So this thread: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/forum/tech-talk-forum/1273819-on-the-way-to-active-with-ecasound
And also this thread: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/forum/tech-talk-forum/67951-new-the-active-crossover-designer-for-ecasound-ladspa-acd-l
Have got me thinking what to do with an IBM desktop I dragged home this last summer. It has an Intel Core i3 (not sure which version) and I installed 4gb of RAM, a 120gb SSD, a GeForce 210 (fanless), and will be dropping an Asus Xonar DS with upgraded OpAmp into it.
It currently has Linux Mint installed on it - to my great joy it natively runs Netflix on Chrome. That has been my biggest complaint about making "the switch" to Linux for my HTPC. As much as hacking a system is enjoyable to me on several levels, I find it annoying to have to hack for mundane purposes such as watching "Frasier" (or to give perspective to the Apple people - to do anything but read email or use a copy of MS Office with reduced functionality).
Soooo.... now that I can watch Netflix on Linux, and now that I can stand on the shoulders of giants and implement a pretty kickass DSP on that same Linux box, I have determined what my winter project is going to be
For amplification, I plan on starting with a simple four channel setup using the amplifier section in my Onkyo 809. It is a pretty beefy amplifier section into two channels, somewhat less so on four channels, and like most AVR out there gets pretty tepid in five channel and above. The key, however, is that it does
offer seven channels of full range amplification and dual subwoofer outputs so it is pretty flexible as far as all that goes. The video output is toast, so I can no longer take advantage of the incredible video processing but I can use the HTPC to come close.
So yeah... winter project lineup:
1. Max Fidelity/Seas TFFC build with wife. She is going to glue the flat pack up, cut the driver and port holes, finish the cabinet however she wants, and I will hold her hand through the measurement and crossover design process.
2. Viawave/Wavecor monitor build. These are going to be my personal monitors in the nerdery, to replace the Vifa/Audax build I did a while ago in honor of the late, great Lou Coraggio.
In addition to the passive crossover we will be designing for the MF/Seas build, it will serve as the guinea pig for the active system, which will eventually live in our bedroom.