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Old 21st April 2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Mikasa or Saburo in my living room?

I'm interested to build a full-range driver horn, and particularly interested in the Saburo or Mikasa.

Before I start, I thought I better get some advice.

My listening room is one of these combined living room/dining room deals. The longest wall is 24', the dining room opening up to the livingroom area that is 15' by 13'.

Current speaker position is against the 24' wall, firing across the 13' width of the living room area.

(geez, this is becoming so convoluted, I'm beginning to have trouble picturing my own house from my description).

Will either of these speakers work for my room?

I'll be driving them with a modernized Dynaco ST 70 (22ish watts).

Other speakers I should consider if these are really wrong?

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Brenton
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Old 21st April 2009, 05:33 AM   #2
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Almost deja-vue... this thread should already answer some of your questions Want to build Mikasa/Saburo but.....

Either should work... You want to be able to get at least 8 ft away.

Your dyna is triode wired?

Your lroom description could be describing either the house my gramma or my parents had in Calgary.

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Old 21st April 2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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On Christie Rd? Her name's not Mary?!

Seriously, it must be a pretty common style bungalow of the late 50's - early 60's for Calgary, so you're probably envisioning it pretty darn accurately.

Thanks for this reply, Dave.

8 ft out from the wall will mean I need to... Hmmmm. Make my living room a dedicated listening room.

More than 3 or 4 ft is going to be a problem.

Is there another horn speaker that can back up closer to a wall?

Brenton

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I better read that thread. Thanks for the link.
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Old 21st April 2009, 02:37 PM   #4
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No no no no no. Dave means a minimum listening distance, i.e. you need to be X feet away from them to get the full benefit. In the case of Saburo, minimum is 8ft; slightly less (about 7ft) for Mikasa.
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Old 21st April 2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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Phew!

I was envisioning a very awkward re-deployment of living room furniture, and some (more) derisive jeering from my gal!

Thanks Scott. My current listening position accomodates... maybe 10 feet from the speakers if they're up against the wall.

Probably I'd want to change my speaker position with these so they fire down the length of the room.

Do they need to be 4, 5 or so feet from the wall, or is that a TBA type of deal that depends on experimentation?

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Old 21st April 2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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Dave,

Forgot your Dynaco question. Yes, my ST 70 is switchable via toggle switches between triode and pentode mode.

Perhaps with better speakers (than my Linn Index IIs), I'll be able to hear a difference.

:-(
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Both my parents & my gramma lived in Brentwood up by the University. On the occassions i was in town and my dad had Stampeder tickets we'd walk to the stadium.

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Do they need to be 4, 5 or so feet from the wall, or is that a TBA type of deal that depends on experimentation?
No. Keep them out of a corner, and a bit out from the wall would be a good starting point.

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Right -away from corners / side-walls & a foot or so from the back wall would be a good starting point & adjust to suit yourself from there.
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Old 21st April 2009, 03:44 PM   #9
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Ok, this sounds very do-able, then. I can just switch out the present speakers, where they are, for these big boys. One speaker is... 6 or more feet from the corner, the other... 11 or 12 or so.

Dave, Brentwood is a hop skip and a jump away. I'm just off 19th, a block north of the golf course. Your parents and grandparents probably had the same layout as me. A lot of these bungalows still remain in the area.

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A lot of these bungalows still remain in the area.
Both were still there last i was in Calgary (not bungalows thou -- both had basements)

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