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Old 27th May 2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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Hello,

I recently received my FHXL flat packs and wanted to publicly express my sincere thanks to Planet10 and Chrisb for getting them to me in perfect condition. The packaging was phenomenal, as it withstood the journey all the way from from Victoria, British Columbia to San Antonio, Texas. No easy feat this.

Also, I want to express my thanks to everyone involved in the making of these kits. The wood is beautiful and the design is straightforward and beautiful in its simplicity. I am truly looking forward to building and hearing this fine design.

I'm not sure when I will get around to construction, as I have to juggle some things around in the garage to make work space, but I hope to begin soon. Also, I have yet to decided which driver to go with, although I am leaning towards the Alpair 10P.

When I do, eventually, get things going I will post some updates/pics of my progress.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

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Old 27th May 2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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William - when you get to the point of wanting to get these together - send me a PM

I've built a few pairs and might be able to offer some suggestions, or answer construction questions.
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Old 11th December 2016, 10:19 PM   #3
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I finally completed the build of the Frugel Horn XL speakers and thought I'd share a few comments about them. Assembly was straight forward; everything fit well and went together without incident or fuss.

As for the sound, nothing had prepared me for just how musical these speakers are. The bass is astonishingly good, and in my room not a single trace of bloat or boom. I am, quite literally, shocked at how much sound is generated by this single driver. To say that they defy the laws of physics would be an understatement.

Right now I just have them bunged down and toed in slightly with my Kappa 9's pushed to the side and, probably, too close to them. However, even in this less than ideal position they sound incredible. I cannot bring myself to make any adjustments as they are sounding so good as is.

At the moment they are being driven by a rare Adcom GCA-510 solid state integrated amplifier and it is doing a wonderful job. Later on I may switch to an OTL tube amplifier, but for now the sound is full bodied, detailed, and very coherent from top to bottom.

These are very special speakers, and I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone wanting to experiment with a single-driver loudspeaker, indeed, anyone simply looking for an impeccable sounding/performing speaker period.

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Old 12th December 2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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I finally completed the build of the Frugel Horn XL speakers and thought I'd share a few comments about them. Assembly was straight forward; everything fit well and went together without incident or fuss.

As for the sound, nothing had prepared me for just how musical these speakers are. The bass is astonishingly good, and in my room not a single trace of bloat or boom. I am, quite literally, shocked at how much sound is generated by this single driver. To say that they defy the laws of physics would be an understatement.

Right now I just have them bunged down and toed in slightly with my Kappa 9's pushed to the side and, probably, too close to them. However, even in this less than ideal position they sound incredible. I cannot bring myself to make any adjustments as they are sounding so good as is.

At the moment they are being driven by a rare Adcom GCA-510 solid state integrated amplifier and it is doing a wonderful job. Later on I may switch to an OTL tube amplifier, but for now the sound is full bodied, detailed, and very coherent from top to bottom.

These are very special speakers, and I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone wanting to experiment with a single-driver loudspeaker, indeed, anyone simply looking for an impeccable sounding/performing speaker period.

Cheers!
What a lovely pair of speakers you have. they look perfect in your room, against that wall.

I hope to receive my Frugel Horn XL build plans soon and build a pair myself in the very near future, as I've just discovered a real love for full range drivers after the completion of my diy Bookshelf Speakers.

Well done & may they give you many years of enjoyment
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Old 2nd February 2017, 04:09 PM   #6
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Jason - have you requested those yet from Dave? If so, please PM me
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Old 4th February 2017, 10:00 PM   #7
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Hey Mushroom,

Thanks for the kind words. The Frugel Horn XL's are an absolute marvel of audio engineering. They have completely changed my perception of what is possible from a single-driver loudspeaker. I now have over 200 hours on them and they have never failed to impress. They are so natural and real sounding it's almost spooky. I suppose it has much to do with not having a crossover, and that the Mark Audio driver is so well suited to the design. Either way, I am quite simply captivated by them.

I am confident that you will be equally impressed with yours once they are complete and singing. Please post a pic and share your impressions of them when you can. I hope you enjoy the build and that all goes well. Cheers!

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As Scott and Dave would say - etc

How quick did you find the build?
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As Scott and Dave would say - etc

How quick did you find the build?
Hi Chrisb,

The kit was cut to perfection and every piece fit without struggle or complication. Assembly itself was straight forward, and even though I took my time letting things thoroughly dry, took only about 4-5 days to construct, with an additional day or two to sand off all the excess glue and smooth things down.

I have to admit that I deviated from the plan just a bit. Instead of using the supplied felt I used 1/2-inch Sonic Barrier sheeting from Parts Express. I have used this before in other projects and it has proved to be very effective and downright simple to use, due to its PSA backing. Just cut to size, peel and stick. Great stuff really.

Also, instead of using the poly-fill batting I used 100 percent raw sheep's wool, also left over from previous projects. I did not use batting in the front section. I'm not sure how much of a change these deviations have made, but I am in complete amazement every time I listen to them.
To my ears they are the most coherent sounding speakers from top to bottom that I have ever heard, and they fill a room with sound like nobody's business.

William




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This thread mostly happened during my stay in hospital, hence my late response: I am very pleased that you are happy with them. Scott Dunn’s build of the same speaker was the hit at diyFEST this last weekend to add support to your comments

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