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Old 25th August 2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default El cheapo driver in Suzy Chang

I recently finished a Suzy Chang cabinet, had Pioneer 4.5" fullrange speaker A10 (not available anymore..., had bought few at $11/each about 5 yrs back). I want to briefly give over view. These are new drivers that had been stored. I am realizing MDF is a good product, when glued to plywood, makes good "dead" cabinet.

I had initially built with a 1/2" plywood and laminated with 1/4" MDF and realized there is a significant resonance when music is playing at moderately high volume, so I reenforced it with the 1/2"MDF in addition (so around sound chamber on sides more than 1" thick. Simple reinforcement behind the driver extending to back wall is likely further helpful, I used 2 strands of Cat5 wires in the cabinet to connect drivers to back of the cabinet. Dark theme works well in my listening room.

I only have about 20hrs of listening, highs are good (when I built Mikasa with the same driver I added a simple tweeter) but so far I don't feel a need (I am into vocal, small group, jazz). Upper bass is to my liking, brief listening of "1812" in flac file is satisfactory in my 20x30' room.

Enjoy the pictures, the sound is overall very good so far, for the investment of minimal expense and time. More and more I realize importance of cabinet detail for good sound. Suzy Chang cabinet works well with this driver.

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I really don't know why I tried yellow color...

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Old 25th August 2011, 03:56 AM   #2
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Hi GY, those speakers look really good. They look professional! Now I know what I m going to do with my pair of el cheapos.

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Old 25th August 2011, 10:32 AM   #3
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Very nice! I liked the yellow!
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Old 25th August 2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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Hi GY, those speakers look really good. They look professional! Now I know what I m going to do with my pair of el cheapos.

Cheers
let's compare notes after u build them, so far I am pleasantly surprised at the sound, bass is more than ample. I had built BIB, mikasa with the same driver, if u want the maximum bass with a classy decor, mikasa is the box, but if u have a smallish room and quick build Suzy is the one. BIB was also great with extended bass but best in the corners.
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Old 25th August 2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Very nice! I liked the yellow!
only last 2 pictures are the "final" color. Looks yellowish due to poor lighting. I painted over the initial yellow color so it actually has only 2 colors. Dark brown (looks yellowish) and flat black. Fits well in our room decor. Initial listening with yellow color was very helpful since resonance of the cabinet was obvious, so I added extra width around the sound chamber as can be seen.
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Old 25th August 2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for your listening impressions of the different cabs! Sometimes this is all we have to go by. Looking at the photos i can't help but wonder how two of these stacked head to head would sound?
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Thanks for your listening impressions of the different cabs! Sometimes this is all we have to go by. Looking at the photos i can't help but wonder how two of these stacked head to head would sound?

you might want to check your links. they are 404 - broke.
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Old 4th September 2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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you might want to check your links. they are 404 - broke.
apologize for broken links:

mikasa build: Mikasa, next?

BIB build: BIB and underwear, nothing on top

all same driver
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apologize for broken links:

mikasa build: Mikasa, next?

BIB build: BIB and underwear, nothing on top

all same driver
sorry, zilla audio bib link and others on site broke.
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