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    Default Improvements To The SDA SRS 1.2TL - Summary Of Modifications

    Introduction

    It is always amusing when we SDA enthusiasts are reviled for daring to use our 20+ years old SDAs with modern, and often very high performance, electronics and cables. It is amusing because of the arrogant ignorance shown. Does something being old mean that it cannot be improved and brought up to modern standards?

    Can a 100 year old house be remodeled with every modern convenience and comfort and brought up to current structural standards? Can a 30 year old sports car be retrofitted with a modern engine, drive train, suspension, etc., and then run rings around a comparable sports car fresh off the assembly line? The answer to both questions is an unequivocal YES! In the case of my modded, hotrodded, Stereo Dimensional Array Signature Reference System 1.2TL "True Stereo" loudspeakers, which will turn 24 years old in October of this year, the only original parts are:

    1. The medium density fiberboard Cabinets.
    2. The stereo and dimensional drivers.
    3. The passive radiator.
    4. The polyfill material.

    Everything else was replaced with higher quality parts: crossover circuit board, capacitors, resistors, inductors, internal wiring, crossover cover plate, binding posts, binding post plate, binding post jumpers, tweeters, driver and tweeter seals, AI-1 non-common ground interface, grille cloth, the method of securing drivers and tweeter to the baffle board, and even the original oak trim.

    Most of the performance improvements were recommended by Polk's engineering department. The truth is that SDA's were about 20 years ahead of their time. Low noise high performance crossover components were not available in manufacturing lot quantities in the 1980s. Even if they had been, amplifiers that were stable into low impedances were not common. Therefore, SDAs were put in a choke hold by the state of amplifier technology and by the state of component technology. It took a couple of decades for other technologies to "catch up". The fact that SDAs are able to perform well with today's high performance amplifiers, cables, and electronics is a testament to the genius of the design. Components which exhibit low electrical and mechanical noise are particularly important in stereophonic reproduction because such noise diminishes stable and clear spatial rendering.

    I am deeply appreciative of the collective efforts of Polk Audio's engineering department, which started me on the speaker upgrade path in 1990, and the talented members of this forum who have brought a lot of thought and expertise to helping SDA owners get the most from their "ancient" speakers (Ken Swaugger, Toolfan66, F1Nut, Face, RickTfromAZ, VR3, Gimpod). I must also express my appreciation to Matthew Polk and Polk's engineering Vice President, Stu Lumsden, for continuing to provide product support throughout the years for a loudspeaker line that was formally discontinued 22 years ago.

    The electrical and mechanical modifications are rated as small, moderate, large, or huge with regard to their impact on sonic and mechanical performance improvement.

    Electrical Improvements


    Figure 1. Polk recommended mod: the RD-0198 tweeter. Moderate improvement.


    Figure 2. AudioQuest GO-4 15 AWG Hyper-Litz speaker cable used for internal wiring. Moderate
    improvement.



    Figure 3. Installation of AudioQuest GO-4 wire.


    Figure 4. AudioQuest GO-4 wire in tweeter section.


    Figure 5. Custom aluminum binding post plate with Cardas CCGR-S gold plated tellurium copper binding
    posts. No sonic improvement.



    Figure 6. AudioQuest Perfect Surface copper jumpers with silver bananas and Cardas CCGR-S binding
    posts. The jumpers, surprisingly, provided a small improvement.



    Figure 7. Custom binding post plate with cables attached. This picture was taken prior to the Dreadnought's
    Monster Cables replacement by PS Audio Xtreme Resolution Reference speaker cables.



    Figure 8. Steel retaining ring for binding post plate. Large mechanical improvement. This picture was taken
    before the internal wire replacement.



    Figure 9. SDA inductors: Solen 10 AWG, North Creek 14 AWG, stock 18 AWG.


    Figure 10. Solen SDA inductor installed. Large improvement. This picture was taken before the internal wire
    replacement.


    A high DC resistance SDA 16 mH inductor was used to keep the speaker impedance reasonably high for the typical power amplifiers available in the 1980s. Such caution is not required with today's amplifiers. A large gauge 16 mH inductor with very low DCR significantly improved bass response.


    Figure 11. Custom crossover circuit board with bracing board. Small sonic improvement. Large mechanical
    improvement.



    Figure 12. "Custom crossover circuit board with Sonic Barrier damping material. SB brought a
    small sonic improvement."



    Figure 13. Crossover board with crossover cover plate treated with Dynamat Xtreme.


    Figure 14. Top side of completed crossover with Jantzen and Solen inductors, Sonicap capacitors and
    Duelund resistors. All the crossover improvements worked together to make a huge improvement.


    The total crossover upgrade was a huge improvement, but the constituent modifications ranged from small to large.


    Figure 15. Duelund CAST Silver resistors on underside of crossover circuit board. Small improvement.


    Figure 16. Per Polk's recommendation, the tweeter protection polyswitches were removed and replaced
    with a copper jumper wire. This made a small improvement. The copper jumper was replaced with a silver
    wire jumper, which made a further small improvement.


    It was easy to hear the difference between the copper and the silver jumper wires. For example, on words like "unique" it was easier to hear the vocal click at the end of the word.


    Figure 17. AI-1 Dreadnought custom non-common ground interface with 1000VA isolation transformer.
    Large improvement.



    Figure 18. Dreadnought Cardas CCGR-S binding posts.

    I like the Cardas posts because of their strength and appearance. I have not been able to hear a difference between them and other high quality binding posts, like Vampire. I couldn't even hear a difference between the Cardas posts and the stock posts...although I could hear a difference between a 1 inch copper jumper and a 1 inch silver jumper. I also easily heard a difference between stranded copper wire binding post jumpers and AudioQuest solid core copper wire jumpers.


    Figure 19. The Dreadnought's Avel-Lindberg AV-047548 1000VA shielded transformer.


    Figure 20. Dreadnought's transformer installed with Dynamat Xtreme damping material.


    Figure 21. Dreadnought cables: PS Audio Xtremet Resolution Reference 11 AWG speaker cables.
    Moderate improvement over previous Monster Cable Z2 Reference cables.
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    Mechanical Improvements


    Figure 22. Steel retaining rings for drivers and passive radiator. Huge sonic and huge mechanical
    improvement.



    Figure 23. Steel retaining rings for crossover cover plate and former stock binding post plate. Huge
    mechanical improvement.



    Figure 24. Armacell was a small sonic improvement over Mortite and stock seals. Armacell was a huge
    mechanical improvement.



    Figure 25. Drivers with Armacell foam tape applied. Armacell compresses to paper thinness.


    Figure 26. Driver and passive radiator baskets with Dynamat Xtreme damping material applied. Small
    sonic improvement.



    Figure 27. Bass brace: This is a Polk supplied accessory with the tallest models of SDAs. Moderate
    sonic improvement.



    Figure 28. Grille cloth: "Ponte" thin silky black knit fabric from Hancock Fabrics.
    Small sonic improvement, huge cosmetic improvement.



    Figure 28a. Blackhole 5 damping material. Large improvement.



    Cosmetic Improvements

    Tiger maple compared to the standard obnoxious oak? The tiger maple was a spectacular cosmetic improvement.


    Figure 29. Left top cap.


    Figure 30. Right top cap.


    Figure 31. Both top caps.


    Figure 32. Cap rounded corner detail.


    Figure 33. Top cap tiger striping detail.


    Figure 34. Bottom cap tiger striping detail.


    Figure 35. Burl/tiger striping detail on inner side strips.


    Figure 36. Tiger striping detail on outer side strips.


    Figure 37. Left sides.


    Figure 38. Right sides.


    Figure 39. Custom crossover cover plate. Silky black finish with brass handles. Huge cosmetic improvement
    over the stock plate.



    Figure 40. No, my SDA SRS 1.2TLs are not hopelessly out of date both sonically, technologically or
    aesthetically. Such Good Sound!


