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Disguising a Servo 15 - is this possible?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by SanPedro, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. SanPedro

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    No jokes about fake beards etc.... please

    It's great. But it is big and looks well out of place in my lounge.

    My other speakers are beech. I was thinking (don't laugh here) of making a loose cover to fit over it - a bit like you do with sofas. At least then it will look like a buffet or something. I guess I'd have to be careful not to cover the heat sinks at the back.

    But what about sound quality. Does the cover over the drive unit need to be acoustically transparent? It's not like there are any high frequencies coming through it as with main speakers.

    Just wondered if anyone else had tried something like this :D

    Chris
     
  2. Nic Rhodes

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    pot plant looks nice but falls off too often :)

    seriously there is no reason why it can't be well disguissed. I saw a nice one with a glass top (on rubber grommets) that made it look like a modern table.
     
  3. SanPedro

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    thanks Beekeeper. I still haven't got around to taking my centre speaker of it just yet. And it tends to 'walk' towards the back of the sub when the volume is cranked up :D

    I was thinking of using a lightish cotton cover - you don't think this would have an adverse effect on the sound then?

    I could even make the top padded ;)

    Though people sitting on it may get a shock if I turn the sound on.

    One last thing afore I go... I get a thump through the speakers when anything electrical is switched on in the room. Any ideas what causes this?

    cheers

    Chris
     
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    keep away from the front grill and you should be okay

    No problem

    people pay for these pleasures normally

    This is down to poor mains and interfence from electrical devices. I am writing an 'unofficial' forum post / article on this but will take a few weeks, one on cables likely to be posted today, these things are long and take a while to write. In the mean time ring up RA and ask for a copy of their mains brochure which will explian the 'issue'. Might be available on download from their web site. You don't have to use their products.
     
  5. SanPedro

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    Aaaa... see this is what I wanted to cover up as well.

    I suppose I could re-cover the grill with a lighter, matching material - like a thin muslin or gauze (God this sounds like Changing Rooms) and then cover the rest with a slip cover.

    Chris
     
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    You could make a snowman outfit for it just to be seasonal! ;)

    On a more usefull note why not make the sides hang down as flaps, if you notice sound issues you can just fold up the front one when in use. I'm sure LLB could do you something really lovely with neon pink fur. ;)
     
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    Fablon?
     
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    Who'se he?

    What actually is Fablon. name rings a bell (or are you taking the Mick - no offence intended :D )

    Chris
     
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    I noticed that sevenoaks in Newcatle had designer sub covers in various wood finishes and although you may be sceptical (as I was) it didn't affect the sound or cause unnecessary boom or rattling noises.
    Give them a call if you want more info, Craig and Nev are top blokes who will explain everything to you.
     
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    Thanks for that Gary.

    Obviously a Blue Peter fan ;)

    Could be a problem if I come to sell it though. Imagine the ad:

    FS: Servo 15, gingham check with matching piping :D

    Chris
     
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    it would look nice in my lounge.
     
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    You wouldn't be the forst one to cover a servo, I seem to remember someone selling one years ago.

    Another tac, why not just recover the grill with something more 'interesting', ie non black but acoustically transparent and glass for the top. It might soften the lines....and look more stylish (if you like my taste :)
     
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    A guy sold one on Ebay last year that had been covered with a limed oak fablon, never seen that particular fablon available though.
     
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    Think I'll try a loose cover for the main body and an elasticated acoustically transparent material for the grill.

    Then if I sell it I can make it 'normal' again easily.

    Cheers guys

    Chris
     

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