The Grande Utopia Project

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Next up is wiring the bass network and changing the cap. Resistors and the 168uf in the midrange

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,759
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    Foam the mids' baskets.
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I really don't want to lead you on... That's probably not going to happen 😜
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Gardenstater
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    That mid does look like it is already designed so as to minimize reflections back at the cone, even though the spokes are wide, because of the angle of them and the absence of a lip around the spider between the spokes. :)
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  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,759
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    Understand, the foam gets a little pricey.
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  • jdjohn
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    VR3 wrote: »
    I really don't want to lead you on... That's probably not going to happen 😜
    Crazy talk. Next, you're going to say you won't even be Dynamat'ing them ;)

    Seriously, though, are those red pucks on the woofer individual magnets?
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
    edited December 2023
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    So.... no mids in these pictures. That is the 10" woofer and the 15" subwoofer.

    The 15" has 16 neodymium magnets and is a real tank at over 40 pounds!

    No foam or dynamat!

    Edit: I *might* consider dynamat
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Made some room last night!

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  • pitdogg2
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,657
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    That rust can't be good.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,475
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    It may not be rust. Could be that the electrolytes have seeped out over time. This is an older speaker, so there is that...

    Tom
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,657
    edited December 2023
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    Upon closer inspection it does look like leakage:
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
    edited December 2023
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    New wiring team for the bass network and this officially preps them to be a 4 way active loudspeaker!

    Next to install the remainder of the parts

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Getting closer!

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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,138
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    Well you have a 3 day weekend..."getter done"... :p
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Haha yeah right, quality daughter time ahead! I might be able to squeeze in some late night work though! 😅
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 3,032
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    VR3 wrote: »
    New wiring team for the bass network and this officially preps them to be a 4 way active loudspeaker!
    Do you mean 'active', as in 'powered'? Sorry if I missed that earlier.
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,173
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    jdjohn wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    I really don't want to lead you on... That's probably not going to happen 😜
    Crazy talk. Next, you're going to say you won't even be Dynamat'ing them ;)

    Seriously, though, are those red pucks on the woofer individual magnets?

    Phase plugs are in the works...
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
    edited December 2023
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    So the main push behind this build was because I was absolutely consumed with this idea of what it would look like if the Grande could be a 4 way active loudspeaker... I mean like... consumed just mulling it over back and forth. Eventually I was just like... eff it! I took that idea, the user swappable resistors, etc and essentially decided to fully rewire, fully mod AND make them a 4 way active loudspeaker.

    So in maybe 30 minutes... disconnect some wires, relocate some jumpers... the grande will be capable of fully bypassing the internal crossover and ready to be hooked up to an external active crossover and 8 channel of amplification...

    The only missing piece will be the new binding post array, I will need 16 x WBT posts (8 per side)... that is a hefty investment. (the existing WBT posts have some corrosion on them)

    I dont have the immediate goal to try active, I just wanted to see what that looked like in reality and have the option when I am so inclined in the future.

    I can of course go partially active/passive. Running the bass fully active would be an easy achievement to accomplish!

    Anyways... this has been a brain racking project... between thoughts, design, building, tear down, etc... easily hundreds, maybe a thousand plus hours invested! lol
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  • jdjohn
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    Ah, so active crossover, not active/powered speaker.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "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
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    Correct, active crossover capable. Many years away! But I like the idea its capable!
    jdjohn wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    I really don't want to lead you on... That's probably not going to happen 😜
    Crazy talk. Next, you're going to say you won't even be Dynamat'ing them ;)

    Seriously, though, are those red pucks on the woofer individual magnets?

    Phase plugs are in the works...

    lol, zero benefit of phase plugs on subwoofers.

    The mids already have phase plugs though :-D
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 6,730
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    My plugs don't phase me.

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  • jdjohn
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    Viking64 wrote: »
    My plugs don't phase me.
    Looks very natural...you do you.
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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,138
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    Looks painful... :#:#:#
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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  • VR3
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    Bass resistors installed and wired up!

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    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,678
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    Probably should sweep out the Cheetos crumbs.... :D
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    The cheetohs add texture brother!

    The next part is mounting the 168uf midrange cap cluster... Already 3 hours into the design and still working out the details, will be tough
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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