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FRX in ZOB  reviews
02/15/11 at 23:33:12
 
 Anybody building with the FRX that had an opportunity to use the original drivers for the ZOB?
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Reply #1 - 02/15/11 at 23:47:04
 
Walt,

I think the first sets of FRX driver are just being shipped. I just checked my tracking number and I should have a set by tomorrow, and I can't wait just like a kid at Christmas. The ZOB's are already built, waiting on the drivers.

I've listened to Steve's recording of the FRX's and I have to say I like the recording better than the CD.

I'll let you know my impressions once I give them a little break in and then a good listen.

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Reply #2 - 02/16/11 at 00:53:57
 
ZYGI,
 I am also waiting for one of the first sets of drivers to arrive. My order is probably behind yours by quite a bit, but that just gives more time to select the proper wood, and of course, build the cabinets. Medex has been mentioned as a viable product, and I will look into it soon. I will look forward to your impressions and helpful hints concerning the mounting and break in of the speaker.....
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Reply #3 - 02/16/11 at 07:44:44
 
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I pleased you afther brake in period, please share with us all informations about the new FRX babies  :)
Also some photos will look nice  ::)

thx. in advance

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Reply #4 - 03/02/11 at 19:33:06
 
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I pleaed you for a litle Informaions about first impressions  ::)
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Reply #5 - 03/03/11 at 02:27:32
 
I think that it would be very cool to see the build process of the driver. It sounds as though there quite a few steps to the process of making this driver.
I just learned yesterday that my driver was on backorder even though my order was placed before the announcement. I will begin the cabinet build at the end of March, so I don't know how long the build will take. There are a few refinements that I want to make on the appearance of the build, meaning, it will probably take more time than what I usually use to build this cabinet. I am still looking for a material that is appropriate for the box. And then there is the finish to consider for the box....
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Reply #6 - 03/03/11 at 03:00:21
 
Baka,

Sorry about that, we have been so busy, I never gave it another thought about posting something.

First off, my first impression was my only impression as they had to be shipped the following day and I feel asleep after about an hour of listening.

What I can say, right out of the box,  they had the Fostex drivers beat. Way more weight in the lower midrange, bass response was consistent, as compared to the ZOB with the Fostex drivers. With the Fostex, there would be a note here or there that you would say wow, where did that come from. With the FRX the bass was very detailed as one would expect, and like i said earlier, consistent.

 I did, experience a bit of shout on some Alison Kraus songs, but it was pretty loud, and I would think, just like the Fostex drivers, this would smooth out some with break in. The fact that my Torii-I has the most ballsy midrange of any amp I own, and I didn't have time to try the Mini Torii, so this may have been a factor too.

We did try the ZOB out in the shop, with just a Zen Kit, while the shop is probably 4 times the size of my listening room, the little Zen seemed to smooth things out a little bit. They definitely filled the room with music.

I only wish I had had more time to break them in, but thats life here at the shop.
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Reply #7 - 03/03/11 at 06:04:40
 
Manny thx. for the reply  [smiley=dankk2.gif]
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Reply #8 - 03/06/11 at 00:54:54
 
I have just now finished cutting wood for my ZOB build. On the waiting list for the FRX's. Looks like I'll have cabinets built several weeks before I have a driver to install  [smiley=sad.gif] Such is life I suppose.
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Reply #9 - 03/06/11 at 04:01:59
 
I had an interesting idea today while at the lumber yard. Looking for material that might be appropriate for the ZOB build, I spied some composite decking material. This material is really dense and heavy. I would like some input from you guys about this material for the box portion of these speakers. I was thinking that even if just the sides of the box were made of this material, it would be enough to dampen the cabinet sufficiently to use other, less heavy material for the rest of the build..... Huh
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Reply #10 - 03/06/11 at 05:58:33
 
4Krow,

In the interest of science....try it and let us know how it turned out...

On the other hand, you would have to build a set in MDF as well for the science to be proven.

You have the time....;-)

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Reply #11 - 03/06/11 at 15:14:38
 
Yah, and another set out of leggos  heh  heh
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Reply #12 - 03/12/11 at 03:01:32
 
Has anyone ever tried making speakers out of Perfect Plank? I was a patteren maker a few years ago and when we had to machine anything out of wood we would use either Perfect plank or Ren Board.
Perfect Plank is finger jointed lumber. We mostly used Mohogany, but sometimes Alder. Both machined nicely.
Ren Board is a composite, somewhere between plastic and wood, it machines real well and was easy to work with.
This place sells them.   http://www.freemansupply.com/PerfectPlankSpecia.htm
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Reply #13 - 03/12/11 at 03:11:39
 
Hey thanks for the idea! I am open to such things....I just requested a quote from them for 27 board ft of alder. It is one inch thick, but I have a planer,  he he
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Reply #14 - 03/12/11 at 04:01:13
 
4KROW, Not a problem, glad to be helpful. If anyone needs any info on materials, machining, CAD or anything like that, I am your man. 33 years in machining and manufacturing engineering have taught me a lot of neat things.
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