The VSS-1 Eros
finishing up my center channel speaker it was time to move on to another
project. Since the rear surround speakers that I was using were about 20
years old, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Rather than design new
speakers, I decided to use a design I found at
speakerbuilder.net. I won't cover any of the design details since it is
covered thoroughly already at Wayne's
web site. I did change the finish of the cabinet and make a few design
changes which I'll discuss. My thanks to Wayne for a very well
designed speaker. Here are a few pictures of the speakers as I finished
Here you can see the bracing that
I added. There's a brace between each driver. Since I left out the inner
lining of 1/2" plywood that the design called for I added two more
braces. I also adjusted the internal volume to account for the deleted
plywood by adding a divider in the bottom. This also allowed me to mount
the crossover in the bottom compartment and keep it accessible.
I sure like how the well the
veneer accepted the stain. I used a two ply veneer and applied it with
contact cement. Its much better than the iron-on kind. Next time I'm
going to paint the fronts first and stain second. I also won't be
slopping polyurethane on a surface that I still need to paint because it
shows through and the paint won't stick. Good thing I finished the backs
first. I sanded the stain and polyurethane off the fronts before I
Front and back view showing where
the ports are located. I made sure I could get to the ports in case I
had to change them. I can reach the ports through the bottom
woofer cutout. The original design had them at the bottom of the cabinet
below an internal brace.
Just finished painting the backs.
I didn't seal the MDF before painting them. I did apply primer before
painting but the MDF still absorbed a ton of paint. I think I spent more
on paint than I did on veneer and stain.
Painting the fronts. Make sure to
apply sealer to the MDF or you'll need lots of paint. Also, the paint
doesn't stick to polyurethane very well so there are places where the
paint peeled off with the tape. Next time...
Finished front and back. I just
need to install the drivers and they're done.
This is how big they
I put the crossover in the
bottom in case I needed to tweak it. After listening to them I didn't
need to bother with it. I won't be changing anything. You can see the
nuts that accept the spikes. There is a difference in the sound with and
with-out the spikes. Its not an earth shattering difference but the bass
does sound a little more crisp and detailed with the spikes.
Here's the finished product down
in the basement. As surround rear speakers they sound great. I think
they look great too.
A close up showing the grain on
the veneer. I used Minwax Red Oak stain, three coats of Minwax semigloss
polyurethane finish and Rustoleum Stone Creations textured paint for the
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