    Reference Threads

    01. AudioQuest-GO-4-Internal-Wire-Replacement-For-The-SDA-SRS-1.2TL

    02. SDA-SRS-1.2TL-Sonicap-Upgrade

    03. Duelund-Resistor-Upgrade-For-The-SDA-SRS-1.2TL

    04. The-AI-1-Dreadnought-Project-Pt.1

    05. SDA-SRS-1.2-1.2tl-cover-plates-handles

    06. SDA-SRS-1.2TL-Custom-Wood-Panels

    07. SDA-Driver-Seals-Original-Foam-vs.-Mortite-vs.-Armaflex-Foam

    08. Dynamat Xtreme Driver Basket Damping

    09. SDA-Polyswitches-Are-Nasty

    10. Custom-Printed-Circuit-Board-And-SDA-Inductor-For-The-SDA-1.2TL-Preliminary-Results

    11. Improvements-To-Modified-SDA-SRS-1.2TL-Crossover

    12. Upgrade-Low-Frequency-Inductors-For-the-SDA-SRS-1.2TL

    13. Upgrade-High-Frequency-Inductors-For-The-SDA-SRS-1.2TL

    14. Solen 10 AWG SDA Inductor Upgrade

    15. Steel-Retaining-Rings-For-SDA-Drivers-And-Passive-Radiators

    16. SDA-Tweeter-Brackets-for-SDA-SRS-1.2TL-SDA-SRS-and-SDA-CRS

    17. PS-Audio-xStream-Resolution-Reference-Speaker-Cable-A-Review-Pt.-1

    18. Sonic-Barrier-Damping-Material-For-SDA-SRS-1.2TL-Crossover

    19. Revisiting The Bass Brace

    20. Custom Binding Post Plate

    21. Blackhole-5-Damping-Material-In-The-SDA-SRS-1.2TL http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...22#post1913822
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    Thank you for your attention to detail and to document all changes for future polkies to use as a great reference.

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    Nicely done, Ray and thanks for getting the ball rolling.
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    No Spikes or did I miss that? Great job!

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    DK, now it would seem that you are all out of something to do with this hobby.....I can help!

    I can drive up my 1.2tl's and swap them out with yours and you will have the pleasure of not being bored any longer

    Wont cost you a dime

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    Nice write-up Ray.

    I have done them all except the internal wiring.. If your going to follow anyone here Ray would be that guy..

    Thank you for all the help you have given me along the way as well Ray..
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    Ray, I would love to hear your system - maybe the best sounding Polks on the planet and maybe one of the best sounding speakers on the planet. I know that sounds preposterous to a lot of audiophiles, but I've auditioned speakers costing >$10K with high dollar electronics I wouldn't trade even for my SRS's.

    Did you say yours were for sale

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    You didn't mention the polyfill! Stock or replacement???

    Great work, as always. Thanks for posting!
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    Ray,

    Thank you for yet one more great write-up and great pictures -- what a list of great threads!

    This summary should be invaluable reading for all those who are out there -- or who will be out there in the future -- and who are looking for ways to get the most out of there Polk SDAs.

    Like many others, I could not have done what I have done to improve my SDA SRS1.2s and 1Cs without your many threads that show the way and document your results in convincing ways.

    This thread makes it easier for those to follow.

    Sincere thanks!

    PS: I have auditioned speakers ranging up to $100k MSRP and more, and as good as they sound, they do not produce the SDA effect that, IMHO, distinguishes the vintage, upgraded (or stock) Polk SDAs from any other speakers you can buy at any price.

    Onward and upward -- or should I say, onward and downward, further into the rabbit hole!
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    Had I not already given my left one just to keep my hair past the age of 35, I definitely would do it just to get the chance to spend some time admiring the workmanship, the beauty and the sound of that system, in person.

    VERY well done, DK!

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    Those have to be the nicest Polks on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose68Bash View Post
    -- or who will be out there in the future --
    "In the future". I can imagine X years from now, someone picking up a set of SDA's at an estate sale and asking how to make improvements on a "vintage" set of speakers.
    Couresty of DK, that person will have all the answers to the "How" and "Why" right here, with links to the nuts and bolts.
    Throw in your own superlative adjective(s) here to describe the effort and documentation; I don't have any to do it justice.

