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    Here is a picture of the surrounds without and with grills...

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    The bases are too small and they still need to be painted but we have enjoyed them for a few movies already.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Those are some really nice looking speakers! Before I read your comments, I was thinking that they look unstable, and might need a larger platform. That's a very clever enclosure. Good job.
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    • #3
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      neato idea! thinking outside the 'post'.
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      • #4
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        Very creative thinking and they look very nice too. I'm curious, what are the little circles below the woofers on the surrounds and to the left and right of the woofers on the center?

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        • #5
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          Very clever adaptation of materials (fence post sleeves). I enjoy reading about projects like this. Listening impressions?
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          • #6
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            Very nice! Fantastic how a little bit of dressing can make construction material look great. IIRC, someone else had a fence post speaker a while ago (maybe Jim Griffin).

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            • #7
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              I'll try to answer a couple of questions that have been asked... The circles on either side of the drivers on the center channel are the grill mounts. The grills were a bit of a challenge because there really isn't room for a frame to fit to the side of the woofers. Here is a look at what I ended up doing...

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              The half round ends are MDF and then the sides are straightened coat hanger. The MDF was drilled to accept the wire and then the wire bent to fall in line with the front edge of the MDF. The cloth was then glued to the MDF and then sewn around the hanger.

              Listening Impressions: First I put on Nora Jones and was very impressed. They really sounded much better than they should. Next I tried Dave Mathews Band and their limitations started to show through a bit. When the bari sax comes in on "So Much To Say" the presentation just isn't as convincing as that of a larger speaker. However, their performance was really pleasing overall and for use as surrounds and a center channel they are working out very well.

              All in all I am very happy with them. I really like the way they have integrated into the room both sonically and visually.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by donradick View Post
                Very nice! Fantastic how a little bit of dressing can make construction material look great. IIRC, someone else had a fence post speaker a while ago (maybe Jim Griffin).
                Yes- Jim's "Smart as a Fence Post" design used my Audinums as guts in a fence-post MLTL. That was about 4 years ago I heard them at Lexington DIY 2007. See attached below...

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                • #9
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                  Thanks! Those look really great. Since it was mentioned that it had been done before I did a little digging and found this thread on the DIY forum

                  http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/full-...l-range-3.html

                  "SQ Kid" used the same posts that I did and I too found out that Home Depot no longer carries them!

                  Maybe I'll use the cut-off ends I have to build a small set of computer speakers!

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                  • #10
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                    I bought quite a few of those posts for the same exact thing and figured some people on the forums could eventually use them.

                    I wouldn't have bought so many, but the original price was like $30 and I think they were on sale for well under $10. I can't recall the exact price, but if anyone needs some, just let me know.

                    I did a funky paint job on a pair, then used epoxy for the shiny textured look.

                    These were going to be line arrays for the JVC 3" x 5" woofers that were pretty cheap a couple years ago. I was going to give them to my dad. For what ever reason, I never installed the drivers. I put them up on a shelf when cleaning and pretty much forgot about them.

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                    • #11
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                      Are these fence post covers still being sold in stores or were they discontinued?

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Leroy R View Post
                        Are these fence post covers still being sold in stores or were they discontinued?

                        The ones I bought were being discontinued. I bought a decent amount because I figured they'd eventually get used by friends or something.
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                        • #13
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                          Looks like it would be something fun to build, but I doubt it would be cost effective to ship them across country from Ohio to Texas.

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                          • #14
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                            Very neat idea!

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                            • #15
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                              very cool idea. nice job.
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