Mark_Seaton
Most notably, they are the cabinet builder featured in the "Behind the scenes, SubMersives in the making" thread posted in our Seaton Sound Central forum.  WW Speaker Cabinets is a division of WW Displays located northwest of Chicago where they have been in business since 1984.  A few years back myself and Jeff Permanian of JTR worked with WW Displays to utilize their capabilities in the manufacture of loudspeaker cabinets.  From the behind the scenes thread, you can see the machinery and technology they have available here:



They have very skilled staff with many years experience who have worked on tiny display items up to huge counter tops and display cases for retailers such as Crate & Barrel:


Through the past 2 years of learning their strengths and capabilities, we have become much more efficient in taking products from drawing to physical reality.  With their extensive CNC capabilities and the manner in which they serve other industries they are able to not only fill large orders such as a huge retail space our Australian group buy, but also produce 1-2 pieces at a time.

While they have already started doing work for other loudspeaker manufacturers, it is a benefit to all of us to see WW' expand their speaker division which only makes things more efficient over time.  I have worked with WW Speaker Cabinets to develop a few fully thought out enclosure options which are suitable as the basis of a DIY project, and in the future will be the basis of some fully engineered designs for enthusiasts to assemble themselves.

Unlike many other generic cabinets which might require you to still do plenty of cutting to recess and mount your drivers, ports or terminals, these will fit the description I've coined of "Screwdriver Ready."  While flat kits can be attractive to more experienced woodworkers, the results aren't always something you can brag about to your friends when they are set out in your family room or basement.  These cabinets will be available in a variety of veneer and stain options guarantying a result you can be proud to show off.  For those who enjoy the finishing process or want to have someone match to your furniture, bare MDF cabinets will also be offered, with the benefit of precision driver recesses and assembly, along with no MDF end grain to deal with due to the fully mitered construction employed.

More details will be added in the coming weeks, but once these go live on the reworked ww-speakercabinets.com , they will be available to order with most shipping within 1-2 weeks of ordering.

Robert Miller of WW Speaker Cabinets and I will be introducing a few first examples this weekend at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF).  More will be added over time and as demand warrants.

The HQ-15:



The CX-5:



And finally, we have the resurrected X-CS Encore originally designed by Danny Richie for AV123.  Danny is selling the kits to complete this speaker for only $99 and has plenty of parts on hand:
Rosenut:



Black Oak:



And more to come...
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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FOH
Very cool info, pics, and even video at the WW Speaker Cabinet site. I wish them well, as that will only assure a better operational relationship between them and their business partners, ie Seaton, JTR, etc. It's really a pleasure seeing the behind the scenes stuff.  

The HQ-15 looks great. I'd enjoy seeing the back/other shots as well.


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Hell yeah!
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Mark_Seaton
A few quick shots from RMAF:

Myself and Robert Miller of WW Speaker Cabinets at the booth:


Funny how keeping a female at the booth attracts so many more wandering audiophiles... Rachel helped us out most of the day on Friday:


The simple display:


A closer look at the HQ-15 cabinet without the woofer in place along with the espresso cherry CX-5:


Rosenut and black oak X-CS Encore cabinets along with the vintage cherry CX-5 with grill:


We had on display the layout of how the CX-5 starts life as a full 10 sided fold up.  This example is raw MDF, but the veneered speakers start life as pre-veneered MDF.  The required V shaped grooves are machined into the back side cutting just shy of the front/external surface or veneer, leaving about 0.010" of material/veneer.  Before the panel is cut on the CNC router, most of the exterior is taped with 16" wide rolls of tape which keep the pieces together while handling and folding the pattern:


Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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FOH

Thanks for sharing the pics. I hope it was an enjoyable and fruitful trip.

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bsoko2

Who is selling the The HQ-15?

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Mark_Seaton
bsoko2 wrote:

Who is selling the The HQ-15?

