Documenting: My SDA-1c upgrades from start to finish

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  • plastic_avatar
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    Is that a Technics SA500 and a Dual CS606? If so, you have my college budget setup right there. :)
    Ah, close.

    Realistic STA-960 and a LAB-420

    Realistic made some solid stuff at one time, and I wanted that turntable for AGES. Found it for $35 in Pittsburgh 2 years ago. MINT, with an Audio Technica Signet stylus and a couple of nice Stantons. The Signet lives on the no-frills Ariston Q Deck, and I put one of the Stantons on my Luxman PD-272. Annnnnd I put my nice Shure on the Dual 1219 I put in my GE console... The remaining Stanton is on the LAB. There's your TMI for the day.

    And yes, let's talk more about how proudly thrifty I am.

    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/realistic/lab-420.shtml
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    Too funny how the foam mod has become controversial. I suppose that is causing some who have done it and reported briefly on its benefits to choose to avoid any drama.

    Trust us, you will not be disappointed. Use a pair of hemostats to put the stuff in, after having slit the backing paper into halves and dog eared the corners to make pull away easier. Get it aligned reasonably good first and then stick one of the exposed corners. Take your time and take breaks for your nerves.
    Avoid damaging the surround or the spider and you're golden. Cut away any excess that might impede the windows.

    I respect anyone who abstains. I totally get the two opposing philosophies; No guts no glory VS. Discretion is the better part of valor.

    PS: A running joke between my audio bud Steve an me is that we are going to print up T-shirts that say IT CAN'T POSSIBLY SOUND BETTER THAN THIS to wear to the NY Audio Show. lol
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 50,088
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    There's an aspect about doing modifications that hasn't been addressed yet and should be given serious consideration, reversibility.

    Crossovers - can be easily reversed or the hack jobs that some do can be redone properly.

    Spikes - easily reversed.

    BH5 - easily reversed.

    Rings - can be reversed by changing the mounting hole locations.

    Gaskets - stock is still best, but damaged ones must be replaced. Avoid Mortite.

    Binding posts - cannot be reversed, but there's no real reason to do so. Can be changed to ones you prefer.

    Dynamat Xtreme - unless one has unnecessarily covered every square inch it can be removed with little effort.

    Tweeter plates - easily reversed.

    Gluing the magnets - should never be reversed.

    Phase plugs - cannot be reversed.

    Foam lining the basket - good luck getting that crap out. BTW, that foam will turn to dust one day and make a big mess.

    External cabinet mods - may or may not be reversed depending on what was done.

    Reasons to consider reversibility. You may not like the results and they don't make these anymore. You may wish or need to sell the speakers at some point and potential buyers may be put off by what you've done resulting in a serious negative impact on the value.



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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    Is that a Technics SA500 and a Dual CS606? If so, you have my college budget setup right there. :)
    Ah, close.

    Realistic STA-960 and a LAB-420

    Realistic made some solid stuff at one time, and I wanted that turntable for AGES. Found it for $35 in Pittsburgh 2 years ago. MINT, with an Audio Technica Signet stylus and a couple of nice Stantons. The Signet lives on the no-frills Ariston Q Deck, and I put one of the Stantons on my Luxman PD-272. Annnnnd I put my nice Shure on the Dual 1219 I put in my GE console... The remaining Stanton is on the LAB. There's your TMI for the day.

    And yes, let's talk more about how proudly thrifty I am.

    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/realistic/lab-420.shtml

    I'll check those out. I like reading about vintage gear. I paid $50 for my Crown D150 lol lol. So I understand needing to watch the budget. I saw that my Technics SA500 sold for over $300 on eBay not to long ago. That was a shocker. I still have it in the box. I used to blow fuses on the Polks with that, probably from clipping 🤣. I just looked up my receipts and it turns out I paid over $1000 for my gear in 1979. That wasn't exactly cheap back then ha ha.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • plastic_avatar
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    That's a good start on the mod list caveats, @F1nut.

    I changed it a little for my purposes.


    A list of mods for ye olde Polks!

