Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair

Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair
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Price: $249.00


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Manufacturer: Zaph Audio
Product ID : za5.2
Weight: 12.00 lbs
Manufacturer: Zaph Audio
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ZA5.2 TM 2-Way from the Zaph|Audio ZA5 Family
Price shown is for a PAIR

This is the 2-Way offering from the ZA5 family of kits. You can build this kit in either a ported or sealed box design. This design also has a crossover variation for In-Wall use which you can select from the drop down menu.

The Zaph Audio ZA5 Family is a collection of speaker kits using the ZA14W08 woofer and the Vifa DQ25SC16-04 tweeter. These drivers and subsequent kits represent fantastic performance at a very attractive price. Detailed information on the Zaph ZA14W08 woofer and ZA5 kits can be found on the Zaph Audio website.

There are several designs to choose from to meet your speaker building goals. Consider the ZA5 kits for anything from small monitors to floor standing towers, from stand mounted MTM stereo to a complete surround sound masterpiece. The variety of kits in the ZA5 family affords you the choices to specifically fit your project needs.

Madisound is offering these kits as a combination of the ZA14W08 woofers and DQ25SC16-04 tweeters along with the associated crossovers. These high quality crossovers come professionally assembled on a printed circuit board for easy installation and hookup. All crossover parts hold to the exact values of the crossover design. 

You may also choose to purchase your choice of optional accessories packages. These accessories packages are available at a discounted price, and will provide you with the miscellaneous speaker building parts that you need to complete your kit. Detailed parts list can be found below.

In response to customer feedback, binding posts/input cups are not included in the accessories package. However, you may also select your choice of binding posts or input cups at a discounted price. Both the accessories package and binding post/input cup options can be purchased along with this kit by selecting from the drop down menus at the top of this page.


  • (2) ZA14W08 Aluminum Cone Midbass Woofers
  • (2) DQ25SC16-04 Titanium Dome Tweeters
  • (2) Professionally Assembled Crossovers - for schematic click here

Ported Version Information:

  • .36 cubic feet (10 liters)
  • 8” wide, 14” tall, and 9.5” deep
  • 1.5” diameter, 4” long port tube
  • Frequency response 52Hz – 20Khz
  • For cabinet drawing click here.

Ported Version Optional Accessories Package: (select from drop down menu above to purchase)

  • (8ft) Supra Classic 1.6 (15AWG) internal speaker wire
  • (2) 1.5" x 4" PT-F415 port tubes
  • (1) 27” x 42” x 5/8” Foam Sheet for lining the internal walls
  • (1) GOOP adhesive to glue foam to walls
  • (2) QC110R for + tweeter tabs
  • (4) QC110B Quick Connects for – tweeter & - woofer tabs
  • (10) QC187R Quick Connects for + woofer, + crossover & + binding post tabs
  • (8) QC187B Quick Connects for – crossover & - binding post tabs
  • (16) #8x1 Black Ox & Wax Socket Head & Wood Screws for mounting drivers to baffle

Sealed Version Information:

  • .25 cubic feet (7 liters)
  • 8” wide, 12” tall, and 9” deep
  • Filled with Acousta-Stuf
  • Mate with subwoofer or use as rear surrounds
  • For cabinet drawing click here.

Sealed Version Optional Accessories Package: (select from drop down menu above to purchase)

  • (6ft) Supra Classic 1.6 (15AWG) internal speaker wire
  • (0.25lb) Acousta-Stuf to fluff and fill the cabinet
  • (2) QC110R for + tweeter tabs
  • (4) QC110B Quick Connects for – tweeter & - woofer tabs
  • (10) QC187R Quick Connects for + woofer, + crossover & + binding post tabs
  • (8) QC187B Quick Connects for – crossover & - binding post tabs
  • (16) #8x1 Black Ox & Wax Socket Head & Wood Screws for mounting drivers to baffle

Crossover Options (select from drop down menu above):

  • Original Crossover Design
  • In-Wall Version of Crossover
  • Reduced BSC Version of Crossover (for near wall, on-wall, in-shelf applications)
  • Upgrade Series Tweeter Capacitor
  • Crossovers Only - No Drivers

Kit pricing shown includes a discount on all drivers and accessories package.

