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    this was a project for a friend. shielded 8 ohm RS150 plus vifa fabric neo tweeter. Total cost came in around $130 for the pair, plus wood. cabinets are 3/4" pine all around. there's egg crate on the sides and a wad of dacron stuffing. dimensions are 7.5" w x 11.5" h x 10.25"d, vented to about 48hz. they were intended to be used with a 12" RSS HF sub.

    These can also be built in the TL cabinet used for the RS150-4 MT in my signature, a full writeup of Ed's build can be found in this thread. personally, i think the 8-ohm design came out smoother than the 4-ohm.
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    Last edited by patrickm; 03-02-2012, 05:50 PM. Reason: link to TL version build
    TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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    Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

    I bet they sound good, what kinda finish you gonna put on them?

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    • #3
      Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

      they were made as a gift, so the finish will be whatever my friend decides. they are pretty nice. the TL version is even better.
      TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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      • #4
        Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

        Nice job!
        No matter where you go, there you are.
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        • #5
          Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

          I'm interested in building this design for my brother. He wants a good MT for around 140 bucks using a 6"ish. Can you tell me more about your listening impressions and the cross over build? Pardon my ignorance but what exactly does "the TL version" mean and why is it better? Thanks! Looks good!

          Bruce

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          • #6
            Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

            hey - thanks for the compliments. The crossover isn't too hard to build, especially if you think of it as a bunch of sub-assemblies. part of what my friend wanted was to learn about how speakers work, so i drew the crossover up as a set of elements. for the big inductor on the woofer, i used a P-core, for the others, i used 18ga or 20ga air core. the resistors were all daytons. the capacitors can be either the dayton poly's, though the one on the woofer lowpass can be electrolytic to save you a few bucks. The port is the PE 1.5" flared one that's only a few bucks.

            The TL version is the transmission line floorstander. I used the RS-150-4 (unshielded, 4 ohm) version for that because i had it around. The bass is much deeper, and the only real extra expense is the larger cabinet. the crossover is a little different with the -4 than the -8 ohm version, but the tweeter is the same. i will put up a post for that by itself with all the crossover details when i get them off the other computer. if he's not going to use a sub and can run a nominal 4-ohm speaker on his amp, i'd definitely go that route. they're about 36" tall, though i added a couple extra inches to fill with sand as a ballast at the bottom. here are a few photos of them when i was building and when i had them set up for testing:

            both have a relaxed sound to them, probably similar to LouC's C-killas (which use the dayton ND28FA tweeter but are a very similar overall design to the bookshelf version). The bass for the TL's is surprising. you could probably squeeze out a little more low end from the bookshelf with a slightly larger cabinet, but there's always a tradeoff...
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            TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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            • #7
              Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

              I like the use of pine. Do you have a reason why?

              " Godzilla" over at DIY is stuck on the stuff - claim's it gives a 'warmer' tone than MDF or Baltic Birch.

              Let us know what your friend decides for a finish. I've done furniture with pine in the past and always ended up with a reddish tint I didn't like.

              Nice design.
              'Soupy'

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              • #8
                Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                Originally posted by J.Lee View Post
                I like the use of pine. Do you have a reason why?

                " Godzilla" over at DIY is stuck on the stuff - claim's it gives a 'warmer' tone than MDF or Baltic Birch.

                Let us know what your friend decides for a finish. I've done furniture with pine in the past and always ended up with a reddish tint I didn't like.

                Nice design.
                thanks, man. main reason in both cases here was aesthetic. it probably does give a warmer tone because it's not as acoustically dead as denser materials. it's not as expensive as a lot of hardwoods, and as far as looks go, it's also not too hard to get panels with some interesting grain that don't need planing and that match up color-wise over time, and i was also building furniture in addition to speakers (bookshelves, entertainment center, dvd shelves, speaker stands, cabinet). finding big panels (or making them with a biscuit jointer) would be really expensive or time consuming, and i wouldn't want to try and veneer all that stuff.

                i do usually go with some extra bracing... in the TL, there are actually one or two braces that run through the center divider because the sides seemed to vibrate too much. i just drilled a slanted hole through it, and used urethane glue on both sides and the middle. the TL's will probably get a very light colored, almost yellowish stain, so the tint is an advantage there.
                Attached Files
                TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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                • #9
                  Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                  I would also be interested in seeing the XO and cab details for the TL if you get the time. Definitely nice work.
                  I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
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                  • #10
                    Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                    Thanks Patrick -

                    I like your Audio cabinet as well.

