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  • Johnny P
    started a topic New to Speaker building. Need some advice

    New to Speaker building. Need some advice

    Hey guys so I want to build my own HT. I've been on some forums and have seen and read a lot of comments. Especially from some of you seasoned vets. My hats off to alot of you guys. REALLY. Im not afraid of trying new stuff and I figured DIY is the next step for me considering theres really not much to choose from locally. I know for a fact that I will spend more money building my own theater speakers than what I could buy at your local retailer. Im also well aware that this is something that will not be done overnight. Good thing im a patient person. I am also well aware that I could possibly be bitten by what some of you call "THE BUG". if that's the case then so be it. Im up for the challenge. I have most of the power tools already on hand since I had "FLIPPED" my house a few years back..The power tools are just collecting dust at this point and need to be let out to play.. :D. im not an electrical engineer and a lot of the lingo of what is spoken I do not really understand.....YET..but im sure with time ill begin to understand...I would appreciate any feedback and or advice in regards to some of the items I would like to use...so heres go nothing...please be patient with me and explain to me like im a 5 year old.... :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I would say im 25% music and 75% movies.

    I will be using birch plywood to make any cabinets....polyurethane to glue everything together...poly fill etc....etc...

    any opinions on MDF vs BIRCH??

    im still undecided on the finish I want..thanks to you guys and the stuff you've made with different materials has made it extremely difficult.
    options: veneer....con-tact paper....stain....or paint....I do want to add the high gloss look over whatever I choose.

    Everything will be hooked up to this receiver
    http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-A850...ievers+rx-a850

    And I will be purchasing all speaker cables...hdmi...coaxial....subwoofer cables from BLUE JEAN CABLES.

    I will also be using a panamax power conditioner....

    please keep in mind this is my first build and im on a budget...when I get practice and get comfortable then I will purchase better equipment. This is a poor mans setup...jajaja


    these are what I had in mind for the Center Channel...the Main towers...and 2 sets of surrounds..as well as the subwoofer...

    Option 1
    http://meniscusaudio.com/swope-center-p-1335.html

    http://meniscusaudio.com/swope-tower-pair-p-1334.html

    http://meniscusaudio.com/swope-pair-p-1304.html

    http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-aud ... --300-7097

    Option 2

    https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...hannel-single/

    https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...-2.5-way-pair/

    https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.co...tm-2-way-pair/

    http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-aud ... --300-7097
    Last edited by Johnny P; 02-19-2016, 12:39 PM.

  • Johnny P
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    Well third time is a charm. This is the third time ive built the Swope CC. Did an ebony stain on the front and an expresso all the way around. The finish is satin. It came out very well i think. They sound really good. I cant wait to learn REW and tweak the system as it sits. Now time to save up for the Swope Towers.
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  • Johnny P
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    Jajaja yeah its 48" wide. But inside its still 22" i made a box within a box for aesthetics. To be almost as wide as the tv.

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  • bullittstang
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    Did I miss something...why did you make it so big? It might be a photo thing, but it looks much wider than 22", but still looks to be 13-1/2" deep. You may have mentioned earlier and I missed it.
    Anyway - they look nice, you did a very nice job on them.

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  • Johnny P
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    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WOW!!! This speaker performs awesome.

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  • Johnny P
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    Sanded the birch with a 150 grit belt sander then primed then orbital sander 220 grit then BIN SHELLAC RATTLE CAN PRIMER. once ready for paint ill block sand 1000 grit then apply 2 to 3 coats of mettalic copper then 3 to 4 coats of laquer.

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  • Johnny P
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    Not part of the current build but UPS came by today. 2 for now and another 2 later. Ill order the Inuke on monday.

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  • Johnny P
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    Final mock up before sealing the back panel. Going to let it sit over night. Then put wood glue where needed. Gonna sand and primer then sand and primer and leave as is. Ill leave it like that until ive cleared out the room and have that taken care of before apply the finish. I dont want to be moving it around and possibly scuff it or damage it in any way.

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  • Johnny P
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    Got the top on. I need to purchase more clamps. Ill let these set overnight. I retested the speakers one more time and made sure everything was clamped and crimped right on the crossovers. Ill add the acousti stuff tomorrow as well as the back panel. Then ill get it preped for sanding primer and paint.

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  • Johnny P
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    Sealed up the gaps this morning.

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  • Johnny P
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    Got the crossovers up and going. Everything works fine. Now i gotta add the stuffing and air seal all possible gaps with caulking.

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  • Johnny P
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    Got some more done today. So far so good. Tomorrow ill round the backside of the tweeter and mid woofer. As well as make the box for the tweeter and woofer and wire the crossovers. Not to mention caulk all the gaps on the inside to properly seal everything.

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  • Johnny P
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    Thanks BADMAN....need to get this bad boy done so i can start working on the 4-12's as well as the entertainment center.

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  • badman
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    So far so good, welcome to the hobby!

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  • Johnny P
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    Finaly got to do a template to see if measurements were correct. Ill fix this on the final baffle being used. Some very close tolerances. All in all happy with how the template came out. The final cut should be even better. Eager to hear this center channel. I hope to be able to have all up and done by this weekend.

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