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Finished: LouC's Nugget IIs with built-in amp and BT

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  • Finished: LouC's Nugget IIs with built-in amp and BT

    Hi All,

    I finished these twice recently as a graduation present for 1 of my nephews.

    I first finished them just before my shoulder surgery on 8/8. Then, before I gave them to him, his Mom and my Wife felt that having a separate receiver wouldn't be good these days...of course, I had already bought 2 Topping MX3 BT amps. I will have to find alternate uses for them, I guess.

    So, I waited until a couple of weeks ago (shoulder is getting better each week) and installed the new Lepai LP40PA 40W Mini BT plate amp.
    Installing the amp is quite easy, but I just barely had the space in these small-ish cabs. The little front control panel is a press-fit and a little figgity to get just right. Very little margin for error.

    I did modify LouC's dimensions to more closely match the other set of New Horizons I built for his brother and fellow HS graduate. I kept the volume the same, but increased the height a little.

    I was determined to use components that I had in stock for both of these builds to reduce the inventory. I had bought all the parts to build these many years ago. They are nice speakers and have a very good mid-range to them. They sound quite good with acoustic music and have a smooth balanced signature. Not real deep bass, but a very nice small room speaker.

    I used some left over cherry veneer and painted the baffles rattle-can satin black.

    A few build pictures are at:

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    Nice, Andy! Good to see some of LouC's designs still getting some love. I'm sure he'd be happy with your use of them.
    I've never used those 4" golden-poly TB drivers, but I bet they do sound smooth.

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      merci pour votre sujet

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      Last edited by zoziano; 11-04-2018, 02:35 PM.