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