I just don't know what to do.... How to finish DIY Speakers..

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Brett DiMichele, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. Owen Bartley

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    Ah, see, I should have given you the benefit of the doubt. Why don't you post one of what you have? Now I'm eager to see!

    Are you dead set on the red now?
     
  2. Mike SJ

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    Brett - email me the wireframe for your speakers and Ill try to come up with some good textures for it

    smike1111@hotmail.com
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Mike,

    If I can't get it right I certainly will. But I like a
    challenge [​IMG]


    Owen,

    I am not set in stone on anything... But I am heavily leaning
    towards the red...
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Ohh yeah and I forgot to mention I am going to build the XO's
    to be external. I am going to build boxes to hold each XO
    and the boxed will be finished in the same base coat, clear
    coat as the mains and they will have lucite display windows
    to show off the electronics [​IMG]

    I will need 10 sets of binding posts to do this..I was going
    to use Cardas posts but at $32.00 a set... Needing 10 sets
    that ain't happening [​IMG]
     
  5. Brian Bunge

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    Brett,

    For a speaker such as this, I think external XO boxes are a good idea. Just make sure since you're going to show off the components that you make it look pretty! [​IMG]

    I think I'd just get the binding posts that John uses in most of his kits.
     
  6. Brett DiMichele

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    Ok here is a crude rendering of the materials.. I didn't
    render the ribbons or mids that would take me a while (you know
    how I am when it comes to being accurate) [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Brian,

    I was BS'n with Gomie last night about this.. I am going to
    go with the Parts Express Dayton Gold Posts $9.00 a pair
    and I will need 10 pairs. I am also going to go ahead and
    order SoniCaps and Mills Resistors. John is including Solen
    Caps and regular ceramic resistors in the kit. I wish I
    could replace the inductors with foil wound but messing
    with the DCR Values might throw off the phase coherency of
    the XO's which John made sure was correct phase wise.

    Internal wire..... I was thinking about buying a large
    Jantzen Foil Inductor and unspooling it and using the copper
    foil to wire all the drivers. Gomie says go with Goertz(sp?)
    wire...

    Yep the XO's will be pretty! Hell I might mount all the
    components on black velvet [​IMG]
     
  7. Hank Frankenberg

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    Yeah baby, THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout![​IMG]
    And Black Velvet - OH YES! Paint a picture of Elvis on it and you're done.[​IMG]
     
  8. Mike SJ

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    Brett, I was hoping you would be doing something closer to Pininfarina's real designs if you were going to put that logo on it. Or at least something with subtle curves like on a ferrari.

    http://www.aliante.com/pf/alipin1.htm

    bottom of page is their floor standers
     
  9. Hank Frankenberg

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    Mike, that's extremely difficult if not impossible,with MDF, unless you have a 3-axis NC router. A good fantasy, but not practical[​IMG] The color and logo should be enough to really make Brett's speakers stand apart as the talk of the town.
     
  10. Brett DiMichele

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    Mike,

    Sorry that's not gonna happen [​IMG] I can't mess with the
    design of the speakers because the XO is already worked out
    for this cabinet.. Changing the design would require an XO
    rework and I can't do it.. Besides that, I don't honestly
    care for those Pininfarina speakers, seen them numerous
    times before.. I personaly love the Wilson-Benesch Bishops
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    *Update*

    "Refresh" this topic and my rendering above should update.
    I am making progress on the cabinet finish but I still am
    stumped on how I want to shape the bases and how I want to
    finish them. I decided that rock finishes just do not look
    right at all. I am either going to go with a piano black
    on the bases or something else..

    I need to work on the shape of the base though as it just
    looks too generic because the cabinets will have a 2" round
    over on all corners and look much more smooth than a rectangle
    base does.
     
  12. Brett DiMichele

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    [​IMG]

    Experimenting with different base options... And I quickly
    rendered the midranges.
     
  13. Brian Bunge

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    Copycat! [​IMG]

    Looks good though![​IMG]
     
  14. Brett DiMichele

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    I dunno.. I can't make up my mind.. The more I look at them
    in red the more I am thinking maybe red is just too loud..

    I could just as easily do them in a deep metallic silver
    which would match my tube amps and my pre amp and the
    carbon fiber would go great with metallic silver..

    I may just go silver.... I am thinking red will just be
    way too over the top.
     
  15. Owen Bartley

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    Yeah, Brett, I was thinking the same thing. I really like the red more than I thought, but I'd still vote for a silvery/graphite finish (I think the darker graphite will look better than a lighter silver with the yellow speaks)which would go well with the carbon and the gloss black and chrome of the base (I love what you did with the legs/base). The again, it depends what the rest of your room/equipment looks like.
     
  16. Hank Frankenberg

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    Well... if you're not gonna go over the top, then matching the tube amps would be classy and carbon fibre/graphite baffle with the rest in the deep metallic silver would be nice. Or how about a "chrome" baffle and graphite cabinet?
    I got some WilsonArt Metalaminate samples and they're nice. Here they are:
    http://wilsonart.com/design/wistore/...?idCategory=36
     
  17. Brett DiMichele

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    Hank,

    Or how about Piano Black with the Brushed Aluminum Metalaminate ?


    So many options.... I really need to think this one through
    because once it's done it's done... And I want them to look
    as classy as possible.
     
  18. Mike SJ

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    What about piano black for the box and chrome for the stands?and make the baffle the hot red
     
  19. Hank Frankenberg

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    Brett, yes, lots of combos, but generally, darker cabinets won't be quite as intrusive as colors, so carbon/graphite would work and for a baffle, I'd use one of the Metalaminates. Just model the combos, sleep on it and pick one. Just do it![​IMG]
     
  20. Owen Bartley

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    I like that WilsonArt stuff... the brushed aluminum would look really nice as a baffle on a piano black speaker. I just don't know how it would look with the yellow drivers. And I guess you'd need to narrow it down to chrome or brushed, since having both might be a bit much.

    Brett, what does the rest of your equipment/rack/setup look like? I took a quick look at your site but didn't see any pictures of your gear all set up.
     

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