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AFRS
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Re: Here goes nothing......well maby the foundatio
Reply #15 - 06/09/06 at 12:18:04
 
I should have said a full time job, im working a bit, keeps me afloat, I ended up finding this diy speaker community when I realized I couldnít afford anything beefy enough. Anyone want to give me a job??lol. I can build a HWK if you like

Got hold of my top port today, an off cut form a drainage pipe, a lot sturdier than a can, should be perfect. Only update at the mo, lids n baffles still drying.
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AFRS
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Re: Here goes nothing......well maby the foundatio
Reply #16 - 06/17/06 at 13:56:13
 
Right then, found a bit more time to work on this thing, and now a bit more for this build diary. got all the holes cut, didnít have a router, my mate has gone away again so no special saw thing, i had a jigsaw a file and lots of sandpaper, got there in the end although there is room for improvement. i.e. using a router
Also got the mane port filed and sanded down flat, theres still a bit to do on that but im going to wait until its been glued in place.
Hereís what it all looked like this morning
http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscn03447on.jpg

But why stop there, i got my glue and screws out and now im looking at something a bit like this http://img161.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscn03513oe.jpg well a lot like this.
Hereís a mock up of the inners as well, just to get an idea http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscn03469pj.jpg

It all went together easily enough; a second pair of hands would have been nice, mainly because of the size and weight of it, also need to fill in some gaps around the baffles with more glue as they didnít end up perfectly square.

Although im taking my sweet time over this theres no reason why that you couldnít build one of these in a day if you had all the supplies and tools to hand, its really that easy
Shouldnt be too much longer, ive just got to glue in the top port, wire in the speakers (still havnt sent the broken one back), screw the lids down and thats about it. well and paint it
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Re: Here goes nothing......well maby the foundatio
Reply #17 - 07/17/06 at 00:27:42
 
Hi again, yea its been a while but im still here got caught up in work ect..(although still no new job), anyway i think you can probably guess what ive found some mote time for, well i finally sorted out all the bits and bobs i need, even got a return sorted for my other driver which ill b sending off tomorrow.
Anyway a pictures worth a thousand words, or at least a sentence or two. http://img139.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hwkbitsdk0.jpg this is just showing the top port and some bits including some nice 4mm speaker cable (some things are just worth doing right) about half an hour later that all looked like this http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/992/hwkinnerdspg7.jpg it was tough work hammering those 16 fixing nuts in place, or so i thought until i came to solder the driver in place, i had already fixed it in place as i broke my other iron and just wanted another thing to do as i asked round to borrow another. I cant stress enough, trying to solder while inside a HouseWrecker is practically brain surgery, do it before u put it in the box, I think bob had the right idea here by making the middle chamber separately and just sticking the sides to that. Anyway I got there in the end, and here it stands http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/4886/hwkfulej0.jpg i used silica bathroom sealant to create a seal on the lid that would allow me to remove it if the time came.

ITíS ALIVE!!! yea thats right, using only one driver for now (all i got) 100w from the amp and an inducer that crossing over somewhere around 160 although seems to be letting in far too much high frequency content, with the other speaker in parallel its 200w with an 80hz crossover. And the driver in the bottom, the idea is that when the other arrives i can just drop it in and seal the top.

so how does it sound.....well.. .it sounds fantastic. I donít have the power to wreck the house (yet) and when turned up to high the bodged crossover really colours the low mid especially with vocals, but thats me not the sub.
As for the bass, oh my god, even set up badly this massive box makes the best bass i think ive ever heard in my life, no you donít get chest thumping carnage (yet) but for everyday listening that soon becomes fatiguing. The House Wrecker just fills the room (smallish by the way) with ungodly-deep atmospheric bass, that tells you the resonate frequency of everything you own, running test tones this thing rolls off around 18hz which really gets the floor shaking, obviously with the 2nd driver this is going to raise but thats impressive (time to get finding nemo out me thinks). Back to the bass, the pub where I work at has a fair sized rig for the space (2x12,2x15 for top, 2x15 sub) and although everythings set up great it doesnít have the room swamping bass the HWK has. The last sub i owned was some ex display Mordant Short compact sealed thing that I ended up taking back, i just got port noise from it, the plate amp hummed like a vibrator, and no matter how much twiddling with phase adjust and crossover points I couldnít get it to melt away with the rest of the sound. Housewrecker - turn it on, falls in place seamlessly, sounds fantastic, especially with music. i cant even imagine what kind of improvement going isobaric will yield, although if i had to criticize something, watching the matrix earlier gun shots could be a tiny bit tighter, but hay im no expert and the jury is still out on that kind of thing until ive properly finished it, when youíll probably have me ranting on even more.
Kinda got carried away there, lest just say first impressions are good, very good Grin Thanks so much to the whole Decware family.
More to come.....
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Re: Here goes nothing......well maby the foundatio
Reply #18 - 07/17/06 at 02:36:14
 
Good looking box AFRS.
I cut an access in to the center chamber (before assembly) area for soldering.
About 1/3 the width of the box, square. The piece that fell out got glued and nailed to a larger square MDF. Now you've got a large square "plug" that gets 'weatherstripped' and screwed to the box. Internal dimentions of the enclosure didn't change. Cut a small hole in your new plug for the terminal block. Wire leads soldered to drivers before the "driver assembly" was lowered into the HWK. All soldering performed comfortably.

Bob
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