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  • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

    Excellent, Pete. However, as much as I typically prefer a hardwood look, its tough to top Ed's painted version!
    Dan N.

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    • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

      Hey, jcpahman,... as for those big 'ole baffle anchoring bolts in the baffles, a friend just pointed out some caps designed to snap in to hide them. I haven't seen these caps yet, but they might be just a perfect option for my new "Commercial" (:rolleyes:Darth Vader mechanical breathing inserted here:rolleyes venture with Vapor. Thanks for watching these cabs develop with me, and it was a fun and challenging build!:D
      The Past is history. The Future is a mystery. Today is a gift; that's why its called the Present. (Grand Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda)

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        I just figured if there wasn't something available a person with your talent could come up with something. It was the only 'weak link' I saw in the cabinet design. The level of craftsmanship is astounding.

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        • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

          While I personally don't mind the screws Wonder if you could just affix a a little circle of felt to something like the below?

          http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=320-010

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          • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

            I hope my comment hasn't been taken out of proportion. The exposed screws in no way would sway my interest in buying a set of the Mini ByZy's, or whatever they go by now. I just saw it as being below the quality of the rest of the build and felt it was worth mention; and it seems to have worked, if D, Rose has an idea now I'm sure it'll be as impressive as the rest of the cabinet work.

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            • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

              Originally posted by CUtiger View Post
              While I personally don't mind the screws Wonder if you could just affix a a little circle of felt to something like the below?

              http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=320-010
              Now that's a cool idea. Ed was trying to think of a grill for the woofer opening that used magnets to hold on to those bolts. But simply sticking a small piece of felt on both sides (to make it easy to remove), you are making grills for the bolt holes.

              I'm still trying to get Ed to think about mounting the baffle to the enclosure with bolts from inside grabbing threaded inserts on the back of the outer baffle. We'd have to make an access panel in the bottom, but who cares about bolt holes there? It would require a somewhat "blind" assembly, reaching and feeling for the bolt and hole in the baffle, but would be pretty simple really. The end result would be a baffle without any visible means of removal to get at the drivers inside. Perfectly clean . . .

              I like it. And thanks for making me think about it jcpahman77.
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              Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

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              • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                Now that's a cool idea. Ed was trying to think of a grill for the woofer opening that used magnets to hold on to those bolts. But simply sticking a small piece of felt on both sides (to make it easy to remove), you are making grills for the bolt holes.

                I'm still trying to get Ed to think about mounting the baffle to the enclosure with bolts from inside grabbing threaded inserts on the back of the outer baffle. We'd have to make an access panel in the bottom, but who cares about bolt holes there? It would require a somewhat "blind" assembly, reaching and feeling for the bolt and hole in the baffle, but would be pretty simple really. The end result would be a baffle without any visible means of removal to get at the drivers inside. Perfectly clean . . .

                I like it. And thanks for making me think about it jcpahman77.
                I'm just glad I can think that I was given OCD for a reason Pete.

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                • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                  Great work Pete! I wish I was available to enjoy the Chi-town diy event, unfortunately, I was confined to the Dominican Republic. SO SAD!! Related to the great klippel data provided by Erin H, I requested additional information about this line of drivers, and specifically the NE225's. These drivers, along with other scanspeak units were designed by one of the danish transducer design teams. By design, there was asymetry built into the units, assumptively, to meet certain performance goals, of which, I am not privy to. As we know, tymphany/vifa/dst/scanspeak was in the process of reorganization, and these driver designs were transferred, and ultimately brought to market as peerless platinum transducers. The decision was made to standardize/streamline the brand offerings. When such changes occur, it can be difficult to retroactively confer with 'original engineering,' to ascertain a sense of clarity and understanding, as it relates to design choices. Having seen klippel data of scanspeak revelator drivers, the 18w's exhibit a bit of motor/damper asymetry. Considering and respecting the superior brain-talent accessible to the company, I have no doubt that, had they wished to, they could have eliminated most if not all asymetry(see 12wu/15wu/18wu). This leads me to speculate this was 'by-design.' I also learned that, at a recent ALMA event, the topic of using klippel in transducer design was agreed by all as a great tool. However, the problems/limitations of klippel interpretation by the enthusiast public was discussed, as it is very often the case, we do not readily have access to transducer designers, who can explain engineering trade-offs and choices. There is a direct correlation between these considerations and supplier capabilities, lead-times, cost and price-point, manufacturing consistency, and demands imposed by marketing, to name a few. For any videophiles, a great example would be the Pioneer Elite 101FD, signature series plasma hdtv's. Many enthusiast question why the best hdtv's of today have yet to completely outperform these sets, manufactured in 2008. The elite's were quite a bit more expensive than competitors offerings. The difficulty of manufacturing these sets, on a large scale, contributed to the price premium. Today we have wonderful, high performance displays, but choices and compromises with any product, play a large role. Another relevant concern, is the fact that the same design teams for top-of-the-line drivers, may be responsible for developing drivers to meet lower price-points, and complete entire product lines. This being the case, it is important to ensure that a less expensive driver not encroach upon performance benchmarks established for flagship products. Imagine if the discovery line of drivers outperformed the illuminator woofers. This cannibalism would eliminate the utility and reason for purchasing the higher priced drivers. Years before Dumax, or Klippel equipment were available, there were wonderful sounding drivers in the marketplace. I would love to see how these performed and measured, relative to today's best. Likely, you would have drivers that measured well, yet left much to desired audibly, and the opposite. If the opinions of the Mini Byzy are to be believed, despite the measured asymetry, it is very possible to engineer great sounding designs. Let us not toss the baby with the bathwater, but rather, use all of the tools at our disposal, when considering drive-unit decisions, and designs. Thanks to all, who enable us to do so.

