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    I thought I would share some photos of all my various builds since I often came here to see what other people are doing to get ideas for myself.

    As you will see, I have built a few proved designs and a few new ventures. I've also tried several different finish methods. Feel free to ask any questions about my projects. The projectos will be shown in the order of build date

    Recession Buster




    TriTrix build



    The Statements
    Build thread can be found here.


    Last edited by deewan; 01-02-2011, 02:57 PM.
    My Home Theater Build thread
    My DIY Speaker builds

    My Gear:
    Emotiva XMC-1
    Emotiva XPR-2
    Emotiva XPA-5
    Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
    Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
    Oppo 103D
    Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
    Marantz CD-5004
    AppleTV
    JVC RS-4910 Projector
    100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
    APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
    iRule controlling it all....

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    Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

    2RCC Center Channel
    A custom speaker to match the Statements but with a sealed cabinet. A build thread can be found here.





    The speaker stand for the center channel


    H7 2-way design
    (Clearwave Loudspeaker venture)
    I used spray can on the front baffles and a Wilsonart laminte on all other sides. The laminate was easy to work with and gives a near mirror finsih with ease.




    Dyanmic 4T
    Cabinets - Mahogany with Minwax Satin finish with "Paradigm" speaker spikes. Bi-amped left and right channel. DIY custom speaker wire.

    I built this pair to replace the Statements in my theater. The wife never warmed up to the size of the Statements. After working with Jed on the H7 design mentioned above, the Dynamic series seemed like the perfect fit.





    Last edited by deewan; 12-29-2010, 05:54 PM.
    My Home Theater Build thread
    My DIY Speaker builds

    My Gear:
    Emotiva XMC-1
    Emotiva XPR-2
    Emotiva XPA-5
    Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
    Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
    Oppo 103D
    Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
    Marantz CD-5004
    AppleTV
    JVC RS-4910 Projector
    100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
    APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
    iRule controlling it all....

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    • #3
      Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

      Dynamic 4CC
      Rounding out the new speakers for the theater.
      Center Speaker Stand - Mahogany inlay with hand rubbed copper paint (pictures do not do this finish or color justice). Added Wii sensor bar to bottom of speaker to hide it from sight.




      Last edited by deewan; 12-29-2010, 01:42 AM.
      My Home Theater Build thread
      My DIY Speaker builds

      My Gear:
      Emotiva XMC-1
      Emotiva XPR-2
      Emotiva XPA-5
      Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
      Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
      Oppo 103D
      Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
      Marantz CD-5004
      AppleTV
      JVC RS-4910 Projector
      100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
      APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
      iRule controlling it all....

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      • #4
        Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

        Originally posted by deewan View Post
        H7 2-way design
        (Clearwave Loudspeaker venture)
        I used spray can on the front baffles and a Wilsonart laminte on all other sides. The laminate was easy to work with and gives a near mirror finsih with ease.
        OH MY GOD!!! :eek: That Wilsonart Laminate is the coolest finish I've seen in a long time. Makes me wonder why the hell I even bother with normal wood finishing techniques. Do you have a link to a source to get it? How much does it cost?
        Isn't it about time we started answering rhetorical questions?

        Paul Carmody's DIY Audio Projects
        Twitter: @undefinition1

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        • #5
          Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

          I am also interested in the Wilsonart Laminate. What is the name of that - the Wilsonart site is a pain to navigate. How do the edges turn out? Is the color all the way thru the material or only on the surface? How easy to apply?
          Brad
          piano black sealing mdf irregular recesses grill technique

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          • #6
            Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

            Originally posted by Paul Carmody View Post
            OH MY GOD!!! :eek: That Wilsonart Laminate is the coolest finish I've seen in a long time. Makes me wonder why the hell I even bother with normal wood finishing techniques. Do you have a link to a source to get it? How much does it cost?


            I have to agree. That is very unique. I want to get my hands on some. On the wilson art site, I think it may be the Asian night but am not sure. It doesn't show the prices but hoping it's cheap

            http://samples.wilsonartcontract.com...t-7949-18.aspx

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            • #7
              Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

              Originally posted by Paul Carmody View Post
              OH MY GOD!!! :eek: That Wilsonart Laminate is the coolest finish I've seen in a long time. Makes me wonder why the hell I even bother with normal wood finishing techniques. Do you have a link to a source to get it? How much does it cost?
              Paul, here is a link to the site I visit.
              Wilson Art Contract
              I know there is another more general WilsonArt site, but that one is more of a pain to navigate and does not list all the designs the 'contract' site lists.


              Originally posted by bmaupin View Post
              I am also interested in the Wilsonart Laminate. What is the name of that? How do the edges turn out? Is the color all the way thru the material or only on the surface? How easy to apply?
              The pattern I used was madagascar. It is available for special order from Home Depot.

              The color does not go all the way through, but I bought a black gloss pain pen and ran that along the edges. From more than 2 feet away, you can't tell. I used regular old contact cement to apply. I found the WilsonArt was MUCH easier to use than an wood veneer I've used. It also gives you the durability of a laminate.

              Originally posted by cny View Post
              I have to agree. That is very unique. I want to get my hands on some. It doesn't show the prices but hoping it's cheap
              Pricing varies, so hopefully you have a Home Depot where you live. I was quoted a price of over $300 for a 3 by 8 sheet from Menards. The same sheet from Home Depot was $60-ish. Why the price difference, I have no idea. I ordered from Home Depot. Took about 4 days for it to arrive in the store. It came in a box, rolled about, about 18 inches in diameter. You can order 3 by 8, 4 by 8, and 5 by 12 sheets if I remember correctly.
              My Home Theater Build thread
              My DIY Speaker builds

              My Gear:
              Emotiva XMC-1
              Emotiva XPR-2
              Emotiva XPA-5
              Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
              Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
              Oppo 103D
              Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
              Marantz CD-5004
              AppleTV
              JVC RS-4910 Projector
              100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
              APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
              iRule controlling it all....

