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

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,496
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    lightman1 wrote: »
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    Best mod ever

    Is that the OCC version?
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,051
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    Escalating?? A few people sharing their point of view is Escalating??
  • plastic_avatar
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    @Toolfan66

    Meaning the number of participants and the number of comments since my ringing basket update. And a reference to the arousal bits.

    Given how escalate is used in meme-dom, I can see the confusion. I should've used a different intro.

    I'd change it to 'All this was a lot to catch up on!' or 'So many comments to go back and make sure I keep track of!' or 'Hit the brakes, I need to collect my thoughts!' or 'O.k., let's take stock of what I have here, because, going back through and reading, some people think I'm an idiot, or cheap, or disrespectful because I'm trying something non-standard or off-the-wall (or even just tossing ideas out to see what people think).'... or something, to avoid confusion.

    I did say I wrote that long-**** thing when I woke up... and the thoughts cross 3 or 4 different threads.

    I certainly wasn't complaining about anything you said! You're helpful!
    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
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,051
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    Ah, yep I took it the wrong way. Sorry..
  • plastic_avatar
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    No problem!

    My essays are prone to errors/typos/things I wish I could fix.

    More words = more chances for [insert unintended consequence here]

    =)
    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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    Now.

    Printing a terminal plate and putting a few things up for sale to fund coils =)

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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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    Figured I'd date and sign the terminal plates.

    Basic.

    No frills.

    Pink.

    Silly.

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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
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,326
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    Looking good, now for the binding post upgrade
  • plastic_avatar
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    invalid wrote: »
    ...now for the binding post upgrade

    I know, right?

    I thought I had upgraded posts in the pile o' parts, but I didn't =(

    Will order soon.

    Vampires are seemingly the posts of choice here, but do you have a recommendation?

    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
  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,075
    edited October 2022
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    I’ll second pit’s Cardas’ recommend. On the spendy side but excellent.
    I have experience with the CCBP posts.
    Upgraded the speaker posts in my Legacy-Audio monobloc amps. They work great.

    Since I had a little accident in shorting out my binding posts, beer induced, I now go with insulated pieces.
    WBT are also very nice. Also spendy.

    Only two I’ve used.
    So I cannot recommend others…
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    @plastic_avatar 8 phase plug shims are off and away towards you, now in the clutches of the US postal service :)
    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
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,326
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    I used these from meniscus audio for about $13 a pair.
  • plastic_avatar
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    Ooof. I'm almost ready to take the posts off my homebrews (nothing special, but better than stock)... might go with @invalid's choice to begin, and when I finish upgrading my 5B, I can swap these to those and buy a fancier pair (and print a better quality terminal plate... first go, not bad).

    I'm really thinking I wish I had different boards. The stock soldering is awful. And they'll be crowded when I get to soldering =( I was thinking about diy'ing it, but @VR3's stuff is so incredible, it seems like an insult to try [laughs]. But if I want to get the new coils... the stock board is an even bigger p-i-t-a for me...

    And the oldest has Rona again (we all had it in January). So I'll have time here to design... maybe.
    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
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 50,088
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    Positive terminal on all but one vintage Polk speaker model goes on the left.
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    President of Club Polk

  • plastic_avatar
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    terminal swap = just had them in to check my print (paid no attention to the color, all is good)

    Found the Vitamin A. Went ahead and doped.

    The 2 bottom domes were thirsty. Lucky I guess, that the tops and bottoms were different in how tight the weave/fabric is. That way, they're matched in weight of oil. whether that really matters to the ear, though...

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    Sure makes them shiny.

    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
    plastic_avatar Posts: 694
    edited October 2022
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    Less shiny today.

    Had to sop up some oil from around the base of the domes.

    Permeating the weave nicely.

    Stock, the fabric had a crinkly quality. Not like the 2000 dome, but on the same quality of deformation feel/sound shelf- when handling and poking around. Not nearly as sharp, but nit supple like the newer domes. I hope the doping smooths out that characteristic, without killing the sparkle.

    I'll put a doped Wuhan in the 5B to compare.

    Doped Wuhan:
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    198 (omg, sooooo dusty):
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    The 198 looks like the outer ring of fabric was doped.

    I didn't do that on the Wuhans... should I? I didn't because I worried about loosening the glue holding the dome to its plate...
    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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    I don't think the outer rings matter much, but may help in faster break-in?

    The important thing is to not have any excess oil in the circular pleats.

    Looks good
    Don't take experimental gene therapies from known eugenicists.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,930
    edited October 2022
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    What is the 411 on this Vitiman A oil ? What does it do and why will it not turn rancid ?

    What is the benefit on the diaphram I guess.
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 50,088
    edited October 2022
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    It appears there are 3 different oils used in the liquid form of vitamin A depending on the manufacturer. Either cod oil, olive oil or coconut oil.

    Cod, olive and coconut oil will turn rancid and olive oil will become a gummy mess. I'm not sure if the other two will.

    NONE of those oils has any business on a fabric tweeter dome.

    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    That one he used has soybean oil, gelatin, glycerin, purified water, and 3,000 mcg Retinyl Palmitate per capsule. Vitamin A is an antioxidant which would tend to keep the soybean oil from oxidizing (becoming rancid).

    I have no idea what manufacturers use for doping their tweeter domes and I suspect it is a highly guarded proprietary secret in each case.

    Here's a thread where it is discussed:

    https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/soft-dome-tweeter-coatings.79999/

    Two interesting mentions were (up to page 2):

    Oppanol (polyisobutylene) and Silicone (1 part Permatex 81730 Windshield and Glass Sealant thinned with 3 parts hexane)
    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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    Vitamin A, however, is sensitive to oxidation caused by light and metal in the presence of oxygen
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,837
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    The oil suspension won't allow oxygen contact with the retinoic acid, the reason for its encapsulation in oil.

    The doped wuhans will sound very similar to 194's.
    Don't take experimental gene therapies from known eugenicists.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    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
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,326
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    Doesn't this procedure add mass to the tweeter?
  • plastic_avatar
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    It's an affordable experiment.

    If these go South, I'll have money to replace them with either more Wuhan domes, or upgrade to a different dome, or get the 194.

    As it is right now, everything is fine =)

    I'll try them out in the 5B soon.

    I never thought I'd be messing with as much as I have. It's fun =)

    Went ahead and doped my one working 5B. It's all in the name of science!
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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
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    Do you think you could blot the excess off with something non lint forming like maybe lens tissue that is used to clean camera and binocular lenses? Seems like a lot there :#
    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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    Just use a dry Q-tip to soak up the excess.
    Don't take experimental gene therapies from known eugenicists.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,281
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    OK but not my DollarTwentyFiveTree Qtips. Very shedding of fibres prone they are :)
    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