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  • I've been busy... another DIY.

    Well, it's not drum related, otherwise I would've put it in the DIY section.

    Haven't seen the sun in pretty much 3 months.
    Raining, raining, raining.... very depressing for a guy like me who worships the sun!

    So, decided to make it "sunnier" inside... what better way to do it than through music!

    I then started a build that took about a month.

    16 drivers per column, that's 32 small speakers in total, making the cabinets, 32 aligned and spaced holes, 128 pre-drilled screws... not going to do that again anytime soon!

    Sound wise? Out of this world! Sounds like I am inside a huge movie theater. The soundstage is huge, with nice "3D" imaging. Music is great, movies are great. I finally got a huge grin on my face, waiting for the sun and summer to come back!



    DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
    Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

    My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

  • #2
    The pics won't load for me on my phone, but sounds like a darn cool project!

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    • #3
      Pics not loading for me either...I wanna see! Wish I had that kinda time for a project so sweet.

      K
      My bands: Alter Ego, Arcanum
      E Kit = Roland TDW-20s kit // Roland SPD-S// Pearl Demon Drives//
      A Kit = Tama Swingstar 5 pc (1981) w/roto toms (orig owner!) //Zildjians
      A Kit = Natal 6 pc with Paiste 2000 & Zildjian/MidiKNights/DrumSplitters

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      • #4
        Pics or it didn't happen.
        I think my work is done here.

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        • #5
          Strange... I'll try through Photobucket then...



          DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
          Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

          My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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          • #6
            Now it's working! NICE!!!!

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            • #7
              One word....Wow!

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              • #8
                Very cool! How's the bottom end...or did you build a sub to go with them?
                8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
                http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys!

                  I tried to build them with the same driver found in the IDS-25 (cool "little" 25-driver towers, sold for the mere sum of $18,000!), the VIFA TC9FD (cost about $10 each), since the factory is just north of me, in China. The original design mentions it can go down to 20Hz!

                  Unfortunately, the factory was out of units and production scheduled for later this summer. So, I looked around in my little corner of the world, they have speaker factories here as well. After listening to a few, I settled on one that I thought sounded good, and they were clearing out the model, at only $3 each! But, the factory only had 32 left, and no more production scheduled.

                  So, for a pair of 16-driver arrays, I can go down to about 100Hz, if I want to play loud. I tried to reach 40Hz, but there was too much distorsion going that low with those drivers.

                  Indeed, right now, there is a sub covering the low's up to 100Hz now. I'll probably add another sub later.

                  In the process, I discovered a piece of software called JRiver. Very nice! There are a lot of parameters to tweak like EQ and room correction, the digital conversion is very clean, plays all music lossless formats and video, and it has the ability to "import" VST plugins to tweak the sound.

                  It was tedious to drill all those holes, but it's fun to listen now!
                  The soundstage is huge! Everything expands while listening through the arrays. And watching movies is quite the experience. Feels like being inside a classic movie theater! The space is unbelievable.
                  DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
                  Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

                  My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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                  • #10
                    Cool. how many watts? Are they powered? I wonder how they would sound on a nice ekit? Especially with two subs. Seems like it might be a nice compact solution.
                    8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
                    http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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                    • #11
                      Not powered, hooked to my music/movie receiver.

                      Each driver can handle around 30W, power being spread over 32 drivers... they can take some heat!
                      Plus, being wired the way they are, sensitivity is increased significantly. Basically, I get the same sound that a single traditional speaker (woofer / tweeter) would get at 100W.... but I'm only using 10W per tower!

                      They'd be able to handle a whole band, when mated with a pair of subs. I believe that'd be a sweet setup.... and really nice to play along that sound.

                      There was mbejackson who also built a pair of arrays for his music room. He said that people laugh at his slim towers, until they hear them.
                      DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
                      Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

                      My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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                      • #12
                        Nice!
                        Kaiju
                        Roland TD-15KV module and cymbals, Gen 16 AE rack, Gen 16 AE cymbals, Diamond Electronic Drums, Tama HP300 single pedal, Lectric Moo, Carmichael throne

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by perceval View Post
                          Not powered, hooked to my music/movie receiver.

                          Each driver can handle around 30W, power being spread over 32 drivers... they can take some heat!
                          Plus, being wired the way they are, sensitivity is increased significantly. Basically, I get the same sound that a single traditional speaker (woofer / tweeter) would get at 100W.... but I'm only using 10W per tower!

                          They'd be able to handle a whole band, when mated with a pair of subs. I believe that'd be a sweet setup.... and really nice to play along that sound.

                          There was mbejackson who also built a pair of arrays for his music room. He said that people laugh at his slim towers, until they hear them.
                          Cool. I was thinking that if they could handle the abuse of raw live sound and push enough wattage....that the portability and foot print on the stage would be very convenient...not mention a very sleek aesthetic. Cool indeed.

                          30 watts x 32? So basically if wired correctly are you saying that each tower could potentially push 480 watts? What about the sub? This setup looks like it's a nice inexpensive DIY knock off of the Bose gear which is very high priced. What are the oHms of each cabinet?
                          8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
                          http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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                          • #14
                            My arrays are 8 Ohms. Depending on the original driver used and the wiring. My drivers are 8 Ohms, wired 4/series - 4/parallel so the whole thing is 8 Ohms. For a good read, Jim Griffin's white paper on arrays: http://audioroundtable.com/misc/nflawp.pdf
                            DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
                            Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

                            My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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                            • #15
                              My living room, being the way it is and can't change it, I needed the arrays to be placed on the living room shelf.

                              If I want to change its place, or sell it, I had already thought of building a "sub base". It would just need a crossover or a high pass on the signal to the subs to work. It would be a sweet setup.

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                              DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
                              Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

                              My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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