    Acknowledging the input/assistance/suggestions from those involved is, btw, pretty classy. Very, very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    No Spikes or did I miss that?
    Polk recommends using either the bass brace or spikes, although I have read of people using both. In my room, the bass brace sounded better than spikes. I have not tried using the bass brace and spikes together.

    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxer View Post
    DK, now it would seem that you are all out of something to do with this hobby.....I can help!
    Noooooo...there is always something to tweak...something lust after.

    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxer View Post
    I can drive up my 1.2tl's and swap them out with yours and you will have the pleasure of not being bored any longer
    If I had the storage space, I wouldn't mind having two pairs of stock 1.2TL's: one for spare parts and one for research and demonstration purposes to show the huge difference between the modded and stock speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxer View Post
    Wont cost you a dime
    That's very generous of you, but taking advantage of you like that would bother my conscious.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcoil View Post
    Did you say yours were for sale
    Yes, look for them in the Flea Market on April 1, 2014. I should be bored with them by then.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcoil View Post
    I know that sounds preposterous to a lot of audiophiles, but I've auditioned speakers costing >$10K with high dollar electronics I wouldn't trade even for my SRS's.
    In my case it has been speakers costing $15,000 (B&W 802 Diamond) to $24,000 (B&W 800 Diamond) to $35,000 (Dunlavy SC-VI).

    For me, SDAs are like the nice looking all around good woman with good character that you have a long-term serious relationship with. Other exotic high performance speakers, to date, have been more like the super hot woman who's good in bed but you only want to have a fling with her.

    While we are on the subject of other speakers, I thought the boutique capacitor connoisseurs among us would be interested in knowing that two of the world's most revered loudspeaker brands, Dunlavy and Dynaudio, used/use (Dunlavy went out of business) the allegedly "harsh" sounding Solen capacitors in their crossovers. Both companies also used/use ceramic metallic resistors in their crossovers (SDA stock resistors are ceramic metallic type).


    Dunlavy SC-V ($15,000 per pair) crossover with Solen capacitors and ceramic metallic resistors.


    Dynaudio Evidence Platinum ($85,000 per pair) crossover with Solen capacitors and ceramic metallic resistors.

    I wonder if Face and F1nut would accept a free pair of Dynaudio Evidence Platinums if the condition was that they could never tweak the crossovers.

    I was curious about what Wilson audio used in their crossovers, but apparently that is a closely guarded secret:

    "I knew there was no point in opening the Sophia 2 to examine the crossover network because after Wilson Audio has built its crossovers, it places them inside a large container into which it pours a slow-setting epoxy compound. When the epoxy dries, all the components—inductors, capacitors and resistors—are buried forever inside it, a process Wilson Audio refers to as ‘potting’. According to Trent Workman, of Wilson, this is for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly he told me, ‘the crossovers sound better when they’re potted.’ Also important, this process means the crossovers will stay within specification even if they’re subjected to rough treatment while the speakers are being transported and shipped. The exact make-up of Wilson Audio’s crossovers is also a closely-guarded secret, with all the parts hidden away if you go on a factory tour, but Workman told me I’d find Multicap capacitors and air-cored inductors inside." [Link: Wilson Audio Sophia II Review - AV Hub]
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    You didn't mention the polyfill! Stock or replacement???
    Stock. Thanks for mentioning that. I did consider replacing the polyfill. Ken Swauger suggested a replacement material, but I could not find any conclusive evidence of a "better", rather than just "different" material.

    When I can bring myself to taking my speakers apart again, I will experiment with adding strips of Sonic Barrier Black Hole 5 to the wall behind the drivers.
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    I bet your grill frames are stock as well....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post

    In my case it has been speakers costing $15,000 (B&W 802 Diamond) to $24,000 (B&W 800 Diamond) to $35,000 (Dunlavy SC-VI).

