The Extra Stimulus Twin Iso 8

[Pictures of the backs of the baffles in progress.]

[Measurements of the front layout]

A Good Idea Needs A Good Implementation !

The isobaric woofer chambers are made by stacking four layers of 3/4" thick particle board onto the back of a 3/4" thick baffle - making two tunnels the same size as the woofer holes, 3 3/4" deep.

Each layer is a cutout of the same figure-8 shape. The inside of the holes is 7 1/8" in diameter and the outside of the circles is 10" in diameter. The centers of the circles are 9" apart. The same hole pattern is cut into the baffles.

Waiting For The Glue To Dry:

They are glued together with wood glue, and clamped to dry. After they have dried, a generous layer of clear siliconised acrylic caulk is smeared all around the inside and outside of the chambers. The surfaces that the woofers mount against (front and back) are scraped smooth with a putty knife before the caulk sets.

In the picture BAFFLE2.JPG, I used some other kind of white caulk, before I found the good clear stuff, which is water washable, will not irritate bare skin, and can be rubbed into the wood by hand.

A small hole must be drilled through the walls of the chambers to feed the wires in to the terminals on the front mounted woofers. The air gaps around the wires leading into the front woofers' terminals must be sealed. I used a silicone liquid gasket compound, used to seal engines - the blue stinky stuff.

I used the same blue stuff to seal the front mounted woofers and mid bass into the baffle.

I applied a bead around the holes, and let it cure until it seemed dry to the touch, but still very pliable (one or two hours), before I mounted the drivers, so that they would not be permanently glued into place. The rear mounted woofers did not require any special treatment to make a good seal, because the woofer, itself, has a dense, closed cell foam gasket on the front of its flange.

Tested And True:

The seal between the isobaric pairs can be tested by pushing on the cone of the rear woofer to displace it forward. The front woofer should move forward with it, and stay there until the rear woofer is let go.

I'm On A Roll, Why Stop Now ?

I used a similar wood stacking technique to make small chambers behind the dome midranges and tweeters. The only differences are that there aren't as many layers of wood thickness and the last layer of wood in the stack has no holes cut in it. Both of these drivers have sealed backs, and require no box behind them at all. The reason that I made small enclosures behind them is that only a small, drilled hole (big enough to feed a twin lead wire through) needs to be sealed to maintain airtight box integrity. (Even a ported box requires air tight properties to work right.) It eliminates the need to goop up the backs of these drivers with caulk, and makes them easy to remove.

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