Thanks for starting this thread. I am an avid DIY'er. mainly 2ch tubes. vinyl. and a passion for all things audio. I'm looking for a new project and while researching vertical line arrays for my next design I found the CBT36. I am seriously concidering "pulling the trigger" on a pair. Like many others finding threads on the 36'es are far and few in between. paticularly anyone with an independent listening experiece. I am looking to experence a pair connecting them to a quad of home built KT-88 set mono block amps and an analoge active crossover. Again Im looking forward to following the thread.
I am having a sample of that screen sent to me, should be here in a couple of days. Another DIY screen, I am going to be busy.
I am just using a couple of Crown amps, which I received today. Also going to set it up using the DCX2496, comes in tomorrow. I may change the stuff later on but for now I want to keep the cost down to please the wife.
It has been a fun project so far, but its really just started. I will post some pics soon of the speakers, they are not the greatest, and if I am not satisfied with them when I am done, straight to the automotive shop for painting.
Hi Velcrofly, welcome to the forum.
We appear to be talking about two different things. Perhaps I should've been more clear about what I consider to be a false wall for an AT screen. I consider - by default - that a false wall for an AT screen to be acoustically transparent as well. Just framework covered by speaker grill cloth. I certainly wouldn't use drywall!
I thought that was a given, but I guess I shouldn't assume that everyone is on the same page as me. My apologies.
Okay I'm just spit balling here and a 2ch guy so don't beat me up to bad but, I had a moment.
What if rather than using 1 whole speaker for the center channel cut it into 3 equal segments. Each having 6 speakers and 18 tweeters. The center channel would have no power tapering because if mounted horizontally you want off axis symmetry and the rear or surrounds in a 5.1 system could be hung from the ceiling. The smaller segmented speakers would still maintain the same arc and use the ceiling rather than the floor for the reflective properties. This in someway resembles a free standing vertical line array much like you see at a concert. I know you can't buy just one speaker so if you had a 2nd pair some subset of the 2 could complete a 7.1 system.
Again just a thought.
As far as painting I did send a project to the body shop once. A pair of Lynn Olsen Aerial Mk VI's I built myself in 2003 are now in Cadillac Escalade White Diamond. They really look nice however the horizontal imaging narrowed. The sweet spot became about 24"X24" in an equilateral triangle from the speakers. Each speaker is aprox 135lbs so I don't think the natural freq changed. Probably a standing wave issue with the glossy paint. Not saying this will happen to you. Just my experience and excited to hear about the sound check.