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  • billcurrier
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    I had a chance to listen to them at Lone Star and they were very, very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  • tyger23
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    Just wanted to update this thread with more pics of the final paint job. Again, they were designed for my cousin who's graduating highschool, so they're intentionally girly...

    The paint is two coats of turquoise with a glitter fade from top to bottom. Her initial "M" was monogrammed in under the glitter using some removable vinyl.

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  • ontariomaximus
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    I may have to build a pair just to see how they compare to the Targas. You can't have too many good small 2-way's!

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  • donradick
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    Nice writeup and very nice (pretty) simple crossover.
    I also really like my RS150-4 build. Incredible value.

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  • hdben
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    Very nice build, looking forward to pics of the paint job.

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  • tyger23
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    Just adding another smidge of implementation information:

    The amount of wire I removed from the 1.5mH inductors was 60" (5 feet). This is just another way to double check yourself.

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  • KiwiListener
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    Quite right, the name is not necessarily original.

    Focal are now available at a few selected dealers here in NZ.
    Their pricing is low, top of the range is $5000.00 NZD.
    I wonder if price reflects the reality, most speakers in this price range, B&W,Mission,PB,Kef and the likes are pretty ordinary and all have a habit of sounding somewhat similar.

    I tend to find that speakers in this price bracket really dont sparkle all that much, or maybe owning a set of B& W's for 11 years has just made me want more from a speaker, without the price.
    Sounds like a reason to build another set :applause:

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  • KiwiListener
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    Piggy back all you want

    I enjoy watching others doing a build, and as for the name, well I found it suited the main design purpose at the time. Namely supplying something that the wife would enjoy listening to, mainly orchestral & opera.

    She is a retired concert pianist and has a very good ear for the "correct " sound for opera and orchestration. So far so good

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  • Wolf
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    The Aria 5 and Aria 7 were Focal kit staples in the community back in the 90's. Very highly regarded at that time.

    So- he isn't the first either.
    Wolf

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  • tyger23
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    All,

    I'll hopefully be finishing up the final paint on them this weekend. Since I didn't attend the black-box competition, I decided to hold off on painting them the competition required black. Instead, they're getting a high-school becoming college teenage girl paint job. They'll be aqua with grey grills, and a silver glitter fade from top to bottom.

    Totally girly, but hey - these are a gift for a girl. They'll be unique and a conversation starter/ice breaker for her in the dorm room.

    Kiwi, I had done a search before choosing the Aira name, and I had not found any other designs. I hope you don't mind me piggy-backing on it. I felt like the name was appropriate since these are going to an opera singer/lover.

    One more item of note (that should be obvious, but I'll state it anyway):
    THESE ARE 4-OHM SPEAKERS.

    Just FYI.

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  • the kid
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    Seems like the word 'success' is in order here. Great job and write up. Almost like reading a good book.
    Last edited by the kid; 04-23-2013, 05:49 PM. Reason: I had failed to spell success successfully.

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  • KiwiListener
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    Nice build.
    I see you like the name Aria, so on the assumption that great minds think alike, let me introduce you to the Aria Family. Its a range of boutique speakers I have been designing for sale, and like you I like the name as it suits what speakers are for
    I can add your design to the family as well if you like

    Meet the Family.
    The Aria II's



    Aria Petites


    And the Aria HT's.

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  • CUtiger
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    Nice looking build, I'm always jealous of people who can actually make their driver recesses fit well. I usually end up with a gap, one day I'll learn.

    Also nice avatar!

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  • tyger23
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    Here's a shot showing how the crossover mounts to the bottom of the box. Note how the components are positioned so that the port doesn't interfere:
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    A few cabinet add-ons. First, I decided to recess the baffle bolt heads. Since I had already drilled out the bolt holes, using my fortner bits was out of the question. So, I had to do it by hand with a dremel tool:
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    This shows how I designed the grille frame:
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    Last pics for tonight shows the Arias going head-to-head with my version of Jeff Bagby's Continuum's. This also shows a relative size reference:
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  • tyger23
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    These two images show how the port was mounted into the baffle:
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    Here's the box with the acoustic-foam mounted to the top, back, and some of the sides. Also, you'll see the poly-fill is in there quite a bit:
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    Here are the pics of my crossover. First is the breadboard mock-up I used while testing, and second is the final layout as it was integrated into the box:
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