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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:54 pm    Post subject: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

The idea behind this concept was to remove the A/C + speaker housing which is above the rear seats, while still keeping speakers somewhere near. I have seen numerous posts which showcase images of audio systems that butcher the interior. I did not want to be one of those. I spent some time analyzing the interior of the van and came to a solution: vent speaker.

This concept was developed from scratch. It uses the fresh air vent which runs along the top passenger side of the van. I chose this location because the stock speaker wiring for the rear is ran slightly above the vent behind the wood paneling. I also analyzed the stock speaker vents in order to closely follow the stock detailing.

The following are images of the end result:

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Bottom view of speaker and cover.


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Top view of speaker and cover.


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Close-up of bottom of speaker and cover.


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Close-up of top of speaker and cover.

I decided to have the cover be the color white as a base. This allows/allowed it to be painted to match the interior.


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Selected color.


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Bottom view | Assembled + painted


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Top view | Assembled + painted


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Installed unit. I will most likely end up changing the mounting screws to black or gray.

I am happy with the end result. The speaker is a nice addition. It can be wired as mono or another vent speaker can be installed to the left near the passenger's seat to have both channels wired separately.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

part number?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vanis13 wrote:
part number?

@vanis13 It does not have a VW specific part number. I designed the part from scratch for this application.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was referring to the speaker. did you build that?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vanis13 wrote:
I was referring to the speaker. did you build that?

@vanis13 No, I did not build the speaker. Sorry, I don't have the speaker part number with me. I made the speaker selection based on the opening size of the vent.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't look like that speaker could handle the 150 watt output of my amplifier very well. I don't know.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PDXWesty wrote:
It doesn't look like that speaker could handle the 150 watt output of my amplifier very well. I don't know.


I am sure it could. I chose this speaker because of its 8 Ohm impedance. It should operate at its peak performance without a problem. I have a 200 watt amplifier. It won't be as loud as a 4 Ohm speaker, but I would rather have the volume output to be slightly lower in order to reduce cone excursion.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice way to hide the speaker, but...

- long, narrow speaker is sub-optimal for sound quality
- your post says nothing about using a ported alignment
- the gizmo with holes in it will block treble
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merian wrote:
nice way to hide the speaker, but...

- long, narrow speaker is sub-optimal for sound quality
- your post says nothing about using a ported alignment
- the gizmo with holes in it will block treble


Thank you, Merian.

-The shape of the cone doesn't necessarily mean the sound quality is sub-optimal. That being said, this speaker isn't meant to blow minds.

-Due to the small work area, I decided to utilize the air duct that runs along the passenger's side as a port for the audio.

-It is a full-range driver, so the mids and lows should pick up the loss of highs, if any.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you have done a great job with this. Thanks for sharing. Very clever, first I've seen making good use of this space...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the design approach and execution. This doesn't solve a problem I have because I prefer the a/c or storage provided by the box and the speakers aren't a problem.

Keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

davideric9 wrote:
I think you have done a great job with this. Thanks for sharing. Very clever, first I've seen making good use of this space...


jimf909 wrote:
I like the design approach and execution. This doesn't solve a problem I have because I prefer the a/c or storage provided by the box and the speakers aren't a problem.

Keep up the good work!

Thank you, davideric9 and jimf909! I appreciate the feedback. I have an A/C project in the works as well. Stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:38 am    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker Concept | Do you want one? Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I have made some updates to the design in order to lower the volume of the part, thus reducing the price of the 3D-print. I have also found the part number for the speaker that I used.

I personally like to use Sculpteo (http://www.sculpteo.com/en/) for 3D prints because of their material availability, however, you can choose whichever company you'd like. There are quite a few available.

If anybody is interested in using this for their van, let me know and I can send you the 3D-print file and part number for the speaker.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker Concept | Do you want one? Reply with quote

I'm interested! Please send it along. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker Concept | Do you want one? Reply with quote

Hello TheSamba,

I just realized I never linked to the STL to download the 3D-printable file for those who were interested.

The link can be found in my signature under FREEBIES. Once the webpage loads, you can download the file by clicking on agon_Vent-Speaker_v2.stl. The README contains other useful information (speaker model). I'll be adding smaller scale items here as time goes on.

Have a good one!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

Very cool!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

Nice creative thinking. Keep at it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

nice, but what was that speaker again?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

chachi wrote:
nice, but what was that speaker again?


It's in the README

Dayton Audio Speaker Part #: 285-145
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: Custom Vent Speaker | FREEBIE Reply with quote

Super cool - thanks for sharing...
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