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    • #15041
      123toid
      Keymaster

      All right guys here’s some teaser pics of the flat back that I built for the Cinema 10. I have some other pictures of them completed, I just don’t have them on hand. I’ll try to update this later.

      Get the Plans: https://toidsdiyaudio.com/product/cinema-10-speaker-plans/




      Build Video:


    • #15068
      splinter
      Participant

      Looking forward to seeing these completed! Will probably end up replacing my surrounds with them 😀

    • #15086
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @splinter 

      I finally got around to getting some pictures of the final build (not painted). These are very thin. Only 8 in deep. 


       

      The off-axis performance is unbelievable. Making them perfect for rear surrounds. I decided to make my own ports. But you could use premade ones. 


    • #15092
      Elliott
      Participant

      @123toid They look great! But Nick, please add some flares to the ports. With none at all, chuffing starts at such low velocities, as I’m sure you are aware. A program called Flare-It works really well. Take the velocities from win-ISD and enter them into the program, there’s spaces for 20,25,30 and 35hz, since it is designed around a port that has a peak at 35hz, it can be translated so that the peak value is substituted into the 35hz spot and the rest of the values are in steps of 5hz, each below the last value. I have found it to be very accurate, I only came across it recently when researching port turbulences.


      Elliott Dyson – Elliott Designs (YouTube) – 3rd year MENG Student
    • #15093
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @elliottdesigns that’s a great point about flaring the ports. This particular design doesn’t need the ports flared. There’s multiple reasons for this. But one of the things that you want to keep in mind when looking at Port velocity of a speaker is to type in your high pass that you intend to use. In this case, these speakers are designed for surround sound use and will never be crossover lower than 80 Hertz. At least the design for this is we crossed over no later than 80 Hz. 

      Another thing to keep in mind is that if you do round over the ports, you do lose port length. So you’ll need to lengthen the port approximately half of the flare. 

      Finally another thing to think about with flared ports, is it to get maximum Port velocity, you actually should flare both ends.  They’re definitely times where flared ports are needed and necessary. But in this particular case a flared port isn’t. However if you really wanted to do it for looks, you definitely could.


    • #15095
      Elliott
      Participant

      @123toid Thanks, Nick, I am aware of those things about ports already, but not that you are using an 80hz highpass on those, it makes sense now, thank you. It’s probably good you mentioned those points anyway as it will most likely help others 👍


       


      Elliott Dyson – Elliott Designs (YouTube) – 3rd year MENG Student
    • #15096
      123toid
      Keymaster

      It’s a great point. In fact I believe that a lot of beginners don’t take into account for port velocity and or power handling. And I really don’t believe a lot of beginners take into account there high pass and how that will affect it. I think it’s an absolute great point. They’re very easy things to overlook.


    • #15097
      Elliott
      Participant

      @123toid The order and even type of highpass can make a considerable difference too, and I believe they are missed even more often!


      Elliott Dyson – Elliott Designs (YouTube) – 3rd year MENG Student
    • #15288
      123toid
      Keymaster

      Here are some completed pictures.  Family health recently has gotten in the way of me finishing editing the video. It will be out this Sunday. 

       




        


    • #15296
      Elliott
      Participant

      @123toid Hope everything is ok at home now Nick (wellness wise).

      As for the speakers, they look great, loving the build quality and the colour too (even if it’s not really for my decor 😂)! I’d worry a bit about port turbulences though, there doesn’t appear to be a flair (unless I missed it, images are quite contrasty), there’s actually a lot of really interesting engineering as to why flairs are so important, even if just small. It’s to do with how the boundary changes between the enclosed space of the port and the comparatively infinite space it opens into, also known as a part of the boundary layer effect. I won’t go far into it (unless people ask of course), but I thought it worth mentioning.

      I know with this speaker, the lack of flare is probably needed since there’s no more room on the baffle for conventional ports, and you’d mentioned previously how it’s not really necessary when crossed over high enough to a subwoofer. However, I’d be more than happy to model up some ports that make better use of space on the baffle so the port area can remain the same whilst allowing for a flare. I’ve done this with 3d printing with great success in the past, just let me know, it might be a nice upgrade in the future or maybe for a V10.5?

      Loving the cinema series style! Keep it up!

