It is a long time debate among DIY box builders but below is a great comparison video of MDF versus Birch wood for building enclosures.
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In this episode of Amplified, Doug begins the design process of the subwoofer enclosure for the VW Mule. Today he will discuss the pros and cons of MDF vs Birch woods. We will also be taking a look at a Windows applications called Win ISD Pro.
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming it into panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally more dense than plywood. It is made up of separated fibers, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger, and more dense, than particle board.
A birch is a thin-leaved deciduous hardwood tree of the genus Betula in the family Betulaceae, which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams. It is closely related to the beech-oak family Fagaceae. The genus Betula contains 30 to 60 known taxa of which 11 are on the IUCN 2011 Red List of Threatened Species. They are a typically rather short-lived pioneer species widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in northern areas of temperate climates and in boreal climates.
Birch plywood was specified by the BBC as the only wood that can be used in making the cabinets of the long-lived LS3/5A loudspeaker.
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