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Reply #15 - 11/04/07 at 16:08:01
 





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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #17 - 11/06/07 at 19:55:45
 
Very nice work RFZ.
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Reply #18 - 11/07/07 at 03:49:11
 
Thank you Falconer!
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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #19 - 11/07/07 at 04:05:38
 
The HDT's are now operational. There are only two things left to do with these.
Apply a finish, and LISTEN to them. I think that I will just put the finishing touches
off until another time so that I can get right into the listening part.

These are the remaining construction photo's of the build. I fired these up for the
first time about three hours ago, and I have to say that it was all worth it, as I
am very impressed by the performance of these speakers in every aspect.

The drivers were already broken-in, so they are past that point with very
good sound quality from the start.

And that brings the conclusion for HDT alternate tuning 101.

Ahead comes the evaluation period with a great deal of
listening time to transpire.





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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #20 - 11/07/07 at 04:14:10
 
These images are of the final step prior to completion.

This is the last remaining passive port open and ready for
the passive driver installation. You can see the other passive
installed from this side.










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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #21 - 11/07/07 at 04:19:58
 
As my cables are quite large and heavy, they require
additional strain relief from stressing the terminal connections.
I added a set of dual springs and compression clamps
(ratcheting with quick release) to support the cables with ease.


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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #22 - 11/07/07 at 04:34:04
 
The speakers are de-coupled quite effectively by the use of
these brass 2-piece spikes.

To mount these I fabricated custom hardwood pedestal
mounting platforms for which to attach the spikes. The platforms
are glued to the speakers surface, but the spikes are threaded
and unscrew easily for removal. The tips are also adjustable and
can be removed as well. The second stage of de-coupling
comes from the wooden bases that the spikes rest on. This
provides excellent performance while still allowing easy moving
of the speaker across the floor while protecting it as well.


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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #23 - 11/07/07 at 04:37:23
 



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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #24 - 11/10/07 at 06:27:19
 
I ran a series of real time tests using the RTA at an equadistant measuring point from the HDT's at their center, which is around 7 feet forward of the speakers position. All volume settings were unchanged, set at 1/4 of the amplifiers total output (approx. 7 watts).

The response time was set to an explosive fast 35ms for a flat response reading.The following data was extracted by analyzing the maximum peak dB response for each frequency in 31 bands. The level range for all tests were set exact to register from 50dB to 110dB: Flat-Weighted.

What my findings prove is that this data corresponds very closely to the performance test data provided in the white papers for the DFR-8 drivers. That data proves to be very accurate as confirmed by my tests. As you will see, the performance of the DFR-8 driver within the HDT cabinets (modified with the alternate tuning package), are nothing short of spectacular with results that are close to being perfect.

I didn't need the RTA to tell me what my ears already confirmed, but since you can't hear my results, the data will have to substitute in order to convey how they sound.

The equipment used for the testing was as follows:

Teres TT ftted with an Origin-Live 'Silver' tonearm, custom machined VTA assembly within a lead filled Cocabola arm-rest, & a Dynavector KARAT 17D3 'low-output' design Moving Coil cartridge, with an extremely short cantilever
assembly for which the cantilever and stylus are machined as one piece from solid diamond.

Signals from the Teres are fed into the Decware ZMC Dual-Mono step-up transformer unit which has an adjustable dial for fine tuning the dampening factor for the cartridge in use. This unit then directs the signals to the Decware ZP3 phono-stage using high quality O.E.M. tubes. All of my cables are of ultra pure materials built to the highest performance standards, with fully active sheilding throughout the connection sequence to eliminate any interacton from EMI/RFI. †The path leads to the †Decware CSP2 which is fitted with a high grade Amperex "Bugle-Boy" 5AR4 rectifier and three gold-pin Ei-Elite 6DJ8EG's.