    Reversible:

    - BH5 to rear inner wall of cabinet
    - crossovers
    - gaskets (you just need to keep the originals)
    - outer cabinet mods (like felt around drivers or extensions/changes to edges for diffraction)
    - rings (metal pieces to brace the rear of where the midwoofers mount)
    - spikes (but you'll have holes in the bottom of the cabinet...)
    - tweeter plates

    Hard (or just tedious) to take back, but not impossible:

    - lining the inner basket of midwoofers with Armacell or similar
    - using your choice of aluminized rubber to cover the outside of midwoofer and passive baskets

    Mostly, practically, not reversible:

    - gluing magnets
    - installing hurricane nuts/bolts
    - phase plugs (though there's a thread of someone who did so to fix)
    - replacing binding posts and/or SDA connectors (unless you make your own replacement mount and save the original in a box for future generations)


    OH! I forgot I was going to design a replacement mount for the terminals and SDA cable!

    To Tinkercad, Boy Wonder!
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • ken brydson
    ken brydson Posts: 8,686
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    @plastic_avatar AFAIK you are on track to be the very first person to do the phase plugs AND the foam inside the basket mod on an SDA model! How does that feel? 😉

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  • Gardenstater
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    Stay away from Kelly, Al ! Personally I would prefer a picture of your daughter Kelly next time, although Mr. Bean is a riot.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • plastic_avatar
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    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • plastic_avatar
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    'Mark the time, ensign.'

    'Aye sir. Time of thread death. 17:59 hours.'
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,837
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    Once you hear the SDA soundstage in those phase-plugged towers, you'll be digging in the crates for all your old material.

    The foam frame mod has NOTHING to do with, or affect what the BH5 does, because it is the FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE against frame-to-rear-cone reflections as Gstater spelled out.

    P.S. @F1nut

    You spoke too soon...The phase plugs ARE reverseable. I've reversed a set and will reverse another set soon to design a copper shorting ring pole-piece for the vintage MWs...a real LEGEND driver if you will.
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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,930
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    FWIW there is an alternative to blackhole 5. Parts Express sells a product called Sonic Barrier. It's a lot like BH5, BH5 is about an 1" thick so while looking at the Sonic Barrier choose the one closest to that thickness to compare price. A few used it(SB) when BH5 was hard to get while they were changing the BH5 product we had been using. From what I remember, I remember that it was (BH5) sold in smaller pieces. I cannot remember whether or not they changed the actual formulation, so I won't speculate on that.
    Those that have used the Sonic barrier did report positive results, if I remember correctly it was a little bit cheaper than the BH5.

    So there you go stick that little feather in the back of your cap and remember when you go to look for it when the time comes. I completely understand the cost and having to do pieces and parts at one time, we've all been there.
  • Gardenstater
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    And I would like to add, actually in reference to the unproven statement that the Armacell inside the baskets "will turn to dust someday", that nobody is concerned about the foam in BH5 or Sonic Barrier turning to dust......er uhh.....are they? Armacell is marketed as pipe insulation and needs to hold up over time. I think the 3 things that will degrade polymer foams the most are: Heat, Ultraviolet Rays, and Ozone. Being inside of a speaker enclosure will do a pretty good job of protecting against all 3 of those.

    We will all turn to dust someday but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying life.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,930
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    Come on George!

    BH5 or SB on the back is FAR FAR away from the motor structure of the drivers. Yes both will eventually degrade.

  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 50,088
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    BH5 and SB are completely different materials, actually a combination of materials, compared Armacell.
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    President of Club Polk

  • Gardenstater
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    I'm not losing any sleep over it. I'll report back here on the condition in 5 years. I think what I said stands unrefuted regarding UV and ozone and heat exposure. Not all foams are created equal either. Armacell, as I said is probably more robust than many foams that are not for heat and cold pipe insulation. Solid company. Solid product.

    Has anybody reported crumbling of their often touted Armacell speaker gaskets yet?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • plastic_avatar
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    @pitdogg2 I'll look at that in just a few minutes. Thank you!

    Side notes on other things, just since I'm thinking:

    My reasoning for putting the Noico/insert-aluminized-rubber-mat-of-choice-here on the interior passive walls on my Monitor 12 is for the same reason as the backing on No Rez. Just to go back and touch on something here. It very much helped tame the boominess, and I don't feel a reduction in the low end where it matters (clean tone and tight bass).

    I very much would like to try a BH5-like material in lieu of matting.

    I can see how the BH5 could be detrimental to sound (and the link explains that a little bit) if we use too much.

