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post #31 of 39
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For sure jb. Maybe I should call them baby noessis biggrin.gif . Its crazy how loud they go for such a small speaker.
post #32 of 39
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For sure jb. Maybe I should call them baby noessis biggrin.gif . Its crazy how loud they go for such a small speaker.

Yeah I can't wait to do a similar build for surrounds, hopefully the wood shop offer is still open to me!...lol biggrin.gif
post #33 of 39
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Yeah I can't wait to do a similar build for surrounds, hopefully the wood shop offer is still open to me!...lol biggrin.gif[/quote]


Wood shop is only open if you update your avatar ! Cmon lets see that jtr.tongue.gif
post #34 of 39
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Thanks ,
To do the corners I laminated the three pieces and trimmed them flush. Then I put the whole speaker through the tablesaw and set the fence for a 1/4" by 1/4" rabbet. Next I cut the oak on the bandsaw so it was a couple of millimeters bigger and then handplaned down close and used orbital sander to get flush.

The hardest part of the build was not having the front baffle when I built the box. Next time I will build the box 4-5 mm less then the size of the front baffle. Then I will route it flush.

Overall a couple of small mistakes but turned out better then I hoped.

Initial listening impression watching the tomorrow people with my family. My wife has hearing aids and often needs subtitles. After ten minutes watching she said she could hear the words more clear. eek.gif

Cool! Glad they sound so good! proly better than JTR's I bet! Oh! hey jb biggrin.gif

Table saw, gotcha! heck a skill would work for a large enclosure then using a guide.. well I probably wouldn't not need one. rolleyes.gif lol
post #35 of 39
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Table saw, gotcha! heck a skill would work for a large enclosure then using a guide.. well I probably wouldn't not need one. rolleyes.gif lol[/quote]

Better then a skillsaw would be a laminate router with a guide. Easier to set depth and would leave a better finish .
post #36 of 39
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Table saw, gotcha! heck a skill would work for a large enclosure then using a guide.. well I probably wouldn't not need one. rolleyes.gif lol

Better then a skillsaw would be a laminate router with a guide. Easier to set depth and would leave a better finish .[/quote]

Good point! a new challenge.
post #37 of 39
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Well after six hours of music and movies I can give an initial review . Sound is clean , clear , and mellow. I think its that mellow ( not a bad thing ,simply neutral and maybe a Tad cool) tone that enables you to listen loud with such ease. Its quite different then my previous speakers which were a tad lively.

I haven't done significant measurements yet but the waveguide definitely makes the voices smoother and more intelligible . Even at insanely loud volume the vocals stay calm with no break up.

As mentioned often the bass is minimal below 80hz. Not an issue with my Marty sub . Tomorrow I'm ordering the fusion mtm for a center speaker. When the minions go to the rear they will almost be overkill. Because there so good I will be able to wait three or four months before I need to make some tempests.

For the price as everyone has said there amazing . On the weekend I'm going to rew and maybe eq them a shade brighter. Just personal preference . Only 1-2 dbs in a few frequencies
post #38 of 39
chaluga, i saw your build pic in the 'rallying' thread. again, nice work.

as for the mains, if you want to play guinea pig, i might have an idea for you...underdamped, ported, 2512...seos/360. 2 cubic feet tuned to 55hz gives this:

delta pro12 (tempest driver) and b&c 8" (minion) driver shown for compare...by making the cab a little on the small side for the driver, spl rises a little bit before tuning. in this case, the "bloom" is right in the mid-bass wheelhouse 80-160hz, where sensitivity rises to about 98db 1w1m...not too shab for a 12"!

post #39 of 39
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After listening to my minions for another few hours I am still surprised that such huge sound can come from bookshelf speakers . The suckers are heavy with me using 3/4" mdf. Each ways about 35 pounds. Quiet passages in movies are easier to hear.
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