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I'm building a pair of Tanzanites and plan on adding a Sardonyx center after these are done. I got the baffle laminating and the rest of the boxes cut today.

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What are you powering them with ? High quality drivers.smile.gif
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I see that this design uses the Seas Excell 7" woofer, but I could not find any info on which tweeter and mid-range driver this design uses?
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I see that this design uses the Seas Excell 7" woofer, but I could not find any info on which tweeter and mid-range driver this design uses?

It uses a Morel 2" dome midrange and a Foutntek ribbon tweeter.

I almost pulled the trigger on a pair of these awhile back. I am sure they will sound great.
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I think they will sound amazing with music. If I had a dedicated music listening room I would have these at the top of my list. For home theater I like my high sensative , dynamic speakers. I believe there only 84db or so , so you will need lots of power to drive them loud in a big room.
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Everything I have read about Selah's sensitivity specs is that they are on the conservative side. They will be driven by an external amp anyway though.
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Why didn't you go with the Tempest, or what ever that other 3-way, monitor sized speaker that utilizes the RAAL and Accuton mid-range driver? I would suspect that the RAAL would tromp the Fountek, but the Moral mid and Seas Excell woofer are probably just as good as the Accuton and whatever woofer is used in the Tempest. Just curious?
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Why didn't you go with the Tempest, or what ever that other 3-way, monitor sized speaker that utilizes the RAAL and Accuton mid-range driver? I would suspect that the RAAL would tromp the Fountek, but the Moral mid and Seas Excell woofer are probably just as good as the Accuton and whatever woofer is used in the Tempest. Just curious?

I think for music the selah would beat the tempest . The tempest uses an eminence woofer. The tempesta by selah has it all , scan speak woofer , accuton mid , and raal tweeter. Everything great but the price.
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I based my decision on price. I still plan on having a great set of speakers.
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I based my decision on price. I still plan on having a great set of speakers.

Most of us are effected by price. I am sure your speakers will be awesome . Give us a good review when your done
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I was originally planning on the SSR's so doing the Tanzanites is already an upgrade. The Tempestas are a $1000 more (those RAALs aren't cheap) and I just didn't want to wait til I have that much saved up in my slush fund. I am expecting a huge improvement over the last kit I built (don't bother with this: http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/2-way-speaker-kits/fountek-rm6k-kit-6.5-ribbon-monitor-parts-only/) and the PSB Image 45's that I have now. I already have 2 subwoofers so I'm not worried about how low these go.
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Awesome can't wait to see the finished product!

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Thanks, I hope my wood finishing skills are good enough to match the design. Building boxes is easy it's the finishing that always gets me. I was planning on fancier joinery but the plans call for butts so I just went with it.
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I finally got the boxes assembled with the xovers installed. I hope that I can get the baffles cut, routed and installed today. It would be awesome if I could hook them up tonight. I will be covering them in a walnut veneer.The stands are already cut out just waiting for me to glue them up .
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Almost have everything cut out. Still need to do the port whole in the bottom of the baffle.


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I have a Sardonyx center, which is basically a Tanzanite with an extra Seas excel.
Heres a pic of it raw with Selah Sedona arrays, these are the rears for my HT system.



I have a set of Selah Symmetricas for the fronts, and a couple of dual subs designed by Rick as well.
I think you will be very pleased with the results you get. For the price point theyre very difficult to beat.

The Symmetricas and the subs in my 2 ch room.

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WOW!
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That looks expensive... lol
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They aren't veneered yet but I hooked them up tonight and they are great.
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What kind of center channel is that in the last picture?
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They aren't veneered yet but I hooked them up tonight and they are great.

I figured you would be pleased, like i said these are just fantastic kits for the price.

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What kind of center channel is that in the last picture?

If your referring to my last pic, there is no center ch. But the one above it has the Selah Sardonyx.
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Ugh, there was a veneering mishap that has set me back a bit. still hoping to be done with veneer tomorrow. I'm using walnut veneer and thinking of going with tung oil.
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Almost there...
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Looks really nice. Gonna hit 'em with oil or??
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Looks really nice. Gonna hit 'em with oil or??

I would use watco fruitwood oil mixed with high gloss urethane . They would be awesome !
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I used teak oil. They are looking good. Sound good too. I built a switch box so I could do some A/B/C testing and they easily come out on top.
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Here are some finished pics. I hope to get some better shots soon.

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Well done!!
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Thanks, getting them built became an obsession. My skills are definitely improving but I still have plenty of room to improve.
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