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Old 22nd September 2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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Talking Stage one of upgrade to home system

Hi guys

I have been hanging around on this forum for a while - thought I should post some pics of the start of my home system upgrade - the sub.

It is one of the 12" Venon subs from Jaycar - I thought I would give it a try even though I had been recommended not to use it. I am pretty damn happy with the results - seems to be good all round for home theatre and music. The box is about 85L - and two 80id ports about 390 long. The sub is powered with the 80wRMS plate amp from jaycar (because I already had it previously running two sealed 8's)

The next upgrade is a pair of 4 way speaker towers - 1200 high with 1" tweet, 5" mid, 6" and 8" midbass.

cheers,
Brett
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Old 22nd September 2006, 01:39 PM   #2
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Just from the looks of it, that driver looks like it could take a lot more power than you're feeding it. I'd look for a plate amp that can supply over 200W to drive that. Consider it for the future.
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Old 22nd September 2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Nice finish on the box Brett. How was that done?

Also your 4 ways seem a bit funny. 1", 5", 6" and 8"? Certainly a different combination. What do you have in mind?
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Old 23rd September 2006, 06:53 AM   #4
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The sub can handle more power - listed as 180w... so a bigger amp would be a plan in the future.

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The box is made of MDF - braced. I used water putty to fill the holes (my cutting wasn't too bad - considering I have no proper workshop - as we are renting while our house gets built). I then did three coats of 50/50 water/PVA glue - sanding in between with 300grit sandpaper. I used 2 coats gloss spray paint, then two coats of clear.

As for the 4 way idea - I know it sounds a little funny - we'll just have to see how it goes! I couldn't bear to have left over speakers - so I decided to use them all.

I'll post pics of the finished speakers when done - I am finishing them in gloss white - just for something different.

cheers,
Brett
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Old 28th September 2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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Talking Speaker towers

Hi guys

I have made up the speaker towers - just to be "different" - I have gone with gloss white towers.

Will just let that 'tasty' enamel paint smell to get out of them and I'll set them up inside.

cheers,
Brett
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Old 28th September 2006, 11:59 PM   #6
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Nice work Brett, both of your cabinets look excellent .
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Old 29th September 2006, 04:43 AM   #7
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I like that white finish bludbunny.
Can you give more details? Is it straight from an aerosel can, proper spray gun, or painted by hand? Did you do a clear gloss on top?
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Old 29th September 2006, 10:56 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comments guys.
After spraying the sub with black (and most of it getting taken away by the wind) I decided to brush these ones.

Pretty happy with the finish - but by no means piano finish!

I did seal the mdf first with two coats of 50/50 water/pva first - as the mdf is very "thirsty".

Hopefully it should all sound ok and look good in the lounge.

cheers,
Brett
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Old 11th October 2006, 09:46 AM   #9
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Default here we go!

Hi guys

Bit delayed - but finally got a photo of the finished speakers.
They sound great!
Pretty good all round - for music and movies - but the sub of course can be switched off for crisp music listening without the overpowering bottom end.

cheers,
Brett
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