I was doing some research on sub amps, and happened onto a neat service offered by www.edesignaudio.com. They're now milling MDF rings to spec for customers.
I know that there are mixed feelings about this firm here (having never dealt with them, I'm basically indifferent) but still, if someone living in an apartment wants MDF mounting adapters for her/his doors, or what I think is the neatest application, somebody wants precision milled lipped endcaps for a sonotube-based subwoofer, it is kind of cool that somebody's providing that service over the internet.
www.artofnoiseaudio.com also makes custom 3/4" and 1/2" MDF rings ($14 and $8 shipped, respectively). I've used them before and had good luck, fast shipping.
Had I known that, I wouldn't have bothered to borrow Mom's jigsaw to make my SLS8's adapters.
However, what I think is really cool about the eD service is the ability to quickly and painlessly spec double-laminated rings with different outer and inner diameters for each. That would be perfect for someone who wanted a high-tolerance part for a Sonotube-based home subwoofer. The outer ring could be the outer diameter of the tube, and the inner ring could be the inner diameter of the tube. And one end could have a driver hole, the other a port opening. If I ever run across somebody who wants a subwoofer tube, I'm going to try them out.
True, a gentleman such as Mr. Marv would be able to do that for you too. The question is, would such a small thing be worthy of his handwork? Especially to ship cross-country.
I ordered a pair of 3/4" MDF rings from ED two weeks ago to be used with a pair of W18NX midwoofers. The cuts are extremely smooth, measurements are precise, and I even had ED prime the rings for me to protect the wood from moisture, which they did for free. I'll post some pics when I get a chance. Fantastic service too.
I called them up the next day and ordered a subwoofer enclosure and amplifier rack built to my specifications. Chris @ ED stayed on the phone with me for almost an hour until he had all of the info that he needed. Again, great customer service. The box and amp rack should ship out today.
Hey DS do you work for ED? This "neat new service" is something they have been doing for a while ... weren't you the one that helped make the DLS/ED marriage happen?
Maybe I am mistaken .. or maybe Ben has his minions out working the boards ...
One would think that I've been on here long enough to avoid nasty bullshit like that.
To expand upon my disclaimer in the initial post, I've never had any dealings with this firm pro or con, and certainly don't work for them, DLS (as if I would have any dealings whatsoever with a firm rebadging Morel products; I'm anti-apartheid) or anyone else in any car-fi or any other remotely audio related industry. (Unless one counts owning some residential properties with in-wall speakers and renting them out as an "audio related industry.")
They may well have been offering this service for a while, but it was new to me as of yesterday when I visited their site after a google search pointed out their plate amp line to me. I don't believe I've visited their website previously, though it's entirely possible that I had and not found it noteworthy enough to remember. My motive were simply that I thought this service interesting, and while perhaps it's arrogant do to so I figured that something interesting to me might be interesting to other DIYMAers.
Guaranteed to be perfect if you are good with your measurements ... or the plans that they had someone else do the work on and "came across" that ED builds from now are perfect.
Sorry I guess I am just on an anti-ED kick the last couple of weeks .. too many people I know getting the sand paper condom from them.
For convenience I understand ... g'luck to those that use it.
What the hell are you talking about? They have a frickin CNC machine. You give them specs, they put them into the machine. Out comes perfect baffle.
Exactly who do you know that's "getting the sand paper condom"? To be perfectly honestly, they have way too many customers to make them all happy considering a way too high of percentage of their customers are complete and total fucking idiots, just like every other stereo dealer in the world has to deal with. In today's world, the old saying "the customer is always right" is completely and utterly incorrect. You take care of those who are willing to listen, and do your best within reason to appease the morons.
A friend has one of their plate amps, the LT1300 or whatever. Good product for now at a very affordable price. We'll see how it holds up.
Originally Posted by Andy Wehmeyer
The experience you have listening to music through speakers may be similar to drinking great wine and eating the best cheese, but the speaker isn't the wine, it's the wine glass. The music is the wine and cheese. Artists make great music, artisans make great food. Engineers and factories design and make great speakers.