Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord
Been a while since Mantown has been visited.:oops:
It's been about 3 years since my last foray into better audio. I don't know why my audio habit includes drywall work. I'm doing this wrong, ain't I?

EDIT: 3 days later ...

The speaker stand shake down cruise calls for more and bigger fasteners and a minor mod to raise the speaker by an inch and set it back by an inch. I can get away with the inch shift without revealing old screw holes. I knew I was going to take them apart so I skipped glue. I don't think these stands will work long term without it.

Today is ... well, why not?

Pics or it didn't happen, right? The wall got patched above "The Steel". :cool:



That's 'tear-away' and the glue to use.



The profile of that wonderful trim, it has a raised edge that you ride your knife on. Applying it like Formica takes out an extra coat of mud. Some people (most) just staple it but then they mesh tape it in place. Anyway ...



Tear-Away Installed





... and coated.



Now it's time to go get my stands back.
 
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Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord


This would be happening now but work ... well, probably work.

It’s cold out!

Edit: Postponed work for an hour. Found a BJC HDMI cable, you know, for the delicious mids. :D
 
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Pogre

Pogre

Audioholic Spartan
Where'd you get all those photobucket logos you have all over the place?
 
Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord


That’s 3/4 ply with a little mahogany nosing. All done painting too. The ply catches a couple of extra studs and I can screw the bracket into studs and into the black 3/4. The router for that round over finally bit the dust. It was a humungoid 1/2", 3 hp Hitachi that I used like a rented mule, may God rest it's soul.
 
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Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord


Nothing lit on fire. Praise Christ.




Open air rack with a top that I’m still working out.

EDIT/ADD

Somewhere on here I talked about speakers that were surprisingly adequate and how I'm basically easy to please. Well there was nothing easy about any of this but I am pleased and in contrast to being adequate, this Frankenstrosity only speaks to the promise of more. It's a little late to be letting her rip but like a jack ass I passively bi-amped the MBOW1 3-Ways and the same 7 channel amp is driving a couple of DIY 10" JBL ported subs. It's not calibrated yet except the subs and that's "by ear" only. It's easy enough to tell when the bass is hot.

The first thing I wanted to do was play a record. It was some Dinu Lipatti/Karajan thing because it's super clean. Well, it was super clean. Queen's Greatest Hits played on a Denon w/ analog outs somehow doesn't sound like how Queen use to sound. In particular Who Wants To Live Forever is somewhat familiar; to the point that I've got the Saraha Brightman version and know that I like Freddy's rendition better. The word separate keeps coming to mind. The sounds seem far apart? I don't know. I hadn't realized exactly how little there actually was to the song. As with other tracks, the vocals weren't at all forward nor did the speakers seem bright. Not that I was about to rush back into the crossovers to tinker with resistors anytime soon but it is an option.

It's been a long time coming but man, we're here and what have we learned? Finishes are a friend to no man. This is what I wanted at the onset of this last redo. The bass cabs and TT stand all got the same black flat oil base enamel that wears like crazy and can be touched up with a 1/2" nap roller like nobody's business. So far it washes great. I got rid of the furniture because ... I'd rather have just the gear. Right now The Steel serves as my sock drawer! Acoustics, right? New grill cloth and some cabinet love in conjunction with the reworked xo are about all the love I had to give. They sound amazing. I want to listen to everything again and some of it twice. I do have to hand it to Delmont on his cabinets. These babies got some hard miles on 'em and the upper bookshelf with the original veneer has taken the wear admirably.

The rack is basically a huge Maple slider with the adjustable feet retracted.That with the open sides make it pretty easy to get the wiring done. I put the TT as high as I could without the lid hitting the TV and then matched the bass cab to that height. That took arithmetic. The speaker wire still has to make its way into the walls but the base isn't nailed on yet and a strip of drywall has already been removed from behind the base.

The little Infinities hanging on the wall can serve as computer speakers if I kill the amp and go to Memory 2 but if I leave the amp on, I can hear both the 3-Ways and Infinities at the same time. The poor little Infinities don't do well in this comparison. They actually make it noticeably worse. I didn't know I was such a snob.

I can't wait to turn it up. :)
 
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GO-NAD!

GO-NAD!

Audioholic Ninja
You make me feel like I should be doing something with one or both of my systems. Fortunately, that feeling is far outweighed by lack of ambition and imagination.
 
Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord
My neighbors are lucky I don't want to bother them and I suppose I owe some of my as of yet, not-lost hearing to them. I decided to run the subs full time with this system. My Denon DVD player has bass management and gain controls for multi channel stuff. It crosses at 80 Hz with unknown slopes. I can tell the 'fullness' is on my left.

The Yammy RX-V2600 rec'r has bass management for everything else. That I cross at 60 Hz and THX slopes apply. That and way tame bass settings has the subs pretty much disappearing from localizabilification spectrogaphalogs. Here's the kicker, the TT is about the quietest thing in here. The computer seat is close enough to the Panny BR player and Denon DVD player that I can hear them both running from here. Completely within what you would expect, even the TV is pretty loud. Four fans built into the top of it are gonna sound like something.

The TT is pretty quiet in comparison. Granted none of that counts when you bang out 100 db but I'm over here exploring the first 3 watts out of the 300 available @ 4 Ohms. I just yanked the grills and am gonna add pic's of the connections on the wall plate. I ran new 14 ga to the tweeter xo and the mid picks up a crossed signal at the bass cabinet's upper binding post. The difference betweens BJC locking bananas and the GLS knock off is vast. The dual prongers are great with standardized posts but I noticed they loosen up being dragged around and banged around. Just being left alone on gear, the dual prongers are one of life's answers.

I wanted to put the amp under The Steel but who the hell feels like it doing all the extra wiring? As it is I have a couple of ways in and out of wall so the 80% of the wire management reward for 20% of the effort is kicking in hard. Not to mention the improved Feng Shui of floor space along the path to the record rack.

So, pic's in a sec' ... and I got lucky: the sweet spot is noticeably sweeter than a couple of feet higher and a couple of feet closer. The act of sitting up changes things but the speakers are still great to listen to walking around the rest of the room. The TLS aligned subs got shifted around and moving the bass cabinets to the new spots evened out the bass pretty well.

You make me feel like I should be doing something with one or both of my systems.
Listening to them gets my vote. Having this system apart took away something I like better than I like most people.

... and the white lines around the bass drivers haunt me still but grills. :)



 
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GO-NAD!

GO-NAD!

Audioholic Ninja
Those are some bit%&*n' connectors on the speaker wires. You should turn your speakers around to face the wall so that you can admire them. I'm sure they'll sound just as good. Plus, you wouldn't have to look at that abomination of a bass driver installation. :D
 
Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord
Those are some bit%&*n' connectors on the speaker wires. You should turn your speakers around to face the wall so that you can admire them. I'm sure they'll sound just as good. Plus, you wouldn't have to look at that abomination of a bass driver installation. :D
Grills, bro, grills :)




 

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