I’ve gotten back to work on my LED/JBL project.
It’s taking longer than I ever thought it would.
On average about 4 hours per speaker more for reassembling, fighting to get a working LED strip, running new LED wiring, wiring up the cat6 connection for it, testing everything — and that’s not counting the previous disassembly and crossover work where I had to replace a 8ohm sandbox resistor on every speakers crossover board. I’m having to solder some of the connections to get them to work. Frankly, if I’d known these speakers would be this much of a timesink before starting I wouldn’t have bought them. But I do like their sound and when it’s finished it’ll be fun for years. Carp told me the timesink is why it’s called a hobby.
8 speakers now wired with reliably working LEDs.
Sorry for the mess - it’s temporary.
I wanted front wide left and right in this iteration of my speaker setup, but I’m gonna miss my Mad Max Fury Road sound treatment over my equipment rack, visible in the first post of this thread. I liked the looks of that a lot compared to the speaker now hung there. That’s really the only place for front wides though because of the door and the stair steps.
I’m also not terribly fond of how high I had to place the speaker to dodge my equipment rack and secondary monitor. I may have to move the monitor elsewhere and lower the speaker. I think I’d most like the surround bed channels lower to better build the bubble of sound with Atmos, but I’ll decide that after listening some when I get everything together.
I’m still going to replace all the rear mounts with the JBL mounts which will bring them a little closer to the walls. If I lower all the surrounds — but then there is the concern with one of my little ones punching in the tweeters. 16 ‘fun buttons’ per speaker they could smash - assuming they can reach them. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. My two older are 7 and 9 and not a problem. I could put the grills on...
Nah, I like the current look!
The LEDs have full control 0-255 on each color via an app on my phone.
< 5% brightness on red LEDs, 0 on other colors looks neat and is so low lighting I suspect I could run it during a movie with no affect to the screen contrast at all. These pictures are all at 100% brightness on the LEDs by comparison. I’ll probably get a second controller for the three behind the screen for that reason.