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Thierry
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmhhh a stay in UK.... Cool

Have a look, the varnished has almost cured. Tomorrow after the second coat has been completed the boxes will will look even better.
I really like the Rouge anglais I choosed. Of course it's a matter of personal taste but I find it brings a touch of class to the old KEF ladies.






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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

Project keeps on going.

Before refitting the crossovers I installed thick rubber gaskets on the mounting studs.
Another set of four gaskets under the fitting screws will act as rubber clamp on the Xover PCB and hopefully provide insulation against "bad" vibrations.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completed, at last ! The 105.2s are back to the living world Cool
The big ladies play some serious music. I didn't touch the
crossovers as the sound is truly amazing as is.




You can spot the differences by checking this link out, showing their very sorry condition when I got them :

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Qhlljfa5O7o/THklVuqpsbI/AAAAAAAAMO4/3Z07dSISaiw/s640/image001.jpg

A picture with the front grille on. It does look the business and I'm happy with that. Nice looking new caster wheels too.

The KEF badges are on their way.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now is the time to tri-amp them Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been there, done that : http://www.dcx2496.fr/en/configuration_en.php with other (VERY BIG) speakers.

One kilowatt of clean power : http://www.dcx2496.fr/systeme.php (sorry it's in french, didn't have spare time for translation)

But maybe some day the 105.2s will benefit from this kind of setup Wink although they are so damn good as they are. [/img]
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run a Behringer DEQ1024 and a CX3400 active crossover, with ADCOM 5500 (bass), Rotel RB951Mk2 (mids) and Quad 405 (highs) on my custom 105/2. I love the infinite adjustability. With no crossovers between the amp and the driver, I feel I get more life out of the music.



Currently building four horn loaded subwoofers with B300 drivers... Wink Probably powered by a Yamaha P4500S.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

I am quite happy today : I managed to grab a pair of KEF grille badges on ePrey for a fiver which I think is a fair price.
When the badges are installed this restoration project will come to a happy end. I would like to insist on the fact that the 105.2s are among the best speakers I have owned or listened to and they deserve to be kept in the best possible condition.

Thierry

ps : Lee, wow, that's some serious bass horn you plan to build. I wonder if the B300s T&S parameters are adequate though ?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrific project, and what astounding results, you should be really proud!
Keep us informed any further KEF adventures... Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the good words. Things went very smooth and this was an encouragement to keep on going day after day. I must say that I am most satisfied with the result.

I am listening to the 105s since a few days, I should rather say listening to music (sometimes quite loud) and it seems that the capacitors are sort of "reforming" as the sound has noticeably improved since. What an amazing loudspeaker has KEF made with the 105 Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thierry wrote:
What an amazing loudspeaker has KEF made with the 105 Shocked
Thierry


You are correct Very Happy and have done a great job in producing what look like a brand new pair Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Embarassed

Actually if you could see them in the flesh they DO look like a brand new pair. I'm so happy that I got the grille badges (well, they are from KEF Chorale grilles but I suppose they'll look the business). This will certainly sound like an unimportant detail to many people but I like going that far in a restoration project.

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