I too was going to go the veneer route, however, as you can see from the picture the front baffle has rounded corners. It would make the front baffle very difficult to veneer. This person overcame that by painting the front baffle gloss black. Since this was my first sub build I decided to keep it as easy as I could and went with paint.
Originally Posted by cavchameleon
I'm just using XT32 with Audyssey Pro. It allows enough tweaking for me to set up the room correctly and the sub placement is extremely symmetrical so no need to go further in this room. I thought about getting a mini-dsp and may still do so in the future to do a primary tweak and then let Audyssey do the rest.
In my opinion that is really all you need. A miniDSP was kind of a necessity without upgrading my AVR to have independent dual sub outs. I think I would be completely satisfied with an XT32 AVR that phase aligns and EQs each sub independently.
Yes, I did get the veneered subs in ash black. Beautiful finish!!! I wish the edges were rounded off, but that would cost more.
Well they look great! I think Tom really went above and beyond with the quality control of these subs. I'm sure the guy that veneers these subs is nothing short of a perfectionist. In fact, I really cannot wait to see some pics of the MT-110's with a veneer finish. It will definitely be on my short list if I decide not to build my next set of speakers.
I did a lot of speaker building back in the day and it's a lot of fun. As you said, you can get some pretty good parts for the price. The main kicker is crossover design. If you're already building from a pre-designed kit, then that's a non-issue. But if truly building DIY from scratch, then you have to really work on box design to match driver parameters and then design the XO to work with the drivers in the specific box your going to use. Fortunately there is software to help with all of this.
Fortunately the DIYsoundgroup has put a huge selection of pre-selected kits together to make this easier for us beginners
however, if I had to design these as you did in the past I think I would have been much more discouraged at getting into it.
Originally Posted by cavchameleon
Another easy option for speaker finish is DuraTex (kinda like the finish on the 'textured' PSA subs and many out there, including pro speaker versions). All you have to do is make your finish fairly smooth, and this will cover/hide small blemishes.It gives a pretty good, durable finish:
Randall, the sub you posted has a pretty cool finish. I really like the texture of the wood.
I decided to give the Rustoleum 4x a try... I really really like the way that it looks. I did two coats this past weekend and will do a bit of sanding and do a final coat today or tomorrow. I was really surprised at how thick it was! This is actually why I decided to sand before a final coat (was just going to do 2 coats).
After I'm done painting I have to grab some poly fill and 14 gauge speaker wire (both for inside the cabinet and the connectors from the amp to the cabinet). Then I'll pick up an amp in the coming month. I've been contemplating trying the iNuke series of amps out from Behringer. I also have been considering the Crown XLS series.
My next project might be a pair of these
floor standing speakers. I would likely have them build the crossover (I don't even have a soldering iron).