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Old 03-17-2013, 10:06 PM   #16
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Ahead of installing the speakers, I had to paint the wall. Done.



The speakers are due to arrive tomorrow, but I want to paint the grills and frames before I install them. I'm also putting in flooring on the other side if the basement, so I'm not sure when I'll actually get them installed.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #17
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This is really awesome. I like your adaptations to install rackmount equipment in a custom wood rack. If you want metal, why don't you buy 2U, 4U actual rack fillers? It might add the refined all metal look you wanted. Also switch out the white outlet w a black one. I'm building an entertainment center in our basement and have been teetering on going w the wall plates w the HDMI connectors or just chases thru the wall and you've got me thinking to just go all out. This will look really sharp when you have flooring in...
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:40 AM   #18
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Good point on that white outlet. I'll add that to the list of minor details that I'm sure I will be chasing down for years to come.

I considered the metal rack fillers as they are cheap enough, but to custom-order rack facing for the equipment I have is like $100 a pop. I don't want to intermix different materials and thicknesses, as that will throw-off the uniform look. Which is why I figured I'd cut my own out of easy(er) to work Aluminum paneling. For about $30-$50 I can have enough material to do the whole thing and have it match perfectly. For now though, the 1/8 hardboard is doing its job and letting me try to get some other things done.

The speakers came in yesterday, but I haven't even taken them out of the boxes. I'm trying to finish off the flooring for the hallway and bar area before I get to them. Otherwise I am going to focus on the speakers and have 2 half-done projects going at once. I might put up the ceiling rear & surround speakers though, since they don't need to be painted. Only the 5 that go on the front wall need painting.
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Looking nice! I perused quickly, but are the Polk subs from car audio world?
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #20
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Yes they are. Polk Dxi 124svc. 4ohm single voice coil, 50-360w RMS, 720w peak. Its a lower end subwoofer, but I think the requirements for power for some of the higher end things don't translate well into home audio.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #21
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I was just thinking, you could use some sintra plastic for your panels on your rack, or even abs, cuts easy and paints easy. Granted I guess if you want to do aluminum then you'll probably just wait and do it that way. Another option would be chemetal metal laminates instead of real aluminum. Not sure if there's a cost benefit when not doing big amount.
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Wow that's a very awesome setup. I like the use of rack mounted equipment in the wall, that's pretty neat.
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Good thoughts on the Sintra or ABS plastic. I was thinking aluminum so the metal facing would blend in with the metal on the equipment, but I suppose plastic could be an option as well.

I haven't updated this in a while, so let me pull up some pictures:
Speakers painted and installed. I'm going to shoot the grills with an airbrush, as the foam roller didn't get all the crevices very well - at certain angles you can sometimes see a spec of white here and there. I also need to build the grate for the subwoofers:


I bought 2 digital thermometers with probes on eBay that will mount in a blank panel no the rack face. The probes go to each of the receivers. I'm not really worried about the temperatures, just more or less doing it because I can.


Since then, I've been putsing around on finishing the stair railing. It's nice(r) outside now, so my desire to work down here is very low. I'm much more inclined to be working in the yard or garage at this time of year. Progress will probably be slow until it's super-hot out and I'm hiding from the heat, or fall rolls around.
Stairs current progress:


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Looks good!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:04 AM   #25
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While cleaning up Monday, I looked at the opening for the subwoofer and decided - just get that done. So I cut and glued-up a basic rectangle frame with a brace in the center. I used some 3/4" x 3/4" Poplar scrap I had laying around:

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Yesterday, I took it out to the garage and used the beveling feature on my Bosch power planer to put a 45-degree bevel around the outside corners. Set at 1/16", I made 2 passes. I was going to stretch the fabric, but then decided the frame should be painted black first. So, I did that at lunchtime. Beveling the edges after it was already assembled turned out really well - I may use that method to make some bass traps or something.

Here was yesterday at lunch, right after a quick coat of paint. You don't really see the frame through the fabric, but the nature of speaker fabric is at certain angles you can sort-of see though it, so I didn't want the light wood to be visible.





I stretched the fabric last night. After doing the screen, this was super-simple. Same methodology used as for the screen, except instead of stapling on the face, I wrapped it around, behind, and stapled it along the inside. Then trim the excess.


To put it on the wall, I put 6 small finishing nails into the back, then clipped the heads off the nails. Lined it up on the wall and pushed. No hammer or mallet required, it's just a skinny nail going into drywall. You can see in this picture that the beveled edges are absolutely necessary for giving it a finished look and not looking like fabric wrapped around a board.





I turned the subwoofers up to +12 (normally I'm at +3 with a LOT of bass) and cranked some hood music. No vibrations. Looking at the whole wall, I might actually build matching frames to put over the other 5 speakers. Maybe next week when I'm off I'll actually airbrush the grills to get rid of the white spaces and go from there.


...and becuase I need to update, here is the semi-finished stair railing. It needs the cove moulding installed along the cap, a final sanding by hand, then stain and poly, but that's for later.


(the wood pieces laying at the bottom were the fillet strips installed on the underside of the handrail, before it was put in).

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Using the nails to hold grill on Sheetrock, clever.
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Been slowly working on new covers for the 5 front speakers.

4 of them are up. Need to stretch the fabric over the frame on the last one and put it up.


New look:


Original, with 1 coat of paint:


They do not disappear into the wall as the fabric is slightly darker, but I think the fabric covered grills look more complete than the plastic and metal of the speaker in the wall. Not only do I think it looks better, but while removing the old grilles I had the following thought: This grille is stamped perforated metal. Maybe 50% metal, 50% holes. So that would translate to 50% of the sound being blocked by the grille - no? They do not disappear into the wall, but I think the fabric covered grills look more complete than the plastic and metal of the speaker in the wall.
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sub woofer panel you made looks fantastic. I have some gear myself, but due to my room design and future for quiet some time my theater, has to be in my "diamond" shaped living room with vaults. It is extremely limiting. I have 5 in ceiling 6" speakers and my baby a velodine miniV 10.
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as for the woofers, I really don't understand why its not common or much of an option to use car audio speakers for the subs. It doesn't make since to me. I'm not an electrician but it seems like car subs are so much cheaper and should work well. As a teen I used to bring them inside and hook them up to stuff and it seemed pretty good.
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From what I've seen from the audiophiles, it seems a lot of car subwoofers are designed for punch, rather than great sound quality. This doesn't transfer as good into the home theater experience. That's one reason. The other is that a lot of them take a butt-load of power to run properly. They also like lower resistance (ohm) rating than a lot of home theater equipment can reproduce. Of course, the way to feed something 1000w RMS @ 4ohm is to turn to the professional audio / dj / live-music equipment. That can have its own set of headaches, however, and still not let you use some of the big-name/high-quality car audio sub-woofers that are 2ohm. Using a dual-voice-coil 2ohm sub, and wiring to 4ohm will let ou run some more options, but also require more power out of your gear. In short, car audio is power-hungry.

From my experience though, I'm giving them about 1/3 of the max RMS wattage and have to have the bass turned down to keep from vibrating my house to pieces.

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