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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by kevshed, May 17, 2004.

  1. kevshed

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    Hi,

    I need to build in my B&W HTM7 centre speaker in order to keep the wife happy.

    As it happens, i have a fireplace that i would like to convert to a shelf that i can hide the speaker on and and cover the front with acoustic cloth... jobs done.

    But, As im effecivly going to be blocking the chimney stack, do i need to allow some ventilation... or is it ok to just block it up.

    guidance appreciated.
    thx

    Kev
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    You have to allow some ventilation to prevent condensation build-up (in the chimney) IIRC, so you'll have to leave a gap for that. Maybe you could leave the gap behind the speaker/shelf area so the vent won't be seen.

    Gary.
     
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    You will also be altering the acoustics somewhat depending upon how you build it in there. Do it snugly and you have an infinite baffle design, do it not so and you have a resonant cavity..... the latter is a potential hazard and both will make sonic changes.....

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  4. Nimby

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    Building any speaker into a wall or other surface is going to lift the bass thanks to the baffle effect. I think it will sound awful.

    What is it with wives not liking speakers? Don't they like furniture, or carpets or ornaments? Or TVs?

    Stand up for yourselves men! Demand equal rights!

    No speakers=No TV! No speakers=No carpets! No speakers=No furniture! :suicide:


    Nimby ;)

    PS Minimalism is boring! :D
     
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    As with most of us i've had to comprimise in the intrest of continued home harmony.
    I had to mount my centre speaker under an oak coffee table that i designed and made for the purpose. My screen is in the middle of a long lounge, and the table is just slid a couple of feet into the room when needed. [​IMG]

    Maybe you could make a sort of built in, backless unit that you can sit the speaker and maybe some other gear.
    The lack of a back should mean that the speakers characturistic (sp?) are not changed to much.

    Cheers
     
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    My wife likes my speakers
     
  7. kevshed

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    Thanks for the advice. I thought this was the case.... the posts on sound quality of doing it this way now concen me though..

    grrr....

    cheers :)
     
  8. Nimby

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    Just don't use big nails. Then you can always undo it if you don't like it. :devil:

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  9. kevshed

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    ok... all round better solution found ;) Have agreed to use a low-leve narrow unit/table where she can have photos etc with my speaker in the middle.... not sure how it will look, but it should sound good ! :)
     

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