$100 – $500
Paul Carmody, Tarkus inspired, but highly adulterd! A Passive 3 way tower with a side firing woofer.
After building a set of Paul Carmody Tarkus towers, all be it with a very low WAF. I set out for the same listening experience with an improved WAF. I settled on a side firing woofer to narrow the front panel. This increased my WAF significantly. I kept the separated upper and lower cabinets as a nod to the Tarkus. Sanatized it with no visible external connections to the upper cabinet to help my WAF. The discerning eye can spot my connections.
Staying true to the Tarkus the woofer and mid-range are the same. Woofer is the Tymphany 830668 10″ Paper Cone SLS Subwoofer. Mid-range is Tymphany 830657 6-1/2″ Paper Cone SDS Woofer. The tweeter is different due to availability, Tymphany XT25TG30-04 1″ Dual Ring Radiator Tweeter.
The upper enclosure was slightly enlarged to .52 cu ft. The lower cabinet remains true to Tarkus volume, but wildly different dimension and alignment.
The enclosures were built from 3/4″ birch ply. Veneered with fumed oak. Finish is a hand rubbed varnish.
I am bouncing back and forth between a true to form Tarkus crossover and my bastardized version that accounts for the side firing woofer. In my version the tweeter high pass remains unchanged. Band pass was altered to a low pass second order. This allows the upper cabinet to roll off naturally. The woofer has a second order low pass @ 250hz.
I am undecided on which sounds better. The Tarkus crossover sounds surprisingly good with the altered speaker alignment. Slightly brighter that in the Tarkus towers I have. My adjusted crossover seems to match the brightness with more mid range. I can’t decide if it goes to far and becomes muddy. I will need to talk wife in to swapping the crossovers around without my knowledge to see what I like.
Tips & Tricks:
Don’t be afraid to try and fail. I have built tried and true designs as well as some home brew stuff. Chopped some of the home brew stuff up. I learned no matter what. Have fun and build more!
I think I achieved what I was after with either crossover in use. Thank you Paul Carmody for the inspiration!
About the Designer:
Just a guy building stuff I don’t need.
Project Parts List:
|Peerless by Tymphany 830668 10″ Paper Cone SLS Subwoofer||
|Peerless by Tymphany 830657 6-1/2″ Paper Cone SDS Woofer||
|Peerless by Tymphany XT25TG30-04 1″ Dual Ring Radiator Tweeter||
These are cool. I’m also bastardizing a Tarkus build. I’ll try to post here when I get mine done (been in the works for a very long time though, real life gets in the way).
I like your non-WAF version too, looks way better than the original design, in my opinion.