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Old 07-16-2014, 05:22 PM
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^^^I looked hard at buying a pair but the XOs were to pricey and I was waiting for your iteration. Spent all my cash on my wife's vehicle when we moved back to the US so I am not in a hurry. I am sure when you and mtg are done you will name them Marty-X.

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No kidding, but under NO circumstances will they end up being the marty-clops....Even though that has a better ring to it
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John helped me with my subs..thank you. But my wife named mine.

The first is name "my wife", the second sub is named "is awesome". My wife is awesome..pretty clever if you ask me..lol
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I heard if you change the fan in an inuke it becomes a martyamp.
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beast you were killing me with the o.p. :-)


i suspect the reason that martysubs became a hit is severalfold:
1. designed to get the max performance out of the 18ho/si18ht drivers which are themselves great values
2. hit the sweet spot for tuning for home theater for most folks
3. offer among the most bass for the least money
4. simplified build using handi-panels required only a minimum amount of cutting
5. a plan of attack that most folks could follow
6. lots of folks all building the same thing (more or less), so ideas could be shared with respect to construction, driver, amp, etc.
edit: must add #7 . the guys who took the lead, built the first few, documented the builds in excruciating detail, and measured the performance...mhutchins, wormraper, [more later] and later chaluga who pretty much led the martycube charge.


whereas with "ported sub diy", someone has to try to figure it all out from scratch. nothing about each aspect is particularly difficult, but for guys who just show up and want to get something going, the plan, performance, and people (all doing the same thing) really helps.

i've mentioned it a few times, but several years ago, member neo dan pretty much did the same thing (though it was never my intention to copy) with his "easy button" series of subwoofers. for a while, everything around here was "easy button this" or "easy button that"
i never really understood why, but i suspect we may have some ideas such as those mentioned above.

and yes, the volume of discussion in pm's may even be greater than that on the public forum.

was it worth it? it sure was...and then some!
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Many good points John. As usual you deflect the credit that you deserve. I think the martycube is so popular with the bass crowd because it fits in a living room (most of us don't have a dedicated theater room ) is easy to build being smaller. If you make a mistake along a 2' length compared to a 4' one its generally smaller. Output is very good , better then most commercial under 1000$.

Many of the frequent posters here have more then 4 subs. Its easy to forget that they make up a small percentage of even avs members. With all the great diy subs and speakers out there its a great time for the consumer. Makes us wonder how we suffered for years with inferior overpriced stuff.
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Great Thread!

I am one of the newbies attempting to build a DIY speaker for the first time. I have 4 kids and a modest home theater in our basement currently using a sub that I got for free from One Call.

I have always wanted a decent subwoofer and have been looking to upgrade for years, but have held back because of the expense. I accidently came across the Marty Sub thread and was intrigued but not sure that I could pull it off. Was recently at Lowes and decided to see what a "handy panel" was and impulsively bought a few. After that, my kids and I were committed to try.

So far so good.

Thanks to everyone on here for all of the help.

I am sure that I will need some more when all is said and done!

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Spin monster, very nice looking sub you've got there!

Orif, I dont have kids yet...but that's the next step for the wife and I. When I do...im gonna do the same thing your doing with your kid. What a great way to bond, and also end up with a killer new sub, which lets you both say proudly...."yeah, we built that!"

ps orif - I dont know what kind of sub you were running prior to the one your building....but heres my prediction....you and your kid are gonna finish it, pop in some 5 star bass flick on blu-ray, and then both of you are going to look at each other with "holy sh*t" smiles and wide eyes.

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and then both of you are going to look at each other with "holy sh*t" smiles and wide eyes.
...and start building another one!

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...and start building another one!
haha...correct! I started with 1 18, then 2, Im now at 3 ( 2 regular cubes and full size vertical ), and currently im working on number 4. ( my room is only 13 x 18 ).

There is just something really relaxing about going out to my driveway on a saturday morning, cranking some old metal over the garage speakers, and making saw dust.

