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Old 06-13-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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wowww they look amazing. I tried to get that color stain a couple years ago and ended up with a orangy brown instead of mahogany like I wanted. Where did you get the stain and is there a specific name for that color?
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Thanks! I can't remember the brand name but it was 3 coats of mahogany stain on cherry veneer. I'll ask my buddy for more details on the stain though.
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How are you liking your UMC200?

I was looking at getting a preamp but most are just too costly for me. With the Minidsp Dirac unit and the UMC I was hoping to maximize how far my money could go. Although this is all future plans.
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How are you liking your UMC200?

I was looking at getting a preamp but most are just too costly for me. With the Minidsp Dirac unit and the UMC I was hoping to maximize how far my money could go. Although this is all future plans.
So far so good. I bought the Bluetooth dongle for it aswell and have been streaming from my iPad all day. Have a few hdmi issues with my cable box to figure out though. The audio signal keeps dropping. I think it's the box though, no other inputs are effected and it's not the cable.

For the money and build quality, I don't think it could be beat. I like that it's not packed full of 20 analog ports that I'll never use. Quite surprised by emo q too.
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Beautiful finish - great job!
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Excellent speakers. First class build quality. Nice.
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Wow really nice job on these. They look fantastic. Can't imagine what the retail would be on these. That finish is top notch.
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How do they sound compared to the other speakers that you have owned or listened to? I always like to hear subjective opinions and comparisons!
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Those look fantastic.

What brand and color of stain, I think I missed it?

How did you apply the clear coat and how many layers?

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Wow really nice job on these. They look fantastic. Can't imagine what the retail would be on these. That finish is top notch.
Awe Thanks. I became very good friends with the orbital sander. There are a few spots (most along the back edge) that could be better. First time using a belt sander and it got a little wavy.

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Definetly the best speakes I've owned. I was a klipsch guy before and was worried these would be bright as well but they are so smooth and mellow. Almost electrostatic in my opinion.

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Those look fantastic.

What brand and color of stain, I think I missed it?

How did you apply the clear coat and how many layers?
I don't remember the brand of the stain, but I'll get you guys that info. How ever it's just straight up mahogany on cherry veneer. 3 coats of stain + 1 coat of clear with a spray gun. The clear is very very matte. Not a fan of shiny furniture.
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Looks awesome! One of the best I've seen.

How did you do that vaneer? Where did you get the vaneer?
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I don't remember the brand of the stain, but I'll get you guys that info. How ever it's just straight up mahogany on cherry veneer. 3 coats of stain + 1 coat of clear with a spray gun. The clear is very very matte. Not a fan of shiny furniture. <img src="/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg" />
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I'd like to know more about the clearcoat application as well. I haven't seen or heard of someone using a spray gun. I've seen it applied from a can but the quality was poor whereas yours looks impeccable.
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Looks awesome! One of the best I've seen.

How did you do that vaneer? Where did you get the vaneer?
Just the local hardwood shop here in town. 2 sheets of cherry at $90 or so a roll.

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I'd like to know more about the clearcoat application as well. I haven't seen or heard of someone using a spray gun. I've seen it applied from a can but the quality was poor whereas yours looks impeccable.
I'm not really sure of the details. We did everything at my buddies cabinet shop so it's the same stuff they use for their normal jobs. It's really really matte.
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These turned out so incredible looking, I had to drop your name in my 1099 build thread. I hope that I'll be able to achieve as nice of a finish on my builds eventually!
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Just found this thread, great job and a DIY curve benchmark for me, I added link to my build.

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They look great and what a job to undertake. Now on to the most important question how do they sound? Do you have any testing results and do you have anything that you would compare these with? I'm on the fence for my LCR's between these or the Cinema 88 specials.
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Thanks! I can't remember the brand name but it was 3 coats of mahogany stain on cherry veneer. I'll ask my buddy for more details on the stain though.



The result looks fantastically brown without any reddish/orange hues in it, which I thought you'd get from a Cherry veneer. Is it just the photos (or my screen FTM) and is there any hint of reddish or orange hues in the wood?


Did you end up figuring out which type and color of stain was used? I'm leaning towards some Cinema-10's and Volt-10LX's in my new family room and may give veneering a go, but am concerned about the staining process after struggling with my subs. Mind you, I didn't actually veneer my subs and just stained the birch so that was probably part of the issue. At some point I may try sanding them down and veneering if I ever get some time on my hands.


Edit: Also, what was the process for applying the stain? Brush, rag, etc?

 

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