      Elliott


      Elliott Dyson – Elliott Designs (YouTube) – 3rd year MENG Student
    • #16213
      Chedwin
      Participant

      @123toid Did some quick digging and it looks like I could get the KPT-8000M for ballpark $1000 and the KPT-1200m is around $1200. However I dont know if this is inclusive of taxes as im in the UK. My guess would be that figure is the list price with no taxes applied


      Josh Evans, Professional Live Sound Engineer, High End Commercial AV Install Technician
      • #17439
        123toid
        Keymaster

        Could be. Of course, theaters typically buy in bulk. Multiple screens at once. Of course, we can’t even buy them unless we own a movie theater…I don’t think they’ll count my home theater 🤣🤣🤣🤣


      • #17555
        Chedwin
        Participant

        Of course. I should point out I got that price based on if I were buying multiple to install in a movie theatre in dubai then converted from AED to GBP to USD. I cant get them shipped to my front door at home either haha


        Josh Evans, Professional Live Sound Engineer, High End Commercial AV Install Technician
      • #22252
        123toid
        Keymaster

        oh wow! That was a lot of work on your end. I appreciate it!


    • #17550
      123toid
      Keymaster

      Here is the sound Demo: KEEP IN MIND THIS WAS TAKEN WITH A GO PRO.

      I don’t think I’ll rerecord it, but here is the best for now.


      • #22274
        joostb
        Participant

        Nick, which songs are this? so i can play this on my current speakers to hear the differenc

      • #22280
        123toid
        Keymaster

        Michael Buble – Fever

        Whitney Houston, I’ll always Love You

        Just keep in mind, this is being recorded with a Go Pro and being compressed by YouTube, so it definitely isn’t a one to one recording.


      • #22383
        joostb
        Participant

        i know

    • #17557
      remy-alexander
      Participant

      Bought the plans yesterday- look awesome. Looking forward to building them.

    • #22490
      123toid
      Keymaster

      This week on Sound Advice, Justin and I will be discussing this build, along with Celestion drivers. Ryan from Impulse audio. We may even touch on the Elusive 1099’s that he designed.


    • #22845
      123toid
      Keymaster

      The deal to sell the Cinema 10’s fell through. So I decided to bring them downstairs. I actually disconnected the center channel speaker and I’m running these as a phantom center. So it ends up being a 4.1.2. basically a 5.1 with two Dolby Atmos speakers minus the center. I got to say, I absolutely love these speakers.

      P.S. Sorry about the mess. I threw out my back so I haven’t really been cleaning up as much as I usually do.


    • #22854
      xshawnx300
      Participant

      What do you think of the Dayton Audio MB1025-8 10? I saw these and they look similar but when ordering 5, they are about $125 cheaper.

    • #22855
      123toid
      Keymaster

      That actually looks pretty incredible. Especially if it truly models that well down to 64 Hz. You can tell they saved some money with the stamped steel frame, but that wouldn’t be an issue with something like this. The main concern I would have is the cone breakup at 3Khz. Just making sure you can tame that well enough for a two way. It may end up being better for a three-way. That is jsut a guess without really diving any deeper or seeing distortion graphs.


    • #22895
      blehaa
      Participant

      Please don’t take this the wrong way, I know the DIY youtube life is crazy busy, but in regards to DXF files; is this something you would need help with. I have experience in this area, and willing to help out?

    • #23319
      remy-alexander
      Participant

      I use your Cinema 6 as phantom center also. absolutely nuts how natural it sounds. Adding anchored center makes it sound blah..

    • #23491
      remy-alexander
      Participant

      Just ordered CD and Woofer on Amazon and XO parts on PE- Doing LCR as Cinema 10 as some apps have garbage dialogue another wise phantom center for the win. 2 Cinema 6s for surrounds. HOw have they handled being mains with such small xmax? (2mm)

    • #23492
      123toid
      Keymaster

      They work fine as mains. Just keep in mind they’re designed to be used with a subwoofer. These aren’t going to produce earth-shattering bass. Instead, these are going to be clear while allowing your subwoofer to do the job it was designed to do. Your surround sound receiver should cross them over between 80 and 120 HZ depending on your room.


    • #23749
      xshawnx300
      Participant

      I’ve been wanting to build this for a while since I’ve bought the plans but the tweeter has been out of stock. Do you think the jbl tweeter would match up? What would the crossover look like?

