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|Brand / Manufacture||Dayton|
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DTA1 Class T Amplifier
47,50 € / Piece
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It all started when my wife wanted a couple of good loudspeakers for her reading room, for sitting and listening to music comfortably. So we started by going through the relevant big-box electronics stores and looking for ready-made speakers. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything that she liked. Then I suggested building some myself so that we could design them to suit her taste.
No sooner said than done! I discovered the Needles on Loudspeakerbuilding.com. Without asking my wife, I ordered everything from Intertechnik and went off to OBI to buy the wood. I decided on birch multiplex, which has an impressive visual effect. Gluing it together and soldering the wave trap was as easy as you might expect, even for me as a complete beginner. Once everything was dry, it was time to sand them and put into the speakers.
Right at the moment when I connected the Needles to the old JVC system, my wife came home. Because the speakers were going to be a surprise, she didn’t know what they were going to look like! The first thing she said was, “They sound really amazing, but they look totally sh***y in this room!” She thought they were too big. ;)
So it was back to the website again and again, looking for something to go with the RS 100. The RS100PC was what we decided on. Once again, the assembly wasn’t too hard because there were just a handful of parts. I decorated the RS100PC with foam rubber. I was able to use the same wave trap for the RS100PC as for the Needles, since Udo says the differences are so minimal that it won’t cause any problemst.
And now for the sound!
The Needles are (were) really amazing! It’s tremendous what can come out of such small things. A beautiful bass, clear mid-range and clean high notes – everything you need for listening to music. Even after listening to them for a long time, they don’t become invasive or annoying – nice consistent music!!
The RS100PCs really blew me away. In the spot where they’re set up now, the two little guys are developing a sound that it’s hard to believe is really just coming from them. A really good bass, super mid-range and high notes, and a beautiful spatial representation. When you’re sitting in the stereo triangle with your eyes closed, you feel like they’re actually two really big speakers, and you’re right in the middle of the action! To be honest, I don’t know how to describe the sound – you just have to hear it for yourself. I’m very impressed, and my wife finally is too. Because no matte what kind of music you listen to, it just sounds great. We do sometimes need to close a few dropped jaws whenever friends and acquaintances are visiting and my wife shows off “her” loudspeakers! ;)
All in all, I can absolutely recommend building both assembly kits. They’re the perfect “gateway drug”!
The loudspeaker assembling kits "RS 100 PC" and "Dayton-Needle" are available at Intertechnik
It was a surprise for my birthday: the RS100 assembly kit and a DTA-1. I was really happy about it – thank you, Anke.
Design? That was quickly decided, since the RS was going to be used in the same room with the Duettas – so it would be salsa red. Too bad there weren’t any Samples to put together. Anke said some mini Duettas would be great. Mini Duettas?? So I drew up an assembly plan and sent it off to the cabinetmaker
Volume? A little bit more than quiet indoor volume was always possible. It was also good combined with our Needles! Don’t get me wrong, there’s always a different or better way to do things, but we’re talking about a 50-euro amplifier!!
The design was a little less inspiring, but how could we change it? …… what was that fashion word again? We needed to “mod up” the cabinet or something like that. …… we came up with various ideas and rejected them – wood or metal, what size, etc. – and ended up buying a cooling-rib cabinet, Plexiglas and a button. For everything else, like the loudspeaker connections and potentiometers, we used the original parts. With a little bit of anxiety and an urge for some creative destruction, we started taking apart the DTA-1. It actually worked, and we were able to install everything in the new cabinet. The subsequent test showed fault-free functioning, and now we liked the design too.
In the meantime, the cut wood had arrived from the cabinetmaker and been approved. As usual, everything was absolutely top quality, and for a great price. As a result, there was no spackling required, and just a little bit of sanding. The assembly process is familiar, so we won’t describe it here, except that Anke and I glued the RS100 together at the dining-room table. It was fun!
Now it was time for the painting. Weatherproof paint turned out to be the best kind of primer for us. After an intermediate sanding step, we applied the salsa red… …and lo and behold, it was very smooth – can it be that we’ve learned so much already? It wasn’t easy to get the structure of the Duettas right, but it worked out in the end. We quickly made the boxes and then put everything together
Anke had prepared the frequency crossover “Arffies-style” – in other words, the crossover was already mounted on the terminals with the wave trap. The drawing and insulation plan were also included. So there were really no problems – I didn’t have to bother the people at Loudspeakerbuilding.com with a single stupid question. We installed the loudspeaker, insulation and terminals and… grinned. What do you mean, “mini” Duettas? We are more than pleased with them, and once again it was a whole lot of fun working on the project together.
Well, we already said something about the DTA-1, but how do the RS100s sound? We were more than surprised by the sound that came out of them! Wow! High notes, basses, even the mid-range and the resolution were all just right. As the source improved (which for us meant PC, iPod, CD player, in that order), everything got better – we couldn’t believe it! And not just up close, but at a normal listening distance and while moving around the room!! This combination with the CD player lets us really enjoy the music, and we think that’s important – after all, it’s about the music, right?
And Anke? … is grinning
Anke & Arffie