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Online Kemosabe

Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« on: July 04, 2012, 01:14:22 PM »
I am a late entrant to this game so bear with me...just picked up a kit off one of the other forumites last week.
All I'm trying to establish is there anyone (in Jhb or Pta area) with an F5 kit needing heatsinks or a custom enclosure who'd like to collaborate?
I have been given details of a store in Jhb who will cnc or laser cut all the amp plates to my specs - I've got no idea of pricing yet. Just thought someone else might be interested in embarking on this journey with me?  :whistler:
Cheers!
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Offline fdlsys

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Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012, 01:29:19 PM »
You got PM with heatsinks how-to details ;)

I'm definitely interested in Alu sheet cutting & CNC work. I will try the "EcoLaser" for quote. It would be good to compare with whoever you were referred to (who and where are they?).
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Offline PsyCLown

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012, 02:34:39 PM »
Well depending on the prices, I may be interested!! :D

Really want to build an F5 sometime! :D
Amps: 4x 150W into 8ohm (LJM L15D)
DSP: MiniDSP NanoAVR HDA & UMIK
Speakers:DIY Full Range Phillips AD12202 & Speakerplan's X15 on loan
Sub: DIY 12" ported
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT770 LE

Online Kemosabe

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2012, 02:44:45 PM »
Am around Sandton and north. The company is called Metals Centre cc. I'll draw up a spec, get a quote and you can decide when I post the details.
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Offline GECO

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012, 02:47:52 PM »
Well depending on the prices, I may be interested!! :D

Really want to build an F5 sometime! :D

here is your chance.
got one up for sale. includes all the electronics and the transformer R1750

Offline Atjan

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012, 03:51:30 PM »
I'd say...dammit. That looks good. If only I wasn't busy with 10 other things.
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Offline Tachyon

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 06:17:56 PM »
Count me in!

I can happily draw something up in AutoCAD if that is of any help...
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Offline PsyCLown

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 05:33:35 PM »
Any updates?
Amps: 4x 150W into 8ohm (LJM L15D)
DSP: MiniDSP NanoAVR HDA & UMIK
Speakers:DIY Full Range Phillips AD12202 & Speakerplan's X15 on loan
Sub: DIY 12" ported
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT770 LE

Online Kemosabe

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 10:30:54 PM »
Yip, got an update...
Was planning on a custom build, tachyon and I working on it (thanks to T's superltive cad skillz!)
However mid plan I was gripped by impatience and concern that the amp wouldnt work, so bought a std case from Rs, turned it sideways,put the heatsinks on the sides and planning a custom aluminium faceplate and top. If it works awesomely then will consider full custom build. But need proof of concept first. Pcb stuffing going well. Will post some pics tomorrow. Too late now sadly  :( patience young padawan...
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Offline Tachyon

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2012, 11:16:27 PM »
Kemosabe, you have to stop changin' yer name, I get confused easily  ;).

I drew up a design that uses a folded steel base and frame for the core structure (and EMI blocking as per Kemosabe's recommendation), with the option for varying thicknesses of aluminium face and rear plates. Top could be steel or alu.

But I'm thinking Kemo's approach may be a good idea - before dropping a significant chunk o' money on a fancy case, it may be prudent to get the darn thing working first....

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Online Kemosabe

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 09:32:33 AM »
I keep changing names but the all seeing eye remains a constant  8)

Look the RS case is really quite nice - very nicely finished and it is rather large - approx 42cm deep, 22cm high and perhaps 28cm wide (this is with it turned sideways). It cost me R420 or close to that. Look it is not cheap cheap but this approach has some advantages:
1. Proof of concept
2. It is made of ferrous metal - so provides shielding benefits
3. Can drill holes for switches etc and learn some placement lessons in a "sandpit" environment so you dont make mistakes when ordering the machined sides
4. It is quite possible to upgrade the box by cladding the sides in smarter aluminium faces. This could save money because you may only need to have a nice front and top made (possibly a back side too).

PS: It is great to start the actual F5 build. Once you start putting the components in place you realise this should in theory be a fairly straightforward build.

Will post some pics later...

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Offline Crafty

Re: Who still needs an F5 enclosure?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 10:06:52 AM »
just to add my 20c
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