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Old 28th December 2007, 01:56 PM   #21
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OK fair enough. Part of the question was regarding stuffing materials. I have read for years that wool was a very good material for stuffing, some people used fiberglass. I remember most of the speakers I took apart when I was a kid had fiberclass glued to the inner box walls. The first set of speakers I built about 16 years ago I used fiberglass on the walls only. More recenty there seems to be more people talking about polyfill or pillow stuffing materials and stuffing the cabinet relatively full. I was kind of considering using both. Any thoughts?
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Old 28th December 2007, 09:42 PM   #22
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OK fair enough. Part of the question was regarding stuffing materials. I have read for years that wool was a very good material for stuffing, some people used fiberglass. I remember most of the speakers I took apart when I was a kid had fiberclass glued to the inner box walls. The first set of speakers I built about 16 years ago I used fiberglass on the walls only. More recenty there seems to be more people talking about polyfill or pillow stuffing materials and stuffing the cabinet relatively full. I was kind of considering using both. Any thoughts?
I suggest some experiments to get first hand information. Put a cheap omni electret microphone inside the box and run a few sweeps. Then you will see the effects of different materials on box resonances.

If it is box resonances you want to kill, polyfill is not a good idea. If it is only isothermalizing you want (eg for a sub) it might be a very good idea. A sub typically has a crossover filter that removes the frequencies where there are box resonances.
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Old 29th December 2007, 01:28 AM   #23
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Well I am trying out 100% wool blanket material wrapped in poly to stuff the balance of the cabinets. I previously had them about half stuffed. We'll see what effect this has.
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Old 29th December 2007, 01:39 AM   #24
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Well, I have a 2 way system with 2-6 1/2" mid-woofers from the Zetag Hi G1s, (not the copper looking ones), and 1 Focal TC90 in each box. I finished these about a year or so ago, but haven't been entirely happy with the sound.

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Did you design the box correctly? Is the port tube length and diameter correct? How about the crossover?

These have a bigger effect on the sound quality than stuffing.
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Old 29th December 2007, 02:08 AM   #25
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You know I wish I could emphatically say yes, but not knowing the T/S specs on the woofers makes it less then certain that I calculated the box volumes correctly. The x-overs I got from the same person I got the drivers from. They are a Wilson Cub emulation. Like I said they sound good, just not the wow factor I was expecting. They sound better for HT then for stereo which is a disapointment.
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Old 29th December 2007, 02:26 AM   #26
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You know I wish I could emphatically say yes, but not knowing the T/S specs on the woofers makes it less then certain that I calculated the box volumes correctly.
All speakers sound better on HT (source material, that is).

I take it they sound boomy? Box tuning might be lower than it should be.
Do this: Block the port with a pair of socks or something and see if that improves the way they sound.
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Old 29th December 2007, 03:41 AM   #27
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10 years ago, I've read an article form Car Stereo Review magazine.

It was an experiment about the effect of poly fill on the box volume of a sub box, AFAICR, It was a 1 cu/ft box.

There were 25 to 40% gain in volume of the box, depending on how much poly fill was filled.

AFAICR again, with 1 pound polyfill on a 1 cu/ft of box, the gain is about 25% increase in volume.

You can increase the polyfill up to 1.75 pounds per 1 cu/ft of box, But increasing it beyond 1.75 pounds per 1 cu/ft would have the effect of decreasing the box volume due to over stuffing.

For the larger box on the experiment, I think it was about 3cu/ft, the Gain in volume was less, only up to about 35% max.

All in all, from what I',ve learned from that article , is that 1 pound of polyfill per 1 cu/ft , is a good starting point.
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Old 29th December 2007, 06:55 AM   #28
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All speakers sound better on HT (source material, that is).

I take it they sound boomy? Box tuning might be lower than it should be.
Do this: Block the port with a pair of socks or something and see if that improves the way they sound.

Boomy........maybe a little. I would call it more muddy than boomy. They don't sound clear and natural in stereo, that is why I was thinking box resonance. You may be right about the box tuning because I went by the information given to me by the person who sold me the drivers. I built my center channel out of the same drivers and x-overs, but built a sealed enclosure, obviously to make it smaller and better for voices, and it does sounds better. If he was off, my box tuning would definately be off as well since I used a program to give me box volume and port area. That is why I was asking if anyone had any info on those Zetag Hi G1 drivers. I think they are good quality thats why I'm disapointed in the result. I'not 100% sold on the Focals either, but thats for a different thread.

Thanks for your input, it is starting to make more sense to me now.
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Old 30th December 2007, 07:17 AM   #29
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OK tomorrow I do some experimentation!
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