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  • #16
    I have to agree with you, Tom. The DN-10's were great. I've spent a lot of time with ND-105's over the years and have never heard them sound better.
    Keep an open mind, but don't let your brain fall out.

    Argon | Helium | Lithium | LithMTM | Hafnium
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    • #17
      Originally posted by scottsehlin View Post
      I have to agree with you, Tom. The DN-10's were great. I've spent a lot of time with ND-105's over the years and have never heard them sound better.
      Thanks a lot... Yeah, I get lucky sometimes.

      TomZ
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      • #18
        My wife wants the Aperivox, I keep the Vultus.

        Scott which of yours would you keep over the others?

        John H

        SLS-85, BMR-3L, Mini-TL, BR-2, Titan OB, B452, Udique, Vultus, Latus1, Seriatim, Aperivox,Pencil Tower

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        • #19
          it scares me to think how much it's gonna cost to build bigger and better ....

          Paper Towers
          RS180P/28F surrounds
          Boombox

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          • #20
            Originally posted by williamrschneider View Post
            One thing that MIGHT affect MLAU's case is that he should go for the big speakers now. The future wife might allow them to be "grandfathered-in" and kept.

            Most of us know that after a relationship is underway, building or buying big new speakers is met with resistance.


            I'll need to get a girlfriend first!

            As for my keepers, they'll be my french polished wenge Quarks.
            I always feel that the first anything that one makes (guitar, speakers, etc) are keepers...if nothing else, to stay humble.
            Not to sound arrogant, but I'm sure that it'll be hard to beat those for high WAF--small, not too blingy, matches most interior decor---wait, I might need to give up my man card. :P

            ​Anyways, it's interesting to see what others like as their "keepers."

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            • #21
              Originally posted by jhollander View Post
              My wife wants the Aperivox, I keep the Vultus.
              John, we're lucky men... that our wives appreciate our hobby enough to actually have a favorite! Eileen's is the Bantams... maybe because they're tiny, like her?

              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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              • #22
                Originally posted by jhollander View Post
                My wife wants the Aperivox, I keep the Vultus.

                Scott which of yours would you keep over the others?

                That's a tough choice. There is a bit of a chronology...

                I used to have Ellis 1801's I used as a reference. The Shrubbery project made me think I really didn't need them any more. I did a number of smaller projects after that. The Indium 7's were the most "complete" speaker I have produced - but the new revision of the Matrix (with ND140's replacing the RS150T's) would be my current choice. They will be coming to Iowa this year.
                Keep an open mind, but don't let your brain fall out.

                Argon | Helium | Lithium | LithMTM | Hafnium
                Mercury | Matrix | Shrubbery

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                • #23
                  Speakers are like your children. They mature and leave. New ones are most dear.
                  Kenny

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by williamrschneider View Post
                    I'd keep my Linkwitz LX521 speakers...
                    Beautiful!
                    Kenny

                    http://www.diy-ny.com/
                    DIY NY/NJ 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGwA...ature=youtu.be
                    Man does not live by measurements alone, a little music helps.

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                    • #25
                      tomzarbo and scottsehlin ... I have a pair of ND-140 woofers and I'd like to build a TM for my HT system with them (L,C,R, and rears). My goal is to try to keep these fairly small, I'd like them to replace my JBL TM speakers but end up in smaller cabinets. I originally was going to use the Aura NS-3, but it seems the black cones are going the way of the dodo, plus I think I'll cross to a sub in a HT system easier with the ND-140.

                      That said, knowing these will play with a sub, do you think I could get (roughly) 80-100 Hz out of these in a smaller sealed box? I'd like to make these as small as possible. And, how high can this woofer play? Is 3.5-4khz a realistic possibility?

                      ​Thanks!!!
                      "The ability of any system to produce exceptional sound will be limited mainly by the capability of the speakers" Jim Salk
                      "Audio is surely a journey full of revelations as you go" JasonP

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                      • #26
                        What I have now
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by kenny_k View Post
                          Speakers are like your children. They mature and leave. New ones are most dear.

                          Spoken like a true artisan.

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                          • #28
                            Ií’d have to keep two. The TzuJans, because they are so clean and coherent, without ever being etched. And the Last Hurrah’s, because sometimes you just have to wake the neighbors - and they are really good as well.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by mattsk8 View Post
                              tomzarbo and scottsehlin ... I have a pair of ND-140 woofers and I'd like to build a TM for my HT system with them (L,C,R, and rears). My goal is to try to keep these fairly small, I'd like them to replace my JBL TM speakers but end up in smaller cabinets. I originally was going to use the Aura NS-3, but it seems the black cones are going the way of the dodo, plus I think I'll cross to a sub in a HT system easier with the ND-140.

                              That said, knowing these will play with a sub, do you think I could get (roughly) 80-100 Hz out of these in a smaller sealed box? I'd like to make these as small as possible. And, how high can this woofer play? Is 3.5-4khz a realistic possibility?

                              ​Thanks!!!

                              You will get plenty of bass out of the ND140's sealed in 7-10 liters (f3 around 60). When I heard them in cjd's project (see link below), the bass was competitive with most speakers that size even sealed. The ND140 seems to want to cross around 2.5 kHz (or lower). A broad peak starts above 4 kHz, so 3.5 kHz would be a tough ask.

                              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...c25sc06-mtm-tm
                              Keep an open mind, but don't let your brain fall out.

                              Argon | Helium | Lithium | LithMTM | Hafnium
                              Mercury | Matrix | Shrubbery

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by mattsk8 View Post
                                tomzarbo and scottsehlin ... I have a pair of ND-140 woofers and I'd like to build a TM for my HT system with them (L,C,R, and rears). My goal is to try to keep these fairly small, I'd like them to replace my JBL TM speakers but end up in smaller cabinets. I originally was going to use the Aura NS-3, but it seems the black cones are going the way of the dodo, plus I think I'll cross to a sub in a HT system easier with the ND-140.

                                That said, knowing these will play with a sub, do you think I could get (roughly) 80-100 Hz out of these in a smaller sealed box? I'd like to make these as small as possible. And, how high can this woofer play? Is 3.5-4khz a realistic possibility?

                                ​Thanks!!!
                                Matt do you already have tweeters to mate with the ND-140

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