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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: From the old days of crystal radio sets and through until today, audio electronics projects have been all about DIY. What audio equipment have you built, hacked or modified?

As a young man I foolishly overloaded the amps on a rather nice pair of Roland studio monitors. I looked up the frequency specs for the speaker and wired my own crossovers with capacitors to turn them into passive speakers. Now I power them with an external amplifier and they still sound beautiful.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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