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#355566 - 09/26/11 09:30 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: Ian]
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It's a bit tallish, but using the existing unmodified drivers(the tweeter apparently is the one with the QS4 face plate)limits the extent to which the height could be minimized. It would be nice if it could be lowered an inch or so, but this would require modifying the tweeter and 5.25" face plates to fit more closely together.

Enclosure size apart, however, this promises to be an excellent sounding center when development is complete. I'd guess that a likely price would be around $540.

Ian, if you're of a mind to do a little more experimentation in this area, one of the thoughts that I've mentioned here in the past was a smaller W T/M W using two 5.25" woofers, the QS4 form of tweeter faceplate and the 4" mid-range from the QS4.
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#355567 - 09/26/11 09:39 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: Amie]
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Originally Posted By: Amie
Well, the first prototype is designed, cut and built, and heading into the testing room! What do you think?


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Front view


Great idea. Looks a bit like my Frankencenterspeaker:

1 Merak (Axiom made) trapezoidal anti standing wave cabinet
2 Axiom 6.5" drivers
1 tweeter, capacitor and resistor array from a Reference 3a de Capo mm speaker
1 modified Radio Shack super tweeter

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and another with the Merak horn loaded tweeter

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#355569 - 09/26/11 09:55 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: Amie]
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That there is one burly speaker! Measuring, its about 1.5" taller than my M2s. I think this is a love 'em or hate'em format.

I don't know which would be harder to fit into a setup the VP180, which is mondo wide, or this guy.
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#355571 - 09/26/11 10:12 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: fredk]
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I wouldn't mind a little shorter and a little longer, but please don't make it deeper.

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#355572 - 09/26/11 10:20 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: CatBrat]
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Brian, Ian is a excellent designer(certainly superior to the Russian designer Ivan)but he can't make it both shorter and longer.

Edit: Oh, you mean...


Edited by JohnK (09/26/11 10:23 PM)
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#355574 - 09/26/11 10:25 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: JohnK]
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Ohh. How about shorter, and wider?

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#355575 - 09/26/11 10:28 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: CatBrat]
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You got it; and I agree.
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#355579 - 09/26/11 11:32 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
I don't know which would be harder to fit into a setup the VP180, which is mondo wide, or this guy.

Although I understand that this speaker target people who seek better off-axis response, I have to agree with this statement. People that couldn't fit a VP180 will have a hard time with this one. Physics are physics so I guess the volume is needed for a good full range center. I'm sure something can be done on the tweeter face plate in order to make the speaker shorter and a bit wider.
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#355580 - 09/26/11 11:36 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: Amie]
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Registered: 10/10/07
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Originally Posted By: Amie
Great feedback so far - thank you! Critiques are definitely welcomed or we wouldn't have asked smile I'm waiting for the 'measurement' answer . . .


If it was me... I would spread the width out another 5 or 6 inches and add another midrange keeping the tweeder dead center. This would shorten the heigth by about 2 inches and keep the asthetic look of a tradional center ( long and narrow ). Only my opinion though as I dont really care for the box look. But I did stay at a holiday inn express last night. LOL

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#355581 - 09/26/11 11:45 PM Re: Sneak Peak: VP160 Prototype [Re: 72mustang]
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I thought it would be a size between the 150 and 180, I don't like the boxy look but that is just me.
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