    For me, SDAs are like the nice looking all around good woman with good character that you have a long-term serious relationship with. Other exotic high performance speakers, to date, have been more like the super hot woman who's good in bed but you only want to have a fling with her.
    There's DK, reigning Polkie of the Year, churning out more sig material right there!

    Worth noting, I've tended to find said hotties quite fatiguing.

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    Nice write up, Raife, and thanks for all the clear and concise DIY threads. You've made it possible and easy for those of us with less than an EE degree to follow in your footsteps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    I bet your grill frames are stock as well....
    They are, but I consider them part of the cabinet.

    By the way, I ordered a sheet of Black Hole 5 today. One 24" x 27" sheet is enough to treat both speakers. I'm not looking forward to gutting my speakers (again) though.

    The reports by drumminman and Polkmaster1 on this mod were very informative and encouraging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post
    They are, but I consider them part of the cabinet.

    By the way, I ordered a sheet of Black Hole 5 today. One 24" x 27" sheet is enough to treat both speakers. I'm not looking forward to gutting my speakers (again) though.

    The reports by drumminman and Polkmaster1 on this mod were very informative and encouraging.
    I have had BH5 in mine for a couple of years now, and it's not coming out. I want to tell you, you will be happy with it, but after the dueland resistors I will be waiting to hear what you think about it..

    Just don't do the entire cabinet with it like some other schmuck did a few years ago..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolfan66 View Post
    Just don't do the entire cabinet with it like some other schmuck did a few years ago..
    I recall you doing the Sonic Barrier mod, but I didn't recall the BH 5 mod.

    I am just going to put strips behind the drivers and tweeters similar to what drumminman did with his 2.3TLs.
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    Yep I did use SB for a moment then moved on to BH5, and yes just behind the drivers and a little behind the tweeters, I also have 2" wide strips on the sides of the cabinets behind the drivers as well..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolfan66 View Post
    I also have 2" wide strips on the sides of the cabinets behind the drivers as well..
    Did you use a single 2" wide strip down each side in the driver area or multiple 2" strips? How long were the side strips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post
    Did you use a single 2" wide strip down each side in the driver area or multiple 2" strips? How long were the side strips?
    A single 2" down each side.

    I cut four strips 4" wide, and four strips 2" wide, that used up one piece of BH5, I then used small pieces of SB behind the tweeters..

    I love the results, it really cleaned up the mids..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolfan66 View Post
    A single 2" down each side.

    I cut four strips 4" wide, and four strips 2" wide, that used up one piece of BH5, I then used small pieces of SB behind the tweeters..

    I love the results, it really cleaned up the mids..
    When you installed the BH5 did you put the polyfill back in place or do you leave it out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennMan View Post
    When you installed the BH5 did you put the polyfill back in place or do you leave it out?
    Polyfill back in place..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post
    I recall you doing the Sonic Barrier mod, but I didn't recall the BH 5 mod.

    I am just going to put strips behind the drivers and tweeters similar to what drumminman did with his 2.3TLs.
    Now that you've become acquainted with the sound of your new Pass Mono Blocks and the SQ improvement they've brought it'll be interesting to see how the BH 5 mod affects your speakers. I would guess that you would experience what I, TF and others have, but the proof is in the pudding.

    Looking forward to your impressions.
    "Science is suppose to explain observations not dismiss them as impossible" - Norm on AA; 2.3TL's w/sonicaps/mills, polyswitches removed, Lg Solen inductors, RD-0198's, MW's dynamatted, Armaflex speaker gaskets, H-nuts, brass spikes, Cardas CCGR BP's, upgraded IC Cable, Black Hole Damping Sheet strips installed on back wall behind MW's & Tweeters, interior of cabinets sealed, AI-1 interface with 1000VA A-L transformer

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    nice work!!!

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    thanks for all the pictures!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarqueKnight View Post
    Yes, look for them in the Flea Market on April 1, 2014. I should be bored with them by then.
    You aren't bored with them already Ray? Perhaps if you just listen to them a little more?
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee

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