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  • 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

    Just pulled the trigger on the parts for a Minions III/Voxel build after getting approval from my manager at work for them.

    In this case I will be going a slightly different route using the PE micro bookshelf cabinets for the Minions. They are only slightly larger then the cabinets Lee used and I think they might work well with my desk.

    I was able to pickup most all my tools from southern California so I am going to take a crack at making the voxel cabinet myself.

    Will post pics and build info as it develops.

    Kevin
    Shaken, not stirred...

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    Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

    Well I got some of the build done finally. I posted some pics below.

    The veneer is Tiger Stripe Maple for the baffle and Mottled Makore for the body.

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    I will try to finish them this coming weekend so I can start using them at my desk on Monday.

    edit: Got a lot done week before last with Leroy R. I put the cabinet together and Lee and I glued on a scrap piece of MDF and he showed me how to flush trim the baffle. Lee showed me how to measure and create driver wholes with a jasper jig and flush mount the woofer. Had some fun running a table router for the first time but it came out OK. The next weekend was veneering the box.

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    Kevin
    Last edited by kevin007; 06-29-2014, 06:16 PM. Reason: Adding Pics
    Shaken, not stirred...

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    • #3
      Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

      More progress has been made.

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      Today I was able to finish the sanding and get them into poly, installed the terminals, and driver. I hooked them up to my AVR and played some music from the radio and and they sounded very nice. Tomorrow I will hook them up at my desk and some nice sounding music.

      edit: Finished the voxel sub today. I had to repair some of the veneer as it sat for week while the cement cured and somehow ended up with some boo-boos. I used the same technique I was taught from our local woodcraft store and for the most part I think it turned out ok.

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      Last edited by kevin007; 06-29-2014, 06:20 PM.
      Shaken, not stirred...

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      • #4
        Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

        For a little size comparison I have posted some pics of the Minion III's with my OS MT's.

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        They are about 1/3 the size of the OS MT's. So I think they should fir nicely on my desk at work.
        Last edited by kevin007; 02-23-2014, 09:06 PM.
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        • #5
          Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

          Ironic - I have ordered the same cabinets and the same Tang Band speakers for my son, and will build them as soon as they arrive.
          Sausage With Meat Sause, Please

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          • #6
            Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

            Ahhhh you're basically leading the path I want to follow! I have plans for this as well but want to get my first build under my belt before I start considering something like this but I've been saving up a bunch of links for 2.1 amps, take a look in the Voxel thread where I pasted a load there, here's another potential that I found last night:

            http://www.sureelectronics.net/goods.php?id=2600

            When I'm done with my first build I'm going to try and catch up with you! I can't wait to see what you think about the MIII/V combo :D

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            • #7
              Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

              Originally posted by Benji View Post
              Ahhhh you're basically leading the path I want to follow! I have plans for this as well but want to get my first build under my belt before I start considering something like this but I've been saving up a bunch of links for 2.1 amps, take a look in the Voxel thread where I pasted a load there, here's another potential that I found last night:

              http://www.sureelectronics.net/goods.php?id=2600

              When I'm done with my first build I'm going to try and catch up with you! I can't wait to see what you think about the MIII/V combo :D
              I am not sure you would need 100 watts per channel to power the minions. We used a Lepai 2020 for our speaker comparison earlier this month and they rocked with just that.

              This little amp has been on ebay for awhile. the only PS I have found that should work is here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221218791728...84.m1438.l2649

              here is another possibility: http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route...&product_id=64

              Once again I think it would be overkill but it may not reach the power rating anyway.

              I was going to use the Lepai 2.1 amp to start with since I have one already. And I will upgrade some time later.

              Kevin
              Shaken, not stirred...

              Classix II
              OS MTM's
              Digger 8 sub
              Overnight Sensations Center Channel
              Sprite Build
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              Minions III with Voxel Sub

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              • #8
                Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                Yep true, originally I was thinking about a 2.1 system with OS TM's or similar hence the extra power.

                Oh and that's one of the amps I posted in the official Voxel thread, I found the PSU, here is what I posted:

                Originally posted by Benji View Post
                FYI, 'Yuan-Jing' just emailed me this which they just got in and is a suitable PSU for their 2.1 amp:
                http://www.yuan-jing.com/ac-dc-adapt...ly-smps-24v-5a

                Problem is shipping from their site with the complete 2.1 amp is $66 on top of everything else, I believe I found the PSU from another source where shipping shouldn't be as expensive and then you can get the complete amp from AliExpress where shipping is free:
                http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-AD1202.../dp/B00D3B293Y
                http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Genuine-...item3381aae130

                There may be more. I'm thinking about taking a shot but switching the OS TM's for 'The Minions II' I've just spotted over on another thread, trying to keep costs down for a 2.1 system!
                Though it appears the Amazon link is gone.

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                • #9
                  Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                  The enclosures for the IIIs you listened to here were 4.25" internal cube so the internal volume of those PE cabinets is less than .3 cubic inches larger. Almost identical.
                  76.77 vs. 77

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                  • #10
                    Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                    Lee,

                    Thats awesome. I hope they will sound as good as yours do.

                    I ordered some more veneer to do the Minions and Voxel in. I am going to do the baffles in that tiger stripe maple I have left over and the rest of the cabinet in the mottled Makore.

                    Should be nice, I hope... :p

                    Kevin

                    Originally posted by Leroy R View Post
                    The enclosures for the IIIs you listened to here were 4.25" internal cube so the internal volume of those PE cabinets is less than .3 cubic inches larger. Almost identical.
                    76.77 vs. 77
                    Shaken, not stirred...

                    Classix II
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                    Digger 8 sub
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                    Sprite Build
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                    Minions III with Voxel Sub

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                    • #11
                      Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                      You need to drill the driver hole before you mount the baffle. With the baffle being 1/2" thick you are going to need to chamfer the back side of the driver opening to give the driver breathing room.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                        Sounds like a plan.

                        Now I have never chamfered anything before, what do you use to do that?

                        Kevin

                        Originally posted by Leroy R View Post
                        You need to drill the driver hole before you mount the baffle. With the baffle being 1/2" thick you are going to need to chamfer the back side of the driver opening to give the driver breathing room.
                        Shaken, not stirred...

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                        Digger 8 sub
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                        • #13
                          Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                          One of these.

                          http://www.amazon.com/CMT-836-280-11...ds=chamfer+bit

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                          • #14
                            Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                            Can that bit be used in a drill? Or am I limited to a router?

                            Kevin

                            Originally posted by Leroy R View Post
                            Shaken, not stirred...

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                            • #15
                              Re: 2.1 Minions III/Voxel System Build

                              Originally posted by kevin007 View Post
                              Can that bit be used in a drill? Or am I limited to a router?

                              Kevin
                              You're better off with a router. A drill is much slower than a router, plus it would be hard to hold to maintain a uniform cut. If you don't have a router, you can use a file; that would be on the slow side, but it will work. You can also use a Dremel with a sanding drum.
                              Mike
                              "We're speaker geeks, not speaker nerds. Nerds make money!" Marty H
                              Bismarck, North Dakota
                              My Current System: Jolida SJ502A, Squeezebox Touch, and Carmody Sunflowers
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