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Old 07-22-2010, 09:22 AM
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At long last... The Edgarhorns are singing!

For those of you who doubted that the day would ever come, I submit...


...photographic proof!






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Old 07-22-2010, 09:27 AM
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Wow, Nate, those look incredible, and I'm sure they sound pretty sweet, too.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:33 AM
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That wood looks great and so does that TT. Is that a Dixielander the horn is sitting on?
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:50 AM
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Wow, Nate, those look incredible, and I'm sure they sound pretty sweet, too.
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That wood looks great and so does that TT. Is that a Dixielander the horn is setting on?
Thanks, fellas!

The wood and the cabinets do look great, thanks entirely to a lot of great work by my favorite resident woodworker, ejfud. Gary finished the horns for me (burning out a drill press in the process! ) and did quite a bit with the Dixielanders. The Dixies were wrapped in MDF and then veneered in gorgeous teak. Boxes were built onto the backs of them to add more volume for a different driver, and bases were constructed to get them off the ground a bit.

Here's a "before" picture of the whole shebang.

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:52 AM
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As usual, beautiful work, Nate.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:05 AM
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:07 AM
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WOW those horns look like a huge plug of lathed led!! Massive! Very nice- bet they sound great too.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:12 AM
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Absolutely beautiful. I never noticed before how thin the walls are on a Dixielander. They look much better thickened up and of course the veneer makes them look great. I'm sure they sound better as well. What thickness MDF did you add?
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:20 AM
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WOW those horns look like a huge plug of lathed led!! Massive! Very nice- bet they sound great too.
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Absolutely beautiful. I never noticed before how thin the walls are on a Dixielander. They look much better thickened up and of course the veneer makes them look great. I'm sure they sound better as well. What thickness MDF did you add?
Dixielanders aren't exactly quality products. The cabinets are cheaply built using cheap ply. I think Gary used 1/4" MDF (he'll set me straight if I'm wrong about that). It not only looks better, but it sturdied them up significantly!


This has been a long time coming because my wonderful wife has been less than enthusiastic about the idea. The speakers are undeniably big and aesthetically polarizing (she having one opinion about them, and I, the other).

They also required a room rearrangement, which I lobbied hard for. In marriage as in politics, compromises must be made, and the compromise here is that this experiment is just that - an experiment. If it works and proves to be acceptable to all parties, then it might be adopted as law.

The gear is arranged rather haphazardly because of the temporary status - I'd like to hunt down a nice double-wide rack if this sticks.

Here's the rest of the room as it stands today. If you sit on the other side of the couch, you face the TV (on the right side of the picture). You can just make out the giant shelf system I've been using as an entertainment center. That will get moved out to the garage as soon as I wrangle my neighbor into helping me, again with the understanding that it might eventually come back...


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How are they for near field listening? Looks like a small room not unlike the one I use.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:45 AM
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Edgars are really something, ain't they

Redboy, I am going to invite myself to come visit you sometime. It seems like every time I turn around you're posting some fantastic setup here.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:56 AM
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How are they for near field listening? Looks like a small room not unlike the one I use.
They're great in the sweet spot for focused, seated listening, and that's exactly how I listen. The room is bigger than it looks, about 13' wide and 20' long. It's not rectangular, though.

People who criticize Edgarhorns usually use words like narrow, beaming, and collapsing directivity. It's all true. If you're not wandering about the room or hosting a party though, they're wonderful. Detailed. Effortless. Natural (no giant ringing metal horn here!).

They sound good but they've got a long way to go still. I used some giant oil caps in the crossovers that aren't right yet, and the 10" drivers in the Dixielanders are still breaking in. Basically, the mids are incredible, the bass is absent, and the rest needs some time...
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:59 AM
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Are you sure they are singing, and the pics prove it? Even with my ear right up against the pics on my monitor, I can't hear a thing. Ears must be gettin' old!



Seriously, those look GORGEOUS! I like the camera angle on that first pic, too... and the room overall looks extremely comfortable and inviting. I think if I had that room around here, I wouldn't get much work done.

Congratulations on a successful culmination to all this work. I've heard Edgarhorns at one show, and know that they are "special"; you must be enjoying your little corner of heaven there!
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Simply amazing! Congrats on getting them completed.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:14 AM
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...photographic proof!
Photographic proof that they're singing? Looks like they're just posing to me.
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