    • #23754
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @Xshawnx300 No I don’t think it would match up. However, once I finish my latest build, I could let my B&C compression drivers, I have in my Cinema 6 go.


    • #23795
      dkl
      Participant

      My first post! I’ve been watching your content on youtube, and I am really impressed. You have a lot of interesting projects, but I think this would be a good starting point for me. I did notice that the tweeter you used is backordered on PE. Haven’t checked to see if it’s available elsewhere, but is there an alternative you’d recommend if these are not available right now?

    • #23807
      123toid
      Keymaster

      I honestly have never even thought about using a different tweeter. It just is a perfect compliment for those speakers. It stinks they are on backorder. IT seems there are way too many that are on backorder.


    • #23866
      jcarp
      Participant

      I really am enjoying watching these builds. In a 14x17x8 ft room would you prefer 3 cinema 6 speakers, or 3 cinema 10 speakers for an lcr? The TV is on the 14ft wall. 99% movies and TV. The kids sit farthest out at about 25-30° from center.

      • #23874
        123toid
        Keymaster

        @JCarp I don’t’ think you will go wrong with either. I think I would prefer the cinema 10 for that room, due to the better off-axis response. But that is more of a judgement call.


      • #23876
        jcarp
        Participant

        That was kinda my thought. I tend to over think these things lol. My main goal is that this will be my wife’s introduction to home theater. If this goes well I have a similar sized room in the basement I’d like to go all out on. Is there a huge difference in the clarity between the two speakers, or are they pretty close? I think my biggest hurdle will be getting the right amount of bass where it hits low frequencies, but doesn’t overpower the room, and most importantly my wife’s ears. Thanks again for your help.

    • #24256
      xshawnx300
      Participant

      Toid if size wasn’t an issue, would you have an LCR of cinema 10’s or soundstage 15’s?

      • #24263
        123toid
        Keymaster
      • #24321
        jcarp
        Participant

        Now you have me thinking about these instead of the cinema 10s 😆 My wife recently agreed to let me just turn a room in our basement into a dedicated home theater instead of the living room. So it’s 11x19x6.75 in size. Now I gotta think about these lol. They would probably make nice surrounds too.

    • #24387
      adrian
      Participant

      @123toid Thank you for your channel and ideas. I’ve just purchased the cinema 10 and soundstage 15. To build a L&R of SS15 and Use the C10 for centre and rear surrounds.

      I probably should have asked this before I bought them but is that a good combo?

      I am thinking of mounting the C10’s in wall too, just to get it past the wife as we don’t have a dedicated cinema room but this will be in the family television room, do you see any problems with that?

      Thanks again.

      PS I’m also looking at one of your subs and the Dinas for some powered monitors for my guitar.

      • #24394
        123toid
        Keymaster

        @ adrian, that is a great combo. There won’t be a bad seat in the house. If you wanted to do a third SOundstage 15 for a center, that would also be fine. I typically like my front three to be the same. However, even in my theater room I am building, that isn’t currently the case.


      • #24409
        adrian
        Participant

        @123toid Thanks, I hope all the seats will be good ones too! 🙂

        I was thinking that would be good but the SS15 is a fair bit bigger than the C10 and I had to compromise for space also it would have been a battle get that passed my wife.

        I just saw your Eminence Atmos roofs and might see if I can do that too.

    • #24393
      remy-alexander
      Participant
      • #24395
        123toid
        Keymaster

        nice! I like the slot port redesign. Is that oak veneer?


      • #24397
        remy-alexander
        Participant

        Thank you- loving the speakers- I did 3/4′ Red Oak Ply for front baffle 3/4″ MDF for rest. Sort of a paper mache type for paint. I got bad lottery on this lot of ply not as good as ones i used for sealed subs but still turned out well. Using them for LCR- I screwed up and thought I had tube for port, and I didn’t so I had to spend some time modeling port and loving the slim port.

      • #25510
        chewbrocoli
        Participant

        Slot Port Size ? dimensions please ….

      • #25509
        chewbrocoli
        Participant

        Hey nice job with the build and I love your slot port ! could you give me the dimensions on The port please, I will probably do the same.. thanks man !

    • #25378
      jimt
      Participant

      How well do these speakers compare to the Cinema 6’s? seem like they may have a similar frequency response. I understand these were designed as a surround speaker but which has the best sound when used as a front speaker?

