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    This is what I've been working on.... and I still have a bit to finish...

    Just after the 1st of the year, I purchased 2 of these units from Wally World in a quest to combine them into one piece of furniture. My old unit was showing its age and bowing under the weight. This is a steel-reinforced 'finished' particle-board construction that initially comes with 3 shelves. that is 60" long, and 17" deep. I used 'IKEA style' DIY1/4-20 fastener and insert construction additions/techniques to add 2 of the shelves by standoffs from the second unit to yield a total of 5 shelves, that is capable of have 3 components per shelf. I still have to decide how to use the second set of steel A-frame end supports and the bottom shelf. I used a 1.75" square dowel for the standoffs, and stained them Minwax basic-black Polyshades. This matched the metal portions really nicely.

    I was able to drill out the mounts for the TV mounting mast for the additional 2 shelves, and bolt all 5 shelves to the mast. I was able to adjust the mounting for the LCD to set it a couple inches above the new top shelf, which is right where I wanted it. Since I had 2 USB hubs from both units, I installed them in the top towards each rear corner drilling through holes with a forstner bit.

    I also added 4-pole speakons atop the 3rd shelf's rear side corners for easy attachment of the speaker cables. This allows me to use 3 different cables wired for either bridged, 2 pair, or one pair.

    The 100CD file from Pioneer was the basis for shelf 4's height requirement, and I got it a bit snug. I had to loosen the top shelf so I could slide it into the opening.

    So- I've been soldering and making cables as well as figuring out the construction puzzle that I solved. I know the back looks like a mess, but it is actually well organized.

    I used the black larger-cased metal Neutrik speakon (8-pole sized, 4-pole, 0.25" male connections) sockets, Neutrik black XLR cable connectors, Belden 1800F AES/EBU cable (100'/16 pair), and Lavolta 0.5m pair of white LED strips for optional front lighting. I also installed 2 of PE's 12-outlet metal power strips with 15A breakers.
    I won a pair of 35' Dayton Audio speaker cables back in 2010, I think, and I have cut them into thirds, braided them, and terminated for a net 10' pair. I used 600V 4/10 for the speakon busses, and the future subwoofer cable connection. I used 300V 3/12 to make all of the power cables with the Marinco IEC connectors, and a cooper right angle low-profile plug.

    The former 220V 3/12 20A outlet behind the piece was rewired for a dedicated line to the box, since it was already there and in the plans, and a Tripp-Lite wall surge-suppressor was mounted to the 20a receptacle.

    The Anthem AVM-30 is a little short in height with the strips installed due to connector placement, so I'll be making a plinth to raise it about an inch, and install my front connections in the plinth for RCA outs and ins, balanced ins, and an AES/EBU input. This will allow me to connect whatever I want in quick order. There is a power strip hidden in the right side A-frame for easy power sourcing from the front as well.

    I still have to build the relay-power box for the amplifiers, so that when the trigger kicks on in the Anthem, the amps will come on. Also included in this box will be a Simpson panel-mount D'Arsenval power meter so I can monitor the usage at my whim. I also plan to purchase and add a couple AC voltmeters to monitor the relay and voltage functions.

    In terms of operation, the XLS2000 will run the Charybdis 15" subwoofer when I get it built. The 1500's will run LS and LF in one amp and RS/RF in the other for easy converting from surround (using both ch1 and ch2 jacks) to bridged stereo (using only the combo ch1/ch2 jack). The XLS1000 will run the Attitude W-T/M-W Center when I get it built, with one channel on the TMW, and the other on the second RSS210 running as a small subwoofer. All amps are receiving balanced XLR signal cables. I also have a Behringer FBQ100 for EQ of the bass response, and am likely going to purchase a Radial Phaser for the variable phase utility required.

    So- here are the photos below...

    Later,
    Wolf

    "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
    "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
    "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
    "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

    *InDIYana event website*

    Photobucket pages:
    http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

    My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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    Photobucket is having issues... More later,
    Wolf
    "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
    "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
    "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
    "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

    *InDIYana event website*

    Photobucket pages:
    http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

    My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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    • #3




      "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
      "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
      "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
      "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

      *InDIYana event website*

      Photobucket pages:
      http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

      My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
      http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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      • #4



        There- got 'em all posted!

        Thanks for looking!
        Wolf
        "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
        "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
        "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
        "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

        *InDIYana event website*

        Photobucket pages:
        http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

        My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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        • #5
          Ummm...Ben, aren't you supposed to route your cables inside that wire way on the back?!