Im pretty sure lots of us start the same in the diy forums....build one to test the waters, and then fast forward a few years later and the same guy who wondered if he could build the first and have it turn out ok, is now the owner of some crazy monster system with so many subs and amps that the power grid is in jeopardy every time he watches a movie

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Great Thread!

I am one of the newbies attempting to build a DIY speaker for the first time. I have 4 kids and a modest home theater in our basement currently using a sub that I got for free from One Call.

I have always wanted a decent subwoofer and have been looking to upgrade for years, but have held back because of the expense. I accidently came across the Marty Sub thread and was intrigued but not sure that I could pull it off. Was recently at Lowes and decided to see what a "handy panel" was and impulsively bought a few. After that, my kids and I were committed to try.

So far so good.

Thanks to everyone on here for all of the help.

I am sure that I will need some more when all is said and done!

My son Luke "making the cut".

My Vote for best post in the DIY section in 2014!

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Can't believe Popalock will be gone soon for a couple of years.
Where's pop going???
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rehab. lol.




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seamless build spinmonster. nice work there.
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We keep them employed. Every job to its own... Somebodies gotta' clean the toilet!
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Don't forget the Martybuy.

That's when you buy something from someone, tell them, the check is in the mail when it isn't, then stop responding to texts and emails.

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Lol ^

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So when I port my IB I should call it the Infinite Marty!
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So when I port my IB I should call it the Infinite Marty!
I actually like the sound of that a lot
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You guys remember NeoDan's EasyButton designs? They were kind of the 'Marty Ancestors'.....

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Oh absolutely! That was when I first started getting into AVS and I had no idea what or why there were some many "easy button" designs! I remember the easy button MAX too

Hmmm the MartyMax?
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beast you were killing me with the o.p. :-)


i suspect the reason that martysubs became a hit is severalfold:
1. designed to get the max performance out of the 18ho/si18ht drivers which are themselves great values
2. hit the sweet spot for tuning for home theater for most folks
3. offer among the most bass for the least money
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edit: must add #7 . the guys who took the lead, built the first few, documented the builds in excruciating detail, and measured the performance...mhutchins, wormraper, [more later] and later chaluga who pretty much led the martycube charge.


whereas with "ported sub diy", someone has to try to figure it all out from scratch. nothing about each aspect is particularly difficult, but for guys who just show up and want to get something going, the plan, performance, and people (all doing the same thing) really helps.
Yup! Pretty much captured the reasons I jumped in on the Marty bandwagon. I had been looking at the HSU VT3.4 and dreaming about the VTF-15... Seeing a post about how these Marty subs stomped those in performance and cost was enough for me. With the design of the Marty cube actually being "reasonable" for my living room and seeing all the cut sheets, easy to build (the slot ports also were easy to build and fairly cheap), and the support from others in the same boat was enough for me.

As for the Martycube name, it's easy for me to reference that here and most people know what I'm talking about. However, I've dubbed mine "The Twins" when I talk about them with friends and family. I don't have kids, but I've got two subs born on the same day



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Im pretty sure lots of us start the same in the diy forums....build one to test the waters, and then fast forward a few years later and the same guy who wondered if he could build the first and have it turn out ok, is now the owner of some crazy monster system with so many subs and amps that the power grid is in jeopardy every time he watches a movie
This definitely seems to be me. I've caught the bug and keep thinking about building a new enclosure for my cubes and of course I need new mains now too
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I don't mind the name for the family of Marty Cube (small slot load), Mini Marty (med slot load) and Full Marty (full sized slot load), all being based on the same general build with handy panels and almost always one of two drivers (HO or SI). I just feel that the name is overused/cheapened when it gets slapped on anything else that remotely resembles that. imo.
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I don't mind the name for the family of Marty Cube (small slot load), Mini Marty (med slot load) and Full Marty (full sized slot load), all being based on the same general build with handy panels and almost always one of two drivers (HO or SI). I just feel that the name is overused/cheapened when it gets slapped on anything else that remotely resembles that. imo.
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