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  • My 5.1 Build

    Hello all,
    I thought I would keep track of my first ever home theater speaker build. I don't take a lot of pictures normally so if they seem amateurish oh well.

    Ive built some car audio speaker boxes when I was younger but never anything this in depth.

    I was going to design my own speakers but minds much smarter than me suggested since this is my first build to stick to opp's. So rather than embarress myself I took there advice. So here it is.
    A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

    "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


    My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

  • #2
    Sub

    Here is pictures of my almost completed sub. All I have left is the driver and trimming it out in aluminum. I decided to go with the aluminum because I wanted to protect the edges and itll look great. I am sanding it with 800grit, then 1200 grit, and finally 2000 grit. It gives it that brushed look and takes the shine off. It really looks good and I cant wait to see it when its finished. Sorry I didn't take more pics during the construction but I just decided to keep a log.
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    A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

    "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


    My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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    • #3
      Sub

      More pics
      Attached Files
      A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

      "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


      My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


      http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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      • #4
        Center

        I decided to go with the statements center channel (cuz Im building Statements for my mains.) I started yesterday morning with the cutting and by last night I was gluing the last of it together. It turned out pretty good. Once I get my circle jig ill cut my holes and recesses and itll be ready for Red Oak veneer.

        I am going to be starting my xo builds real soon. Im a little apprehensive but I think if I read enough Ill be fine. I watched a couple of videos and it seems very doable for a newbie. More to come.
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        A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

        "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


        My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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        • #5
          Re: My 5.1 Build

          That aluminum trim is very relevant to me. I am thinking of doing a similar thing with the mains I am building. I haven't decided on the metal yet, but aluminum may be it.

          I see you are mitering the angles to meet at the corners. Can you explain what you plan to do to join the pieces at the corners? Just but.t them up and screw in, or will you be doing something to attach the pieces together?
          Last edited by bendaniels; 03-24-2011, 11:07 AM.
          L&R Build
          Sub Build

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          • #6
            Re: My 5.1 Build

            Thanks for the reply Ben. At the moment I am just 45'ing the corners and butting them all up flush. If you cut the angles slowly with a hack saw they come out good. This I figured out with trial and error. I used a few different cutting tools to cut the angles but in the end the hack saw prevailed.
            I thought about welding them together when I am done and grinding them up nice. But welding aluminum is tough enough let alone trying to weld an edge like that. So at the moment I am butting them up.

            I am using #8 x 1\2" screws to mount the aluminum to the boxes. If you space them out evenly and use sheet metal screws (Sheet metal screws have a flat undersaide to their head rather than a taper that most wood screws have) it turns out good. I used #8 screws from wally world. I bought a bag of a 100 for $2. I put them about every 4". A little 1200 grit sandpaper and they look brushed just like the aluminum.
            If your planning on using aluminum to trim your boxes with I bought mine at lowes for $4 for 3 or 4 feet. I cant remember. I got the sandpaper from Autozone. 800, 1200, and 2000 grit. I think it was like ten bucks. So for a little time and elbow grease the brushed aluminum look cant be beat. When I am finished Ill post the pics. But id go with it if I were you. It really does look good. And besides if someone ****** you off you can stab them with the sharp corners of your box. And they are sharp!!!!:D
            A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

            "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


            My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


            http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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            • #7
              Re: My 5.1 Build

              Thanks for the reply.

              I have a friend who is a talented metalworker - I might see if he can manage the welding. I will also likely be painting, as bare silver won't work well with the other colors in my build.

              That is some quick work you are making of the center channel. I can't imagine making that much progress in two days.
              L&R Build
              Sub Build

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              • #8
                Re: My 5.1 Build

                LOL. Yeah it went together rather smoothly. I still have to veneer ,finish, and trim it so I have a ways to go. I started laying out the statements this morning. A bit more complicated than the center channel but I look forward to the challenge. Painting the aluminum would look good. Have you thought about powdercoating it? Not very expensive and I bet it would look great. I went with the brushed metal look to accent the natural finish I did of the red oak. I think when I do all the speakers with it itll turn out good. What do you think?
                A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

                "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


                My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


                http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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                • #9
                  Re: My 5.1 Build

                  You know, I hadn't thought of powder coating. I had considered a colored anodizing, but PC might be a good options. I'll have to look into that locally.
                  L&R Build
                  Sub Build

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                  • #10
                    Re: My 5.1 Build

                    It's looking good -- I'm really interested to see the finished result. The aluminum trim is going to make for a unique look, trunk-like appearance, if I understand what you're doing correctly. It looks like you're using aluminum angle -- is that correct? I've thought about inlaying metal for trim...

