Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Finalist speakers, Tower version. Advice needed concerning TL vs Ported

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #61
    1. So it's ok if the front and rear PVC support braces are cut clean through? No more 1/2" recess with 1/4" left for the mid-tunnel to sit in/on? Just a simple 6 5/8" hole cut in the centers of each 9 1/2" X 7 1/2" PVC support brace?

    Any transition need to be shaped behind the driver?

    2. A simple 6" hole is all you need then in the back panel?

    I'm terribly sorry for all the pedantic trouble. Even I hate myself at this point. If I told someone to leave out the 7" recess, they probably wouldn't cut anything out at all without being told exactly. Think Amelia Bedelia and literal thinking.
    Last edited by Paperweight; 04-07-2021, 05:04 PM.

    Comment


    • #62
      Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_5202_DxO (Large).jpg
Views:	94
Size:	243.1 KB
ID:	1468203 Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_5200_DxO (Large).jpg
Views:	89
Size:	238.8 KB
ID:	1468204 Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_5201_DxO (Large).jpg
Views:	88
Size:	238.5 KB
ID:	1468205
      Originally posted by Paperweight View Post
      1. So it's ok if the front and rear PVC support braces are cut clean through? No more 1/2" recess with 1/4" left for the mid-tunnel to sit in/on? Just a simple 6 5/8" hole cut in the centers of each 9 1/2" X 7 1/2" PVC support brace?

      Any transition need to be shaped behind the driver?

      2. A simple 6" hole is all you need then in the back panel?

      I'm terribly sorry for all the pedantic trouble. Even I hate myself at this point. If I told someone to leave out the 7" recess, they probably wouldn't cut anything out at all without being told exactly. Think Amelia Bedelia and literal thinking.
      Just a simple 6 5/8" hole through the support braces which should exactly fit 6" PVC external dimensions available at most home stores like Home Depot etc. I always do a 3/4" roundover on the inside of the inner front baffle for a smooth transition. You can also do a 45 degree angle cut if you prefer. Just make it flare into the into the PVC from the front baffle. I usually just cut a rough hole in the back panel in the middle of the mid PVC tunnel and then use a flush trim bit to create a perfect hole in the back.

      Forget about all the recesses that applied to the Finalists, they are are not used or needed on the Travelers.

      I'll try to get a picture of the mid tube stuffing when I get time and post it.

      Jim
      Last edited by Jim Holtz; 04-07-2021, 10:28 PM.

      Comment


      • #63
        Thank you, that is the final bit of info I needed.

        This might end up working out. Got a chance to try out the Jasper 280 Pro circle jig. It works really well.
        Last edited by Paperweight; 04-11-2021, 12:27 AM.

        Comment


        • #64
          What kind of pad is used in between the top and bottom enclosures for the Bordeaux speakers?

          I'm really liking the idea of separating the top and bottom halves of this floor standing version of the Travelers. The woofer is already enclosed. It seems there would be just enough room to include a 1/4" panel in the bottom of the tweeter/mid half if you take a 1/4" off the bottom of the mid tunnel braces. Oddly enough, the inspiration came to me looking at the tunnel braces my cabinet guy cut 9 1/2" x 7". Hey I can still use these.

          Edit: Ha, he cut them 7" x 11 1/16"
          Last edited by Paperweight; 04-11-2021, 09:43 PM.

          Comment


          • #65
            Call me the slow kid but I just now measured the dimentions of the cabinet kit I received. After I failed to get it together correctly and tore it apart in a rage, it sat off to the side until I tried to salvage some unglued parts from it for attempt number two.

            Inner front baffle and Back panel: 43 1/4" X 9 1/2" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker >> 12 1/2" x 42 1/4" < sides sit on the back of the front panel (Very odd)
            Outer front baffle: 44 3/4" X 11" ** 1/2" thick **, 1 per speaker >> 12 1/2" x 43 3/4"
            Side Panels: 44 3/4" X 15" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker >> 13 1/2 x 42 1/4" < He had these sitting on the top and bottom panels instead of covering them
            Top and Bottom panel: 9 1/2" X 15" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker >> 12 1/2" x 15"
            PVC support panels: 9 1/2" X 7 1/2" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker >> 7" x 11 1/16"
            Inner Solid panel for top of woofer section: 13 1/2" X 9 1/2" 3/4: thick, 1 per speaker >> 11 1/16" x 13 1/2"
            ML-TL main center panel: 24 7/8" X 9 1/2" 3/4" thick, 1 per speaker >> 11 1/16" x 24 7/8"
            Window Braces: 9 1/2" X 6 3/8" 3/4" thick, 4 per speaker >> 6 3/8' x 11 1/16"

            The dimentions on the left are correct, I believe. The dimentions on the right are what I received in a flatpack kit. The front and side panels are supposed to be assembled in the opposite way the Finalists/Travelers are assembled according to the pocket screw holes and biscuit cuts (that were off by 1/16" I might add). I'm just like wow, really? Were we looking at the same cabinet plans? It's all very weird and troubling.

