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  • KEtheredge87
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    Originally posted by OldBeginner View Post
    Congratulations! It's been a lot of fun watching you put these together and obviously all that paid off. The get together also sounds like it was a blast.
    Thanks OldBeginner! Glad you enjoy the build log process. Some days it's hard to post, but the documentation is priceless later on. The event was definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my life! Looking forward to many more! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk

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  • KEtheredge87
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    Originally posted by Kevin K. View Post
    Congrats Keith, they must sound as awesome as they look! Looking forward to seeing and hearing these at MWAF.
    Thanks Kevin! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on them. I thought they turned out pretty good myself, but it was more important that I hear what other folks thought of them! Steering clear of our own personal biases can be quite a challenge some days. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk

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  • OldBeginner
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    Congratulations! It's been a lot of fun watching you put these together and obviously all that paid off. The get together also sounds like it was a blast.

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  • Kevin K.
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    Congrats Keith, they must sound as awesome as they look! Looking forward to seeing and hearing these at MWAF.

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  • KEtheredge87
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    Thanks Howard!

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  • howard
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    Congratulations on your success at the Indiana get together.**

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  • KEtheredge87
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    Originally posted by brkitup View Post
    These sounding simply fantastic at InDIYana. Your hard work definitely paid off. After looking at Celestion's response graphs, though, there's no way I would have touched these with a 10 foot pole. That tweeter response is a nightmare. Nice job.
    Hey Eric!

    Thanks for the compliment I'll admit a strong bit of ignorance when I selected this driver initially. I modeled multiple simulated XO's in PCD with the Celestion driver, as well as the Morel Hybrid 524 and the Dayton CX-150. If my memory from last Oct/Nov is correct, the dayton actually simmed out the easiest to manipulate, but I wasn't sure the driver would be available in time while Dayton re-tooled the driver for noise concerns. As I said at the show, I had plenty of luck with this driver. It could have easily been a hot mess, but such is life without driver reviews to be found ANYWHERE online!

    I think I'll give this driver 4 stars on PE because it DID turn out to sound very nice, but it needed a LOT of help getting there. I used 14 of 26 total XO parts just hammering this high frequency lump of coal into a diamond! In the future I'll probably not grab something so obviously meant for sound reinforcement and cram it into a Hi-Fi environment!

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  • brkitup
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    These sounding simply fantastic at InDIYana. Your hard work definitely paid off. After looking at Celestion's response graphs, though, there's no way I would have touched these with a 10 foot pole. That tweeter response is a nightmare. Nice job.

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  • KEtheredge87
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    Originally posted by stephenmarklay View Post
    Ever since getting some Kef LS50’s I have been intrigued by coaxial designs. I looked at the specs on the driver you are using and I am too much of a rookie to get a picture of how it sounds. It looks a like it has a lot of areas to tame?

    Can you fill me in?

    Very cool design.
    Hi Stephen, Thanks for the compliments!

    For what it's worth, I still consider myself a big-time rookie! This is only the second XO I've ever attempted myself. I didn't choose the Celestion coaxial because its' specs were awe inspiring... instead, I chose it because I was afraid that a lot of folks attending the InDIYana event would try to use the Dayton coaxials that had just come out. I wanted to ensure at least a little bit of variety

    Ultimately, this driver ended up needing the hammer of THOR to make crossover that I was happy with. Celestion happens to publish a suggested 2kHz XO design on their website that goes 2nd order on the mid and 3rd order on the tweeter. I looked at this, but quickly dismissed it. Either it didn't work with my cabinet choices, or it is simply a low cost solution for a sound reinforcement scenario rather than a hi-fi audio arrangement (The Celestion brand is generally marketed toward the professional DJ/musician rather than the home hi-fi crowd, after all).

    When I approached the tweeter, there were three main trouble spots that were either dealt with, or left alone. The base response ended up being a 4th order Linkwitz-Riley arrangement that actually targeted a 6th order high pass slope (-36 dB/oct... I'm going from memory here, feel free to embarrass me and check my math ) Looking at the published response graph, I planned to address the big peak at 2.5khz and the dip / peak / dip at ~11K / 15K / 18K. The big 2.5 kHz peak is some kind of resonance, since the published Fs of the compression horn tweeter is 1250 Hz. You might also notice from the mid woofer's response that there's a matching-ish suck out at the 2.5 kHz area. I believe this is a common interaction seen on coaxial drivers (no free lunch), but others might know better.

    At the end of the day, I actually used 3 of 4 LCR notch filters to address my issues with this driver (hence the hammer of THOR comment). The tweeter XO on this sucker is so big I actually had to mount the midrange XO down in the woofer part of the cabinet!

    If this weren't a passive XO only competition, a driver like this would really benefit from using an active crossover. Then you can boost and attenuate till you're blue in the face and have a nice flat response from a driver this squirrely.

    After all the technical details, I think the driver performs quite well in my setup. Still need to actually connect two speakers at once and listen in stereo, but in mono things sound great. Heck, I've listened to my test tracks in mono so much that I'll be blown away when I get the full stereo experience again!

    Hope this answers your question

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  • augerpro
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    Originally posted by KEtheredge87 View Post


    On a positive note, she told me that I've turned her into an "audio snob" since she can't stand the sound of built-in TV speakers anymore. Mission Accomplished, I say!
    LOL, nice...

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  • KEtheredge87
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    Originally posted by tomzarbo View Post
    ...I'm curious though, how was the smell a few hours after you finished up?...
    Hey Tom, Thanks for following along!

    Building these pop-up paint booths are always a time commitment, but I think they are definitely worth it. If nothing else, I get to avoid coating the rest of my garage in overspray! This was the first time I upgraded the design to include a positive pressure down draft system to push out the fumes. Overall the spray smell was almost unnoticeable once I removed my respirator outside of the booth. That was with the fan still running and both garage doors cracked about 2 feet. I left the fan running with cracked doors for another 2 or 3 hours before I turned it off and closed the garage for the night. This morning, I could tell some more solvents had flashed off during the overnight curing since the smell was a little stronger, but nothing like a freshly sprayed coat of paint.

    I'm surprised my wife doesn't yell at me over smells more often I've been known to mix a few small batches of instant epoxy at the kitchen table before... not to mention the RTV silicone I was using at the table yesterday to seal up the coax wiring chamber. That stuff is down right acrid!

    On a positive note, she told me that I've turned her into an "audio snob" since she can't stand the sound of built-in TV speakers anymore. Mission Accomplished, I say!

    These guys will definitely be ready for Ohio in July. I'll be registering them for the competition shortly after the InDIYana show. See you then!

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  • tomzarbo
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    Looks like it worked well... I've thought about doing something like that more to get rid of 'boogers' in the sprayed finish, but I probably never will need to as little as I spray stuff.

    I'm curious though, how was the smell a few hours after you finished up? I'm thinking compared to spraying a few cans of rattle-can paint in the garage and leaving the doors open a few feet for a few hours to air stuff out...

    I have a laundry room between my garage and the main house with doors on either side, so I kind of use that as a 'buffer zone' to keep fumes from entering the house by keeping both doors closed and only opening one at a time. Still smells a bit in the house, but really light... just enough to tell you sprayed something, but not enough to make your head hurt.

    Nice work on everything you've been doing... I'm really looking forward to seeing these in Ohio in a few months.

    TomZ

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