Last month I finished XT version. Project started three years ago when I
wanted to build speaker best way I can. I preferred to start with
bookshelf to pick up some experience with more complicated build (and
yes it was a good idea). I offered to my friend to build these speakers
for building cost because my living room is too big for small speakers.
Cabinets were finished in 3 months, than two years played (as I had no
time) and this year finished to final. Material used is MDF, sides are
laminated from seven layers of 3mm thick. They are rock solid and of
course heavy (11 kg per piece). I like Sonus Faber style, so I decided
make them their way – curved cabinet, maple veneer in high gloss. After
many failures with veneer I made simple vacuum pump to have equal
pressure on all surface – worked perfectly. It was quite challenging to
finding suitable lacquer. I tried couple types of lacquers (shellac,
epoxy...) and finally I found professional system for high gloss
(polyester base with polyurethane top) which is perfect. As those
speakers are in bedroom, highest possible WAF was target that’s why are
in red - my friend's wife favorite color.
But the most important thing is sound. And about sound I can talk only
in superlatives. These speakers amazed me from the first time. After
short time of burning-in the bass extended and listening started to be
real pleasure. Sound is well balanced, lots of details, no harsh and
bass response from such a small speaker is surprising both as how loud
they can play without distortion. I had not heard strings and vocals
served so naturally before, nor from much more expensive speakers. I can
highly recommend these speakers to anyone who wants to make perfect
speaker on budget.
I want to thank you to share your knowledge and enthusiasm. I admire
your hard work and quality of your constructions. I am looking forward
to make next speakers – seems to be DTQWT.
Kamil, Czech Republic