Would that mean that the cab is plywood and the rear board is MDF? It’s an Ampeg V412 with stock SLM speakers. I’ll be tunning it to aprox. 33 hz. I’ve heard of a lot of people building speaker boxes out of birch plywood. Would a mdf or a birch box be best? I am building a 2X12 guitar cabinet with a vintage 30 speaker and a greenback speaker and was wondering what wood I should use to get the optimal sound? I was told that pine is good and so is birch as far as plywood goes, and others have told me that MDF is the way to go. I am building a 2X12 guitar cabinet with a vintage 30 speaker and a greenback speaker and was wondering what wood I should use to get the optimal sound? I was told that pine is good and so is birch as far as plywood goes, and others have told me that MDF is the way to go.
MDF vs. Ply. Discussion in ‘DIY Corner – Tips & Techniques’ started by Chopper Greg, Sep 26, 2009. Cheap Tightbond is by far the best for speaker cabinets. I use both MDF and 13-ply Baltic Birch to build enclosures. What about baltic birch versus MDF for speakers? Spraying the insides of the cabinet with rubberized car undercoat or using No-Res might be a good idea to dampen the plywood a bit more. My friends and I had expected the MDF to be superior to both the chipboard cabinet and the 12mm birch ply, because MDF was now the magazines’ flava of the month while birch ply had emerged tests more than 10 years previously.
The size and construction of the cabinet influences resonance, low-end content, projection, and even frequency content; closed-back cabinets sound very different from open-back; multi-speaker cabs sound different from single-speaker cabs; solid pine sounds different from plywood, and chipboard sounds different from both, and so on. Open vs. Closed Back. The seemingly simple decision to build a cab with its back entirely closed off by a sheet of plywood or to leave it partially open is one of the single greatest sound-influencing factors in speaker cabinet construction. Am curious what is required of a speaker cabinet and if anyone has any suggestions as to where I can find some information on this issue. The 13 ply birch like they make top quality cabinetry with is what you want. Subwoofer enclosure material – MDF versus Plywood. Compare MDF or birch to a concrete speaker enclosure and I imagine one could tell the difference.
Mdf Vs. Ply
I think mdf baffles usually sound muddy compared to a nice birch ply baffle. Same speakers and chassis (twin), different open back cabinets. But then they use Baltic Birch Plywood for the Twin Reverb Reissue. Why the change in woods? What tonally is the ply offering that the pine does not? And where does MDF fit in or compare?. I made a all Mahogany Cab and used a EVM12L speaker. Sure, long pine wood fibres may suggest increased cabinet resonances, but those resonances could just as easily be at the wrong frequencies!! I would prefer birch ply on the grounds of greater predictability and far superior strength. His speaker cabinets are made from renewable solid hardwoods, except (I believe) for the front and rear baffles, which I believe are birch ply covered with solid wood. If you must use something other than MDF use cherry. 17 mm Grade A A Birch Ply offers great control over flexing and resonating ( think turntable plinth) and is the easiest to work with but as a traded commodity is more expensive but offers superior results when braced properly as any choice needs to be. One of them is perception of quality – hardwood vs. Les Paul vs Stratocaster vs Telecaster: The Ultimate Electric Guitar Comparison. All About Solid-Pine Speaker Cabinets. The best such cabs are generally made from 11-ply Baltic birch, which is dense, rigid, and has a good bending strength before breaking. Cabinets made from poor or indifferent varieties of plywood, or from MDF or particleboard, can often sound somewhat dead or dull (although with the right speakers they might also surprise you). That it does, but speaker cabinets isn’t one of them. It’s far too flimsy. Good cabs are made from Void free Baltic birch plywood. 13 ply IIRC. Solid wood turns out to be a poor choice for speaker cabinets. If he insists on solid wood without any MDF or ply, I’d politely walk away. Solid vs. man-made.
Tone Tips: Speaker Cabinets
Don’t confuse Baltic Birch (13-ply) with cabinet grade birch (9-ply) plywood. BB is much better for loudspeaker cabinets. For many applications it’s the best choice, then MDF. My choice in building speaker cabinets would be to combine these two materials by building the box with MDF but covering or laminating the outside with quality, thin-ply plywood, trying to use at least 1/4 material on the outside. Birch multi-ply from the baltic countries is the superior structural material, but even if you brace the hell out of it, it is not as acoustically inert as MDF. Honestly the main reason are my present MDF speakers, when I removed the tissue-cover, they did not look sexy at all. Plywood is about twice as much for a decent quality product, while Baltic Birch or a similar high quality ply is about what solid Oak will cost you. Recently I’ve been testing Baltic birch vs. light Italian ply and I can tell you without hesitation that there is a huge difference in sound. Guitar players mostly insist that wood is better for speaker cabinets. The MDF cab has a stale response compared to the birch cab, where the birch cab has a lively upper midrange.
MDF is most common, birch plywood is also fine. Just because it is birch plywood does not mean it is good for building subwoofer cabinets. the durabilty and weight (1/3rd lighter?) advantages of ply, and its near to MDF density means the price is worth it for builders selling cabinets that will be used as a primary source of income. Both the plywood and sheet pvc would flex with the sub but remain air tight. As far as numbers(meter) theres no difference in mdf and birch. Of course, 11 lam birch ply with glued box joints is gonna be amost as non-resonant, wear better over the years, and it’ll be a lot lighter. I dont know how much of the sound is down to the cabinet but mine blows away my friends amp which was built exactly the same but housed in butt jointed screwed and glued MDF,.