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post #91 of 105
I've got a couple questions that I think may be useful at the top fo the thread.

Basic Q&A
  • Q:Where do I start?
    A:Though everyone has different opinions, the general consensus seems to be to start with separate Left and Right speakers with a dedicated subwoofer. Then as your budget builds back up or you locate some *free* time, you can add a center channel and/or shift your left/rights to the rear, and build bigger and better front speakers.
  • Q: Do I need to match speakers?
    A: Yes, kinda. The important ones to match are the fornt left and right's, and the rear speakers. The center speaker should be similar to the front left and rights, but doesn't have to be the same. The same also appleis to front and rear speakers.
post #92 of 105
Awesome write up. It helped a lot.
post #93 of 105
Thread Starter 
Glad you guys have found this helpful. We seem to be getting a bit more press time thanks to imagic's (Mark) feature of this thread on the home page. smile.gif
post #94 of 105
I think a lot of the "tools" issues have been covered for the part (e.g router, clamps, etc). It is quite easy to store (hide) these tools when not in use.

I know I am opening up a can of worms here, what keeps getting me is breaking down a 4x8 sheet of heavy goodness. I've done a bit of digging but I just can't seem to get a direction that feels right. I guess i'm having a hard time gauging how much accuracy i'm giving up or gaining.

  • Buy a big table saw that rip/cross pretty much any thing (e.g. fence not limited to 25" or less)
  • Buy a portable type table saw and buy extension rails (e.g. fence is limited to 25" or less)
  • Buy a track saw and fence
  • Buy a circle saw and build a sawboard

I think another issue with DIY'ers is being able to manage the sheet solo if possible. I'm not sure how easy it is to find help w/o an application of beer to some "friend". Thoughts?
Edited by Trepidati0n - 8/12/13 at 11:15am
post #95 of 105
Thread Starter 
I use a track saw very often to break down the full sheet goods. I have a decent sized table saw handy but running that solo is far more difficult. Check out the track setups from Eurekazone and Festool to get started.
post #96 of 105
Pdxrealtor's sonosub thread contains a link to a very useful five-part video series on router circle cutting, covering precision measurement and cutout for drivers, and also outer circle cutout for sonosubs and ring applications. Pdxrealtor's post on this subject can be found here, and the first video of the five-part series can be found here.
Edited by andyc56 - 9/26/13 at 12:02pm
post #97 of 105
Thread Starter 
Guys - for anyone in the market for a quality track saw setup, eurekazone has been selling some great products at huge discounts on ebay. Check out seller eurekazone. I'd reccomend the 54" or 108" kits (for ripping a full sheet) as well as the square/repeater combo.

For more information on their products, check out their website and forum:
http://www.eurekazone.com/Default.asp
post #98 of 105
Hi Gorilla83, thanks for putting this thread together! I finally took the plunge and built (3) Fusion-12 speakers and (4) SI subs with the 4cf flat packs from Erich...smile.gif
post #99 of 105
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by laugsbach View Post

Hi Gorilla83, thanks for putting this thread together! I finally took the plunge and built (3) Fusion-12 speakers and (4) SI subs with the 4cf flat packs from Erich...smile.gif

Glad we could help get you on your way. Feel free to reach out to us for any tips as you're building. Enjoy!
post #100 of 105
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Originally Posted by Gorilla83 View Post

Glad we could help get you on your way. Feel free to reach out to us for any tips as you're building. Enjoy!

Thanks!

I just ordered the Fusion-8 speakers from Erich for the surrounds...I think I am addicted! biggrin.gif
post #101 of 105
Thread Starter 
Adding some information on Tapped horns - this is also in the main post now:

I'm interested in building a Tapped Horn - Where to start?

Download the Hornresp software here.

Check out this great tutorial using hornresp from lilmike.

More tutorial/information on starting with hornresp here.


*BTW - The first post is getting massive. I may work on doing some indexing/providing 'quicklinks' to the popular topics for the lazy like myself. smile.gif

Alternatively I could start a new thread and break the information into several posts, with one main post with links to the topics. Thoughts?
Edited by Gorilla83 - 10/31/13 at 6:55am
post #102 of 105
Gorilla, this is a really awesome thread! smile.gif
post #103 of 105
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tuxedocivic View Post

Gorilla, this is a really awesome thread! smile.gif

Thanks Tux! One of these days you and I will have to work together on flushing out some FAQs/starters on crossover design. cool.gif
post #104 of 105
Gorilla - add this thread to your FAQ post #1; What's Best for Lining Internal Subwoofer Walls?
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430971/whats-best-for-lining-internal-subwoofer-walls
Quote:
Feet for enclosure (optional)
Wire for drivers, terminal cups, and crossovers.
Polyfil or pillow equivalent. Why do I need to polyfil? Read this.
What's Best for Lining Internal Subwoofer Walls? Read this
post #105 of 105
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mtbdudex View Post

Gorilla - add this thread to your FAQ post #1; What's Best for Lining Internal Subwoofer Walls?
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430971/whats-best-for-lining-internal-subwoofer-walls

Added.

Also updated with the link to popalock's 'perfect grill' instructional thread. Thanks Austin!
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