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Tux 893's LCR and volt10xl surrounds build + 2 si18htd2

So After living without a sound system for 2 dull years. Finally I took the plunge and the chance and ordered 3 893's for my LCR. With the horizontal center. And 2 volt 10xl for surrounds!!! I'm also in the process of finishing two sealed si 18htd2.

I'm really eager to hear the 893, as it seems nobody except for tuxedo has heard them. I have very high hopes for these speakers and expect them to floor me. Lol.

I have had a couple of different setups in the past, including definitive technology, Vienna acoustics,and my last and favorite system with all focal chorus speakers with a emo 12" sealed sub. I had always bought used, so this is actually the most money I have spent per speaker.

After reading on this forums for a couple years I was very interested in DIY. I'm a cabinet maker for a living so building the speakers for my new system was a no brainier.
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FedEx should be dropping off my kits this afternoon I can't wait!!! I'm really looking forward to unpacking the boxes after I get home from work tonight. Have anyone of you guys building the 893's fired them up yet? Looking for first impressions !
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I'll be following this. I've also the same on order (3 x 893, 4 x Volt 8's and 2 x HT18's) so will be interested to see your outcome.
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When are you getting yours ? Are you building your boxes or did you order flat packs ? Also interested in seeing your project!
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Still building mine but hope to have them up and running within 2 weeks max.
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I'm really eager to hear the 893, as it seems nobody except for tuxedo has heard them. I have very high hopes for these speakers and expect them to floor me. Lol.

I have had a couple of different setups in the past, including definitive technology, Vienna acoustics,and my last and favorite system with all focal chorus speakers with a emo 12" sealed sub. I had always bought used, so this is actually the most money I have spent per speaker.
Talk about pressure on a guy I hope they floor your too
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I'm confident they will tux, everyone raves about your 1099's. So I'm sure your new creation won't disappoint!! The pressure is on me. I have to make them look good enough, to match the great sound.

I'm thinking curved cabinets are going to be mandatory, perhaps with piano black finish? What do you guys think? I'm a little worried about reflections from the tv to be distracting with a high gloss black.
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When are you getting yours ? Are you building your boxes or did you order flat packs ? Also interested in seeing your project!
mine will be a while off yet, maybe even the Christmas holidays before I get to build the 893's. Hopefully I'll do the Volts earlier
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Still building mine but hope to have them up and running within 2 weeks max.
What are you doing for finish on yours ? And are you putting any additional stuffing besides the mattress topper on the walls of your boxes?
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What are you doing for finish on yours ? And are you putting any additional stuffing besides the mattress topper on the walls of your boxes?
Im using mahogany veneer on sides, top, back and black duratex on front. Yes i will be loosly stuffy them with poly fill before sealing them up. I'm matching the finish on my subwoofer (link in my signature). My surrounds (Volt 6's) are already built, just waiting for the 893's to be done to hang them and wire them.
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Im using mahogany veneer on sides, top, back and black duratex on front. Yes i will be loosly stuffy them with poly fill before sealing them up. I'm matching the finish on my subwoofer (link in my signature). My surrounds (Volt 6's) are already built, just waiting for the 893's to be done to hang them and wire them.
Very cool, mahogany is beautiful, one of my favorite species of wood. What are you using for finish, poly or laquer?
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FedEx dropped this off today
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Beefy little mids, they mean business. These speakers are going to be way overkill for my room
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Very cool, mahogany is beautiful, one of my favorite species of wood. What are you using for finish, poly or laquer?
English chestnut stain and 3 coats of poly
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FedEx dropped this off today
Now get busy I ordered mine last week and hope they get shipped soon. Gives me time to watch the build threads so I know what I'm doing when they get here.
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Man, what's up with all that great looking packaging and packaging material??
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Man, what's up with all that great looking packaging and packaging material??
Erich H. What a great job with all the packaging, everything arrived in perfect shape!! Thank you for making this build possible. You are the man. I also want to thank Ryan and Matt for their work too. You guys are very generous.
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So knowing that it would take me a couple of weeks to build the 893's, I ran out of pacience. Last weekend I build temporary boxes out of crap plywood for the volt 10s. It took me a few hours to get the crossovers put together. Put a bit of fiberfill and took them home to fire them up!! I put them on top of some Sony towers that I'm borrowing from a friend. I ran mcacc and set them to large no subwoofer. The receiver bumped up 7db at 63hz Which is expected. I put some live concerts on you tube. My bluray is broken.

Wow. These speakers sound really good, more so than I expected. Even playing full range without a sub, they play so clean and clear. The treble sounds smooth and natural. I wasn't too sure what to expect out of compression drivers. I thought they would possibly be brighter sounding. The only horn I had heard before were klipsh, and I could not tolerate them they were harsh.
The volts have great impact, they are silly. I can imagine that 5 of these with a pair of subs would be a killer setup.

Now. I got to hurry up and finish the 893s as I'm sure they'll sound even better. I'm also excited about finishing the 18" subs.
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Started to cut the template for the 893s
Final dimensions are going to come in at 10 3/4 x 28.5 x 16" deep
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Mock up coming together, I'm gonna wait to glue it together until I get the crossover board from Matt. It's going to be a tight fit. I want to make sure I can get it in after the box is all assembled.
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Coming along... looks good thus far.

DIYSG 893 | Emotiva ERD-1 | Dual DIY 18" Subs
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The back piece ended up only 4" wide, plus 3/3 on either side, it's going to end up around 5.5 wide at the rear.
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They'll be going on top of the subs, do you guys know if it's ok to flip the speaker so the wave wide is below the mids? Otherwise the center of the wave wide is going to be at around 42.5. Which would be a 2-3" inches above ear lever.
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I'm pretty sure it's fine oriented either way as folks can then experiment with placement and have options.

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