    I do want to do (at least) the Noico-type covering on the passive chamber of the 1C. I don't see how it would affect it in the negative, *for me*, since I like the difference in tone on the 12. It might not be anyone else's cup o' tea, but I am super pleased with the results. I am out on whether or not I would , Sonic Barrier, No Rez, or diy something to use anywhere by around the mids and the tweeters.

    Since I'm on the diy train, I'm curious about a No Rez approximation.

    Now off to look at Sonic Barrier =)
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • plastic_avatar
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    Oh! The link I forgot to add!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDXC6TkaQ1E
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,837
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    This iteration currently serving in my XS-8TL's and my last set of Billet 5Jrs. Best sounding version to date with the foam frame inserts. I even took out 1/3 of the Dacron with no detrimental effects. Mids are phenomenal and the bass hits hard and articulates every detail of the notes. No "life" lost out of the music...



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  • plastic_avatar
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    You've been holding out on us... Do tell about the mass you've added to the bottom!
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • xschop
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    I posted it somewhere here before and I built a set of CRS+ with the stand-offs.

    These have white hard-foam stand-offs that attach to 2 ea 1/2" opposing layers of open-cell Soundcoat encasing a layer of butyl mat and 1/8" layer PVA foam.
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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,051
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    I will admit I like the phase plug idea, but I don’t like the way it looks on these MW’s, I don’t like the transition from where you have to cut the dust cap to the phase plug, and as it has been said these MW’s are becoming more scarce every year.

    I fully agree with Jesse, this thread is what not to do, it seems we have a few threads like that..

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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,051
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    For the record, I have my own "what not to do" thread many years ago, don’t line the inside of your speakers with BH5.

    My mistake was reversible, expensive mistake though..

    Sonic Barrier and BH5 are nothing alike, not even close, BH5 is superior to SB in every way..
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    I have used no rez, sonic barrier, bh5

    All of them are extremely detrimental to your sound if you use to much and to much is very easy to do
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    I listen with my ears, not my eyes. Steven, I checked my small horde of shim stock that I have again, and now I am getting 0.0065", the same as the stuff I used to make my 4 shims I used for the phase plug install.

    If you want I will part with enough of this to make 8 laminated shims. I'll even make them for you. Just send me your address in our PM.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,837
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    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    I will admit I like the phase plug idea, but I don’t like the way it looks on these MW’s, I don’t like the transition from where you have to cut the dust cap to the phase plug, and as it has been said these MW’s are becoming more scarce every year.

    I fully agree with Jesse, this thread is what not to do, it seems we have a few threads like that..

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    I'm strictly in it for the sound, secondarily for the aesthetics. Steven can always go back and add the very small foam ring to that area for looks if he pleases. Ive found that sonically, it's unnecessary.
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  • Gardenstater
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    Oh! The link I forgot to add!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDXC6TkaQ1E

    I had seen this before. What is missing is mention of passive radiator speaker applications, where the reflection off the enclosure walls may be a key element of low bass response. He talks about a vented enclosure with a fully driven woofer only. We should try to ask him to address this in a future video.

    I think it is perfectly fine to try to dampen your panel resonances though. I think this stuff (acoustic absorption foam) should stay out of the passive chamber completely and I would stick to what you have used previously which is the Noico. That and some additional bracing might be the way to go. 3/4" hardwood dowels are something I want to experiment with in my speakers in a couple key places. Just my 2c.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • plastic_avatar
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    Well, this escalated quickly.

    WARNING! WARNING! Danger, Will Robinson!

    To put things in perspective for late-comers and participants alike...

    Accepted mods/upgrades done or in-progress

    -crossovers (caps and coils (though people get sporty about cap brands))
    -SDA cable
    -new gaskets
    -Hurricane nuts/bolts
    -metal braces (rings) behind midwoofer mounts
    -removable felt diffraction pad for exterior around tweeters
    -aluminized rubber on exterior of baskets (though how applied and how much is in question)
    -create custom tweeter plates (though there are doubts from some about my 3D printed variants)
    -custom terminal/SDA cable mounting plate
    spikes
    -the DreadKnaught or DreadKnought or Dreadnought or...

