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    4344 Build Project

    Last year I managed to get my hands on a complete set of factory 4344 components - complete as in all components, x-overs, foil cals and grille badges. I didn't actually receive them until November but knowing they were coming I had but one sensible choice - build a pair of cabinets to put them in.

    The pair of cabinets had been complete for months but I only recently managed to get the grilles built and covered with cloth. After months of photo procrastination I finally took some pics to post. I have quite a few and will try to post some more later.

    There is quite a bit of 4344 info in various threads but little to none on factory built 4344's. If anyone has an interest I have a complete set of plans for factory 4344's. Ian, Giskard and others have posted several alternate baffle arrangements for the factory component set and there are spin-off plans also.

    My rosewood clone 4344's are sitting here waiting completion - alternate baffle arrangement and eventually CC networks. I will someday give them a solid A/B comparison.

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    Good stuff, riessen.
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    Interesting grille cloth experimentation. I'd like to see tan sometime, with the foilcals mounted - 'bet they'd look nice too.

    As always - 'excellent work!

    John

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    Whiskey !!!!

    Hi Riessen,

    Just as I expected, Superb !!!

    Got any dates yet ?

    Rich

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    Hi John:

    The grille cloth is actually a very nice and rich looking Burgundy. The photo lights have washed out the color and give it a rusty appearance.

    From an earlier 4344 thread, here's a couple of pics showing tan or camel. I too am anxious to see the grille badges mounted against a tan background. I have another pair of badges but have run out of the little L-brackets to mount them. I'll post some pics when I get them done.

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    Absolutely beautiful. I'd be very interested to hear your comments vs. 4345.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chas View Post
    Absolutely beautiful. I'd be very interested to hear your comments vs. 4345.
    They both sound great but "Apples and Oranges" is the only fair comparison. The 2235H in the 4344's cannot compete with the low end produced by the 2245H - everyone knows that already. The components above that are identical in both systems.

    Actually the low end on the 4345's is too boomy and I'll need to get some eq-ing done before I decide where they're right for my room. They're both currently running on factory 3144/3145 networks. I will eventually install CC networks in the 4345's. At that point I will get them set up for their best performance.

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    I understand, I have had my fun with the 18's in the 4345's in my room too. I am curious to know if you perceiive a difference in upper bass articulation with string bass, etc.

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    I haven't got that far yet. I'll be able to do some comparison over the next few weeks and I can post my impressions then.

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    Did you make the red lens? If so, out of what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riessen View Post
    They both sound great but "Apples and Oranges" ...

    Actually the low end on the 4345's is too boomy...
    I'd suggest room placement is the likely culprit. In most rooms it is difficult not to place such large speakers near a wall or even in a corner. I find most JBLs sound too boomy for me under these circumstances. Of course the room also plays a role here and I have heard Bo's 4345s sound quite good up against the wall and the bass is still quite defined and tuneful.


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    Wow they look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robh3606 View Post
    Wow they look great!

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    Yeah, but with Rick you learn to expect that...

    Great work as usual Rick!


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    Grille cloth

    Where is the grille cloth available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom View Post
    Did you make the red lens? If so, out of what?
    Thom: I found the wood lenses on Yahoo Japan. I ended up buying a second pair. Expensive but well made and nice looking. With plastic 2308's bringing $200 a pair I didn't mind picking them up.

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