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Old 25th March 2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default MCLA (Murphy Corner Line Array) project

Part 1
I need to preface what i'm going to say by stating i am not an expert at audio/speaker building and I do not have a good reference point to use as a comparison for the MCLA's.

The beta version of the speakers are done and in. I'm designating them as beta versions because I think some tweaking is required.

emotiva umc1 preamp/processor
Mcintosh mc2100
Sonos, digital output, all lossless music
Current speakers- paradigm studio 60
Behringer deq2496

MCLA config-
7 feet long
22 Aura 3" 8 ohm drivers per side
Flat eq settings based on mcla spec

Speakers on short wall
Single double pane window 4 feet from each speaker
Hardwood floors
Not much absorptive material in room

First impression (highly subjective)
Bass a little boomy
Highs somewhat muted
Lacks precision (crack of the drum, tight bass)
Off axis dispersion (approx 25 deg) noticeable decrease in highs

Things I can tweak-
Maybe i have too much/little insulation in box
Seal box better with silicon
Eq settings
Change equipment (amp, source)
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Old 25th March 2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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Default Part 2

1. Pictures for the project will be uploader later today
2. I've gotten better at using the DEQ2496 (RTA, GEQ, PEQ). I have 3 memory settings at this time (a. MCLA specified settings-flat response, b. RTA AutoEQ, c. my ear/interpretation)
3. I still am very dissappointed with the sound. Very colored, minimal impact.
4. I have not done measurements, but it appears as if the off access reponse drops off very quckly.
5. Positives- bass response appears to be pretty good. Nowhere near as good as my infinite baffle sub in my family room.

Next steps:
1. Continue to muck around with my ear/interpretation curve
2. I'm going to give it a couple more weeks. If I'm not happy at that time I'll sell the speakers (for cost of the drivers) without the DEQ2496.

I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 25th March 2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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Default The pictures

Here are some pictures from a few weeks ago and yesterday.
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Old 26th March 2012, 03:09 AM   #4
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Is there a simple way of explaining the advantages of line arrays?

I read the Veravox 3X was designed for steered line arrays but from what I read, people also use them as full rangers.
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Old 26th March 2012, 05:24 AM   #5
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> Highs somewhat muted

This is probably because of the interference between the drivers, and I expect that your DEQ can fix that.

How did you wire the speakers? I ask because I once read an interesting article that proposed a wiring so that more sound came out of the middle speakers than the ones at the ends of the array. This decreased the effects of interference.

For the bass, have you tried moving the array a bit away rom the corner?
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Old 26th March 2012, 05:48 AM   #6
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Hat down for the job done ( so much holes and the wiring !) and for your lucidity, it barely happens that a proud DIYer could criticize his product.

What I think is that you have to measure to got a clear idea. Compare a lonely driver and the whole array. You will probably also discover some timing errors that can result in noticeable cancellations, that's classic with a straight array and adds up with the mandatory comb effect.

I think that you have to maximize the listening distance, then you could try either a power tapering ( the best in your case), either a frequency tapering, either both. You can do the power tapering by changes in the wiring and playing with the resulting impedances, but of course the frequency tapering will reduce the highs.

An other solution if you still have four spare drivers is to try a Bessel wiring, it works with 25 drivers. I have some experience with the Bessel five, I like much more the power tapering on an incurved array, but maybe it's worth the try.

Last word, don't waste time or energy when thinking of the responsibility of the electronics.
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Old 26th March 2012, 06:07 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Dmontella View Post
Bass a little boomy
Highs somewhat muted
IIRC, a floor to ceiling line source will (in theory) have a frequency response that slopes downward at 3dB/octave. Nothing you can't fix with an equalizer.
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Old 26th March 2012, 10:42 PM   #8
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Did you ever resolve whither you have the correct drivers?
(I couldn't follow the thread)
Murphy Corner Line Array (MCLA) - Page 9 - Techtalk Speaker Building, Audio, Video, and Electronics Customer Discussion Forum From

In any case John Murphy is a knowledgeable and skilled loudspeaker designer. I'm sure that a correctly built speaker will measure the same as his test results.

But in some rooms a corner line array may sound very different than a more compact speaker that is in a different room location.
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Old 26th March 2012, 11:10 PM   #9
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I started a thread on the "Official" forum on the Parts Express site and I received very little response. It does not appear that John Murphy has been very active on the various forums for a couple of years.

Comb Effect:
John states on his Deign Concept page that the MCLA addresses comb filtering.
The Murphy Corner-Line-Array Design Concepts

I am starting to think it is comb effect and that I need to address this. I may change the wiring from my current configuration (4 sets of 5 8 ohm drivers, each set in series) + (2 8 ohm drivers, in series) connected in parallel, to a power tapering configuration.

Speedskater- I ended up going with Aura drivers, which appear to be the same as the PE drivers.
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Old 27th March 2012, 11:17 AM   #10
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I have been founding these plots about your drivers :

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If you say that the array bass level is Ok, it's already something positive, but the over 1000 Hz part is not very nice. You can correct most of the axis response with the DEQ but the off axis will stay as it is ( BTW, these measurements are done on a 10 cm wide 2.5 liter sealed baffle).

The question is to know what this becomes with 22 stacked drivers and in what it contributes to the final result. The answer is that you have to measure this with something else that the embedded RTA of the DEQ. I guess you already have a mike. With a good sound card and one of the many free programs around, it's done.

What are you planning for the tapering ? I think that some people have been using serie resistors with an increment value of 0.2 or 0.3 ohms. After 10 steps you are at 2 ohms, this can be tried if you don't find a more elegant solution with the serie/parallel wiring.
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