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Old 2nd September 2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Now that's what I call determination

Have a read of this guy's DIY clone of the B&W 801D.

It's AWESOME.

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Old 2nd September 2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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Those speakers are really quite beautiful in person (that's actually the 800D). Curious how they sound compare to factory
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Old 2nd September 2013, 06:32 PM   #3
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Originally I was sceptical about the air in the speaker walls caused by his method of bending the boards. The originals are not grooved but bent under heated conditions.

There are obviously gpoing to be some differences but how much of that will be noticable is difficult to guess.
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wow ... and wow

impressive work, and design
but IMO ... too ugly to look at every day
(or its me who are too old)

is it a good speaker, soundwise ?
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Old 2nd September 2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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The originals are lovely to listen to but at 11K they're not cheap.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 07:27 PM   #6
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well, I guess that price tag gives his effort more sense

how did he get the drivers ?
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If you read the full article he managed to persuade B&W to sell him the drivers and the crossover boards. Normally you have to own a pair to be able to get the spares.
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Very nice work... and from the look of the materials, effort and equipment involved I would say more than 11k pounds Sterling went into this reproduction. If one has access to a full blown production factory floor like this, maybe doable, but the amount of time looks immense. Determination AND access to shop with equipment are necessary.
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Originally I was sceptical about the air in the speaker walls caused by his method of bending the boards. The originals are not grooved but bent under heated conditions.

There are obviously gpoing to be some differences but how much of that will be noticable is difficult to guess.
The method is well known for speaker enclosures - Dali Euphonia is made this way
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Old 2nd September 2013, 08:42 PM   #10
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wow ... and wow

impressive work, and design
but IMO ... too ugly to look at every day
(or its me who are too old)

is it a good speaker, soundwise ?
Truthfully, I was not blown away by the sound when I heard them last year. That said, I've always found B&W to be a bit too...clinical? Superb accuracy, superb sound, but to me they sound like the best possible monitor. I can't put my finger on it, but they've always just sounded dry or that they're all about precision rather than musicality. The latter is what I think makes a speaker great: you bring the musicians into the room rather than perfectly reproduce what was recorded. I know this sounds like rubbish, but I thinket not a coincidence that every pair of B&W's I've heard has this quality.
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