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Mechano23 Open-source DIY Speaker Review

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Minor (?) discrepancy between two threads:
Ind. 0.33mH link CA$5.10
In this thread the linked inductor is 0.33mH 20awg, 0.38ohms DCR, 11mm H x 45mm D
vs
L1 330 uH 0.258 R
In the telling us about it thread it specifies 0.258 ohms for L1.
This similar inductor is 0.33mH 18awg, 0.26ohms DCR, 13mm H x 51mm (CA$7.99)
This slightly more expensive inductor seems to be a better match; should it be used instead?

I apologize if this discrepancy is meaningless; I don't know enough to evaluate it.
 
This slightly more expensive inductor seems to be a better match; should it be used instead

It makes <0.2dB change that can be neglected I think. Both options look fine.
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Thank you all for your positive reactions and, above all, thanks to Amir for the measurements, tests, and accepting the project for evaluation although (from what I've noticed) DIY designs aren't tested very often. I admit that I'm a bit stunned by such a good review.
I have been curious for a long time how gated home made measurements compare to what a professional system shows. Finally there is an opportunity to take a closer look at it. Just a small problem - I took a few days off, I traveled far away and even my access to the Internet is limited and very unstable.
One observation quickly came to my mind: when using VitixCad Merger tool, I did not apply diffraction for the NF measurement, assuming that it is not important for such a small enclosure. The effect is visible however, but its scale is small - a slight 1dB bass boost compared to NFS. Probably there will be a few more things that need to be listed, I'll try to get to that soon.
Mechanik, no thank you for making it available to DIY community. Well, actually big thanks to Amir as we have confirmation how good your software is and how one with careful set of measurements and planning is capable of designing such well measuring project.
I been asleep for a while when comes to DIY (busy after the winter in actual garage), but I think this is a perfect project when I will visit family in Poland, since mama wants something nice, not too big to connect to her TV/Laptop.
Wielkie dzięki i powodzenia w przyszłych projektach.
Pozdro z Ottawy
 
Many people. They don't do that well unfortunately.
After reading about Linkwitz designs for years and nearly buying one or another of the kits I finally got to hear them at RMAF, prior to Siegfried's passing. After hearing them in a similar sized room to my own I must confess I was less enthused to buy any of the kits. I still have an unused license to produce one of the models, the Pluto I believe. That said, Siegfried and his wife were both lovely people. Often that was the best thing about RMAF, meeting the inventors and experiencing their passion for their craft.
 
After reading about Linkwitz designs for years and nearly buying one or another of the kits I finally got to hear them at RMAF, prior to Siegfried's passing. After hearing them in a similar sized room to my own I must confess I was less enthused to buy any of the kits. I still have an unused license to produce one of the models, the Pluto I believe. That said, Siegfried and his wife were both lovely people. Often that was the best thing about RMAF, meeting the inventors and experiencing their passion for their craft.
I met him once and was so star struck I couldn't even speak... It was pathetic. Not my finest moment.
 
Can anybody recommend a person or service who could build a pair of these speakers for me, and add a nice finish? I have no skills nor tools to make them myself.
 
Can anybody recommend a person or service who could build a pair of these speakers for me, and add a nice finish? I have no skills nor tools to make them myself.
Make me an offer for the review pair and you can have them! I will offer the funds to the designer and if he doesn't want it, put it toward the forum. You are close to us so will ship overnight.

EDIT: speaker is sold.
 
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It wouldn’t be hard to finish these speakers. Just a few grits of sandpaper (60 or 80 and then go stepwise to 320 or so), elbow grease, and your choice of finish. For BB, I’d use a wood conditioner and a one step stain and satin polyurethane finish like Polyshades. Do 3-4 layers and enjoy for the rest of your days.
 
They would look rather fabulous with a small front face that rounded over the top corners and covered the screw holes. Any color would look good on a design like that.
 
I will offer the funds to the designer and if he doesn't want it, put it toward the forum.
If anyone wants the speakers, I'll gladly put the funds to the forum and avoid tax puzzles ;)

Keep in mind these are DIY speakers, so the finish is, let's say, decent but not pro in any way (carpentry and soldering).

The enclosures are painted with hard wax, it may has some consequences on the glue type for veneering .
Btw, it would be easy to detach the drivers for veneering works, they are wired with spring connectors (not soldered).
 
This speaker clearly proves that rounding the corners of the enclosure is just a marketing gimmick. Diffraction? lol.
 
I used the h2606 for a number of years in the 90s. Other tweeter model replacement domes work in the chassis for dome experimentation for those inclined to do so.
 
This speaker clearly proves that rounding the corners of the enclosure is just a marketing gimmick. Diffraction? lol.
This is because of the use of a waveguided tweeter. It's most definitely not a marketing gimmick. Whether the diffraction peak/dip combo from a sharp corner is audible is another question...
 
Great speaker,i have a question though.Would substituting woofer with something different of simillar size ( like sb - cac series ) pose a serious engineering challenge or prove impossible provided i wanted to preserve this wonderful directivity?
 
I so often see the "my time is worth more than that" argument against DIY but I wonder if those same people measure the value of their time in all things, like you mention, or just when they want to say something isn't worth while.

If someone wants to say that they don't enjoy DIY so they would rather buy completed items and spend their leisure time on other activities, that makes perfect sense. But somehow indicating that every moment of their time is measured and optimized for the most valuable outcome, so they can't spend it on something like this, seems like a stretch.

Agreed. If anything, my leisure time is often worth negative $/hour, as I'm often spending money(going out to eat, entertainment, etc.).
 
Make me an offer for the review pair and you can have them! I will offer the funds to the designer and if he doesn't want it, put it toward the forum. You are close to us so will ship overnight.

Why not eBay them and put the funds into the forum - I'd be truly curious what a DIY project like this would fetch on the "open" market.
 
Why not eBay them and put the funds into the forum - I'd be truly curious what a DIY project like this would fetch on the "open" market.
Because I am incompetent when it comes to selling anything!
 
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