                    Keep us posted...

                    Great name, by the way...
                    Tritrix HT:http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=222519
                    Dayton 12" Subwoofer: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=222930
                    Overnight Sensations: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223751
                    Cerberus sub: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...hlight=cerebus
                    Duellatis: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=224943
                    NTN's: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=227902

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                    • #11
                      Re: My 5.1 Build

                      I'm impressed. I think I'll try plywood with mitered corners on my next build - It seems that I never finish mdf!

                      Duane

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                      • #12
                        Re: My 5.1 Build

                        Thanks soundslike.
                        My pops hooked me up with a table saw and 5 sheets of 5'x9'x3\4" Particle Board. So I haven't had to purchase a lot of materials yet. Ill have the cabinets built long before I have the money for the rest of it. So is the life of a family man I suppose. Holy cow does a table saw make this go a lot quicker. I was using a circular saw and was it ever tough to cut a straight line with that.
                        I have the statements 2\3 of the way cut out. I realized yesterday I have a finish nailer that shoots 2" Brads so no more screwing for me!!! LOL

                        A quick question. Does anyone have any suggestions for the surrounds? I was going to go with the mini statements but I believe they would be a bit ostentatious! But seriously does anyone have suggestions?
                        A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

                        "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


                        My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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                        • #13
                          Re: My 5.1 Build

                          Statements are all cut and I started gluing the fronts together. I had to hold off on ordering my parts cuz bills have to be paid.:( Guess Ill have to wait to hear how the sub is going to sound!
                          A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

                          "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


                          My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


                          http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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                          • #14
                            Re: My 5.1 Build

                            Originally posted by cantgetitright View Post
                            Thanks soundslike.
                            My pops hooked me up with a table saw and 5 sheets of 5'x9'x3\4" Particle Board. So I haven't had to purchase a lot of materials yet. Ill have the cabinets built long before I have the money for the rest of it. So is the life of a family man I suppose. Holy cow does a table saw make this go a lot quicker. I was using a circular saw and was it ever tough to cut a straight line with that.
                            I have the statements 2\3 of the way cut out. I realized yesterday I have a finish nailer that shoots 2" Brads so no more screwing for me!!! LOL

                            A quick question. Does anyone have any suggestions for the surrounds? I was going to go with the mini statements but I believe they would be a bit ostentatious! But seriously does anyone have suggestions?


                            I'm not an expert about integration of 5.1/7.1 speakers, but some Mini Statements for surrounds would be amazing...and keep the somewhat-important issue of matching your full 5.1 set-up with all-the-same-drivers. Probably not as critical as the front soundstage being all matched, but if you want to save (maybe get a new sub amp :D), Paul has some very nice budget-friendly 2-way designs:

                            http://sites.google.com/site/undefinition/diy

                            The Classix or Overnight Sensations would be a fine choice. Curt has the new AviaTrix designs that are a step up from the TriTrix. Wolf has a proliferation of excellent designs too. Looking great so far...you're going to be literally knocked out with the SQ from the Statements. I will build a pair of Statements in the next year or two. Good news for those that continously ask if I want to sell my current pair of Azurites. Oh yeah, Lou has some excellent designs:

                            www.lonesaguaro.com

                            Any small 2-way or MTM would work well for your rear channels and save a bit of coin.

                            John A.
                            "Children play with b-a-l-l-s and sticks, men race, and real men race motorcycles"-John Surtees
                            Emotiva UPA-2, USP-1, ERC-1 CD
                            Yamaha KX-390 HX-Pro
                            Pioneer TX-9500 II
                            Yamaha YP-211 w/Grado GF3E+
                            Statement Monitors
                            Vintage system: Yamaha CR-420, Technics SL-PG100, Pioneer CT-F8282, Akai X-1800, Morel(T)/Vifa(W) DIY 2-way in .5 ft3
                            Photos: http://custom.smugmug.com/Electronic...#4114714_cGTBx
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                            • #15
                              Re: My 5.1 Build

                              I started assembling the statements today.Im new to this woodworking thing so theres definately a learning curve going on. Ive had to go back and fix a couple of things. And I still have a couple of things to figure out. But all in all its going good. Its 11 and Ive been at it since 6 this morning. But it is a labor of love so I dont mind. Heres some pics of todays work. Not a whole lot done but good for having to go backwards a few times.
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                              A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A real friend would be sitting in the cell next to you saying "Dammit man we effed up!!"

                              "Yeah you kinda walked up in here and punched the biggest, baddest speaker in the face haha." - Greywarden


                              My first Speaker Build - A 5.1 HT System:


                              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=223774

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