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                  • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                    Hey olu, I'd love to make a set of speakers just for YOU!!!:D
                    The Past is history. The Future is a mystery. Today is a gift; that's why its called the Present. (Grand Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda)

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                    • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                      Originally posted by olu78 View Post
                      Related to the great klippel data provided by Erin H, I requested additional information about this line of drivers, and specifically the NE225's.
                      I'm fairly certain that the driver ErinH tested had QC issues. I went through several drivers being returned to PE due to wildly differing TS paramters until I finally landed on two which were very close to each other and published specs. The interesting thing is that visually inspecting the two "good ones" with the others is that the glue lines were much cleaner and that at rest the suspension/cone looked to rest further out that the others and I measured approximately 2.5mm of this by the amount of voice coil exposed above the neo slug. If the defective drivers are assembled ~2.5mm in then the asymetry ErinH measured is not surprising...

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                      • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                        Originally posted by CUtiger View Post
                        I'm fairly certain that the driver ErinH tested had QC issues. I went through several drivers being returned to PE due to wildly differing TS paramters until I finally landed on two which were very close to each other and published specs. The interesting thing is that visually inspecting the two "good ones" with the others is that the glue lines were much cleaner and that at rest the suspension/cone looked to rest further out that the others and I measured approximately 2.5mm of this by the amount of voice coil exposed above the neo slug. If the defective drivers are assembled ~2.5mm in then the asymetry ErinH measured is not surprising...
                        Wow, that's almost exactly the problem he found, that same offset.

                        The 4 sets we have all look great, and have very clean delivery all the way up to full excursion. Very low distortion as well.

                        I've been messing around with a new crossover after getting to hear them with the RS28A. That waveguide seems to be a perfect match for these two particular domes. Here's what I measured recently. This is in room, raw with 1/12th octave smoothing, roughly 10W input (loud!), 0 and 45 degrees. It looks like the target of consistent off-axis performance is being met quite nicely.

                        Over the weekend, we'll be trying out the Transducer Lab N26C ceramic in the waveguide to see how it works.

                        R = h/(2*pi*m*c) and don't you forget it! || Periodic Table as redrawn by Marshall Freerks and Ignatius Schumacher || King Crimson Radio
                        Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

                        95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong
                        "Gravitational systems are the ashes of prior electrical systems.". - Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate, Plasma physicist.

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                        • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                          Hey Pete,

                          I'm looking forward to your results with the N26C in that waveguide. I have the N26C in my hands now as well, but my ability to measure is a bit compromized these days, so I don't know when I will get around to it.

                          You plan to give a listen with anything as well? That is what I'm most interested in, since I know they measure great.
                          Dan N.

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                          • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                            Originally posted by dlneubec View Post
                            Hey Pete,

                            I'm looking forward to your results with the N26C in that waveguide. I have the N26C in my hands now as well, but my ability to measure is a bit compromized these days, so I don't know when I will get around to it.

                            You plan to give a listen with anything as well? That is what I'm most interested in, since I know they measure great.
                            The intention is to use these in this setup. You can count on some measurements and subjective listening impressions.
                            R = h/(2*pi*m*c) and don't you forget it! || Periodic Table as redrawn by Marshall Freerks and Ignatius Schumacher || King Crimson Radio
                            Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

                            95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong
                            "Gravitational systems are the ashes of prior electrical systems.". - Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate, Plasma physicist.

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                            • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                              Wow Pete, that 45 degree response sure is impressive!

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                              • Re: MiniByzy (Mini Byzantium) Build Thread

                                Originally posted by CUtiger View Post
                                Wow Pete, that 45 degree response sure is impressive!
                                You ain't kidding. I've done one at 60 degrees, and it is almost like the 45 degree plot, just dropping off a little more above 10KHz. The ability of this particular guide profile to so evenly spread the goodness was a total, but very welcome surprise. Greatly exceeding expectations would be a perfect way to describe my impressions. They do indeed sound incredibly uniform as you move around the room.

                                I just talked to Ed today, and he's going to start cranking out some waveguide baffles for those still interested. We also hope to do a RS225/RS28 combo soon that we'll submit to the PE Gallery as a DIY.

                                I'll start a new thread for that one.

                                Thanks again to DanP for starting us out on this waveguide adventure, and the incredible accident that this particular profile proved to be.
                                R = h/(2*pi*m*c) and don't you forget it! || Periodic Table as redrawn by Marshall Freerks and Ignatius Schumacher || King Crimson Radio
                                Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

                                95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong
                                "Gravitational systems are the ashes of prior electrical systems.". - Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate, Plasma physicist.

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