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Don

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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:53 pm

GR Research Speaker Build

Haven't been on much lately with Family health issues. Terri and I are fine, but Dad has needed 24 hour care for the last 3 weeks. However, he is very slowly getting better. As a result, I was able to slip away for a while late afternoon and last night.

Therefore, Matt and I spent some time putting together a little bookshelf kit I bought him for Christmas from GR Research. We spent about 6 hours assembling and finished up late. Burning in speakers on a downstairs system. Initial impressions sound very impressive for the few dollars spent. Danny Ritchie is the owner of GR Research and has some very impressive dollar to sound ratios kits.
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:35 pm

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Great pic Don! Glad you got the time with Matt to have some father son time.
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:54 pm

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I love it!!!! =D> =D> =D> We need a pic of the completed speakers now.
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:56 pm

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That's awesome! I want to do one of these type of projects with my son. He's 10, but he's interested in audio equipment too. I'm thinking on a multi-generational project with my son and my dad, it will be fun and will create memories for all of us. I'll check out GR kits. Thanks!

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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:18 pm

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Cool, Don!
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:32 pm

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Vance,

This picture is for you Buddy.

Threw together closet equipment to try out in HTR. Although did use Carverfest tube amp as power source. Haven't had time to sit down down for more than a couple of minutes. Hope to do some serious listening later tonight before Matt hauls them off to his home. However, bang for buck appears to be off the scale.

Great father/son project, although been so hectic last month and a half, late in putting together this Christmas project present.

This is the very bottom end kit from GR Research for us noobs. Very easy to put together, although still took about 4 to 5 hours, not counting a Dinner break. Crossover pre-assembled and purchased cabinet already painted and pre-cut for drivers. Lined cabinet with no-rez which was kit option. Took quite a bit of time to cut no-rez and piece together inside cabinet. Most labor intensive part of this little project.

Anyway, Matt's initial impressions were also very favorable. Plus, Terri and I had a great afternoon and evening with our son. That was priceless and a rarity these days. :D

PS Mark, we didn't even burn ourselves with the soldering iron. :lol: We still remember your tutoring from Carverfest 12.
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"The problems we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living." Brad Shurett


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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:52 pm

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Don wrote:Vance,

This picture is for you Buddy.

Threw together closet equipment to try out in HTR. Although did use Carverfest tube amp as power source. Haven't had time to sit down down for more than a couple of minutes. Hope to do some serious listening later tonight before Matt hauls them off to his home. However, bang for buck appears to be off the scale.

Great father/son project, although been so hectic last month and a half, late in putting together this Christmas project present.

This is the very bottom end kit from GR Research for us noobs. Very easy to put together, although still took about 4 to 5 hours, not counting a Dinner break. Crossover pre-assembled and purchased cabinet already painted and pre-cut for drivers. Lined cabinet with no-rez which was kit option. Took quite a bit of time to cut no-rez and piece together inside cabinet. Most labor intensive part of this little project.

Anyway, Matt's initial impressions were also very favorable. Plus, Terri and I had a great afternoon and evening with our son. That was priceless and a rarity these days. :D

PS Mark, we didn't even burn ourselves with the soldering iron. :lol: We still remember your tutoring from Carverfest 12.

Thanks Don!!! They look great along with everything else in the picture! :D I can almost hear them through the picture!
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:18 pm

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Nice work guys!!! =D>
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:25 pm

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They look like they are right up your alley George.
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:46 pm

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I was wondering who soldered. You or Matt? Or did Terri have to finish soldering it for you? I remember her watching carefully.... :lol:

Cool project Don! Great gift!

Mark

PS...glad to hear your dad is having better days.
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:33 pm

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Did you guys the the cabinets from pe?
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:39 pm

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Very nice Don! =D> =D> =D>
Thanks for sharing- and glad your dad is showing improvement!
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Post Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:21 pm

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Just got in from Dad's. Hope to sit down for a listen soon. Dan, Dad still very needy, Had Granny Nannies there yesterday to give me the afternoon and evening off to do this project with Matt. But his evaluation of fall risk is being lowered somewhat. I work with him twice a day, everyday. Gaining balance and strength. But at 91, slow going.

George, bought the finished cabinets from someone that does the cabinets for Danny. However, individuals have used the .5 cu. ft. cabinet from Parts Express with success. This cabinet volume is a little larger. Therefore, assume LF response may be a tad greater. However, this bookshelf, as most bookshelfs, needs to mate with a subwoofer to sound their best and fill in the low end.

Anyhoo, the website is GR Research. This is the bottom XLS classic kit system. You can upgrade the caps for an additional charge. Read reviews about worth the upgrade. When things calm down somewhat, I will give an update on their sound. Will compare them to a pair of PSB Stratus mini's I have which retailed for about $1100 years ago. ( a very nice bookshelf IMHO) However, may be a while with Dad's situation.

http://gr-research.com/x-lsclassickit.aspx
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Post Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:06 am

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Don,, pelase post your listening impressions,when you have had an opportunity to get your listen on-- I've been eyeing the N2x build for awhile

I have not heard them myself-- but I've been told that these things perform waaaaaay above their price point.
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Post Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:24 am

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What a great father and son project! Very cool! I can't wait to see what you have to say about how they sound. Keep us posted.

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