This is the kit
I used. The 5 or 6 Hurricane nuts I replaced the T-nuts from my kit work great now. I was able to torque down the drivers (using an automotive lug bolt start pattern of course). The only noise coming from the enclosures is bass. Sure a few of the screws are different colors, but at least Home Depot was able to provide hardware that worked.
Mike's workmanship and quality on these monsters is astounding
. Don't hesitate to hire him, as he's truly a craftsmen who happens to be a basshead. But book your spot today as his build schedule is filling up fast!
But please let me reiterate how much of a dramatic improvement
these 18" monsters are. I went from piston area of 113 sq in (x2) to 254 (x2). Next, I have much larger motors, voice coils, Xmax, and power handling than the 12s. Kind of a big deal. Now I'm hearing the lows I've heard on some of the Big Boy systems like Mike and Luke's. Sure I'm nowhere near the SPL, but enough to shake my seat (even more than the 12s did).
And again, my room is a soundproofed room-within-room 12x13. It's pretty small, which is why the 12s were actually plenty for the job. The soundproofing is being put to the test. The kitchen pots and pans are not happy with the upgrade, dishes in the sink will rattle, and text messages from the wife will appear on my phone more frequently now. That isn't just the increased in SPL, but more the lower frequencies penetrating the weaknesses in my room. And I feel those lower frequencies more too.
I think I'm gonna wait until my credit card period rolls over next week and order some more watts and the MiniDSP. What Phoenix-to-XLR plugs are you guys using? I know there's an 800 page MiniDSP thread... but it's an 800 page MiniDSP thread. Might even pick up a laptop so I don't have to lug my old gaming PC into the room for REW sweeps.