      • #25379
        123toid
        Keymaster

        @JimT

        That is an excellent question. Some of this depends on your room and your preference. The cinema 10 have a very wide dispersion (meaning more of the seats will receive the same sound). This makes covering a large area better and also envelopes you more with sound. THe Cinema 6 on the other hand have a much narrower dispersion. THis is better for localization, ie telling where the sound is coming from the scene, but also won’t envelop you as much. This can be very beneficial for small rooms. Hopefully this helps.


      • #25390
        jimt
        Participant

        I recently found your build on the Soundstage 15’s that you ended up selling to one of your subscribers. How does the Cinema 10’s compare to the Soundstage 15’s? They seem to be built very similar.

      • #26556
        123toid
        Keymaster

        The SOundstage 15’s sound larger.  Not only do they do deeper in bass, but they have more displacement. Both the Cinema 10 and Soundstage 15 are very good at developing the listener.  In fact, I have used both in my living room with no center channel at all.  And honestly, the sound felt like it was coming from the middle of the television.  In that regards, they are both very similar.  But the Cinema 10 were never designed to really play lower than 80hz.


    • #26298
      invisiblerobots
      Participant

      These look great! I’m strongly considering building at least 3 of these for LCRs in my theater with a DIY AT screen.


      @123toid
      Any recommendations on distance from the screen these should be?

      Ideally I’d have 5 of these for a bed layer but I think 8″ deep speakers would stick out too much on my side walls. Any suggestions for a slim or on-wall surround speaker build to pair with these?

      • #26442
        123toid
        Keymaster

        That sounds like a great plan!  Honestly, testing is the best way tot ell what distance they should be.  I would love to throw an arbitrary number up there, but that’s all it would be.  Some of this will depend o your material.  I would do some testing if I could, even if it is just your ears.

        I don’t currently have any recommendations.


    • #26525
      Taylor
      Participant

      Hey there first post, sorta nervous. Love the channel and the message you stand for. Here is where I am scared. I want to build this(at least for a center but probably L-C-R) but I can not figure out crossovers. On the build video you showed a graph on how you got the cross over to cross from the woofer to the tweeter. How do you determine the point and then also, how do you construct a cross over with that break over frequency? I see premade ones but I think you’re building them. I apologize in advance but promise I can learn lol. Thank you.

       

       

      P.S. Do you think by changing from the 10” to maybe this
      <h1 class=”product-details-full-content-header-title”>Epique E180HE-44 7″</h1>
      it could produce better sound? Just a thought. Also sorry for the weird font on copy and paste.

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Taylor.
      • #26546
        123toid
        Keymaster

        Taylor that’s an absolute great question. When you buy the plans, there is a breakdown of the crossover inside the plans. It is a custom designed crossover, but if you have any issues or any problems, trying to understand the layout, I would be happy to walk you through it.


    • #26551
      chewbrocoli
      Participant

      Hey toid, I am building these cinema 10 for my left/ right fronts,  I wonder if there a way to make a horizontal design that would match these speakers,  let’s say with dual 8″ and that same waveguide and cd…  Or if you have any ideas  for me because I don’t think I can fit a cinema 10 as a center Chanel.

       

      Thanks

      Marc

      • #26557
        123toid
        Keymaster

        @Chewbrocoli I would try it without a cent first.  You might be surprised.  Depending on your room, a center might not be needed.  I know I ran these in a fll atmo setup in my living room, with a phantom center.  And I had absolutely no issues at all.  In fact, it felt like the voices were coming from the center of the television.  But if you did want to run a center, you would have to design something that would include either something like some 6.5’s or 8″ to pair with it. Maybe even use the same Faital Pro’s I used in the Cinema 6 build.


    • #26552
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator

      For a center, how about something like a pair of the FaitalPRO 8FE200 wired in series and then paired with the same horn and compression driver from the Cinema 10? Power handling will be on par as will the initial SPL.

      No, I haven’t put any of this into WinISD or XSim, so this is just a hypothetical. Use a 1.5 CuFt box, interior dims. around 9″x34″x(+-)8″ and a 3″ equivalent port on each side, 2-3/4″ long will tune the ports to 69 Hz and an F3 of 63 Hz.


