Between my language refresher course, night time classes for college, and having to do my own job to also do, I didn't get any time to work on them during the week. However, I was able to spray the backs finally last night, and put some pretty heavy coats of satin black down. I let them dry and cure overnight in my room and they turned out like this:
So, I'm not entirely happy with how they came out. Were I to do them over again, I would use some sort of sanding sealer, bondo, 4 or 5 heavy coats of primer, and a lot more sanding, then spray the black out of a HVLP gun. Alas, current living situation in the barracks precludes that, and as such, I'm ok with how they turned out. If I end up putting them behind a screen in a future room, no one will see them anyway, so whatever. I may refinish them if I get some space, or one of the houses I've been eyeing.
Moving on, I decided that since the big TDM12 driver doesn't leave much room for bracing, I would put some leftover RAAMAT CLD tile I had leftover from my car stereo install to help deaden the walls of the box a little more. It may be completely worthless, but I had it on hand, so I figured why not. I used 4 sq ft in each box, and tried to dampen the port shelf as well. Here's pics of that:
Above you can also see why I'm not super enthused about the finish. Oh well.
Below is how I mounted the crossover:
Once they were mounted, I added the convoluted foam mattress topper as a further dampening layer, as was recommended. These things are $10 at walmart, and coincidentally the perfect size to do three of these speakers. Turned out like this:
I didn't add any of the foam to the shelf (upper port mdf piece) but the interior is covered about 95% or so, which I'm hoping is enough.
Then it was just rinse and repeat.
I'm still trying to figure out what I am going to use to drive them. I was originally just thinking about a 2.1 system, and using a Behringer A500, but then I realized I wouldn't have any DSP, or even a way to set a cutoff. Currently my speakers are active, and the JBL LRS308s have crossovers built into the amps, and get a full range signal from my Emotiva DAC that is passed through the JBL LRS10 sub. Should I just bite the bullet and pick up a receiver for these? I'll have to figure out a creative way to utilize the center channel (placement wise), but if I did get the receiver, I would at least have that option, plus the ability to set the speakers to not play a full range signal. Once they were painted, It really only took me a couple hours to assemble them, which was way faster than I thought. I figured I would have more time to finalize an amplifier situation. Any thoughts on this from the people on this site would be most appreciated.
P.S. Yes @JohnDean
, I pre-drilled all the holes hahaha.