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  1. This build is of my own design and I would be more than glad to share what I did with any of you who are interested. I will be taking more pics in the next few days since there may be some interest. I currently have built 4 different sizes. Details to follow.
  2. I sure hope so. I am currently mid build on a set of 12 polys. Plan is to place 6 on each of the side reflection points. It will take 6 to go floor to ceiling with each of the 3 different sizes. Plan is to take room readings again with the current absorbers, then with nothing on the walls, and finally with the new poly setup. We shall see how effective they are.
  3. Posting waterfall results for the subs and the center channel to show the difference with the polys and without. I am no expert on REW, so if there is a better way to show the changes, please let me know. It seems the polys do absorb at various frequencies, but primarily around 100hz and above. I also noticed the LF response evens out somewhat when looking at the subs' graph. Decay times seem better with the polys for all 3 main channels and the subs. The differences are easiest to appreciate by going back and forth between graphs in REW, but here are the graphs.
  4. Had a couple of hours to kill and started trying to compare the differences, if any, with and without the polys. Listening impressions: - Imaging was excellent, as it always has been with the Oris. No change noted. - Overall liveness of music was more apparent, if I dare say better. Not too sure and will need more time to evaluate that aspect. - Biggest and most obvious change was a larger soundstage overall. The main speakers were harder to pinpoint and they seemed to more evenly fill the front room space. Very nice change and yet provided crisp detail and excellent instrument placement. I thought highs would get 'blurry', but that was not the case. - I did not detect any LF changes, but was curious enough to break out the REW measurement gear. I tested each main and the subs separately to see what effect the polys had in the room. Mind you, there are only two polys in the room at the reflection points. Glad I set up the testing gear as it shows LF absorption at different low frequencies. So far, I am intrigued enough to spend more time on poly construction. Plan is to place 3 different sized polys at the main reflection points from floor to ceiling. Total of 12 polys to do that. Also, add polys in the back of the room and replace the Quadratic diffuser I built previously. I would also like to add poly structures to the ceiling-wall corners. Those I plan to build in the room similar to what the Master Handbook of Acoustics shows, with the addition of a MLV behind the curved surface. I will follow this up with the REW results.
  5. It would be interesting to see how the sound would change if you lined the garage door with those tiles. Any concave surface should focus frequencies. Hence the design of parabolic microphones and your dish antenna. The opposite is true for convex surfaces, which disperses sound in many directions depending on angle of incidence. Mind you, in no way am I an expert on the subject. I have been gathering knowledge from many sources on the subject of poly use in an acoustic environment. I do know a parabolic mic is amazing in how it focuses sound from long distances. I am about to start my listening tests on the two polys I built....more to follow.
  6. Considered by whom? I have read many current and old articles and books on the subject. Yes, some folks claim these diffusers are out of vogue. I don't care if things are in vouge or not....they just need to work. Many now lean toward the quadratic diffuser theory. Interestingly, I originally planned on making several QRD unit. I have the plans ready to go and purchased them from a commercial vendor who also builds them. After really researching the issue, however, I found many current commercial vendors also offer the poly design with the added benefit of the LF absorption. I researched current articles on these poly designs and was persuaded that this is a better design. At least as far as building a couple and trying them out. Arguments are made that the quadratic diffusers actually do 'focus' frequencies due to the cavities tuned to different frequencies. The QRD also changes phase alignments due to the varying cavity depth. I have never seen any article claiming the that the poly focuses any given frequencies. The only argument I heard on that subject had to do with equal sized polys next to each other focusing sound at the point where the polys meet, sort of like a concave structure. Again, that will not be the case here since I will be using various radius polys if this test proves positive. One of the down sides of the poly is their size. That is not a consideration in my room, so not an issue for me. We shall see if there is any audible changes that are noticeable.
  7. I did not use a CNC. For each of the three sizes, I drew out a semicircle and then took a 130 degree angle. Set the depth go give me the chord length I wanted. The LF frequency range seems dependent on the weight of the MLV. The heavier the MLV, the lower the bass absorbed from all my research. I chose the 1lb. per sq. ft. to get to the lower frequencies.
  8. The height is actually 4'. I plan on sitting them on something for testing so the mid point is the same as my Oris drivers. Should this work well, I will set them up as a column, along the wall height, two stacked one on top the other. Probably overkill, but never been know to do things less than that. The MLV will end up about 1.5" from the wall surface once hung on a french cleat.