    • #26588
      Enrico
      Participant

      Hi All,

      Just bought all the parts to build the speakers. This is my first DIY speaker built.

      These speakers perfectly fit my living room but I’m considering to use them without a subwoofer (this constraint comes from my wife).

      Any suggestion on how to modify the crossover to work on lower freqencies? I don’t need an earth-shattering bass. I will mainly use them to listen music.

      Thanks

      Enrico

    • #26591
      123toid
      Keymaster

      The speakers really aren’t designed to go lower than 80hz. That has to do with the driver being used and not the crossover. If you want more bass, you can always turn it up on your amplifier. But the driver itself is still going to be limited.


      • #26681
        Enrico
        Participant

        I finally made them. My first project ever. It wasn’t easy, especially the cutting of the MDF and the milling but I did it. As said I wanted to avoid putting a subwoofer, so I increased the volume to 35 liters and tuned the bass reflex to 65 Hz with Winisd.
        They sound incredibly good although the changes I made probably worsened the initial design 😉
        Thank you
        Enrico

      • #26685
        123toid
        Keymaster

        They look incredible!  I like the black on black.  As far as the increase in volume, as long as you like it, that is all that matters.  They definitely look much larger than the satellite speaker you have behind them.


    • #26769
      Enrico
      Participant

      I’m testing the speakers with different music and volume.

      Jazz sounds really good as well as electronic music like kraftwerk.

      I still need to take some frequency response measurement but I found that noisy music (lots of guitars) plays a little confused and it looks like the cabinet vibrates at certain mid-low freqs.

      I thought the dampening material might be insufficient on incorrect.

      Now I have 2cm polyester fiber 50Kg/m3 density

      I was thinking to go for the material below (3 or 5 cm) may be with an underlying layer of reticulated PE with an inner lead foil.

      PANNELLO FONOASSORBENTE AKUSTIK STOP 100x100x5 cm 35 kg/m² IN SCHIUMA POLIURETANICA

      Do you have any suggestions to make the speaker sound cleaner with such music?

      Thanks

       

       

      • #26771
        Chedwin
        Participant

        Something to aware of, depending how well the music is mixed/mastered you could be hearing low mid resonances is the music its self not the cabinet. this is actually quite common in guitar heavy music even in high quality productions from big record labels.

        As you say jazz sounds good that makes me lean towards saying its the guitar tracks that have the resonaces as jazz is a typicaly a very warm and fat sounding genre tonally. the same frequencys i suspect you are hearing in the guitar music tracks will be quite prominent in the jazz tracks too just covered by different instruments with different harmonic overtone structures

        Id wait until you can get some frequency sweep response measurements to know for sure if its cabinet or the tracks before you start looking into different materials


        Josh Evans, Professional Live Sound Engineer, High End Commercial AV Install Technician
      • #26784
        123toid
        Keymaster

        If you are concerned about resonance, then I would first start with bracing.  Just cut some pieces out and brace a few more spots.  But I would first listen to Josh Evans he knows what he is talking about.


      • #26789
        Enrico
        Participant

        Thanks Josh,

        I tried to take some frequency reponse. I don’t have a very sofisticated equipment: Ipad+imm6.

        I made the test with the speaker on the floor, far from the wall with mic at 30 cm height (approx between tweeter and woofer)

        I attach the curve I got.

      • #26796
        Chedwin
        Participant

        Looking at this graph makes me even more suspect it was the tracks that had the mushy guitar resonances. Although not a perfectly flat graph it is still smooth with no sharp peaks sticking out. The speakers may have an overall warmer bass heavy tone than a true flat reference speaker but as far as I can see (without listening to the speaker in person) nothing on that graph indicates to me problematic individual frequency resonances

        If you yet me know the guitar tracks you were using to test and I’ll check them out on one of my calibrated, true reference, audio mixing setups. Then I’ll be able to tell you for sure if it is in the track


        Josh Evans, Professional Live Sound Engineer, High End Commercial AV Install Technician
      • #26813
        Enrico
        Participant

        Thanks Josh, I’m quite sure you are right. I noticed it e.g. with vinyl Nevermind by Nirvana but now it plays well. I have to say this week I bought a new record player (Audiotecnica lp120). I think this made the difference.

        Thanks for stopping me reopening the speakers for nothing and suggesting more investigation.

         

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