DT's CLR Clone mod option??
Toid - I was reading through some old posts and came across your Definitive Technology CLR clones. Question for you....
Do you think that would work well for an in-wall option. I have a Klipsch 12" sub in that room but want to replace the in-wall speakers.
@jfox That is a good questions. I wouldn't use it as an in-wall option, but a shallow on wall, definitely. I actually want to redo that sometime for that reason. But if you put them in the wall, the wall would start acting as a baffle, so you would end up with a speaker with a very muddled sound. The crossover would really need to be reworked for that option.
Thank you for the reply. My thought is that the built enclosure is less than 4" in depth so I was going to build as a sealed box - then recess the sealed box into the wall. Would that solve the baffling issue or am I misunderstanding?
It wouldn't. Basically, what is going on is that bass radiates around the box. so we compensate for the on axis response with the crossover. This is called baffle step compensation. That is because you are losing the on axis response behind the box. The frequency at which this occurs directly relates to the size of the front baffle. When you place that speaker in a wall, regardless of whether it is in a sealed box inside the wall, the wall has now become it's baffle. So that bass that was being lost, is now radiating forward. Now you might be thinking, who care, I love bass. But when we talk about these frequencies it could be all the way up to 700-800hz or more. All the frequencies below that would be boosted and the speaker would end up sounding very muddy.
Here's a good video Ryan did from Impulse Audio explaining it better than I did: