Brief report on the Wallstreet 3
Or: SB36 + Wallstreet 3 = surround
Now that the Duetta is all set up in my home office and the SB36s have been finished as the replacements for the living room (report in the August issue), the next thing was to do the back loudspeakers for the surround system. Because of the shortage of space behind the couch, the Wallstreet series was an obvious choice. Either the Wallstreet 3 or 4 would have worked. Since volume isn’t such an important factor for me in surround sound and since space and the WAF were more crucial here, I chose the Wallstreet 3. As usual, I sent in my questions by email, drove to the listening studio a couple of days later and picked up the little box – now the assembly could begin.
As an exception, I was completely faithful to the original assembly plan this time. I couldn’t think of any geometric changes to the assembly plan that would give it a sleeker appearance without making the cabinet bigger. So I followed the assembly plan precisely: glue the back panel to the sides, install the reflex channel and then just glue on the front panel. DONE.
After looking more carefully at the bulging bag of crossover components, I got a little nervous. How was I supposed to make all of the components, attached to a wooden board, fit through a 12-cm opening in the cabinet? Good thing the front panel wasn’t attached yet. I started by putting together the crossovers. Since I like to leave some space between the big coils, the dimensions wouldn’t be small enough to fit them through the opening later. After finishing the crossovers, I wired them up before closing the cabinet, and protected them with a little film and painter’s tape. Then came the rest of the usual work: cutting out the openings with a router, sanding, veneering, sanding, hard wax oil and finally fitting a speaker baffle with white fabric. Finished!
Judging the sound of the Wallstreet 3 on its own is hard, of course, since it is never used by itself, only as rear speakers. But they do fit very well with the SB36, and they form a homogeneous whole. The very small distance between the Wallstreet and the listening spot also works well because of its high angle of reflection.
Of course you might be wondering whether 4.0 is enough for surround. Since I prefer watching music videos, and I’m not so impressed by smash-bang effects, the SB36’s bass is plenty for my 25-square-meter room. It’s hard to set up a center correctly because there’s no room above or below the TV (also very complicated for WAF reasons). On the other hand, the listening position is central, just like the TV, so a center is actually unnecessary.
Overall, it’s the perfect system for me, walking the fine line between WAF and sound quality very nicely.
Rolf (forum nickname: blank)
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