The TORIIMK2 is fitted with premium grade tubes including a set of original style (early century) General Electric 5U4G large shoulder style rectifiers. The driver tubes are gold-pin 6DJ8EG's. The power tubes are a Quad-matched set of cryogenically enhanced KT88's from ElectroHarmonix.


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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #25 - 11/10/07 at 09:42:01
 
Here is some data representing our perception to the musical form
and to what degree of range is optimal throughout the frequency spectrum.



This image shows the portion of the auditory region utilized
for typical music sounds.

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Reply #26 - 11/10/07 at 09:54:51
 


This represents equal loudness contours of the human ear.These contours reveal the relative
lack of sensitivity of the ear to bass tones, especially at lower sound levels.





The auditory area of the human ear is †bound by two threshold curves.

All of our auditory experiences occur within this area between these
two extreme thresholds.
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Re: HDT_DFR-8_Alternate Tuning Images
Reply #27 - 11/10/07 at 10:51:26
 
Some final notes regarding †critical areas of the build.

As should be apparent by what is emphasized in the detailed
photoís, †One would notice that I kept a keen eye on †all of the
smaller details that contribute significantly to the overall
performance of these speakers.

The sum of the whole equals the summation of all these
special details within their individual attributes.


It is absolutely critical that none of these important details
are to be excluded, as each of these modifications contribute
as mandatory steps to guarantee the performance that this
set of speakers have proven to provide.

The main focus throughout the build is centered around
the importance of decoupling and isolation from the
detrimental effects of vibration within the speaker
elements.

The performance gain is very much like that
of a high-tech turntable design, where no stone remains
unturned to extract every last bit of performance by
countering all of the issues which are known to limit
†maximum potential.

Everything done within this build had a substantial purpose.
To eliminate any of these steps would guarantee a
compromise in performance. I would not have gone to the
trouble of performing any of these modifications had I
been even the slightest bit unsure of the gain benefited
from doing so.

A word about cabinet assembly using screws.
This is never a good idea.

You will notice that during the construction phase, the top
& bottom plates for the cabinet were prepared with a
pocket-jig to allow for the joining of the panels. This is very
helpful during the glue-up/clamping stage, as this speeds up
the assembly process with a guarantee that joints will be
held in proper alignment with tight holding potential. I also
used evenly spaced screws along the rear panel sides to
provide a stable platform to the outer shell as a base for the
gluing process. †No clamps are needed at the points where
temporary screws have been placed to maintain holding
pressure. From that point, only glue and clamps are used
to assemble the structure.

IMPORTANT: These screws do NOT remain in the cabinet
once the glue has set.


NEVER use nails or screws to permanently build
speaker cabinets. The fasteners will resonate at different
frequencies than the cabinet itself with eventual problems
resulting from the differential. The fasteners are ONLY
used †as an assembly aid.

All temporary screws used for this purpose have been
removed
. The holes have been injected with wood glue
to fill them for maximum integrity. None of these screws
ever penetrated any internal points of the cabinet, so
no holes ever gained access for which to compromise
the cabinets internal integrity.

Most of these improvements implemented, were devised
through proven testing by Steve & Bob. Between them and
what my own proven tests have shown with this extensive
tuning package, we know that this works perfectly to the
point of where all maximum potential is extracted from
the DFR-8 based HDT.

The DFR-8 driver comes already treated with the best
possible dampening methods to extract the last bit of
potential from these drivers which are custom tailored
specifically for maximum performance within the HDT
designs. Every possible type of treatment that will make
a difference to these drivers has been applied to them.

Everything from reduced mass of the cones, to the
high-tech tuned phase plugs, to the well dampened
baskets & motor assembly, plus a few other critical
modifications, have transformed this Fostex †driver
into the perfect complement for the single driver HDT
designs with the alternate tuning approach.

