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  • #31
    Re: Another OCD build

    I doubt there's anything major, but I would guess... The smaller the driver, or the thicker the baffle, the more problems you would get. If you worry about driver alignment, it also works in the wrong direction. Some people will move the tweeter back, so the woofer's center is aligned with tweeter's center. But with all speaker building, it's a compromise. You have to choose what's important, and what's overkill.
    Last edited by ocdSCHACK; 12-31-2010, 12:29 AM.


    • #32
      Re: Another OCD build

      Here's an update/ some tips that may be useful for others.

      For the crossover, I used Radio Shack European style terminal strips that were cut in groups of 2 and 4. I used heat shrink tubing to separate the + from the - terminals as seen here:

      The heat shrink was cut to size and placed on the terminal strip.

      Then, I heated them for a tight fit.

      I used a super expensive "flat nose" pair of pliers to straighten the ends of the resistors, capacitors and inductors. They were $199.00 from Oh wait! They were $1.99 from Harbor Freight. They are great for removing bends and crimps in wire.

      I used them for straightening and making sharp turns in the wire to keep the crossover clean. The clean layout has no audio effect but, I had to test my ability to build an OCD crossover. If I did it again, I would've used a circuit board over a scrap piece of Hardboard.

      Another pic "in the process"

      Here's the x-over layout: (note that the tweeter is reversed) EDIT: The new crossover has changed for the tweeter part. The first capacitor is omitted and the 4ohm resistor is now 8ohms. Use an 8ohm that's higher than can get really hot if you play them loud.

      And here's the frequency response. The response below 100 Hz is excessive because of the near wall placement. Changing the placement will flatten it.

      Here is the final crossover: I don't think I have a pic of the final frequency response, but my ears liked this version more.
      Last edited by ocdSCHACK; 03-03-2011, 08:19 AM.


      • #33
        Re: Another OCD build

        Just another update... I love these things. I'm delaying their departure, but am ready to build another pair. Anyone who's looking for a smallish pair of speakers for a small room...this might be them! They play sounds to almost 20Hz with an F3 of about 40-50Hz in a small room;) Either the quality of the tweeters, or my particular x-over design, may hurt their sound at 10,000Hz+. They might be too high for less-than-optimal recordings or children with great hearing.EDIT: I don't find final crossover version to be harsh; that comment was referring to the initial crossover I was working on. I'm debating a clone of this build with cheaper tweeters, but I must say...these HDS drivers are awesome for those that don't, or won't, play music at really loud levels. I'm ready to build another pair for myself with cheaper version of the same tweeters and a front port to help minimize the near wall sensitivity.
        The two musicians (a guitar/bass guy and a drummer guy ) I played them for said:
        1) How much to build another pair using two woofers? They sound awesome, but we should build them bigger and maybe add a sub later, if we need it."
        2) The drummer, who heard them in my apartment, which is a smaller area, said " I wouldn't change anything. They sound so even. They sound so neutral."

        P.S. I'm only writing this because the woofers are $30 right now, a cheaper version of the same tweeter might cut down at 10Khz+ for those with younger ears, and I'm ready to build another pair for my lonesome.
        Last edited by ocdSCHACK; 10-06-2011, 09:27 PM.


        • #34
          Re: Another OCD build

          The neo xt tweeter is on sale,too.


          • #35
            Re: Another OCD build

            nice build, great photos...



            • #36
              Re: Another OCD build

              Really Nice job on the design. EXCELLENT work!!

              I am getting ready to put together a set of Peerless 830875 & Vifa XT25 for a two way combo. Looking forward to it!

              Do you have a pic of the back of the crossover boards?



              • #37
                Re: Another OCD build

                I've been out of town and haven't been on here a while. I really appreciate all the comments, so thanks to all of y'all. The final crossover I chose skips the first cap on the tweeter x-over and uses an 8ohm resister. Skipping the first capacitor really smoothed out the tweeter response, but also it played with the amp's emotions. This type of x-over on the tweeter wants a 12, or even better, 20 watt resistor. Using a 10watt at loud levels, I kept waiting for a fire to start from the heat coming off it. I also tried the same crossover with the dome version of the XT-25. It measured as smooth or smoother, but lacked a certain clarity the nipple version has. It's weird, the "dual ring radiator" added more clarity, but I didn't hear much more hiss or recording problems that more revealing speakers usually provide. The dome version made them sound more like old school McIntosh speakers that sound almost muffled when compared to speakers made today. It's all personal preference, but I liked the revealing XT25-TG30 better... especially when $hitty recordings didn't really sound any worse.

                Honestly, I'm not trying to be "that guy" that loves his designs, but if you actually adjust the placement of these, they image exceptionally well. Of course some recordings are better that others, but here's what I found listening to one song.
                The method: close your eyes, spin in circles, point to sound you are focusing on...
                In this song, I could hear 3 things that really stood out:
                1) a Drummer
                2) a Guitar
                3) a Singer
                After spinning around with my closed eyes, I pointed to where each musician was sitting in relation to the lead vocals.
                1) Drummer- Left side of the room. Turned out to be very close to the left speaker's placement.
                2) Guitar- Mid to right side of the room and behind the singer.
                3) Singer- In the center in front of me, which was dead center of both speakers
                I give more credit to the tweeters than myself, but I do promise these speakers image well.
                Last edited by ocdSCHACK; 02-28-2011, 09:57 PM.