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Industry Circles => GR Research => Topic started by: Redheart on 10 Jun 2021, 08:46 am

Title: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 10 Jun 2021, 08:46 am
Hi all!
I heard from Danny my NX Studio will finally ship after more than 3 months wait because of the woofers shortage!

I haven't seen many Studios build on here, may it be because of the situation with those supply?
Anyway i am so eager to build those! I bought the kit with the front baffle and will do the boxes. I am thinking of a full gloss finish and i am still undecided on the color.

My initial plan is to use them without sub as the flat is pretty badly sound treated, but i plan to move to a house soon.

I was wondering if a center channel is in the works? It's not an issue er se but i am used to run with a trifield processor for stereo music.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: hawkeyejw on 10 Jun 2021, 07:00 pm
Danny has mentioned in the past that he has an idea for an NX center but I don’t believe he’s posted any other info on development and testing recently. There’s some options you can consider including a third studio monitor as the center.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Tyson on 10 Jun 2021, 07:21 pm
I'd say do 3 studio monitors across the front.  Can't get any better matching than 3 identical speakers.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 10 Jun 2021, 09:16 pm
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!

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f8/92/5c/f8925cf64a583140df329235d9f082c6.jpg)
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 10 Jun 2021, 09:17 pm
When I meant MTM center channel based on the Studio, I was thinking maybe a closed box even for the tweeter...
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Hobbsmeerkat on 11 Jun 2021, 12:00 am
I have developed a deep-back cup for Danny's GR Neo3 that may work for such a project, As well as ideas for an open-top MTM, But we're kinda swamped with orders now that we've got the NQ drivers back in stock. But hopefully it's something we can develop further once we get back on top of these orders..

But I'll talk to Danny about it in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 11 Jun 2021, 06:28 am
It would be great to offer both closed and open top tweeter for center channel for both people who are contrained to put it under a projector like me, or a TV for those who have one. And still have the option for uncompromised open top design for the others!
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Frank M on 11 Jun 2021, 09:51 am
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.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Sonicjoy on 12 Jun 2021, 02:40 am
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.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: CaptainBill on 13 Jun 2021, 03:23 am
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!

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f8/92/5c/f8925cf64a583140df329235d9f082c6.jpg)

If the new NX Studio looks like a Porsche, then it’s a better deal than I thought.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 13 Jun 2021, 12:54 pm
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.
I think you can contact Danny directly, the woofers are now back in stock it seems!
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 13 Jun 2021, 12:56 pm
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.
I believe you, it sure would be best to have a third NX studio as center but i still am able to disable the trifield program and back to pure direct stereo by the flick of a remote controller button...

I like three way stereo front as i can be anywhere in the room and still have a propre stereo scene... But it will mainly be use for movie projection.
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 13 Jun 2021, 12:58 pm
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!
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: nlitworld on 13 Jun 2021, 02:04 pm
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.  :thumb:
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Redheart on 15 Jun 2021, 06:13 pm
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.  :thumb:

Thanks a lot for your advice! I will surely follow your detailed steps! I heard about the open pores on MDF are a real biatch so I will do 4 coats of primer as you suggest! Thanks again ^^

I just bought a nice gun and compressor because I have two guitar project upcoming for nitro finishing. So I will do without the spray cans! Really happy about this by the way as I have terrible experience with those.

I read a lot about compressors and guns, but maybe not enough in the end. It seems I bought a compressor a little big for my needs which are maximum 3 guitars a year and now and then a new speaker DIY project!
Title: Re: NX Studio first build
Post by: Fltguy on 19 Jun 2021, 08:17 pm
Redheart,

Great! I'm gonna have to build another pair of Studios. I can't get that color scheme out of my head. 8)