    Contentious mods/upgrades done or in-progress

    -Wuhan tweeter dome upgrade
    -created custom tweeter dome backwave diffuser
    -adding bevel to tweeter plate around dome
    -phase plugs for midwoofers
    -Armacell on interior of midwoofer baskets
    aluminized rubber on interior of passive baskets
    -additional material on back wall behind midwoofers (BH5, No Rez, Sonic Barrier, my crucified body)

    Asked-about and thought about or previously done mods/upgrades not yet in-progress

    -different open cell foam products in different parts of the cabinet (side question: don't passives act more like reflex than sealed enclosures?)
    -dowels for bracing interior front face around passive
    -extra sound-trapping material behind/attached to midwoofers
    -aluminized rubber on interior walls of passive area (I am 100% pleased with how it affected my Monitor 12, so I'll likely do it to my 1C,)
    -stands to get speakers to the appropriate height for a given listening area)
    -altering or adding to cabinet edges to address diffraction

    ----

    I *think* that covers it.I wrote this after I got out of bed this morning. I may have forgotten something .

    Though, I didn't list freshly sacrificed chicken blood as a substitute for Murphy's Oil Soap.

    Coils and a Dread are on the 'waiting to see if I can justify another $600+ on a pair of speakers I already have $1100 invested in', not because I'm cheap, but because I have a family I put ahead of myself.

    And no, I don't care if I get even a third out of these if I have to sell them. That's not why I'm doing this.

    I'm not exactly an idiot when it comes to all of this, but I am really low on the scale from just-a-guy-who-loves-audio-who-got-a-grant-to-start-a-speaker-business that never took off back-in-the-day, to the incomparable @DarqueKnight and the rest of you really knowledgeable (and astonishingly thorough) folk, though others have called me otherwise.

    Side note: Anyone know who at Polk oversees the forums? Anybody have an idea who's in charge of actually approving the funds to keep this active and assigning mods/admins? I'm grateful for the resource, and the friends I've made. I'd like to send him/her/them a msg about the support, instruction, data, positive experiences and help I've gotten from almost everyone =)

    I tried sending a general email once, but no response.

    If it wasn't for this forum, my pair of Monitor 12 would still be rockin' original tweeters and *maybe* a $50 crossover re-do. But now I'm a Polk person fixing/modding 2 more pairs of vintage kit. That makes me happy.
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage
  • lawdogg
    lawdogg Posts: 451
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    Well, this escalated quickly.

    WARNING! WARNING! Danger, Will Robinson!

    To put things in perspective for late-comers and participants alike...

    Contentious mods/upgrades done or in-progress

    -Wuhan tweeter dome upgrade
    -created custom tweeter dome backwave diffuser
    -adding bevel to tweeter plate around dome
    -phase plugs for midwoofers
    -Armacell on interior of midwoofer baskets
    aluminized rubber on interior of passive baskets
    -additional material on back wall behind midwoofers (BH5, No Rez, Sonic Barrier, my crucified body)
    -using hanger bolts to spike your speakers

    Thought I'd add one that this thread hasn't mentioned. I'm maybe a little guilty of pot-stirring a few years ago. But maybe spiking would come up here at some point? :smile:

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/172908/budget-spikes-spike-your-sdas-for-under-3/p1
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • lightman1
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    @lawdogg Stir that pot! STIR IT!!!

    I had spikes in the accepted part, but missed bulleting it in my pre-ambulatory thumb typing this morning =P

    [reads your thread]

    Glorious =)

    I was looking for cheap spikes.

    I used dome-headed bolts for my RTi10... When I got them, the spikes were missing and a foot bracket was broken.

    @lightman1 I thought about braiding some coathangers for another user. Don't tempt me.

    Right now, I'm thinking about printing a blank board to use for my crossover, rather than the stock setup... but nit sure what kind of wire to use for the connections... because I know there are opinions from people who know a lot more than me on this point.

    The coathangers would be to stiff [laughs].
    The Thrifty Setups in Mah House Big thrifty stereo in the basement w/ my custom SDA-1C (built with help from kind forum members) * Beautiful 1966 MCM GE console upgraded w/ Bluetooth, Dual turntable, and Paradigm speakers in family room * Swanky 1980 Realistic system and great TEAC eq with dancing colored lights in the living room * custom 5B on a system for my Dad * Ye Olde college stereo in the garage