I though I would do a quick thread with a few pics of the Cheap Thrill, along with my impressions.
I built mine with GFAF in mind. The typical box with a duratex finish would'nt cut it. Final internal dimensions are 42" tall, 7 inches deep, and 16 wide. The shallow depth makes them very manageable. and not intrusive into the livingroom.
All the parts, including some extras for my upcoming Big Mal. Pictures do no justice as to the quality of the components.
Built a couple Boxes out of some crappy pine I had left over from an ongoing horn project.
Slapped on some leftover stain from when I refinished my floors... I left some of the wood exposed to help the glue bond the baffles to the cab..
Clamp, and wait.
Crossovers. My least ugly crossovers ever.
Cats. Im not sure if it was the fluffy one or the nice one. Shopvac made quick work of it.
When you build giant speakers you can build giant crossovers and not worry about them fitting..
I use stainless allen bolts along with t-nuts. I remove and reinstall my woofers often, these tend to stand up to the abuse better than any other mounting method.
As far as listening impressions, the first time I fired them up, I was underwhelmed. After a couple minutes of playing, they quickly opened up and began to come alive. I'm not much of a believer in break-in, however after what I heard, I think there may be some truth with professional drivers. They sounded pretty damn good!
I then added 8 feet of r13 insulation to each cabinet, and reversed the polarity on the compression drivers. This pushed them from good speakers to amazing speakers.
As far as power handling, they get painfully loud on just my receivers internal power (pioneer vsx-82txs, 130WPC), however I was able to push my IPR1600 to clipping with a 80hz filter, the speakers didn't flinch. its makes me wonder how far you can actually push these...
I can't begin to describe the imaging, the dynamics, and the surplus of overhead these produce. It seems like there is no limit to the output available, and these do it effortlessly. These are my first waveguides, and I can't believe how big the sound is.
These have replaced my beloved ADS L710s (circa 1973). The 710s are amazing, but besides deep bass output (which I dont need in my living room) the CTs do everything better.
People spend thousands of dollars to accomplish what I did with $400 and 15 hours of (fun) work, and they will never feel the pride I do.