                    Can you tell me where you got your pine at and what sizes it's available in?
                    'Soupy'

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                    • #11
                      Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                      Can you tell me where you got your pine at and what sizes it's available in?
                      i actually got most of that at home depot, in the shelving aisle as pre-sanded, clear-laminate wood shelving. i have noticed recently that they've been shifting from true 3/4" (.75") thick panels to .656, which while only about 10% thinner, don't seem nearly as solid. and just check the edges, at the closest store to me they have it on a wire rack bottom, and some get chewed up. the smaller shelves usually lay flat, so you can tell which ones are warped. they also have 48x11.5" MDF shelving there too for people that can't move full sheets around.

                      they sell a number of really useful sizes for speaker building, from 36" x 11.5" (nominal, sometimes they're 11.75 or 11.25 in different stores), 48"x11.5", up to 48"x23" and 72" x 24". it's a little more expensive than the regular pine lumber, but they're planed and finished to a sharp edge, so it saves a lot of work. they're hard to find on the website, but search ".656" to find the larger panels. looks like the 3'x1' and 4'x1' shelves are still .75".
                      http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053

                      they also sell some lightweight "generic hardwood" edge-glued panels. These seem much less dense than the pine but are stiffer. i haven't made any speakers out of them, but color-wise, they're better for darker stains, and I have used one for a tv shelf to match some darker stuff we have in the house.
                      TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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                      • #12
                        Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                        Originally posted by fastbike1 View Post
                        I would also be interested in seeing the XO and cab details for the TL if you get the time. Definitely nice work.
                        no problem. i'll get it posted this weekend, probably in its own thread. i think there's preliminary crossover and cabinet dimensions on the techtalk board from a month or two ago. (edit: here's the thread)
                        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=217244

                        i have the preliminary parts list from pricing it out in my PE cart.
                        1.0 mH coil
                        .25 mH coil
                        .20 mH coil
                        8ohm 10W resistor
                        25ohm 10W resistor (4)
                        1.5uF poly
                        4.7uF poly
                        6.8uF poly
                        10uF poly

                        i think the L-pad is an 8-ohm and a 12.5-ohm, and the notch filter on the woofer had a 40-ohm, but it's actually cheaper to buy all 25-ohm's and use parallel and series to get 12.5 and 50, respectively. using 30, 40, and 50 ohms in the notch filter makes a minor difference, but nothing that was really apparent to me in listening tests.

                        it uses the RS150-4 (unshielded) and the same Vifa BC25SC06 tweeter as the bookshelf. with those crossover parts and the $3.50 rectangular 5-way binding post terminal plate, it totals $149 in parts with an air-core on the big inductor and $160 with p-core (which saves about a dB in woofer output).
                        Last edited by patrickm; 07-19-2011, 12:41 AM.
                        TM (RS125/TB25-302), TM RS150S / Vifa BC25SC06, RS150-4 / Vifa ML-TL, 3CR-AL Ultra Budget: Electric Blue TM, TMM, MTM, Dragonflies , Mounties: Mini HT Satellite,sub for minions

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                        • #13
                          Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                          Thanks Patrick -

                          We've got a Home Depot near.
                          'Soupy'

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                          • #14
                            Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                            See, my dad always said "I don't need anything fancy for my carcass, pine is fine"... So these could be a neat little "coffin" speaker ;)

                            They look nice, Patrick. Good work.
                            Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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                            • #15
                              Re: RS-150S / Vifa BC25SC06 Bookshelf MT

                              Originally posted by patrickm View Post
                              no problem. i'll get it posted this weekend, probably in its own thread. i think there's preliminary crossover and cabinet dimensions on the techtalk board from a month or two ago. (edit: here's the thread)
                              http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=217244

                              i have the preliminary parts list from pricing it out in my PE cart.
                              1.0 mH coil
                              .25 mH coil
                              .20 mH coil
                              8ohm 10W resistor
                              25ohm 10W resistor (4)
                              1.5uF poly
                              4.7uF poly
                              6.8uF poly
                              10uF poly

                              i think the L-pad is an 8-ohm and a 12.5-ohm, and the notch filter on the woofer had a 40-ohm, but it's actually cheaper to buy all 25-ohm's and use parallel and series to get 12.5 and 50, respectively. using 30, 40, and 50 ohms in the notch filter makes a minor difference, but nothing that was really apparent to me in listening tests.

                              it uses the RS150-4 (unshielded) and the same Vifa BC25SC06 tweeter as the bookshelf. with those crossover parts and the $3.50 rectangular 5-way binding post terminal plate, it totals $149 in parts with an air-core on the big inductor and $160 with p-core (which saves about a dB in woofer output).
                              Patrick, (or anyone with the knowledge), is the 8 ohm RS150 a direct drop in replacement with this crossover? I couldn't tell after reading through the three threads related to this design. Thanks!!
                              Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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