            Lesson learned, never ever have someone build a cabinet kit without a cut list and dimentional drawing if they have never done it before. I didn't know turning a simple 3- way speaker plan into a floor standing speaker would go so off the rails.

            I'm glad I went and bought some plywood to try this myself. It can't possibly go any worse.
            Last edited by Paperweight; 04-14-2021, 10:37 AM.

            Comment


            • #66
              Sorry for your troubles, man.

              Comment


              • Paperweight
                Paperweight commented
                Editing a comment
                It was a great learning experience but extremly frustrating and expensive. If I had known I'd get so worked up and upset, I probably would have never started this project. Now I have $1000 worth of speaker kit sitting in the corner until I get this cabinet situation straightened out. Spent $620 on two cabinets, $310 on plywood, $220 on a plunge router and $80 on a circle jig kit.

              • Steve Lee
                Steve Lee commented
                Editing a comment
                If you want something done right - do it yourself - this is the best advice I can offer you.
                Experience isn't cheap to gain but it is invaluable to possess.

                Now you have experience in what not to do, some good tools that will serve you a lifetime and some scrap material on hand to continue learning upon.

                Take a break from it - rethink your approach and tackle it again once you have the desire/information and confidence.

                Be well, brother!


            • #67
              To clarify, the TL cabinet design is different from the monitor size cabinet I designed, Both will work perfect and some things will interchange but the overall dimensions, cabinet width and depth are different as well as the internal bracing. If you got the flat pack from Leland, he does know what he's doing.He just cut it to the TL spec rather than the monitor cabinet that I posted. The monitor is assembled the way I do it, the TL would be assembled the way Paul would do it. Nothing wrong with either one but you can't mix the two together.

              Jim

              Comment


              • #68
                He mixed Curt's TL internal cabinet dimentions with Paul K's ML-TL including the center panel, braces and port? I'm still scratching my head on that.

                I sent him the cut list and dimentional drawing for the second cabinet. I'm still kind of worried. I'm down the cost of two cabinets. I then spent just as much on four sheets of baltic birch plywood, a plunge router and circle jig kit to redo the first cabinet.

                Originally posted by Paul K. View Post
                The internal width should be the same at that for the Finalist which I seem to recall is 9.5".
                Paul

                Paul K.'s ML-TL design is based on the monitor speaker's original internal dimentions, just extended downward. It is not based on Curt's tapered TL cabinet and its internal dimentions which uses 11" width side to side and 13 1/2" length front to back. I don't know where that idea started or why this confusion is so pervasive and persistant. I do believe Paul K. was going on the original Finalist/Traveler monitor internal dimentions of 9 1/2" width side to side and 13 1/2" length front to back.

                I would assume someone would always go the simplist, easiest, least resistance route. Taking the already established monitor speaker internal dimentions and working with that. It seems bizarre beyond reason that he would take Curt's TL cabinet and base the ML-TL internal dimentions on that. That seems very out of left field. The ML-TL is something Paul K. came up with in 2014. Curt designed the TL in 2013 but it wasn't posted on Speaker Design Works until 2016. I have no idea if Curt posted it anywhere else before 2016.

                I posted a combined drawing and cut list a while back. I do believe it is correct. I'm marking up a sheet of baltic birch plywood and Leland is building the second cabinet, hopefully, based on this as well. I figure in the near future I will be able to say if this works out or not.


                Inner front baffle and Back panel: 43 1/4" X 9 1/2" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker

                Outer front baffle: 44 3/4" X 11" ** 1/2" thick **, 1 per speaker

                Side Panels: 44 3/4" X 15" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker

                Top and Bottom panel: 9 1/2" X 15" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker

                PVC support panels: 9 1/2" X 7 1/2" 3/4" thick, 2 per speaker

                Inner Solid panel for top of woofer section: 13 1/2" X 9 1/2" 3/4: thick, 1 per speaker

                ML-TL main center panel: 24 7/8" X 9 1/2" 3/4" thick, 1 per speaker

                Window Braces: 9 1/2" X 6 3/8" 3/4" thick, 4 per speaker


                Paul K., feel free to step in and correct any of this if I'm wrong on any of your dimentions.

