Open Aire Aktiv build thread

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BobM

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #20 on: 12 Jun 2017, 12:54 pm »
you do good work!

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #21 on: 12 Jun 2017, 06:32 pm »
you do good work!

Thanks Bob, It's really a labor of love. Lots of labor, lots of love  :lol:

I am still at the beginning and have quite awhile to go.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #22 on: 19 Jun 2017, 01:36 am »
OK so more sanding with 1000 grit and more coats and I am now done with the cabinets. I think I struck a good balance between the "organic" look peter was talking about and the gloss i was looking for. They actually look wet  :lol:. I am making more progress on some other design elements and will post more pics soon.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #23 on: 25 Jun 2017, 07:29 pm »
A lot of work up til now has not been sexy at all. Lots of prep work before anything gets assembled. worling mainly on grills and base here.
















richidoo

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #24 on: 25 Jun 2017, 08:00 pm »
Wow those are coming out great Jim! Nice finish, semi-glossy satin looks just right, imo. And the veneer is beautiful grain and color.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #25 on: 8 Jul 2017, 09:53 pm »
Some more progress. So finally the mystery piece Lol.










jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #26 on: 8 Jul 2017, 10:04 pm »
Cabinets coming along too. Next I have to add fabric to grill and install NoRez.




ebag4

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #27 on: 8 Jul 2017, 11:17 pm »
Nicely done Jim, beautiful veneer, love the detail on the amp boxes. :thumb:

Best,
Ed

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #28 on: 9 Jul 2017, 12:37 am »
Thanks, the detail is functional as well. provides venting for cooling. Not sure it needs it but figured it was unique.

nickd

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #29 on: 9 Jul 2017, 04:22 pm »
Very nice indeed.

Love these build threads.  :thumb:

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #30 on: 23 Jul 2017, 02:18 pm »






So these are the fronts. Banded in solid cherry. Sides are also cut I just have to band them as well.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #31 on: Yesterday at 12:36 am »
It's has been a while since I last posted. I did a 8 day vacation which knocked out 2 weekends of progress but I am back at it.


Uppers after applying finish





An assembled upper w/o drivers





Time to bring in and start working on a finished assembly

glynnw

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #32 on: Yesterday at 04:08 am »
You are saying you didn't use your 8 day vacation to work on these speakers.  What were you thinking?  :lol: 

Your work looks outstanding - please keep posting great pictures like these.  Thanks.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #33 on: Yesterday at 10:29 pm »
Hmmm, I just noticed that my lower woofer faces me and the upper is facing away from me. That is the opposite of the standard configuration. My XO is about 225hz. will this be an issue?

mlundy57

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #34 on: Today at 12:36 am »
Hmmm, I just noticed that my lower woofer faces me and the upper is facing away from me. That is the opposite of the standard configuration. My XO is about 225hz. will this be an issue?

As long as you have them wired out of phase you will be fine.

Here's a thread Jay posted about this with wiring diagrams

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=149708.msg1618744#msg1618744

Mike

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #35 on: Today at 01:14 am »
wired correctly yes (opposite phase). and the servos are connected in series. Thanks.

mlundy57

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #36 on: Today at 01:46 am »
The servos are wired in series but they have to be wired out of phase also.

jimbones

Re: Open Aire Aktiv build thread
« Reply #37 on: Today at 01:53 am »
The servos are wired in series but they have to be wired out of phase also.

OK I'll pay special attention to that. Thank you for pointing that out Mike. Theres a good possibility the SC is not wired correctly. I haven't connected them to amps or used them yet.