One very critical detail that must be conformed to with
great care when installing this driver into the cabinet, is
that of total decoupling from the speaker surface
itself. You do not want cabinet energy transferring back
into the driver under load. This is countered by the
isolation barrier that acts as a shock absorber to dissipate
this detrimental energy before it has a chance to interfere
with the performance quality of the driver. I insured this
through a multi-step decoupling process which guarantees
total isolation from any unwanted energy disturbance. †

First, a thin primary barrier is provided by a properly
conforming gasket, fabricated from cork sheet and
adhered directly to the mounting area of the cabinet
itself. The next two areas of concern focus upon the
actual contact points of the driver where it attaches to
the cabinet. The last thing that you would want is to
have any direct contact between the driver basket
and the cabinetís surface.

To insure total isolation which will keep everything as it
should be for optimal performance, the first thing is to
apply an adhesion seal made from sticky rope caulk
like that used for installing automotive glass.

This becomes the secondary base barrier which distributes
the load of the basket evenly and firmly to the cabinet
with a positive airtight seal. This acts also as a fully
effective absorption barrier which guarantees the
prevention of †interaction †from vibration.

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Reply #28 - 11/10/07 at 11:03:29
 
To maintain this degree of separation., this same level of
isolation must be instilled within the contact points of the
fasteners †which mount the drivers. Any direct contact
here will compromise the effectiveness of what is
being established.

If you were to install metal screws and washers directly
to the basket and into the cabinet, you would just recreate
four new paths for vibration to flow, and cancel out any
effectiveness that the primary and secondary barriers
provide. The last critical step in this three-step isolation
process, is to insure that rubber, or some other material
with high dampening properties, is used to isolate the screw
& the driver basket with washers made of this absorbent
material. The cork gasket mounted on the cabinet provides
the necessary barrier between the back of the mounting
tabs of the driver and the cabinet itself.

You want to avoid any †non-uniform mounting pressure in
excess of what is needed
. Over-tightening with uneven
pressure between the four mount areas will create a
deviation within the way the driver seats within the cabinet.
The result of this is highly unfavorable and must be avoided.

Just as there is a predetermined torque sequence necessary
for installing cylinder heads upon an engine block which must
be followed for successful installation, the same technique
applies here as well, although in much simpler form. DO NOT
apply downward pressure to the driver where the rope seal is
applied! You want to keep itís integrity intact as much as
possible so that itís form is not altered.

Simply line the driver carefully with the mounting holes and
ease it into place without moving it once contact is made. †The
only thing left to do is install the rubber isolation washers
into the mounting tabs and incrementally adjust the screws
until even pressure is distributed around the perimeter of
the seal. The screws are to be adjusted in an alternate
progression until they just make contact with the surface and
begin to apply very slight force to the assembly. Another
1/8th turn maximum is all that is needed to insure the
proper degree of force without being excessive. Any more
than this will be detrimental to the drivers performance.

It is highly recommended and proven crucial to provide
additional structural stiffening cross-members between
each and every internal chamber
in the area of the
driver location. This provides the necessary assurance to keep
opposing cabinet surfaces from flexing under load. Cabinet
flexing creates various degrees of internal chaos that must
be kept under control. By distributing this load evenly
throughout the structure, vibration is kept to a minimum with
far greater deterrence from cabinet resonance to color
the sound.

The addition of internal surface coating with a sound
deadening †application to areas where acoustic foam is not
applied, further acts as the final step in controlling any
build up of cabinet resonance within the structure itself. The
proper amount of acoustic foam placed strategically in the
critical areas as shown, is pivotal to how well controlled
the frequency response and speed of the speaker is
perceived. Any degree of foam placed within the cabinet
other than that shown will alter the superior attributes of
this speakers performance.

