Polk Audio SDA SRS - Clarity : Duelund : Jantzen : DH Labs

VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
edited February 23 in DIY, Mods & Tweaks
This is my 2nd SRS build using these components, I modified the chassis particularly for this build. This is the first time I also built a DH Labs Q-10 SDA cable :)

Clarity Cap MR through out except in the larger values where ESA was used

Duelund resistors

Jantzen inductors + C-Coil

Supra Internal Wiring, WBT binding post

DH Labs SDA cable

(Polk logo was used at the request of the owner and is not offered under normal circumstances, will be blurred out on my website when posted)

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    edited February 23
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    Compared to standard SDA SRS
  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,553
    Fantastic! I love Jantzen components and DH Labs wiring; nice choice.
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    What does that typically run?
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    Thank you! I am a huge DH Labs fan, but the Q-10 at like $25 or something a foot is up there, I used it for my super towers though and I would put the sound quality with MIT....

    I don't go into pricing on the forum but feel free to shoot me a PM or check out my website :)
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    I have. Thats the monastery isnt it?
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    The first build is "The Abbott" and the second one is "Monastery Standard"
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    I want a pair, but out of my budget right now. Maybe after i sell this place..
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    edited February 23
    Most definitely! The Abbott builds are my favorites to do. I actually have another SDA SRS Abbott that will be coming out in the next few months, same price point but will use the new CMR and CSA capacitors and the Duelund Cast resistor set... should be a slight notch over the current Abbott... should have pictures in May or so

    I also do deposits/payment plans :)
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    Mmmmmust resisssst......
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    edited February 24
    So for a guy that is 30% deaf from being blown up too many times in Afghanistan, is there enough appreciable difference between the abbott and the monastery to warrant the jump in the pricepoint? Im halfway satisfied with the sound as is, but really want to bring out the highs and clarity.
    Also.. i keep hearing that one "cant" upgrade an original SRS to tl specs. Is this true even if im completely replacing the xover? Id love to swap in the RDO198s.
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    So in regards to the standard and the Abbott...

    I always describe all modifications as "removing a blanket" from the speakers. The standard fall into that description, everything kind of opens up, detail is brought out, bass is extended, sound stage is wider, etc etc etc...

    The best way I can describe the Abbott from the Standard build is that the speakers start to disappear and what you are left with is a 3-D presentation of what is in the recording. You start to hear the shape, resonance, texture of a guitar, who is holding it, where they are in the room, depth to their scale compared to other instruments/musicians in the mix.

    From a "detail and transparency" standard, I would say a standard build is 85-90% of that. From the stand point of transporting you to the mix versus listening to a set of speakers, the Clarity Cap MR has no competition. It is one of the best experiences I have ever heard, especially after break in.

    Phil @Moose68Bash actually wrote up a review going from one of my standard builds to an Abbott build. He really captured the difference with his words.

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/167764/review-vr3-mods-s-monastery-level-the-abbot-srs1-2-to-srs12tl-conversion#latest

    The SRS differs from the 1.2 and 1.2TL all the way down to the enclosure, I wouldn't particularly recommend trying to shoe horn a 1.2TL into a SDA SRS shell personally due to the driver, enclosure, etc differences.

    I do have a set of 1.2TL here that I am offering 20% off an Abbott build, plus the modifications themselves are less than the SRS Abbott build....

    So as an example, you can take the 1.2TL, modifications installed for only around a $1,000 more than the SRS modification... just an example.

    On the flip side, I cant determine if with hearing loss one is worth more than the other...

    I hope that helps... :)
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    I just wrote up a really nice response.... and it didn't load up here for some reason...

    I don't really like "over-selling" things - Phil @Moose68Bash actually did a standard build like the Monastery standard to the Abbott on a pair of 1.2TL... his write up is here -

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/167764/review-vr3-mods-s-monastery-level-the-abbot-srs1-2-to-srs12tl-conversion#latest

    For me personally, I feel detail and transparency wise, the standard build is 85-90% of the Abbott... on the flip side I feel from the stand point of making the speakers disappear, texture, 3-d reproduction, the Abbott components take it to a whole new level. It is one of the only experiences where I would call it "being there" - you can sense the size, shape of a guitar, who is holding it and where, the texture of everything. It is hard to describe. I did a similar modification to my own personal speakers back in 2011 and that is why I am still doing it here today.

    I cant decide though if the differences are worth it for you unfortunately, I take a lot of pride in my work and I think you would enjoy it. I do appreciate your service and sacrifice.

    On the flip side, I do have a set of 1.2TL, that when purchased with modifications, the modifications are 20% off. You could literally have a set of Abbott modified 1.2TL (installed) for a little over a $1,000 more than the SRS Abbot build by itself... :)

    I hope this helps (hopefully this response posts)
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    On that response I missed one of your questions, I apologize.

    The SDA SRS is different down to the enclosure, I wouldn't personally recommend updating the SRS to the 1.2TL
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 187
    VR3 wrote: »
    This is my 2nd SRS build using these components, I modified the chassis particularly for this build. This is the first time I also built a DH Labs Q-10 SDA cable :)

    Clarity Cap MR through out except in the larger values where ESA was used

    Duelund resistors

    Jantzen inductors + C-Coil

    Supra Internal Wiring, WBT binding post

    DH Labs SDA cable

    (Polk logo was used at the request of the owner and is not offered under normal circumstances, will be blurred out on my website when posted)

    kbed1qexqd47.jpg
    Thanks Trey. These Arrived today here downunder ,they were professionally packed to absorb any sort of high velocity impact which we all know is truly needed in this day and age
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 187
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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    Glad they arrived safe! 70 pounds in crossovers is no joke hehe
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,319
    ptrooper is going to be very happy man. B)
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 187
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    Rings are back from the powde coaters so all systems are go
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,017
    Very Nice!!!
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    Those turned out great!
  • machonemachone Posts: 694
    I like it!
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 1,857
    I like'em too.
    Not trying to be a buzz kill,but since they're going inside the cabinets and can't be seen from the outside. Why powder coat them?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,319
    So they do not develop surface rust.
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 1,857
    Ah I see
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,319
    It's really not a big deal. The surface rust on a set of rings I installed years ago is next to nothing. Now, if you lived in a hot, humid climate without air conditioning or at the beach I'm sure it could become an issue after many years.
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 187
    edited March 23
    Its mind over matter.......if you don't Mind ,it don't Matter .....today i hooked it all up and now its burning away ..... :p kibyj93pg34q.jpg
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  • machonemachone Posts: 694
    Nice!
  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,249
    Magnifico!
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
    Thanks guys! Those plates look great on the speakers!
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 21,757
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