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  • SMJ Audio TTC style Ardent D Build

    As I completed my SMJ Calliope build this year I decided I wanted to take this to the next notch and build the Ardent D's with the help of Steve Manning. With that said I pulled the trigger on having Steve build the cabinets for the Ardent D's using the TTC style and the bamboo tops, bottom, and front baffle. I'm looking forward to assembling another pair of speakers and continuing to learn more about audio from this forum.
    Painter in training

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    I do believe you will find this a most interesting endeavor, and judging from the work you did with your last project, you are well prepared for the challenge...
    DFAL
    Dark Force Acoustic Labs

    A wholly owned subsidiary of Palpatine Heavy Industries

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    • #3
      As with the Calliope MT's that Sven did a little while back, I'll post some pictures along the way getting his parts ready.

      Here are a few pictures of what the design is intended to look like when done.

      This time around the baffle will be the curved version that I have been working on.

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      With the baffle removed.

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      The back if the cabinet.

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      Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



      WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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      • #4
        I'm very excited for this project, and my goal is to have them operational by end of April, but availability of parts could add delay.
        Painter in training

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steve Manning View Post
          As with the Calliope MT's that Sven did a little while back, I'll post some pictures along the way getting his parts ready.

          Here are a few pictures of what the design is intended to look like when done.

          This time around the baffle will be the curved version that I have been working on.

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          With the baffle removed.

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          The back if the cabinet.

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          I forgot to ask if you had an updated diagram with the new baffle. I'm really looking forward to this new baffle and how it will look with the bamboo options you showed me. Thanks for sharing the updated diagram!
          Painter in training

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          • #6
            Originally posted by svenarajala View Post
            I forgot to ask if you had an updated diagram with the new baffle. I'm really looking forward to this new baffle and how it will look with the bamboo options you showed me. Thanks for sharing the updated diagram!
            Just a note, the driver cutouts are not finished at this point in the rendering..... waiting on the drivers to finalize that.
            Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



            WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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            • #7
              Besides getting CAD/CAM files in order, parts have already started down the fabrication path.

              Lots of gluing up 1.5" slabs of material

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              Some mdf slabs as well the baffles waiting their turn on the CNC

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              With the curved baffle design the modified ribs now have a flat front. This should help in getting all the parts aligned.

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              Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



              WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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              • #8
                Well despite a minor detour off into the weeds over Thanksgiving ..... I had to help with the Christmas decorations, there stored above my shop and it shuts down all work activities for the duration, progress continues.

                The cause of the detour .....

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                One of the stands in bamboo ....

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                Recess to accept port ....

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                Port installed ....

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                Underside ....... opening will have a round over when done.

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                Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



                WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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                • #9
                  A few more picture with the base of the cabinet in place.

                  Progress for you as well Danny, your bamboo came in a couple of days ago .... that's it next to your baffles.

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                  Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



                  WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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                  • #10
                    Aw Steve, memories of production lines. looks great!

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                    • #11
                      This build will be fantastic.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks guys ....... though Sven gets to do all the fun stuff, finishing.
                        Hold on to your butts - It's about to get Musical!



                        WEBSITE: http://www.smjaudio.com/

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                        • #13
                          Mmmm, the smell of bamboo dust in the morning!

                          Best not to do too much of that, given what it will do to your lungs- get out your KN95 filters!


                          I've been slowly dialing in the midrange and tweeter levels via listening and measurement, I have what might be the final setting in the next crossover build for the second cabinet.

                          I'm very happy with how the bass works out with this enclosure volume and the 30Hz tuning of the PR's - very good rendition of pitch, no flab or fatness (some like their bass with a bit of pulchritude, I'll acknowledge) - a great example is the percussion break in the SACD version of James Taylor's "Gaiia" (which I have ripped to 24/176 many years ago). (The CD version in comparison sounds like it is playing back through a pillow with an extra compressor/limiter in the chain). Any extra flab or lack of very low frequency grunt will be quite apparent to someone familiar with how this cut sounds on a good system...

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                          Other cuts being used for listening checks include Keb Mo's "Slow Down" (very good recording of delta blues- both the instruments and vocals) and for mainstream pop (mainstream for a "mature" guy like me) it's Jackson Brown's "I'm Alive".

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                          In fact, SMJ is doing a special promotion this month which Sven qualifies for, with a free copy of "Slow Down" included with his speaker kit! This is a limited time offer, but I have an additional 6 CD's available for Steve's next customers...

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                          the AudioWorx
                          Arvo Pärt
                          Isiris MLBL
                          Modula MT
                          Natalie P
                          M8ta
                          Modula Neo D CC
                          Ardent
                          Modula MT XE
                          Modula Xtreme
                          Isiris
                          Wavecor Ardent

                          SMJ
                          Minerva Monitor
                          Calliope
                          Ardent D

                          In Development...
                          Isiris Mk II updates
                          Calliope CC
                          Obi-Wan
                          Saint-Saëns Symphonique
                          Modula PWB
                          Calliope CC Supreme


                          Resistance is not futile, it is Volts divided by Amperes...
                          Just ask Mr. Ohm....

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                          • #14
                            Jon,
                            I sometimes have issues with things in the room not nailed down vibrating during the break in that cut if the volume is a little high. I will have to look for the super audio version to compare.
                            Chris

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                            • #15
                              If you haves an SACD player, it's worth taking a look for that recording, though it was issues back in the earliest days of SACD. Who knows, maybe they even have a newer release.

                              But there's a substantial difference in the clarity of vocals and vocal choruses, too- (you can hear that readily in the vocal choruses on the Gaiia cut) they just didn't do a very careful mastering job on the CD, I think. But you know, I have this suspicion that Sony, for those first releases, went back into their masters and pulled a number of recording in for the first releases and a large part of the sonic difference was not CD versus SACD, but differences in the mastering/mixing equipment and the output.

                              My CD resolution "down mixes" of some of those SACD releases that I ripped seem to prove that theory out... they sound markedly better than the original CD's.

                              Mind you, I'm using pretty good DACs for CD playback, too. In the early days of HiRez, the DACs weren't nearly as good for either CD or high res PCM, but the resolution difference from bit depth and rate often tipped things decisively for high res. A really good DAC can be surprisingly good with a well mastered CD... IMO. YMMV, blah blah!
                              the AudioWorx
                              Arvo Pärt
                              Isiris MLBL
                              Modula MT
                              Natalie P
                              M8ta
                              Modula Neo D CC
                              Ardent
                              Modula MT XE
                              Modula Xtreme
                              Isiris
                              Wavecor Ardent

                              SMJ
                              Minerva Monitor
                              Calliope
                              Ardent D

                              In Development...
                              Isiris Mk II updates
                              Calliope CC
                              Obi-Wan
                              Saint-Saëns Symphonique
                              Modula PWB
                              Calliope CC Supreme


                              Resistance is not futile, it is Volts divided by Amperes...
                              Just ask Mr. Ohm....

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