The proper degree of acoustical isolation must be applied
in an optimal manner where it will have the most
pronounced effect in controlling wave distribution, without
creating negative aspects to the internal flow of sound
pressure. No more, no less. Test results have verified that
this degree of enhancement proves to be optimal for which
to achieve an ideal uniformity for maintaining a superbly
flat response across the frequency spectrum.
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Reply #29 - 11/10/07 at 11:20:18
 
You will notice that I integrated the rear X-panels which slant
aft of the passives, with a multi-composition acoustic barrier †
extending downward, just low enough to compress against the
upper portion of the port tubes for those chambers. You can
see that the tubes themselves have also been coated with a
dampening material to render them neutral against any
resonating effect that they may contribute without
the dampening.

Turbulent flow throughout these tubes stand a higher degree
of efficiency and stability due to the added stiffness and
absorption control. The direct absorption at the critical entry
points of these tubes created by the multi-composition foam,
acts as a flow regulator for which to guide the flow with less
differential at the port entrance. This flow concept relates to
proven aerodynamic advancements for air foils which interact
much more favorably with some type of †streamlining to the
air flow as it produces an effect upon the surface. This is a bit
like that of a gate control, to insure optimal flow with less
disturbance. This in turn results in increased efficiency.

There is not one single area within this cabinet that has not
undergone some degree of significant treatment which adds to
achieving this high level of enhancement. There is not one area
within the structural composition rendered †void of absolute
isolation, accomplished thru proper de-coupling techniques.

Every possible means to provide positive control and balance
within this structure has been instilled with extreme measure.

Listening evaluations clearly show that these speakers have
dead-on accuracy with stunning speed and ultra smooth
tone. This set of speakers does everything right. So right,
that they excel above and beyond anything that Iíve compared
them to, by a considerable margin across the entire
frequency spectrum.


RTA measurements verify what I hear, and I am not surprised
as to what these measurements reveal.

Three dimensional imaging produced by these speakers
†sets a new standard by which they are in a class of their
own. You can stand close to these speakers and still not be
able to lock on a direct projection of sound from the
speakers themselves. It is as though the sound †emanates
from a perimeter encircling the speakers rather than
actually coming out of them directly. This display of intense
imaging is so Omni -directional and seamless, that the mind
undergoes †an infusion of unique interplay while trying
to grasp the effect.

It takes a design with incredible speed and accuracy to pull
a trick like this off, †and I can tell you through experience
that Iíve yet to hear any contenders that compare on this
level. †Donít let the box shape fool you. These speakers
may look like ordinary cabinets, but they absolutely sound
†nothing like that which ever came from an enclosed cabinet
design. The cabinets just simply disappear from existence,
as they truly do remain absolutely transparent.


IT IS UTTERLY CRUCIAL THAT A HIGH QUALITY ANALOG
SOURCE
IS USED TO UNVEIL THIS DEGREE OF
PEFORMANCE!

DIGITAL WILL NOT PROVIDE THIS
LEVEL BY ANY OBTAINABLE MARGIN!!! PERIOD.

If you are still unfortunate enough to be plagued with the
substandard sound from that of a digital source, I can
guarantee you that the special qualities of this speaker
design will NEVER be exposed until mated with a high
quality amplifier capable of clean, unrestrained power
such as the TORIIMK2 with KT88ís, and a high-end analog
source with premium vinyl recordings.

Then, and ONLY then, will you have the opportunity to
experience what these great speakers really have to
offer!!! I donít care if anyone believes me or not. This
is a proven fact.

When I switch over from the digital source to that of
vinyl, it is as though Iíve progressed from observing
the outdoors through the window to actually stepping
outside with total adornment by the natural surroundings
that were limited by the view from the window
pane. Everything becomes so alive and rich with
stunning presence that it makes you want to chuck the
digital source directly into the trash!

Digital is an absolute embarrassment to high-end
audio! The only type of source good enough for these
speakers, is that of pure analog when that analog
source is of a caliber worthy of the speakers
potential. The same holds true for the entire system
within the loop. This of course all corresponds to being
placed within an acoustical environment which is
tuned to optimal measures for which to make
the listening experience completely coherent
to the fullest extent.

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