Need a single speaker or an odd number?

No problem, singles are simply 1/2 the price of the stereo pair.

Please leave us a note with your request in the "comments" section of your order.

We will ship your order with the total number of speakers that you request, and charge accordingly.

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Product Reviews

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Reviewed by Chief54
11/06/2018 - 02:35:47 PM
This kit was purchased as a gift. After the break in period the sound settled in to a very transparent, open and detailed sound. Pretty good base for a small speaker too. I decided to take it to a local audio club for their speaker competition. One of the third party reviewers commented "Whats not to like". I agree. I have owned Acoustat Model 1, Martin Logan Ascent i's, NHT classic 3's as well as Krell, and Oppo electronics. You can listen to these all day. Buy these without worry and enjoy the music.
Reviewed by tallen240
08/27/2018 - 04:19:25 PM
Great for HT and Music
These were my first jump into true from scratch speaker building. I have very little in the way of woodworking skills but with time and patience they turned out quite nice.
The sound is really impressive. They have a really clear sound; when using them as HT speakers the dialog in the movies is so much easier to hear. I used to have to turn movies up in the quiet parts and down in the loud parts to be able to hear the dialog but not anymore.

I built these as gifts but broke them in on my system in place of a pair of B&W CM5 speakers. The CM5 speakers are about 5 times the price and while these don't match them they do come surprisingly close. In fact, if I had these before buying the B&W speakers I don't think I would have been looking at speakers at all. Going an entire weekend with these I never once noticed anything missing.

I'm building another set to keep and then I'm going to attempt the SR71s
Reviewed by ggidzinski
ggidzinski bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
03/08/2017 - 10:22:30 PM
These speakers (2 way ported 10 liter build) are very natural and smooth. If you build your own enclosures, I don't think that you can do better for the money. As others have said they don't play really loud but they are very well balanced. I like them so much that I am going to tackle the SR71 Zaph build next.
Reviewed by Jazzdall
Jazzdall bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
12/22/2015 - 12:43:38 PM
This kit was my first Zaph build (Soon to start number four). Beyond building your own cabinet, Madi could not have made this kit easier to assemble. However, being a fan of both good audio and (not so good) wood working, I simply have a blast building these kits. Upon first listen, I was not totally blown away, but after several hours of listening and then comparing to my store bought Polk Audio A series towers and bookshelf speakers, The 5.2's were hands down the winner. In fact, I am disgusted that I spend so much money on my Polk setup and cant wait to sell those off and build all ZA5.x series speakers for a 5.1 setup. These speakers do not get super loud. They will fill my house with great sounding audio, but are not up for a house party. They are extremely clear and detailed without being harsh or fatiguing to listen to. Are these speakers perfect? No. But for the price and the fact that I made these (following John's design), You simply can not beat them.

A few tips:
Do follow Johns advice EXACTLY -Keep the speakers away from the wall, use a sub, keep the same box dimensions, etc.

Do spend some time on Johns website - There is a lot of good information on Zaphaudio. Read it, heaven forbid you may learn something.

Do use high resolution audio files- You will finally be able to hear poorly compressed audio.

Do buy from Madi- They have always done great, shipping has been speedy, their kits are awesome. I did once email for customer service and the issue quickly became a nonissue.

Reviewed by rinkiset
rinkiset bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
11/04/2013 - 03:17:19 PM
ZA5.2 Outstanding
Thanks John, well desing - again.

I can not help loving these loudspeakers. I made two pairs, one for tv and one for my special design powered by car radio in a small summer cottage. Both are so clear and transparent. I really recommend to everybody who loves speakers with excellent mid and high sound and clear spoken voice. Anyone who likes to have a good sound in tv, these are the speakers you are looking for! Small size but great and clear sound - perfect for tv speakers integrated with small D-class amplifier and connected to headphone terminal as I did. Then in most cases (like samsung, sony tv's) the remote control will control the sound pressure.

Those bass lovers who needs strong and high pressure bass sound, these are good in normal voice pressure and even louder, but you may need then subwoofer. This is not a big issue but the size of the speakers sets its limits.

