When the AX5,6,8 models came out, I ordered an assembly kit for the AX6 HR. At the same time, though, I was just starting to renovate an old barnyard. It took me a long time to get around to building the AX 6. By the start of the new year, the majority of the construction was finished. There were still a few scraps of left over from my huge order of solid wood tiles, and it gave me an idea.
For the side walls, I cut 4.5 cm-wide strips out of the leftover scraps from the tiles, using a circular saw, and used them to make glued-wood sheets. Full boards were still left over for the front and back sides. The reinforcements and the reflex board were made of 18 mm glued wood (scraps from building cabinets). I quickly realized that my gluing skills couldn’t keep up with the real wood’s tendency to warp. Without hesitation, I immediately drilled 10 mm-deep stud holes (the joint glue was still damp) and reinforced the cabinet with Spax screws. Then I inserted wooden dowels into the holes. There followed an orgy of sanding with the belt sander. The earlier renovation work on the barnyard came in handy here. I removed the sanding marks by hand, first with #120 and then #240 sandpaper. The final step was applying multiple coats with parquet oil.
The openings and insets for the chassis and connection terminals were made with the router and a standard routing template, which is a little time-consuming with 3.5 cm-thick boards, but otherwise not a problem.
I simply attached the anti-resonant circuit to a scrap board with hot glue, welded it together and screwed it onto a reinforcement board in the cabinet.
I built the AX 6 in order to provide professional but cost-effective sound for my home office. A Dayton DTA1 has to do as an amplifier. On paper, the relatively high efficiency of the AXIS chassis (just under 92db/W) is a good match for the low output of the DTA1. In reality, I am always amazed by how thoroughly you can rock the house with this midget of an amplifier and the AX6. There’s nothing annoying about it, the voices sound great, and there’s always plenty of bass. The potential volume is gigantic. (Have you ever opened up the DTA1? 2/3 of it is an empty battery compartment!!!).
Of course, it can’t keep up with the high notes and the detailed resolution (for instance in the drumming of Manu Katché) delivered by the Duetta Top in my living room. But I didn’t expect it to, and the comparison is a little unfairr.
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