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Re: RB-Kit in the ceiling - Surrounds

So I have completed the surround speakers. I have a few pics from the build.

I wanted the same internal volume as the back speakers (0.5CF) and the same tuning (48Hz). The shape of the enclosures for these speakers is a little different than the back (rear) channel speakers. Since the room is 13' wide, in order to place these optimally I had to design them to go in the corner of the top of the wall and the ceiling. This made the cabinet shape different. It also contributed to a smaller chamber directly behind the woofer. This was a compromise.

I would have liked to make this chamber bigger and not have an enclosure wall so close to the back wave of the woofer. I do believe I can hear a difference when doing an A/B test between the back speaker enclosure and the surround. It is not pronounced, and will likely never notice it in operation, but I wanted to point this out for the purists. I wasn't able to avoid this unfortunate shape.

The other difference is the port is a slot port. I am considering converting the round port to slot port closer to the woofer on the back speakers for aesthetic reasons. I'm not sure when I get these done that having a small port hole a foot off from the speaker will look OK. The slot next to a grill seems a little more low key.

So here comes the pics:

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Here is the low profile box. This is also designed to go between the trusses (22.5") and be easy to insulate. In my attic I have blown in fiberglass insulation. I will just dig out the space where the box will go. Cut the small hole for the speaker protrusion part to poke out, screw the box into place, wrap and staple R19 pink fiberglass insulation around the box, and then push back the blown in insulation to fill the gaps. I have some dry wall work on the other side to do after that.


The little blocks are for box bracing to remove resonances. The angled partition also helps brace and creates an internal non-rectangular shape to help remove standing waves.



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Here is the protrusion part with my slot port in progress. The slot port turned out much harder than I imagined it. Luck for my this is going to be drywall textured in the end to blend in with the rest of the ceiling.




I back chamfered the woofer hole to keep the baffle from impeding the woofer's back wave



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Here are the boxes finished ready for final assembly. I was able to shape the slot port to look decent using caulk and joint compound. I sanded and primed the protrusion part so that it's ready for tape and texture when I mount them:



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Im loving this creativity. Keep up the good work!
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My goal here was provide a balance between aesthetics and performance. I kind of lean toward designing so that a speaker can be heard but not seen. If you do have to see something it should blend in and be a subtle as possible without affecting performance too much. The 1400 SQ Foot house, 4 young kids, and the resulting WAF has helped me shape my set of compromises.

One of the problems with rear channel speakers is that either they are small and therefore frequency range limited, or large and impose themselves in the room. Ceiling speakers are most of the time hard to direct the way you want them and them still suffer from the drawbacks previously mentioned. This route allowed a blend of:
- relatively large enclosure (to maximize frequency response),
- minimal room imposition (a speaker should be heard but not seen),
- Easy to insulate (The attic site of the box doesn't stick up into the attic space. It stays relatively close to the height of the trusses)
- Allow for someone to build a custom or reference speaker design(You could also just gut a nice bookshelf speaker and place the drivers and crossover in a new enclosure like this)
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The cost:

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RB-Kit $59.00 x 2 + shipping $15.00 = $133 (Madisound.com)
4'x8' Sheet of MDF = $27 (@Lowes)
1 Large bottle of wood Glue $4 (Walmart)
Speaker Wire $10
Misc other stuff (insulation, a few screws, etc laying around) $0
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Total $174 for 4 Vifa rear surrounds. (So far I've only posted the build for the 2 rear channels)

NOTE: I'm adding some pics for the other two surround speakers now...
Man, I really appreciate the information! I am going to run this by the wife.
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- Allow for someone to build a custom or reference speaker design(You could also just gut a nice bookshelf speaker and place the drivers and crossover in a new enclosure like this)[/INDENT]
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Interesting.. with as cheap as beta 20s go on ebay right now I may have to consider gutting some of them..
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Interesting.. with as cheap as beta 20s go on ebay right now I may have to consider gutting some of them..
Yeah most bookshelf speakers are designed with out Baffle Step Compensation (BSC) so ceiling mount should work for any of them. Just keep the driver spacing the same. If you don't have any data on the woofer and cant measure any of the Thiele-Small parameters, then keep the box volume and port diameter length the same. Otherwise you won't be able to tune the port correctly. If you can get the woofer data or measure them, then you can get deeper bass potentially by adding some box volume and tuning the port accordingly.

If you're going sealed then simpler still. Just driver spacing and box volume

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