnight Sensations adequate for music listening in a room where I'd be sitting in various places? Thanks for any advice.
That's a complex question. If you are designing an audiophile system - you'll carefully place your speakers in the perfect spot in the room - looks and furniture layout be damned - and then place your favorite chair in the perfect position with no concern for family or friends. At the other end - when you go to a public place - look a the ceiling - the speakers are almost placed like sprinklers to evenly distribute audio like watering a lawn. So if you want to have background music all around your room - you need 4 in ceilings in the living, and 2 in the dining. Or you could put a 5.1 surround in the living room with your TV and the spill over into the dining would be fine. But - will a 4" 2-way sound the same everywhere in that environment - no. It's not possible.
Date published: 2012-09-02
Use a different tweeter
If I were to use the Hivi T20 tweeter instead of the Dayton, would I need to change the crossover or anything else?
If you download the specs for both drivers - you can determine size-wise if there is a different cutout for the cabinets. If the impedance, efficiency and low end frequency response are the same - then no changes in crossover. The low end must be comparable. If the impedance is different, you need to change several components and if the driver is more or less efficient - you'll have to add components to balance the woofer to the tweeter. As a novice - if would be easier to pick a PE cabinet, the woofer and tweeter of your desire and then build a simple 6db/oct crossover.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Hw long should port tube be?
At 6:40 in the video, Mike V discusses installing the port tube and adjusting its length -- but, he never says what that length is. I have not been able to find what the port tube length should be elsewhere in the sparse Overnight Sensations documentation.
Paul decided upon a cabinet size of roughly 0.16 cubic feet (4.5 liters) and is tuned to 53 Hz using a 1-3/8" diameter port that is 6" long.
Date published: 2012-06-11