  9. Feel free to shoot questions. You might help me with ideas!
  10. Time to dive into improving my room acoustic treatments. Previously, I had built a large Quadratic diffuser which is on the back wall of my HT. I also built six deep absorbers which currently hang at the first reflection points in the room. That discussion can be found here: Recently, I have been delving into the use of Poly diffuser/absorber devices to be used at the first reflection points rather than just high frequency absorbers. The theory is that such poly devices will help keep the liveness of the room, maintain a wide soundstage and also absorb those very difficult to control low frequencies. So, I have built two large polys to see if they actually work. The build is a constant radius cylindrical surface that has absorbent ultratouch insulation on the interior surface ( I don't like using fiberglass). The back of the frame has a heavy limp mass (1lb. per sq. ft. vinyl) that will work to absorb the LF. Based on everything I have learned about diffuers and absorbers, this should work well. I spent quite a bit of time re-reading the Master Handbook of Acoustics and this device seems to fit with the theory presented in the book. Initially, I plan on just using my ears to listen to any changes. If they seem positive, I will take some room response readings. Should the devices work, the plan is to build poly diffusers of different diameter sizes for the back wall as well as the first reflection points. I also plan on re-building the deep absorbers I have and implementing the limp mass concept to improve LF absorption. This should be fun.
  11. I currently have the Oris crossing point at 300hz. Since I have an Oris 250 for the center channel, this xover point works for all 3 mains. It also sends the lowest frequencies to the dual 15" LF woofers, which optimizes response. Most of us Oris owners don't say much out of respect for the forum itself. After all, it is the Klipsch forum. No doubt, bang for the buck, it doesn't get better than a klipsch speaker....at least the heritage line IMHO. It will be interesting to see how the more modern construction methods using MDF fare in the long run. I have owned every heritage Klipsch speaker and enjoyed them all. I still have Hereseys in my shop. You can't beat 18mm BB for speaker cabinet construction!
  12. Oh yeah, she laughs and shakes her head. But, she also knows that it is a cheap hobby and always knows where I am. Last time I had a big idea I wanted to buy a 2019 Corvette ZR1. She approved that one, but I thought better of the idea as I approach retirement. I did not make a build thread. Didn't want to bore everyone with my crazy builds. These actually turned out very well. I had a lot of design help from LTD02 of GSG audio design. He had helped me design my Full Marty subs and I leaned on him to help me with cabs that could get me to 20hz. The cabs are huge. Any larger and I would not have been able to get them up the stairs. The build requirements included a height suitable for placing my Oris horns at optimum height. Fitting through the media room door would be a bonus. Size ended up being 35"Wx29"Hx31"D. All 18mm BB construction. Port tuned to 23hz with a port resonance at around 513hz. I also added cabinet handles on the sides. We needed those as we lugged them up the stairs. I estimate they weigh about 150 pounds with no drivers. They sit on four large speaker spikes. Originally I was looking at getting some new 18" drivers and building something similar to LTD02s MBM designs. But, after much discussion with LTD02, he talked me into re-using my Kappalite 3015LF drivers. Those drivers turned out to be amazing for those boxes. They do need some EQ to get flat down to the lower ranges, but sound and perform extremely well. Alignment with the Oris was very easy and they complement the Oris as I had hoped.
  13. Yes sir, doing well....just getting older by the day. I recently built three very large 12 cu. ft. ported cabinets. I was committed to building something that could give me 20hz-400hz response, this way I could have a true 2-way with no subs required. Over the years I have used the Khorn bass bins with various horns, but I prefer the ported sound for bass. As far as the DCX, I still use it, but strictly for my 4 Full Marty subs, all on my LFE channel. I know what you mean about the interface. There certainly are better xovers, like my Ashly Protea, but they are considerably more expensive. I'll add a picture of what I built.
  14. The only horn loaded cabs I built were the Danley type SPUD subs. Otherwise, I have stayed away from horn loaded bass bins due to the time delay relative to the HF section. JWC probably has built some.
  15. I originally decided to keep them and had been using them with my mains....good memory. I recently finished three new 'huge' LF cabinets that go down to 20hz with no problem. So, I no longer need the RSW's. They do not have the amps, control panels or the grill's. Basically just the drivers, passive radiators and cabs. I'm currently working on polycylindrical diffuer/absorbers and am tripping on the RSWs in my shop. I should have built a bigger shop long ago.
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