Actually these were second and third speakers from John's design. They all are way better than I expected and with the bargain price. Thanks also Madisound for caring my shipment. I am living in Europe (Finland) - so overseas is not problem.

I would like to give 10 stars, but only 5 is available!
Reviewed by ss8545
ss8545 bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
03/14/2013 - 10:25:28 AM
very smooth, uncolored, clear and transparent sound
it is one of the clearest and uncolored bookshelves i ever heard
no problem in all range
thank you John

if you want to add sub, coose light weight mms drivers, like SEAS Prestige L26RFX/P (H1209), in sealed box
Reviewed by espidec
espidec bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
02/18/2013 - 07:35:10 PM
Astonishing Sound
For the price, hard to find a better deal.
This is my first set of DIYs and hardly ever going back to retail. I live outside the US and did not get the enclosures, so I had to build them myself. Great experience as first timer. All was guided by Zaph's page. Let the man guide you. He knows better. I built the front stage of my HT (center channel ZA5.3). Integration is awesome and seamless. In stereo (no center channel). image and soundstage are exceptional. Great detail, smooth transients, crystal clear highs. Very good low-end, though a subwoofer is more than welcome. After having used many different brands (JBL, Boston Acoustics, Yamaha), I finally hear great detail from reasonably priced speakers. These babies are keepers. Even a second pair is on its way to get it for my parent's living room. I will recommend these speakers to anyone who wants to have great sound without having to break the bank. Also going for a DIY subwoofer to make things even better. Future plans include a tower system using the same drivers. Thanks Madisound for putting all stuff together.
Reviewed by bought "Zaph|Audio ZA5.2 TM 2-Way, Pair" on our website
10/27/2012 - 06:12:29 PM
Ok, these things just sound great. I have 4 of these in a 5.1 surround system with the matching MTM kit (see my review about the MTM kit and the SEAS subwoofer kit). I have zero complaints about the sound from these speakers; purely subjectively they sound fantastic. In particular, the rendering of dialog is excellent. Of course, this may be an artifact of what's happening at the level of the surround processing in the receiver (which is significant)... anyway, the bottom line is that this is an extremely wallet-light entry into high quality HT sound.

I don't know why, but I still prefer the sound of my floor standing two way system for pure music listening. This probably has more to do with placement of the speakers more than anything.

My boxes are made to specified internal dimensions using 3/4" MDF and a 3 mm laminated layer of Lyptus. Rear surrounds are ceiling mounted ~11' from the center listening position in horizontal orientation, with the tweeters away from the walls. I have an odd shaped room with vaulted ceilings, so standing waves are not an issue. Front channels are 5' off the ground and rather close to the wall. I worried about these non-ideal placements for too long - and for very little purpose. Any improvements to be had by placing these speakers differently would be significantly outweighed by the realities every day life and the multi-purpose use of this room. Build em, place them reasonably close to where they should be, let the receiver tune out the delays, relax and enjoy...
Reviewed by Seren2
09/27/2012 - 05:41:21 PM
'I posted a lengthy review on the ZA5.5 tower kit, so check there for more information. Briefly, the ZA5.2 TM kit is a quality product and Madisound is there to help you with any questions you come across. These look great and sound awesome. You don't need to continue researching for a surround speaker as these are fantastic.' Review by Joe Heckman. Posted by Madisound.
Reviewed by Seren2
09/27/2012 - 05:40:56 PM
'The quality of these drivers is awesome, and yes, they sure do look good too! Don't buy these expecting to shake the neighbors windows, or to fill and auditorium, they are only 5" drivers. But be prepared to be completely blown away from what comes out of these. John did a great job designing the z14 mids and this kit really shows them off in a small package. I fully recommend this kit for friends, family, etc that wants a small speaker with big sound. I built the vented box, reduced BSC, and play them in a 12x20 room. LOVE THEM. Tip: Play these for your Bose owner friends and watch them try to justify their toys :)' Review by Kevin Sargent. Posted by Madisound.
Reviewed by steinmarkj
06/22/2012 - 08:48:37 PM
zaph 2-way
For the money, unbelievable value!

Crisp highs, and remarkable low end. I would highly recommend.