Hi bsoko2,

WW Speaker Cabinets will be selling the cabinet of my design, seen above.  Early next year I will be offering the full kit and a passive crossover for sale online for the components I select (TD15M-4 Ohm for sure).

Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
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773-290-8436
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gooddoc
Mark,

What is the advantage of the 4 ohm driver over the 8 ohm version?

Which leads me to my next question. Although I had a 50% shot at getting it right, I ordered the TD15M 8 ohm version in the AE group buy. Do you anticipate designing a crossover for the 8 ohm driver?
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Mark_Seaton
gooddoc wrote:
Mark,

What is the advantage of the 4 ohm driver over the 8 ohm version?

Which leads me to my next question. Although I had a 50% shot at getting it right, I ordered the TD15M 8 ohm version in the AE group buy. Do you anticipate designing a crossover for the 8 ohm driver?


The 4 Ohm version helps in how I want to design the crossover and makes for increased sensitivity.  The 4/8 Ohm impedance comes from which coil is used, so it is very easy for John to switch until the drivers are in the last part of assembly, so anyone on the group buy has a good bit of time to make that call.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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gooddoc

Thanks for that information Mark.  I'll reach out to John to make the switch so I have the option to use your design.

 

As well, do you have any listening experience/opinion in regards to the Appollo option and audible SQ with John's drivers?

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gooddoc wrote:

Thanks for that information Mark.  I'll reach out to John to make the switch so I have the option to use your design.

 

As well, do you have any listening experience/opinion in regards to the Appollo option and audible SQ with John's drivers?



Sorry, never heard the Appollo option.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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ehoeft
mark,
are there any updates on the HQ-15 kit yet?

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HuskerOmaha

Any updates on the kit/pricing/components?

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gooddoc
Mark,

It seems a lot of good news for the DIY crowd is coming together all at about the same time!  John at AE expects parts for the group buy soon and the SEOS project over at AVS is really picking up steam with some exceptional waveguide and CD options.

I am hoping you can give an update on the status of the cabinets and your current thoughts in regard to your plans for a kit.  Decision time will be here shortly as drivers start arriving...

thanks!
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Mark_Seaton
gooddoc wrote:
Mark,

It seems a lot of good news for the DIY crowd is coming together all at about the same time!  John at AE expects parts for the group buy soon and the SEOS project over at AVS is really picking up steam with some exceptional waveguide and CD options.

I am hoping you can give an update on the status of the cabinets and your current thoughts in regard to your plans for a kit.  Decision time will be here shortly as drivers start arriving...

thanks!


The cabinets are nearly set as we showed them.  We'll have to get around to building another to get a better idea of pricing.  I have a handful of things I'm working on right now and keep regular contact with Acoustic Elegance and plan to work on these as we get closer to delivery of the drivers.  With a few things happening I haven't yet decided who will be selling the cabinets, but the cabinet and a kit with passive crossover will be offered.  I won't make any specific promises on when the passive crossover will be available.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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engtaz

Looking forward to more information on these.

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gooddoc
Mark,

The AE woofers are finally shipping!  Ordering the components for my build is imminent and I am patiently waiting for news on your design built around the AE drivers.  Do you have any updates you can share?
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Mark_Seaton
gooddoc wrote:
Mark,

The AE woofers are finally shipping!  Ordering the components for my build is imminent and I am patiently waiting for news on your design built around the AE drivers.  Do you have any updates you can share?


I should have a single TD-15M in the test enclosure by the first week of September and work out some options soon after that.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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gooddoc
Sounds good, thanks
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quicksilver
Is there any update on the HQ-15 cabinet?  I'm very curious to know what the purchase options would be.
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wavenumber31
I'm also interested.  Any update?
Daniel Schmitz
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avnutz
Mark,

Any updates yet on the HQ-15 kits?  I know you mentioned on the SEOS AVS forum that you would consider incorporating the SEOS waveguides?  Any further news on that front?
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adamdivine
Did this ever go anywhere?
"did you bump uglies with my sister?"
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