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The uglings: Mechano24

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Asymmetrical driver placement has always seemed visually unappealing to me, but I tried it in my previous (3-way) design and noticed some advantages. So I used this approach again, this time with a 2-way design, and… omg, what an eyesore. What do I to do with it? Maybe a little manipulation of the picture frame, moving the units away from the camera, bringing curves and slopes of the stands to the foreground, a bit of overexposure... ok, here they are.

Mechano24:
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Enclosure dimensions: HxWxD: 290x174x263mm, polyester fiber filling.

18mm birch plywood, front panel glued "on top".
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Rear panel flushed into the enclosure.
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Bass reflex 8l, 45Hz. BR tunnel made of a piece of HDF glued on slats.
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Crossovers assembled on a plywood scrap, attached with screws on an anti-vibration pad to the rear panel (installation through the woofer mounting hole).
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Crossover schematic and the characteristics (rating 6.78/EQ9 6.133/EQ10)
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THD measurements: ~1.4% peak at 2kHz (87dB/1m)
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The design is based on ScanSpeak drivers:
 

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A little summary. Some time ago I made an attempt to build speakers that would have flat on-axis characteristics and linear PR, In-room, ER, etc. characteristics. The design besed on 13cm Satori driver and a regular Seas dome. Achieving the goal turned out to be difficult. The only way that I found to get closer to the target was rising the crossover frequency to a strange level of 5kHz. On the other hand, the sound I got from the speakers seemed a way better than what I had created before. The question arose what would be a simple and effective method to obtain dBspl and CTA linearity at more reasonable crossover frequencies? The Mechano line is experimental testing of various inexpensive options.
So a little summary. I don't know how much it's worth because the designs may be too different to draw final conclusions. Anyway, if anyone would like to take a look, here it is.

IdNr of waysDirectivity matching methodCrossover frequencyCTAMidwoofer diameterTweeterMidwooferdesign link*matrix
pos.
Mechano2None5kHzm00.jpg13cmSeas H1396-4Satori MW13P-4NoneB2C3
Mechano222
integrated WG​
3.6kHzm22.jpg13.5cmDayton ND25FW-4Dayton DSA135-8linkA3B3
Mechano232integrated horn3.4kHzm23.jpg15cmScanSpeak H2606/920000SB-Acoustics
SB13PFCR25-4
linkA2C2
Paper cone (not "promoted" to Mechano line)2large tweeter diameter (6cm)4kHzpapercone.jpg12cmMonacor HT-22/8ScanSpeak 12W/4524G00link (Polish site)A1C1
Mechano3233small mid diameter4kHzm323.jpg10cm(mid), 16.5cm(woofer)Dayton AMT2-4Dayton RS100-4 (mid)
Dayton DC160-8 (woofer)
linkNone
Mechano242profiled faceplate3.7kHzm24.jpg12cmScanSpeak D2608/913000ScanSpeak 12W/4524G00linkNone
* in most cases VXP with off-axis measurements included.

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Mechano matrix

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CTA comparison on gif (spl levels not calibrated)
 
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It must be. I have the received the crossover components to build the Mechano23, but alas, the drivers are on b/o till Aug.
 
How do you, subjectively, find them vs the Mechano23?
I feel like this kind of response in the highs (more volume on-axis, but narrower directivity) would do better in typical settings than the waveguided design - but I'm curious if that's been your experience.
 
What leads to the target responses? I see mechano 23 at -0.93 dB/Oct and 24 at -0.71. is there an ideal response, is this determined by the drivers?

Thanks!
 
What leads to the target responses? I see mechano 23 at -0.93 dB/Oct and 24 at -0.71. is there an ideal response, is this determined by the drivers?

Thanks!
It's determined by the drivers directivity DI(f). Assuming that system spl characteristic is flat then PR(f)=const-DI(f). The situation is similar with the ER and PIR characteristics.
 
It's determined by the drivers directivity DI(f). Assuming that system spl characteristic is flat then PR(f)=const-DI(f). The situation is similar with the ER and PIR characteristics.
Awesome, thank you. It looks like an interesting subject to read up on.
 
How do you, subjectively, find them vs the Mechano23?
I feel like this kind of response in the highs (more volume on-axis, but narrower directivity) would do better in typical settings than the waveguided design - but I'm curious if that's been your experience.
Actually, Mechano24 has wider dispersion than Mechano23. This is caused by the integrated horn of H2606 used in M23 (compared to the shallow profiled faceplate of the D2608 in M24) as well as the 15cm woofer (compared to 12cm in M24). For example, M24 has 2 dB lower directivity around 10KHz, which makes PR (also PIR and ER) slope less steep. And this certainly has an impact on the sound, my impression is that M24 are a bit cooler and more analytical. But these are not big differences, both designs have a lot in common.
 
Asymmetrical driver placement has always seemed visually unappealing to me, but I tried it in my previous (3-way) design and noticed some advantages. So I used this approach again, this time with a 2-way design, and… omg, what an eyesore. What do I to do with it? Maybe a little manipulation of the picture frame, moving the units away from the camera, bringing curves and slopes of the stands to the foreground, a bit of overexposure... ok, here they are.

Mechano24:
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Enclosure dimensions: HxWxD: 290x174x263mm, polyester fiber filling.

18mm birch plywood, front panel glued "on top".
View attachment 362784

Rear panel flushed into the enclosure.
View attachment 362785

Bass reflex 8l, 45Hz. BR tunnel made of a piece of HDF glued on slats.
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Crossovers assembled on a plywood scrap, attached with screws on an anti-vibration pad to the rear panel (installation through the woofer mounting hole).
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Crossover schematic and the characteristics (rating 6.78/EQ9 6.133/EQ10)
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THD measurements: ~1.4% peak at 2kHz (87dB/1m)
View attachment 362783

The design is based on ScanSpeak drivers:
Hi,

Have you considered doing an off set driver 3-way like the KH310a or ATC SCM 25A, with the woofer to the side for a more compact design? Would that kind of enclosure work with the Mechano323? Or the DCS255 subwoofers?

Reason I ask is cause I wanted to try and put use them in both my (summer) car and home :) but normal 3-ways are too tall.
 
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