Like the Omni 12F this project is specifically for woodworking
newbie's who don't have a lot of experience or a lot of tools. You can build it
with midrange and tweeter for a full range high efficiency single box system, with or without
tweeter for electric bass.
The single fifteen or dual twelve inch woofer low frequency section is horn loaded,
as are the six inch midrange and compression HF drivers, which means loud. But at about 70 pounds and measuring only 26.5 inches
wide, 30 inches high and 17 inches deep, it's no larger than reflex cabs that
can't touch its output. See for yourself in this 1m/1W SPL chart, which compares
the O15F to the Turbosound TQ315, a $2450 1x15 reflex PA cab:
If you're a bass player who finds the bottom end of a 4x10 lacking this chart
compares the O15F to a typical 4x10:
This review is from builder/bass player Gilmour:
Before this I was playing through either a Peavey BX 1x15 or a
Trace Elliot 4X10, depending on whether I could be bothered to lug
the dead weight of the Trace to gigs. I also do a few gigs where
a backline is supplied, usually an ampeg 6x10, sometimes 8x10 sometimes 4x10.
So how does the O15 sound?
It is noticeably louder than
either of my other cabs at similar settings, but that wasn't my overall
impression, 3 words ... PUNCHY .... DEEP ... CLEAR ...
The sound is really really HiFi and does come through as Bass, Middle, and
Treble. When I turned up or down one of the controls on my bass the
corresponding speaker got noticeably louder or quieter! I know it's designed
to do this but it still blows me away, and spent ages with a stupid grin on
my face doing exactly this.
The top end is crystal clear. When you slap at volume I'd advise you sit
well back, the top end is truly eye popping. Midrange is really really punchy,
and not like many 4x10's with that kind of grunty sound but a much more clear
and defined note that doesn't distort. I've always used solid states and
relied on cabs to give me that little bit of grunt, however since I've been
playing this I've had the 'warm' button (basically a valve emulator) on my
amp permanently on, as is the grin on my face
The low end is just awesome, it is a really clear deep bass that doesn't boom,
and projects well, and handled every low B I threw at it with ease.
I found with this cab I didn't need the 'bass boost' on my amp turned on
(I would normally have it on), as it already sounds sweet and deep and coupled
with the other drivers sounds great.
Without doubt it's the best sounding cab I've ever used.
On average 3dB higher in sensitivity than a reflex box, the Omni uses half
the watts to reach the same volume level. The sensitivity from
40 to 100 Hz is as good as most 15 or even 18 inch subs.
Compared to factory built bass cabs the Omni has deeper lows, stronger mids
and unsurpassed highs. Keyboard players will love the low
register authority. I challenge you to find a commercial speaker that
delivers this kind of performance for less than a thousand dollars.
You can build one for less than four hundred bucks.
The plans go into great detail. There are 25 pages in all, with dozens of
pictures and diagrams.
For those who prefer a cab with a higher and narrower profile, consider the Omni 15
The narrower footprint of the 20 inch wide, 39 inch high O15 TallBoy is stage
friendly in smaller clubs, and gives better projection over the audience in PA
applications, while delivering the same response as the original.
Construction Degree of Difficulty: 4
Performance Quotient: 8
Suggested Audience Size in PA Applications:
2 cabs to 300.
The Omni 15s are stand-alone cabs, for use without separate subwoofers.
If you're looking for easy to build PA tops to use with subs, or need to cover larger audiences, check out the
OmniTop 12, OmniTop 15, SLA Pro and the Simplexx series.
Equivalent Retail Value: $ 1799
The plans are $14.95, delivered within 24 hours as email attachment in MS Word
format. PDF version available on request.
The Omni 15 Fullrange and Omni 15 TallBoy are different projects with different
plans. Be sure to indicate when you order which plan you want.