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  1. Home Theater System Recommendations
    Super new to the website and to the HT arena. I am currently finishing my basement and have planned to install a projector with home theater system. I would truly appreciate any advice on the following: 1. Speakers 5.1 or higher? 2. Projector - What brand and quality? 3. Projector Screens -...
  2. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    I am in the midst of painting my subwoofer in black lacquer and am running in some issues... 1. When I sprayed the lacquer over the Kilz/Zinsser primer, the paint cracked. I used the odorless primer (I assume it is water-based), is that why? I had the primer dry for a couple of days before...
  3. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    I am building a subwoofer using the Parts Express "Drake" project using a 15" RSS390HO-4 driver. I am using one inch MDF in a 18" cube. The problem I am having is finishing MDF. Cut edges on the MDF suck up paint like a sponge and it never seems to seal. Any suggestions? i tried using a...
  4. Ported Subwoofer Build Projects
    i am in the process of hopefully finishing up my build soon...and i could really use some direction on the following questions....some of these are trivial i am sure...but...first build...and nervous to pull the trigger on some of these questions... - i have primed and painted the top endcap...
  5. Ported Subwoofer Build Projects
    after debating on egg crate foam and r13...i chose paper faced r13 insulation (3.5" thick) for my 14" diameter ported sonotube build...i understand the fibers may be an issue...if so...i will utilize a nylon port cover... Question1...will the insulation completely change the properties of my...
  6. Ported Subwoofer Build Projects
    I am working on my 520 liter, 26" 13 hz tube for a UXL 18 (driver is still a couple weeks out). I got lucky and found a 26" tube sitting in a local warehouse, which is usually a special order item. What I didn't realize until I bought it is that it is the "Finish Free" style-- with their...
  7. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    I'm curious as to how this goes on and how you handle the edges. Can you overlap or or do you have to but the edges exactly? can it handle rounded edges? I'm going to be putting my first box together this weekend and i'm not sure how i'm going to finish it
  8. DIY Speakers
    I am going to be building a pair of Overnight Sensations thanks to the awesome kit that is available from Erich at DIYSoundGroup. They will be used as computer speakers for music/games. This will be my first adventure into DIY so I am looking for recommendations for a pretty simple way to finish...
  9. DIY Speakers
    Hey guys, Wanted to pick your brains as to the best sources of information on how to finish wood? If I start a DIY speaker, I would need to start researching best ways/procedures of finishing the raw mdf. Surface prep, primers, paints, stain, clear coats, veneers- I am new to them all...
  10. Home Theater Design and Construction
    Down to paint and baffeling sp? Any suggestions or no-no's?
  11. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    very quick question..... what sort of primer should i be looking for to finish an mdf box? i know its not supposed to be water based but any other requirements? the final finish will be a water based emulsion that matches the walls.. Stu
  12. Home Theater Design and Construction
    I managed to clear out my stand alone workshop that would be ideal for a home theater. The internal dimensions are 27 X 15 X 10 (H). It's a standalone stucco exterior building with a asphalt shingle roof. The ceiling is currently unfinished with the joists are exposed. I haven’t dug into the...
  13. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    Hi there, I wasn't sure where to put this thread but I need to finish my subs. I have bought some american white oak veneer sheets and want to stain them to match my cherry Monitor Audio RS6's and give them the gloss look aswell but I am not sure what is the best way to do this. I would...
  14. Home Theater Design and Construction
    Hi, I've been busy finishing my basement in my new house and have my theatre area mainly planned out but I'm looking for some advice on how to finish off my screen wall. First things first here's my semi-dedicated room: - 13x27 area (open to rest of basement). 8' finished ceiling height. I'm...
  15. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    I hope this is the right forum to post this. I'm thinking of buying a spray gun/compressor for finishing my DIY projects. I've been dissatisfied with the brush-on method and had positive results with spray-cans so a spray gun seems as a natural progression. The problem is I don't know much...
  16. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    Greetings all, I was looking at all of the diy subs, and all the great work some of you do. I'm looking for advice on finishing my box. I don't like how it looks so far. It is made of baltic birch. I had it sanded down real good. I primed it twice with Zinser bulls eye, then two coats of...
  17. Home Audio Speakers
    Hey, I am looking to complete my budget 5.1 surround sound system meant to be used in both a medium sized bedroom and a small dorm room (I am a student). This, and the fact that I need to be able to transport these to and from school (~300 miles) means that floor standing speakers are most...
  18. Home Theater Design and Construction
    Need advice on thread title. I am finishing my basement in a new construction home. Bathroom, large closet, bedroom, and of course the Theater. I assume 11'-5" x 16' for a theater is small, but base on the setup of the furnace, etc. the configuration I decided on was the best I could do. I...
  19. Home Theater System Recommendations
    This is my first time putting anything on a forum of any kind so bear with me. What I have so far: Projector:Epson Powerlite 720 Cable TV:Samsung 260F Tuner (Daughter has to watch Hanna Montana) Wii (Wife has to have her fun to.) Polk Audio Speakers Front RT25I / Rear R10's / Center CS245I /...
  20. DIY Speakers
    While this isn't for a speaker project, it has something to do with audio. I bought some curly anigre veneer (unbacked, unfortunately) off ebay a while ago, with the intent to put it on an audio cabinet I designed. I have pretty much all the pieces veneered, but there's a bunch of bubbles and...
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