ZOG low budget battery powered party blaster system

This system was started off cobbling together assorted spare parts that were in the garage gathering dust, to create a small battery powered (and partially solar) system that can fit in the boot of the car and be moved on a small trolley. But of course then I added some extra bits as well to get it how I liked it, so it’s not really assembled from “junk” any more, but it is all inexpensive low power use.

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A Catalogue of Woe – T.K. Bollinger and That Sinking Feeling

Been very much enjoying this gloomy Melbourne doom/blues/alterna outing from T.K. Bollinger and That Sinking Feeling – I ordered a prerelease copy via the bands Facebook page, and went for the deluxe version with the lovely hardback book.

Reminiscent of Nick Cave (without the deep register vocals) and Wreckery, the jagged, sparse instrumentation really hits the spot, with some genuinely catchy (albeit gloomy) songs that really stick in the brain like a gloomladen ear worm.
Great stuff.

web link: http://tkbollinger.com/product/catalogue-woe-album/

addition of wooden compression driver stands that hide the protection circuit.

With the woofer enclosures now looking pretty good it was time to tidy up how the compression driver is supported, and tidy away the LPAD and protection circuitry.
I got some small pine boxes of the right size (from ETSY seller HIPROGRESS. I stained this the same colour as the speaker boxes, and got some self adhesive 4.5mm neoprene sheet from Clark Rubber to act as vibration damping, and protect the finish. This acts as a nice firm bed for the compression driver.

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some experimentations with ACD (ActiveCrossoverDesigner) & MiniDSP

Both before and after I went overseas I’ve been experimenting with the most excellent Active Crossover Designer spreadsheets by Charlie Laub, with a lot of input and information from the Stereo.net.Au forum users, especially henry218. It’s a lot of fun to upload some measurements and get some crossover configs and ideas from helpful people and find they work! Later I’ve gotten to grips myself with cutting and pasting miniDSP biquad settings. There is quite a bit of info posted in the relevant thread, but this remains a work in progress while I improve the measurements needed to get the best results.

Also I’m quite curious to see the improved ACD that Charli Laub has in development that will include heatmap graph capability for evaluating directivity.