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  • Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

    Check out www.zuaudio.com and watch their intro to Omen. Way cool how they machine the enclosures being a single piece and folding together the side walls. Very nice speakers and heard that their new Dominance speakers with 3 fullrange 10's and 2 super tweets are gonna be around $40k for a matched pair, crazy!:eek:

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    Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

    Originally posted by Hearing Specialist View Post
    Check out www.zuaudio.com and watch their intro to Omen. Way cool how they machine the enclosures being a single piece and folding together the side walls. Very nice speakers and heard that their new Dominance speakers with 3 fullrange 10's and 2 super tweets are gonna be around $40k for a matched pair, crazy!:eek:
    Building enclosures like that goes way back. But it was done more manually instead of CNC. When I worked at Morse Electrophonic, they laminated full sheets of particle board with imitation wood grain vinyl first, then they fed the laminated sheets through a special saw which V grooved the material right up to the inside surface of the vinyl. Then they fed the cut sheet through a hot glue dispenser and folded it up into an enclosure while the glue was still hot. Wham, bam, it was a finished enclosure in barely no time.

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    • #3
      Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

      still a very cool idea!

      But that dude at the end must have a very steady hand to mount the drivers while the cabinet is upright!
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        Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

        What, no braces? Hmm.

        Still, this is one of the finer promotional videos I've seen in some time. I work at a tooling company, the dudes there would love this.

        I make videos like this for a living. Wish we had that much interesting stuff going on in the shop.

        Oh, this was a total me-troll. They use fullrange drivers, AND they sell grossly overpriced cables. At least they're pretty.
        I am trolling you.

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        • #5
          Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

          Originally posted by MSaturn View Post
          What, no braces? Hmm.
          They are braced.
          Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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            Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

            totally awesome!

            I gotta tip my hat to anyone making a living at this.

            Dudes appear to be inhaling a lot of mdf dust.
            Didn't see any masks or dust control.

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              Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

              Hopefully that was only done for the video.
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                Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                Cool!
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                  Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                  Dali, WLM, and mass-market Dynaudio stuff all uses the same technique, to my knowledge, of applying the laminate to the MDF and then 'rolling up' the box. Really, that wouldn't be difficult to automate.
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                    Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                    Yeah I kinda kicked myself when they realeased they're "cheap" speaker for $1k a week after I ordered my $1200 laptop...

                    But then I realized I didn't have a good enough setup to run those quite yet...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                      Originally posted by Hearing Specialist View Post
                      Way cool how they machine the enclosures being a single piece and folding together the side walls.
                      The way I see it that's not what they're doing here. They're cutting all the pieces for two enclosures from one sheet of MDF (the first "scene" showing the NC Mill over 8 panels). It looks like the driver cutouts happen in the sheet before the sheet gets loaded into the mill, then 8 panels are cut from that sheet, the two on the left already having the driver cutouts in them.

                      My theory is confirmed in the scene when the guy carries all of the panels and sets them on the table, proceeding to blow them off; all the panels are separate and have 45 degree mitred edges. To assemble they line up the panels face down and edge to edge, apply the adhesive and then fold them together. Note: the bracing is already in place when this happens and would be necessary to ensure the side panels are normal to each other when set. They probably throw the whole box together at once and clamp it wet to make sure all the panel edges are lined up perfectly while drying.

                      This is a very cool video, for sure. Cool scenes, lots of selective focus and dramatic lighting, etc.

                      As far as the cabinet building goes, I think this video exposes their process as being rather ordinary... this doesn't give me any reason to believe that what they're building is any more "special" than something the builders here on this forum could do in their own garage. They're just making boxes with drivers screwed into them... there's really no "technology" portrayed here.

                      A nice video showing the capabilities of the average small/medium sized manufacturing outfit here in North America. I can't say I'm not jealous... I'd love to be at the helm of a business like that.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                        Originally posted by donradick View Post
                        totally awesome!

                        I gotta tip my hat to anyone making a living at this.

                        Dudes appear to be inhaling a lot of mdf dust.
                        Didn't see any masks or dust control.
                        I thought the exact same thing as I watched. Mainly because I took a look at my mask last night after doing some routing in the garage, and holy chit batman...you dont want to be breathing that stuff in. You dont realize just how much is floating in the air until you see the brown mask that was once white... :eek:


                        Cool video nevertheless!

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                          Re: Video of zu audio making Omen enclosures...

                          A few months ago, I had the chance to take a tour of Egglestonworks Speakers and they use a similar process. There are two CNC machines cutting MDF except they only use straight cuts (no bevels) due to the price of bits. Any bevels are cut on numerous cabinet saws using jigs.

                          Unlike these speakers, Eggleston's are heavily braced and in most places, dual layers of .75" MDF. The cabinets are built like a tank. The aluminum trim rings are sourced from Canada because there isn't a machine shop in Memphis that can meet their quality. The painted models use the same paint and color as a Porsche Cayenne.

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