it is complete!!! Maybe you’ll be interested in my little assembly report.
Hmm, where should I start… The genesis of the idea to get some new boxes probably came from my weekly Saturday cleaning marathon. Years ago, I had gotten a Yamaha YSP 900 for the living room, and I used it to play sound from the TV, Blu-ray player and my in-house music collection, which had long since been converted to MP3s. Eventually I just wanted a little more; the Yamaha box was doing fine for the TV and movies, but when it came to listening to music, something was missing.
So I set off on my usual search through the local electronics discounters. What can I say? A lot of average equipment for much too much money, in my opinion. Since I used to enjoy tricking out my car will all kinds of sound stuff, I decided on a do-it-yourself project pretty quickly. I searched around online and ended up with the usual suspects.
Looking for an opportunity to hear the assembly kits too, I naturally stumbled across Loudspeakerbuilding.com. And voila! There was the Intertechnik team with Udo! And I could even get there on foot! And offering their own assembly kits, without a single bad review! So I took the dog and headed off for an unannounced listening test.
At first I was flirting with the idea of the Blues class, but since I have an MP3 collection it quickly became clear that I would use the Vota 2. It’s also very living-room and girlfriend-compatible. For my first DIY project, I wanted a kind of companion piece – the masterpiece will follow once I have the necessary experience.
I bought the assembly kit and met up with my friend Jochen to make the drawings, since he is blessed with the necessary tools. A small tip: yes, it’s worthwhile to build a routing template! We tried everything else, but it was just a waste of time and money…
I made the cutouts under the eagle-eye supervision of an expert friend and assembled everything along with the damping and insulation.
And that’s when the trouble started… how to design the rough outer walls. At first I was thinking of this wonderful Macassar ebony veneer, but it turned out to be well beyond my budget. So paint… okay, paint, but what kind? I wanted to emphasize the two-part construction, so I considered a two-color solution until I ran into a dear friend – a freelance artist – who offered to surprise me with a free design. And thank God, it turned out to be a great surprise! :) I think my Votas are great !!!
Listening impressions…. as a layman, all I can say is that since the Votas have been connected to the new amplifier, all I do is listen to music. I never turn on the TV, and I’m rediscovering my music collection. I am amazed at what the speakers manage to tease out of the material, all kinds of things that used to just melt into the “sound fog.” It’s just fantastic!
All in all, I’m more than happy, and I can strongly recommend kits from Loudspeakerbuilding.com. Especially now that you can get the baffle boards from them too. To be honest, I never would have managed this project without the help of my friends (who have all caught the bug now too), so a ready-made baffle board cut to size would be very helpful in avoiding frustration if you don’t have the right tools (and how many people do?).
Sooooo…. Best wishes to all of the readers out there who share my excitement about my pretty new Votas.
You can order the Vota at Intertechnik
Expandability of the Vota kits:
- Vota 1 (bookshelf) can be upgraded later with the upgrade kit to Vota 2
- Vota 2 (floorstanding)
- Vota 3 (center)