I ran out of black undercoat, so I ended up doing 3 coats of black-tinted waterbase poly. You can see the grain showing through, but in person it's pretty darn black. It's not a piece of furniture, so I wasn't too concerned.
I am now an official member of the h-nut club (does H stand for HELL??):
After having the driver in-and-out 3 times, I finally got all the h-nuts threaded. I had to replace 2 and PL premium them in there. Just using the tap caused one of them to come loose, and I drilled the holes 1 size smaller than the 1/4" I was supposed to. Those things are the worst. There has to be a better way.
Here's the cable I made for the driver:
It's just a single piece.. I stripped the insulation from about 2" in the center of the run, bent it over and tinned it. Tried to find 0.187" faston terminals (refuse to go to Radio Shack), and couldn't find any, so I just soldered the wire to the tabs.
I wanted the access panel to look a little classy:
I managed to screw up two of the h-nuts on the panel.. still need to fix them, but seems to be fine for now. I chiseled out for the speakon connector so it sits flush.Listening impressions...
I am not a big audio guy. To be honest, I am happy with my 1992 Bose speakers.. AFter our first kid it became clear that investing in high-priced equipment was a bad idea. My second kid literally tore the glass door off the entertainment center. And ripped the knobs off the last stereo. It wasn't pretty.
I've never had a dedicated subwoofer.
That being said... holy c-r-a-p. I have this powered with a 1000W Buttkicker amp (gain turned down), and the thing is insane. WHen I first fired up the test tone, my daughter ran downstairs with a concerned look. "WHAT WAS THAT?". My young son had a look of shear terror on his face "BIG BOOMS!"
Extremely impressed. I have nothing to compare it to.. but I can't imagine what having more of these will sound like.
My daughter is rocking "phantom of the Opera" from her iPod on it right now. Insane.