Focal JM Lab Mezzo Utopia modification

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    I used the t14 on my super towers and was very pleased. I would check out the t14 versus the 14 awg hook up wire, not a big price difference.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,730
    VR3 wrote: »
    I used the t14 on my super towers and was very pleased. I would check out the t14 versus the 14 awg hook up wire, not a big price difference.

    OK I'll keep it in mind but I do not need the jacket and it's the same internal wire. Does the jacket bring anything to the party?


    https://silversonic.com/products/hookup-wire/ofh-14/
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    edited March 17
    Imo, yes, the wire is twisted which has advantages and the filler reduces vibrations.

    I much prefer to keep internal wiring in the jacket versus separated. In fact...when I do internal. Wiring, I try to keep as much as I can in the jacket to maintain the Helix twist of. The 4 conductor.

    I also change the wiring of sda speakers to reduce the amount of wiring needed.... There's some redundancy when you use the original wiring harness. Ie, you can actually reduce the 1.2tl tweeter wiring to 5 wires verus 8. Just like the 2.3tl.can be done with 4 wires versus 6... Etc this also allows a complete Helix.

    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    From focal

    Yes, this was factored in, in the case of the Mezzo.
    In this particular case, the energy transmitted from one to the other is a non-issue, so sealing it would not make any substantial difference.

    In some other models, the channel is about the same size as the wires passing though it and sealed, but the Mezzo doesn't need it.

    Cheers !


    So I will likely seal mine

    @jdjohn yours are the very first run of utopia, you may have the version mentioned with smaller channels
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,609
    Has to help
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Just sent this off to the fabricators for a quote... hmmm NL4 baby!8cjqjkeqteae.jpg
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    EMailed WBT about sourcing the missing pieces of the binding post, they are sending them to me for free, holy moly! Customer service on 20 year old parts, love it!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Came out nice!

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Now those are some coils

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    The no rez arrived and the internal wiring for the highs and mids are here. Planning to use the q 10 for the lows.

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,358
    :o
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,609
    Trey time for you to host. I wanna come hear them when you’re done.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    I may be down for a small gathering, but it would probably be end of the year or beginning of next... :)
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,609
    Count me in if you are so inclined.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Of course, never met an audiophile I didn't like!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,221
    VR3 wrote: »
    Of course, never met an audiophile I didn't like!

    You must have a screening process then.
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    You must admit, not all people in this hobby are audiophiles. Someone who does this because they enjoy the reproduction of music. I think you know what I mean.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,609
    edited April 20
    I probably fit that category
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Bass network

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Portion of midrange circuit that will go in midrange cabinet

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Tweeter circuit, built so that there is only one wire run, shortest signal path possible

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 535
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Count me in if you are so inclined.

    Me too!
    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Vincent SP-331
    CDP: Denon 1520
    Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB
    Benched: Parasound A23
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,015
    VR3 wrote: »
    Came out nice!

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    Uhhh, am I gonna need these as well?
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator

    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    edited April 28
    You don't... have... to do it...

    But... We don't really have.... to do anything!! hehehehehe

    Are you doing the inductors too?
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Already changed up the tweeter network layout... didn't quite like how that was going. Ordered some stainless threaded rod and will stack everything directly behind the tweeter with the inductor right at 8" away. That telar magnet is super strong. My desk is 1.25" wood and the magnet can hold a screw on the other side of where it is at!

    Cant wait until the 25uf caps arrive! so I can put these babies back together!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,015
    I see now. Since you're going NL4, you needed those new plates. Email me about the inductors please.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator

    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Much better, add some heat shrink here and there... Clean up everything else with some isopropyl... Rock N roll

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,609
    Dude. That’s bad ****
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,487
    Thank you!

    I like that there is only one wire run
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
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