          Looks great!

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          • #6
            Wolf, you have a problem lol!

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            • #7
              Marv, while I know you jest, there is now way they would have fit through there. BTW- I did snap a photo from google of the bare back panel of the preamp so that I could draw on it and label where things went before tear down. This was a big help! I got home from work Friday night, started tear down, and had it done by the 6:00pm news Saturday evening. Last night I crashed, and I feel well rested.

              Killa- Isn't it a good problem to have though? I've seriously been thinking about this setup for years now, and it's almost done finally!

              My wife sat down on the couch and stated, "I like it!", (even though at this stage her opinion really has no bearing on how I did it since it's already completed and not changing any time soon). I'm the person who can think this all out in my head ahead of time, and adapt as necessity happens, but she is a visual person and can't see it until completion. Either way, I'm glad we both like it!

              Later,
              Wolf
              "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
              "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
              "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
              "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

              *InDIYana event website*

              Photobucket pages:
              http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

              My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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              • #8
                Hey, everyone has their vices I myself have managed to curb my addiction, or shift it at least, back to motorcycles.

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                • #9
                  Two things...

                  (1) Holy crud, do you think you have enough amps?

                  --and--

                  .(2) So that's how you get such depth of sound with your speakers...you layer them three deep!

                  There's more, but I'll stop there...

                  I like it, great access to the "connectables"

                  TomZ
                  *Veneering curves, seams, using heat-lock iron on method *Trimming veneer & tips *Curved Sides glue-up video
                  *Part 2 *Gluing multiple curved laminations of HDF *Cello's Speaker Project Page

                  *Building the "Micro-B 2.1 Plate Amplifier -- Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 * Part 4 * * Part 5 'Review' * -- Assembly Instructions PDF

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                  • #10
                    Tom, that is one channel for each speaker. The fourth amp must be for those hidden subs.

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                    • #11
                      Lol Actually Ben has a 1500 for L and R, bridged, a 2000 to run C and a sub, and the 2500 for the sub. Apa150 for surrounds, unless he decides he needs at least a 1000 for those!

                      Looks good Ben. The lights would drive me crazy!
                      https://www.facebook.com/Mosaic-Audi...7373763888294/

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                      • #12
                        Try again, Chuck- I don't own a 2500. I'm not using the APA150s for this setup. The 1500s are for either bridged stereo or one amp for lefts and one amp for rights. The way I hooked them up this will be easy to switch back and forth. The 1000 will run the center and a front sub. The 2000 will run the monster Charybdis (a DVC 2x4 ohms 15"). I did say all of that above...

                        I don't run an AVR, so I need amps for surrounds, center, subs, and fronts; it's only 8 channels, subs included for this. I call it a 5.3 channel setup. The Anthem also has what it called 'Anthem Logic', which emulated a 7.2 setup from a 5.1 source. I am not using those rear channels, just the 5 channel plus subs.

                        On the lights, I only had them all on to show off the rack in its entirety. The added LED strips are only for visibility when required.

                        Interesting notes:
                        -I can run the digi-coax, 6-ch SE, or optical (music) off the Sony by switching sources on the preamp. The 6ch was needed to move hi-res uncompressed audio from the BD to the legacy inputs. Optical will do hi-res stereo, not multichannel. HDMI needs the decoding not present in my Anthem.
                        -I can watch movies on either the Denon SACD/DVD (Faroudja and upscaler) or the Sony BD player.
                        -The 6-channel Technics AC-3 surround decoder is not used for the majority of use, but it is a capable piece that can decode digital, and be used as an active preamp for 6 channels.

                        Later,
                        Wolf
                        "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
                        "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
                        "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
                        "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

                        *InDIYana event website*

                        Photobucket pages:
                        http://photobucket.com/Wolf-Speakers_and_more

                        My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                          . I did say all of that above...
                          Some of us have short attention spans and skip straight to the pics!

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                          • #14
                            Hmm thought you were planning on a 2500, my mistake
                            https://www.facebook.com/Mosaic-Audi...7373763888294/

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                            • #15
                              Hey Ben. Looks good. Amazing how you hid those wires so well and I am sure it did take a long time to get it all organized in your head. Cable management has always been a source of irritation for my wife. You have certainly done it up right. Congrats!! Robert
                              -Robert

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