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I am sharing my front end with my home cinema so I am ready to compromise on the center channel.Maybe I can do a d'appolito center channel base on the NX studio...Anyway that is for a futur project anyway!For now I have to complete the NX Studios. I was thinking maybe a Porsche orange papaya finish all around. And a dark grey grill cloth on top or even black cloth, hmm yummy!
Good luck with your build.I'm anxiously waiting for the NX Studio kits to appear on the GR Research site. Just received the flat pack from Reference North and will be starting the woodworking soon. Goin to try veneering a la Pete R's great tutorial videos. Finishing the front face remains a question for me.Haven't done a DIY HiFi project in many years and am excited about this build.
The NX Studio is a new speaker, that is why there are not that many build threads yet. I did the first build thread started Feb 2020 so not quite a year and a half. If you must have a center channel (I'm not a fan) I would agree with Tyson and use a third Studio. You want the same sonic signature across the front. If you use full box center it will not sound the same as the left/right.
If the new NX Studio looks like a Porsche, then it’s a better deal than I thought.
I am sure this kind of paint and working on MDF with its own finishing challenges won't be easy, but i wanna try!
MDF can be painted easily with automotive paint, but you will have multiple layers of primer on there. Wood loves to soak up whatever material is painted. First off, SAFETY! This stuff will kill you if you don't pay attention to safety. Cartridge respirator, spray suit and gloves are mandatory. If your neighbors think you're cooking meth then you're good. But first, sand the mdf with 220 grit and prime with 3 coats of primer. Let that sit a few days, sand with 320 and prime again. Wait a few more days, sand with 400, then 600, wipe down with wax and grease remover and then spray your basecoat, then clearcoat. This can be done in aerosol if you don't have access to a spray gun and compressor. All in, factor probably $150 for the good stuff in aerosol. Go see your local automotive paint shop. Any questions on materials or process, send me a pm and I'll walk you through it. It's nice to see some speakers get the full paint treatment.
Ok, I finally am putting it all together and had to lower my expectations because I can't for the moment paint it properly.When I have tasted the greatness of the NX studios, I will put the orange Porsche paint ^^
When you're ready to pull the trigger on painting them *pun intended* just send me a message and I'll walk you through any questions on the process and spray gun setup. Also when it comes to compressor size, there is rarely such a thing as overkill so you're good there. Last thing you want is to be starving for air.-Lloyd
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