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Obtaining my White Whale (25 Driver IDS-25 Line Array Build)
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:00 AM   #21
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I chose not to solder the wiring as I'm too new to it. Instead I chose to use a quality crimping tool with quick disconnects that match the die set in the crimper. The crimper from TE Connectivity was $120 but completely worth it.
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:07 AM   #22
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This photo show the gaskets I had made in use in the cabinets.

The material is really similar too craft foam but is thicker.
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:10 AM   #23
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...Testing 25 drivers.
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:13 AM   #24
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The completed arrays!
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:16 AM   #25
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The arrays setup.
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:26 AM   #26
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Nice! Did your guy do those cabinets by hand, or are the baffles and such done on a CNC router? Also, where did you find drivers for $1 each??? Iím about to start designing some for myself, and the pain of $10 x 50 ea has got me a little bummed. $50 for 50 drivers would be super.
You mentioned in your post that you are experienced in woodworking and sculpture. Were you planning to stick with Roger Russell's cabinet design or create your own. I can't wait to see what you do!

I found that the cabinet was the most expensive part of my build ($1800) but I hired someone to build mine.
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Old 17th April 2019, 12:34 AM   #27
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Default Phantom Center Image

A few posts ago I was struggling with getting a center image from the arrays. I've had great experience with point source speaker after placement, toe-in, and light rake. I had tried tow-in with the arrays and still didn't have center imaging. Don't get me wrong, they sounded amazing.

I figured it out. I had to toe them in further to around 45 degrees (which I find extreme) and I finally have it!
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Old 17th April 2019, 02:28 AM   #28
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The arrays setup.
Cool, and now you can use those mini-ks for surround duty.
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Old 17th April 2019, 02:33 AM   #29
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You saw those, did you!!! I built those to try out the TC9's. They put out a surprisingly full sound.

May I ask how you EQed your arrays? It's a huge learning curve for me and my computer sound card keeps going into limiting with barely any volume. I plan to get a miniDSP with Dirac. Any opinions on this?
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Old 17th April 2019, 03:35 AM   #30
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What's your computer sound card?

In a PC, there are a bunch of add-ons that you have to turn off.
Depending on your OS version, there are a number of posts online to make the most out of a PC and perform better as an audio machine.

Google "optimizing PC for audio" and add your PC OS.
Follow the guides.

As for playback, do you follow the trend of JRiver or Foobar?

A miniDSP (HD!) with Dirac is a one click solution. It does some stuff without you being involved too much, besides adding your own FR curve target. That's it. Point the mic, make measurements, and sit back. You may or may not enjoy the result.

Also, Dirac is a $200 premium.

Free is DRCDesigner. Wesayso has extensive coverage about DRC. The simple way is to have the Dirac way with DRCDesigner gui and just measure, choose your FR curve, choose the amount of processing and input the convolution file into JRiver or Foobar. Adjust to taste.

Then, look up the convolution guide made by Gmad, available here at DIYAudio.
He's got a number of presets to try.

So, REW, DRC, a mic and some time to come up with a sound you will have more control of, but it comes in as more work... it's not just point, click and enjoy.
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