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  • #31
    Re: qbnbntaeo

    Nothing technical to add, but those may be the nicest-looking speakers I've ever seen.

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    • #32
      Re: qbnbntaeo

      Thanks for the compliments! Jeff B's original speakers were solid maple. You can find them on this board.
      DARPA Jr - 2015 InDIYana Winner - RS180-8 + RS100P-8 + ND25FA
      The Aria's - RS150-4 (or RS150-8) + XT25SC90
      The Mariposa's - TEBM65C20F-8 + ND16FA
      The Canzonetta's - RS100P-8 and ND16FA
      AudioSource AMP-100 Mods OR Pyle PAMP1000 Mods

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      • #33
        Re: qbnbntaeo

        Originally posted by mattsk8 View Post
        Didn't want to rob the other guy's thread .

        Those look amazing! I love the creativity. That grade of oak w/ the maple and walnut works well! I'm sure you get a lot of comments about what kind of wood you used! And the danish oil ties it all together very well; good choice!

        Just curious, are the continuums designed w/ solid hardwood? Only curious because we always hear arguments for what wood is better between bb and mdf and that solid hardwood is a bad idea because of inconsistent density. Guess you rocked that one :D! Well done! I'd love to hear a pair of those someday.

        As far as challenging yourself on the woodworking front, I'd say major score
        When you're dealing with a box this size the cabinet is going to be very solid and mechanically inert with most materials you may use, whether MDF, plywood, or various hardwoods. In bigger boxes it is best to use MDF and bracing due to the ease with which you can fabricate your pieces and it keeps the cost low. The biggest legitimate knock against hardwoods in a larger speaker is the possibility of the wood splitting or warping, and wanting to pull away or create buzzes. I have never seen any issue in a small enclosure though. I have seen large enclosures use a lot of hardwood without any issue too.
        Click here for Jeff Bagby's Loudspeaker Design Software

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        • #34
          Re: qbnbntaeo

          Jeff,

          Once again I want to thank you for this design. I've just spent the past hour stretching the legs of these speakers, and they are absolutely amazing.

          I've never heard such detail presented in such an exquisite, smooth manner. I've also never been brought to tears by listening to music, but these speakers did just that. They quite possibly provided me with one of the more emotional moments of my life in the span of a single two and a half minute song.

          All I could think about was how I'd never get to share these speakers and their unparalleled clarity and presentation with my former neighbor. Jackson Boyette was a preacher here in Austin who really took the time to show me what audiophile quality was. I always thought my Definitive Technologies were the beez kneez until he came in and said "That's nice. Let's go to my house." My world was never the same. He played some orchestral music over his original 1960's electrostatic Quad ESL's with 15W class-a tube amp and precision motor driven, floating turntable and my jaw dropped. He also dared me to find the differences as he flipped between a CD and Vinyl of the same recording. I won't go into the results of that one...

          Anyways, Jackson and his wife were killed in a car accident last year when I was on a business trip in Asia. He had just purchased a pair of Dynaudio floor standers for his vacation home and wanted me to hear them, but I never got the chance.

          I would have been proud to show him your speakers, and I know his face would be beaming as every minutia of the female voice, guitar, cymbals, tympani, brass, and piano were presented with unmatched realism and detail.

          Again, bravo and thank you. I am hereby indebted to you.

          Sincerely, Ty

          For the record, the song was "The Gift" by Thom Rottella. It's a guitar solo, but the sound of the acoustic guitar being rubbed against his leg as he changed hand positions on the fretboard was unmistakable, and a detail I've never heard in the 10 years I've used that song for listening tests. It is a recording on an old Alpine demo disc called "Speed of Sound" that I picked up back in my car audio days.
          DARPA Jr - 2015 InDIYana Winner - RS180-8 + RS100P-8 + ND25FA
          The Aria's - RS150-4 (or RS150-8) + XT25SC90
          The Mariposa's - TEBM65C20F-8 + ND16FA
          The Canzonetta's - RS100P-8 and ND16FA
          AudioSource AMP-100 Mods OR Pyle PAMP1000 Mods

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          • #35
            Re: qbnbntaeo

            Originally posted by tyger23 View Post
            Jeff,

            Once again I want to thank you for this design. I've just spent the past hour stretching the legs of these speakers, and they are absolutely amazing.

            I've never heard such detail presented in such an exquisite, smooth manner. I've also never been brought to tears by listening to music, but these speakers did just that. They quite possibly provided me with one of the more emotional moments of my life in the span of a single two and a half minute song.

            All I could think about was how I'd never get to share these speakers and their unparalleled clarity and presentation with my former neighbor. Jackson Boyette was a preacher here in Austin who really took the time to show me what audiophile quality was. I always thought my Definitive Technologies were the beez kneez until he came in and said "That's nice. Let's go to my house." My world was never the same. He played some orchestral music over his original 1960's electrostatic Quad ESL's with 15W class-a tube amp and precision motor driven, floating turntable and my jaw dropped. He also dared me to find the differences as he flipped between a CD and Vinyl of the same recording. I won't go into the results of that one...

            Anyways, Jackson and his wife were killed in a car accident last year when I was on a business trip in Asia. He had just purchased a pair of Dynaudio floor standers for his vacation home and wanted me to hear them, but I never got the chance.

            I would have been proud to show him your speakers, and I know his face would be beaming as every minutia of the female voice, guitar, cymbals, tympani, brass, and piano were presented with unmatched realism and detail.

            Again, bravo and thank you. I am hereby indebted to you.

            Sincerely, Ty

            For the record, the song was "The Gift" by Thom Rottella. It's a guitar solo, but the sound of the acoustic guitar being rubbed against his leg as he changed hand positions on the fretboard was unmistakable, and a detail I've never heard in the 10 years I've used that song for listening tests. It is a recording on an old Alpine demo disc called "Speed of Sound" that I picked up back in my car audio days.

            Thank you. I am sure no speaker is actually worthy of all that you have thrust upon this one, but I am happy you are pleased with how the Continuums are performing for you.

            I am sorry to hear about your friends and the loss you have experienced. If his earthly experience involved living with a set of Quad ESL's then he knew more of the joy of music then most of us ever will. I am sure they are in an even better place now where the music is even more glorious.

            Again, thank you for the kind words.

            Jeff
            Click here for Jeff Bagby's Loudspeaker Design Software

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            • #36
              Re: Continuum's with split personality. My first DIY build.

              Glorious!, what else can I say...

              Very, very nice. I especially like the wood pieces you've chosen. I used to work with hardwoods making pipes (in the 80's) then waterbeds and even speakers for a short time. I know the feeling of rubbing wood with sandpaper and watching it change shape and slowly come to life when you spit on it to see what you've done. Nothing like the first wipe with a tack cloth, seeing the inside of the tree for the first time. You've done justice to the wood from what I see. Hope they sound as good as they look.
              Tom

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