                Edit: The scanner cut off the bottom dimention showing the total depth, front to back of the cabinet including the 1/2" outer front baffle at 15 1/2". The internal width dimention is 9 1/2". So, overall exterior dimentions are 11" width, 15 1/2" depth, and 44 3/4" height.
                Attached Files
                Last edited by Paperweight; 04-13-2021, 10:32 AM.

                Comment


                • djg
                  djg commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Nice drawing.

                • Paperweight
                  Paperweight commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thanks. It's not bad for a brain dead grocery stock clerk who hasn't been in a drafting class for 26 years. I do layout drawings for vacuum tube turret boards every once in a while so I kept graph paper around. Old fashioned but it works.

              • #69
                Originally posted by Paul K.
                miyami,
                The person for which I designed this ML-TL version told me he was okay with me sharing the design. He had intended to be well into his own build of it by now, but storms damaged his house and he's in the middle of effecting repairs.

                I've attached a drawing for the lower part of the cabinet housing the folded, ML-TL. Starting with Jim's original cabinet, you simply replace the window brace below the midrange tunnel with a solid divider, and below that you add 31.25" of height for the woofer's compartment. The original cabinet depth and width is maintained as are the locations of all three drivers on the baffle relative to the baffle's top and sides. Using 3/4"-thick panels all around, except for the baffle, makes the external height of the cabinet be 44.5". Previously I said this places the tweeter's center at 36.25" above the floor--that was incorrect. The tweeter's center will be 41.625" above the floor. That may be a bit too high but it's more in line with Jim's preference and it will definitely be better for the guy I designed this for with his HT setup. [When I calculated the tweeter height I got in a hurry and mistakenly used the center location dimension for the midrange driver :oops:] If you're really interested in this for a personal build and would prefer the tweeter to be lower, I can easily re-design the woofer compartment a couple or so inches shorter. This will not negatively impact the resulting ML-TL to any audible extent.

                Going on, now that I've embarrassed myself, the folded line is created by the vertical center divider, and the line has a constant cross-section along its 63.25" length that's 9.5"W x 6.375"D. The mass-loading port is on the rear panel with its center 10.25" above the internal bottom. The non-flared port has a 3" diameter and 4.25" length. All of the first half of the line is filled with polyester fiber at a uniform density of 0.75 lb/ft3, requiring a total of ~14 ounces of fiber. With dotted lines I've shown locations for 4 suggested window braces.

                The second attachment shows the predicted system bass response (red line) for a 2.83-volt input and measured at 1 meter in an essentially anechoic environment. As you can see f3 is 31-32 Hz.

                If you have any questions or would like to see a different model with a shorter cabinet that places the tweeter height lower, I'm game.
                Paul
                [ATTACH=CONFIG]23180[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]23181[/ATTACH]
                The stuff that got cut off at the bottom was the same ML-TL and frequency graph Paul K. posted earlier. Did some searching and digging over at the HTGuide.com forums. Thank goodness for vacation to have the time to read through stuff to find this.

                Our cabinet dimentions only differ by 1/4" in height which isn't too bad. I came up with 44 3/4" for total height and Paul K. gave 44.5" as his figure. I took the 8 1/4" from the top of the cabinet to the mid center and centered the PVC tunnel braces around that. So half of the PVC tunnel brace height of 7 1/2" is 3 3/4". Add that to 8 1/4" to get 12". The ML-TL cabinet starts right under that. Paul's internal dimentions of 31 1/4" plus the top and bottom panel 3/4" thickness (1 1/2" total) is 32 3/4". Add 12" to that for a total of 44 3/4" for the height. Tweeter center will be right at 41 7/8".

                For once in my miserible existance, I got something right. I feel relieved and tired now.
                Last edited by Paperweight; 04-14-2021, 10:44 AM.

                Comment


                • #70
                  I have noticed that several three-way designs like the Statements, Finalist's and Travellers use the aluminum cone version of the 8" Dayton RS woofer. How would the paper cone version stack up against the aluminum as the bass driver in a three-way design?

                  Comment


                  • Paperweight
                    Paperweight commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Just going on simple specs, it looks like the aluminum cone version can get away with a smaller enclosure and have a slightly lower f3.
                Working...
                X