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              • #8
                Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                Oh, some other details about the WilsonArt. When ordering, I believe the final two numbers for the part number are for the finish. xxxx-10 is the high gloss shine. That is what I ordered.

                Also, I ordered several different samples from the WilsonArt website. They will send them to you for free. The samples are about 8 by 10 in size.
                My Home Theater Build thread
                My DIY Speaker builds

                My Gear:
                Emotiva XMC-1
                Emotiva XPR-2
                Emotiva XPA-5
                Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
                Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
                Oppo 103D
                Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
                Marantz CD-5004
                AppleTV
                JVC RS-4910 Projector
                100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
                APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
                iRule controlling it all....

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                • #9
                  Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                  Now that you've covered the WilsonArt laminate, how about the sounds Did you replace the 2RCC with the 4CC? What do you think of the dome vs ribbon for a center channel? Do you think reaching the lowest octaves is necessary for a center or are you just going for cinema levels? Are you using the XT25 in the 4T - can't see the tweet in any pics - impressions? What is your HT room like (link is fine)? thx!
                  Brad
                  piano black sealing mdf irregular recesses grill technique

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                  • #10
                    Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                    I did replace the 2RCC with the 4CC. I am a big believer in timbre matching the front channels. The HDS tweeter used is a Scan Speak HDS model and the same tweeter that I used in the 2-way bookshelf using the WinsonArt. After that 2-way project, I knew I would love that tweeter in just about any system.

                    Comparing the HDS dome wit the ribbon, there is a noticeable sound difference. On most songs, I notice the difference but I can't tell which I like more. There are tracks where I miss the ribbons. I have some amazing reference recordings of choral and classical pieces. The ribbons had a more airy, light, and real sound. But in several of my jazz and rock recordings, I like the HDS dome better. More laid back but just as detailed.

                    I do believe that a center channel needs to be a "full range" speaker and the 4CC is pretty darn close. It can reach into the low 40's with some force behind it. Neither the 4T's or 4CC have the low octaves that the Statements had, but the cabinets are also about half the size or less.

                    Here are a few pictures of my theater. If you have any further details about it, just let me know.

                    Home Theater
                    13 by 19.5 ft. 7.5 ft ceiling since it is in my basement. Walls are open from the chair rail (ear level) down with 1-inch OC 703 compressed insulation. Behind the OC 703 is regular unfaced inwall insulation. Double drywall on all surfaces and the interiors walls use a staggered stud construction for sound isolation.
                    Theater Web Site

                    Last edited by deewan; 12-29-2010, 05:52 PM.
                    My Home Theater Build thread
                    My DIY Speaker builds

                    My Gear:
                    Emotiva XMC-1
                    Emotiva XPR-2
                    Emotiva XPA-5
                    Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
                    Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
                    Oppo 103D
                    Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
                    Marantz CD-5004
                    AppleTV
                    JVC RS-4910 Projector
                    100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
                    APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
                    iRule controlling it all....

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                    • #11
                      Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                      Hmmm....

                      Now- who was it who was also doing formica/laminate finishes and getting ridiculed for it?? ;):p

                      I think I may be buying formica instead of veneer...
                      Later,
                      Wolf

                      PS- I kinda like these:
                      http://samples.wilsonartcontract.com...ollection.aspx
                      "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
                      "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
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                      • #12
                        Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                        Wolf, it is all in the presentation. I bet you didn't have a nice bottle of whiskey in with your laminate photos.

                        Some of the designs I have samples of and plan to use in the future are:
                        Xanadu


                        Biltmore Cherry


                        Silver Array
                        My Home Theater Build thread
                        My DIY Speaker builds

                        My Gear:
                        Emotiva XMC-1
                        Emotiva XPR-2
                        Emotiva XPA-5
                        Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
                        Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
                        Oppo 103D
                        Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
                        Marantz CD-5004
                        AppleTV
                        JVC RS-4910 Projector
                        100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
                        APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
                        iRule controlling it all....

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                        • #13
                          Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                          you seam just as addicted as I am!! nice work, what did you end up doing with the statements?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                            Originally posted by bigbardmusiq View Post
                            you seam just as addicted as I am!! nice work, what did you end up doing with the statements?
                            I sold the Statements. I actually wasn't even looking to sell or replace them but after a friend heard them and offered me $300 more than what I had in them, they were sold and out the door. Soon replaced by the Dynamics.
                            My Home Theater Build thread
                            My DIY Speaker builds

                            My Gear:
                            Emotiva XMC-1
                            Emotiva XPR-2
                            Emotiva XPA-5
                            Clearwave Dynamics 4T and 4CC (mains)
                            Paradigm Millennia LP (surrounds)
                            Oppo 103D
                            Mede8er 600X3D w/ 4TB
                            Marantz CD-5004
                            AppleTV
                            JVC RS-4910 Projector
                            100" Screen Innovations Pure Gray Screen w/ LED kit
                            APC Uninterrupted Power Supply (x2)
                            iRule controlling it all....

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                            • #15
                              Re: Deewan's various speaker builds

                              Wow, $300 for labor of building Statements.

                              Will you build me a pair? :p
                              My projects
                              https://picasaweb.google.com/112307725038877176664

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