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  1. Yeah, but it's a dry cold Nothing like the stillness & quiet and the sound of footfalls. I'm sure it's all very funny to the Canadians, though. "Those banana-belt guys think _that's_ cold!". I'm pretty sure people who live in the Northwest Territories wouldn't much notice any difference. Tough to beat the air quality/asthma index we have going for us, though. Be well--we can ride motorcycle in the 30's on Friday
  2. Yeah I'm about where you are, just a piece east. My 19 yr old civic wouldn't pop this morning. Got the charger out but the way the (plastic) hood release feels trying to gently work it, it's going to be a while before I can try it. Sucks. Got two baby cranks outta the old girl, but it takes 3 or 4 to pop in this stuff. Thought I'd get lucky. So I suppose I have some time to read the forums right now. This would be why there are garages (that shouldn't be full of stuff :)
  3. Yeah I'd like to hear any comments from Jim as well. In fact, I found this thread searching for some reference substantiating my (ever-increasingly-failing) memory regarding PWK poo-pooing "reflex horns" somewhere or other.
  4. While you're in there, it's maybe worth physically (not electrically) inverting the woofers when you re-install them. You know, for the next 42 years of their (surrounds' & spiders') lives...
  5. Nice, thanks for sharing. I've always had a soft spot for wide-rangers, too. Just running my mouth before enough coffee is down to think better of it, but my first thoughts were wondering: (a) if there's some sympathetic woofer/box excitation going on with the c-scala boxes/cones/port (b) maybe(???) some beneficial baffle-width stuff, too (asymmetry and all re the AN "baffle" it sees, although collapsing directivity maybe washes that away???) If it's not a pain and a half to do so, it'd be interesting to know if they sound discernibly different with the other big boys moved some. In my own exp hacking-up other stuff, (I'll call it-) "physics" seemed to be going on amongst the various boxes and weird room/schroeder stuff. Way different rooms, but I put my hands on the Cornie cones with other stuff playing and stuff was happening. I know, "stuff" is way too technical jargon but I don't want to start an empirical anything before I wake-up :)
  6. oy. mr cornies are screwed but i await the Preponderance. Pssst: do what it needs : )
  7. Thanks a lot for posting. I'll not opine about wool vs. dacron but instead invite everyone to form their own conclusion (in the hopes that they test multiple materials). One thing I've done in the past is to solder the speaker leads to the terminals and then lift out the woofer with live program material so I can mess with lining/stuffing through the woofer hole. For a couple hours at a time. And multiple times. Alternatively, when you're (one is) doing DIY stuff, you can leave the baffle for last gluing. Rope caulk is better than a bead of RTV for that (don't ask--you'll be sanding RTV for ever). Put the speaker on its back. The balance is between "openness" of soundbodies (think cello or piano) and "tightness" of percussion. You have to flip program material to extremes and find the "best compromise" (tm?). The super-low-Q "tight-tight" drums are packed with R19 (etc), the most echo-ey soundbodies are empty. All that _If_ you guess right on your tuning. In some (?) 35+ years of playing diy-speaker-genius-pretender, I've missed every single box tuning at least a little bit. There's only one tool--restriction of ports--available at that stage. And it costs efficiency. The moral of the story is to almost never tune for "flat" (it'll boom in-room). EBS is the way. TL's. Slow-rollers. Then "tight" isn't anything but a number. And a goofy grin with the right material. Giggling, if you get lucky with sweet wood. Bracing matters, and it matters so much more than most people know. Stiffness matters. Great plywood matters. Once you hear great plywood against (?) p-board or mdf, you can't "un-hear" it. Yes, I know these bald-assertions are likely to get me well-lit-up (especially in a place where the ante is 5000 posts). They're also my experiences. If you have a driver larger than 5", it's _always_ worth it to buy the best plywood you can find. Marine-ouch--the word marine is painful--but if it's the best, it's worth it to your project. Look-up the stiffnesses (moduli). It's not even close. I've learned a lot from various people around here that post theirs, so I'm cutting-open a vein to try to pay some amount back to this wonderful place. Can't really remember exactly when, but I once attended a demo at my local Audio Society meeting a good 20-ago. Mike Dzurko remarked that night that the single biggest thing a DIY guy could do was make a crazy-great cabinet. I've learned that I agree. A manufacturer cannot possibly "get paid" for making a great great cabinet. I've seen people say 8" spans. Personally, I'll use other materials (if weight matters) besides great-great-ply, but I also will brace them every 5". I think it was some time spend on OB stuff that got me to ask the questions (and pay for the experiments). There's a _lot_ of good stuff to be had w/o much work or expense. Thanks for the time and the audience. Let the beatings begin.
  8. Grand spirit. Everybody who goes through the work says it was way more work than they knew but they always seem to say it was worth it. I tip my hat. When you go bigger, the center-to-center has to increase and that can both hose the pattern-matching and tilt your forward lobe. Fiddly bits lie that way--again I tip my hat--you are a braver man than I! I love this place. It's the biggest bunch of enablers and instigators this side of Audiokarma : ) PS I swear we've all had that roomate once in our lives...sigh.
  9. erm, starship-trooper? that's a whole Other Deal! best, though! grindstone
  10. post has been flagged for removal, so if anyone has any "captures", well, it'd add value t5o this thread.
  11. Wonderful-thread! What I have to add is that, there is _no_ _such_ _thing_ as a box that is too-well-built. Yes, of-course, angels, heads of pins--all-that. It turns-out to be about Stiffness. Marine-ply. Or perhaps Baltic-Birch. Many-many-layers. The research has been done. It's Out There. I'll not "advocate" for a single thing -- except (perhaps?) that anyone (everyone?) should take the Time to research the Problem. Hint: keywords -- "modulus of elasticity" <-- aka Modulus. Upshot? Use _great_ ply. it's _always_ worth whatever it costs!!!
  12. Understood. Life happens. The people on this board are the most amazing collection of helpful resources that exists anywhere (as near as I can tell). Please keep posting even if your're only in consideration of this or that. I learn so much from these people (pretty sure I'm not alone) that it's staggering. Dialogue. That's all it takes, here. Wisdom is dispatched from so many. I just can't even thank Klipsch enough for providing the resources to run this board. Crazy-great-stuff. Every day. For free. Back-up the truck and Buy Klipsch!
  13. Maybe this has already been-done (in which case, I apologize and ask the mods to delete this thread). If not, I just have to sound-off about the contributions of WMcD. Over and over and over again, those posts are invaluable. I just can't say enough. On a board with amazing contributions (in the thousands of posts) from all-kinds-of-people, well--you guys know who you are. And you know how cool it is that you all have shared sooo much knowledge for so long. Today, it's about Gil because I've been so moved by his contributions. Bravo!
  14. Maybe kind of a "bump". Wondering if you've made any decisions. Can't see selling my own Cornies but I also should say they're not even wired-up (EV Georgian khorn clones have the wires). I think that wvu80 had a very good take and I'd encourage you to investigate. If you repackage the bass unit (or add a sub), you can end-up with quite fine sound for a small-ish outlay. Then, you can just watch and wait for some Cornwalls (and have some fine sound while you wait) or take your time on a Cornscala project or whatever else. Good luck and keep us posted.
  15. This must be mine--erm,...it's my opinion that they solved different problems in different ways (at vastly different historical times). And I still think the one thing would be a wonderful top for the other thing. I think it would be poor form to say more than that I love Klipsch, I'm happy to own their stuff, and that I'm grateful that the company provides the resources to support this wonderful community.
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