Yesterday we gathered together in celebration of one of our good friends @popalock
leaving for a two year stint overseas. I shot out sort of a last minute (a few weeks ago) email to our 'AVS crew' to gather interest and we had 9 or so guys come over to hang out, crank some tunes, and pound out some good ol' DIY projects. It was a very buy day for us all. Here were the highlights of the day:
-Home depot run for 9 sheets of ply @6:50am plus some extras
-Dry fit and glue/nail assembly of @Sibuna
's SI24 enclosure
-Cut, sand, and dry fit 2 X popalock's SI24 boxes @ 9.5 cubes each (8 total sheets of plywood!)
-A little photoshoot session of my theater room by Mark @imagic
-Listening to the Behringerr B215s, DIYSoundgroup Tux 1099s, Triad Platinums, DIYsoundgroup Volts (mainly outdoors), and my Yorkville U215s
-Later in the evening: firepit, beer, and cake
around 10:30 PM
Thanks to all who came out. Ben @rush2049
, Steve @NWCgrad
), Matt @mbyrnes
, Adam @Sibuna
, Mark @imagic
, Mike @mhrischuk
, Dave @Reefdvr27
and of course our guest of honor Austin @popalock
. I consider myself very fortunate for several reasons:
-a VERY understanding wife who permits me to host crazy events like this, on several occasions
-For having met a group group of fun guys who have become very good friends
-Having a decent space and understanding neighbors that make way for such events
Really missed not having our good buddies @beastaudio
as well as our KC buddies @Archaea
there yesterday. See you guys next time?
As usual due to me running around, I didn't get as much time as I would have liked to listen, but from what I did hear yesterday:
All speakers level matched. No EQ was used. Distances kept the same for all, should be within a few inchs of each other. 10 SI 18's powerd by 2 x Peavey IPR7500s and an inuke6000 used to supplement the low end. Everything crossed at 80hz. We free formed the track selection, but kept a few favorites constant for each.
Behringer B215s: Really awesome for the money. I could not build this speaker for what you can buy them for, unreal value. Played loud and clear, the way I light it. Slightly less refined than more expensive offerings, but still a very good speaker. Competitive at several times its price IMO.
DIYSoundgroup 1099s: I enjoyed these tremendously, both in my upstairs setup and my theater in the basement. Super clear and refined sounding and very efficient to boot. Level matching trims were within 2db of my U215 yorkvilles so that should tell you something. Some thought they were bright sounding but not at all to my ears. I wouldn't change a thing. Awesome, awesome job with these @tuxedocivic
. Well done, one of my favorite SEOS designs so far, if not my favorite. Sounded fantastic in my treated room especially vs. upstairs. Nice job Matt on the build as well - I'm very glad you brought these.
I'm thinking about buying a pair of these for the shed or possibly the Behringers to save time if needed.
Triad Platinums: The heavy hitter 'hifi speaker' of the bunch. Super detailed and clean, probably the most refined I heard all day. This is kind of the oddball of our group since it was the only non PRO/DIY design, but it was nice to hear them. Output wise they weren't quite enough to satisfy my psycho listening habits but I'm sure plenty for the sane person. Trims were a full 10db off from my U215s so they are certainly power hungry.
On some of the harder rock tracks (like metallica) they started to cry uncle quite a bit sooner.
Yorkville U215s: These are my speakers and I continue to enjoy them thoroughly. We played just a few quick tracks for the group but at very high levels. I'll let others comment.
Other experiment: I recently installed my nearfield sub setup with 2 x SI18 D4s right behind my rear riser. I think this was an awesome addition not only in tactile feedback for the second row, but also in providing smooth, chest pounding bass thoroughly the room. I did find it distracting when run level matched with the front setup so I enjoy it most when set about 6db less than the front stage and crossed at 80hz. I'll be keeping this around. @beastaudio
- reccomended you give it a try.
My crappy pics for the day:
A few pictures from yesterday's extravaganza. Wish I had some moments to take a few more, but I felt like I was running all over the place yesterday. I know Sibuna (Adam) and Mark took quite a few so hopefully they will pick up my slack.
Mark (imagic) doing his thing!
Crazy lighting contraption
Left to right (popalock, Sibuna, reefdiver). Looks like Ben (rush2049) peeking in on the far left also.
Popa handling some bracing
Cake for Austin
Enjoying some tasty treats
Cool scrap/leftover shot after cutting Austin's 8th sheet
Austin packing up 28 baffles cuts to take overseas with him. Enjoy my friend!!