First off, a massive thank you to all of you who helped me through this, even those of you who thought I shouldn't be within a miles radius of a soldering iron, but helped anyway. Again, thank you.
Here is what was accomplished. I'll list the parts I used for the next owner wanting to perform this modification/refreshment/upgrade, along with my first impressions.
- (Two) 5.8uF Sonicap Gen I 200VDC (Matched Pair. Specifically ordered for the TL Mod which is a modification that allows the use of the better RD0-198 tweeter) $14 each
- (Two) 12.uF Sonicap Gen I 200VDC (Matched Pair) $20.45 each
- (Two) Mills MRA-12 0.5 ohm resistors $4.15 each
- (Two) Mills MRA-12 2.7 ohms $4.15 each
- (Six) 20uF Axon True Capacitor 250V 5% $4.31
The reason why six 20uF capacitors were used (for those who might be confused) is because each crossover has one position on the board that requires a 40uF capacitor. Many companies don't offer a 40uF capacitor (which in most cases would be massive anyway), so the idea is to parallel two 20uF capacitors to get the 40uF needed. There is also another position on each crossover the requires a 20uF capacitor in addition to the 40uF position. If your tracking with me, this equals the need for six 20uF caps.
25 ft. of Cardas Quad-Eutectic solder which was a whopping $6.
- Dynamat Extreme Speaker Kit $19.99 from Best Buy. This includes two sheets and was more than enough to cover both passive radiators and all four mid-drivers.
- JB Weld was about $6 - This is a paste that bonds and acts like a weld. Super strong stuff. The purpose of this was to prevent the magnet of the mid-drivers from moving thus causing a dead speaker.
- RD0-198 Tweeters $100
Coming from a professional music background (recording, mixing, producing, writing), I know what I'm looking for in a speaker. I also know what a good recording sounds like. I play four instruments, I get timbre. I've tracked the drums in many different multi-million dollar facilities.
When I wired up my speakers for the first time after all the modifications, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I don't know who said they're gonna sound horrible at first...that wasn't my experience. If they get better from here, then just wow.
Somebody else mentioned that the cymbals after the TL Mod and Recap actually sound like cymbals now. As a professional drummer, I 100% agree! That was one of the first things I noticed. The cymbals are more bodied, like going from a cheap cigar to a genuine Cuban.
Vocals vocals vocals. Sweet, bodied, airy, open, DEEP. I don't know what else to say. The vocals are up front now, but not forward and exaggerated. Did I mention depth? I hear the instruments and vocalists like they're 10 feet into the wall! Soundstage is huge.
Another thing I noticed is uniformity. The speakers sound like they're working together better if that makes any sense.
I'm still waiting for the low-end to open up, I really hope it does. I like a speaker that has "punch" and that's something I've never experience with these speakers yet. It might be the only thing that's holding them back from being the perfect speaker (to me anyway).
I'll check everyday and do a write up. My Canare 4S11 speaker cable comes in tomorrow. I'm excited to see if the cable debate is true or not