Inspired by this thread on the Linn Forum about a request for Linn to build a speaker system / dock, I spent a couple of hours in the garage tonight with scissors, cardboard and sticky tape.
I dug out some old Linn Knekt Diskreet ceiling speakers I picked up for a very small sum several years ago and pressed a SMSL T-Amp in to action.
Just for fun of course.
Here are the build pics:
|First off, some tunes are needed whilst working. Tonight it was FiiO X3, Linn Silver I/C, into Tidsbury Passive Pre-Amp, Linn Silver I/C Linn AV5125 then K20 speaker cable into the Ninkas shown below|
|The Katans and Ninkas, along with the AV5125 amp are part of another (unfinished!) project to experiment with digital active crossovers|
|Linn Kinekt Diskreet "ceiling" speakers in the box they've been in for at least 5 years. Picked them up on ebay a long time ago for next to nothing, never found a use for them, until now.|
|Linn Diskreets out of their box|
|Selecting an appropriate "enclosure" for the mock-up. Nothing but the best corrugated here!|
|Getting to work on development of the speaker mounts|
|Here's the T-amp with the front panel romoved, allowing for the Sneeker enclosure to be clamped between the amp's casing and its front panel.|
|Creating the aperture for the amp|
|Exquisite industrial design starting to take shape|
|The latest in fabric construction bonding techniques|
|Mounting the amp inside the enclosure. Note the nylon shock mounted dual-role dynamic power supply / amp support system ;-)|
|Of course, equal length speaker cable was used. In this case, high purity copper 42 strand from Maplin|
|Power cable (left), Linn Silver interconnects (centre) and speaker cables all wired up|
|Sophisticated sound damping added to the enclosure. The volume of damping was carefully calculated - I used all the bits I had laying around in the garage, then ran out.|
|Rear view of the completed mock-up|
|The completed Sneeker mock-up|
At the moment, its probably safe to say that it sounds "functional".
Part 2 will cover the upgrades and build into a decent box. This will hopefully be slightly longer, much more sturdy, incorporate a Linn Roomamp and room to think about streaming technology further down the line. Suggestion from a fellow Linn Forum member has been to incorporate Raspberry Pi as a streamer, which is an interesting idea and follows along with the very DIY nature of this project so far.