Some of you
have already seen my old posts about the 2 pair of concrete midbass horn a
friend and I built a few years ago.
Now I just
wanted to share what has happened to those beauties since the last post.
Per, was (as always) quick to finalize his installation. These horns are now a
part of his very nice system. The system features: A pair of 16 Hz concrete
bass horns extending under the floor of the listening room and with their
mouths located behind the listening sofa; The concrete midbass 100Hz horns as
described earlier; Tractrix 350 Hz horns and a pair of pleated tweeters on top.
The drivers are: JBL 2220J; TAD 1201;TAD 4001; Beyma TPL-150H.
Here are a
few pictures of the system. See the bass horn mouth and Per painting the horns.
great DIY:er Per has built the speakers, amplifiers, other electronics and most
of the house.
system sounds very good. Great dynamics with a nice tone and good coherence.
The best indoor system I have heard.
response is by far the best I have heard. The 16Hz horns can produce some
impressive acoustical power. The sound is spectacular: effortless and just
Now to the
second pair of the concrete midbass horns: Mine are still placed in the garden!
A couple of
years ago I knocked down an old carport and a couple old sheds. This gave me a
possibility to set up a nice barbeque sound system.
A nice day
with no wind! System is playing beautifully and the barbeque is ready to be
ignited. That’s how life should be!
season the midbass horns were equipped with phase plugs and L.Cao t="on">8 inch fullrange drivers. The L.Cao
worked ok. I now use these in my garage in t="on">85 liters vented
season 18Sound 8M400 replaced the L.Cao in the horns. These drivers have much
higher efficiency and sounds strong and dynamic in the horns. Surprisingly
sweet tone for a pair of PA mids.
different tweeters have been used but now I use a pair of Altec 802-D on 350 Hz
horns. They work ok but chokes when I play too loud.
to this system outdoors has been nice, interesting, educational and chocking.
Now I understand the importance of the room. The barbeque system has a room of
the right size. Anything smaller will degrade the performance. The lack of
reflecting surfaces is a nice feature of this room.
dynamics, instrument placement and sound stage sounds right for the first time.
I didn’t think this was possible to reproduce anything like this with a pair of
speakers. You can also play at the right volume without the nastiness you
usually gets indoors.
system features: crap electronics; many meters of the cheapest speaker cables;
limited bandwidth; no real crossover, only a tweeter cap; far from flat
frequency response; weather depending.
system features: life like reproduction of music at realistic playback levels;
possibility to effortless transform my garden to a jazz club, church, concert
hall and so on. They are also a nice thing to have in the garden and
appreciated by the cats.
If you have
the chance and understanding neighbours, try it for yourself.
free space between the barbeque horns! Possible position for a 35-40 Hz horn
that might be built.