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Old 31st July 2009, 00:50   #106
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Talking Christmas Time!

Hello, what have we here?! Looks like Santa Claus came to town and left me three big boxes of goodies! So what if it ain't Christmas? You can't expect ol' Saint Nick to get it right every time, can you?

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So, the kid in me springs to life and attacks the boxes with gusto!

What's inside box 1? Hmm, something radioactive, eh?!

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Moving on to box 2, we have..... a BIG box!! How cool, a box in a box! And there seems to be a big hole in the big box, with white cotton-like stuff in it. I think Santa's getting old...

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And now for the 3rd and final box. There's this silvery-rubbery kind of material - quite a lot of it in fact. Wonder what I'm supposed do with it...

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Is that it? Seems like an awfully big box for just those silver sheets. Ah, there's something underneath!

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Carbon? Eh? What kind? Diamonds, I hope! But then, it's apparently just an Illusion anyway!

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Old 31st July 2009, 01:04   #107
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Thumbs up Gifts unboxed!

Time to take them goodies out of their cardboard prisons! Will let the pics do the talking now...

Illusion Carbon ND 6.1 2-way component speakers

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A look inside:

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Tweeters:

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Crossovers:

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Mid-basses:

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Mid-bass grilles:

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These aren't new - bought them from a fellow BHPian who has gone the (ahem) way of the horns. No prizes for guessing who! From the looks of it, the speakers have been very well maintained, and should sound good too. This was a bit of a gamble for me, spending a good deal of money on speakers I've not auditioned personally. But, decided to trust the opinions of all and sundry on the forum who have reported love at first sound with the ND 6.1s. Hopefully the gamble will pay off
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Old 31st July 2009, 01:16   #108
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Cool Unboxing continues...

Ground Zero Radioactive 12 XD-AL DVC subwoofer

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This choice was a bit of a tricky one too, and ended up being gamble #2. Heard and read many good things about this sub, and after several discussions with Ajay, decided to go for it.

The voice coils, which are 2 ohms each, are wired in series to show a 4 ohm impedance to the Infinity mono amp. Was looking for a DVC 4 and not a DVC 2 since the Infinity puts out 456W @4ohms and 657W @2ohms. But I was informed that the new XD-ALs have 2 ohm coils, and as Ajay reasoned, for all practical purposes 450-odd W RMS was more than sufficient. So, the XD-AL it was. I am told this sub is geared more towards SQ than SPL, and plays very nicely with the Carbons. We shall see! Err... hear
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Old 31st July 2009, 01:30   #109
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Other accessories that came with the Carbons and XD-AL:

Sealed subwoofer box with foam(?) lining:

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Neutrik connector for the sub:

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2 x RCA y-splitters (will be used while wiring the Carbons... more on that later):

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I've already mentioned the damping material, and I also got myself a subwoofer grille to keep the sub safe.

A special thanks goes out to Ajay for all his help, and to kumar_ranjan for deeming me worthy of his Carbons

So, the final setup in Phoenix has boiled down to this:

Head-unit: Clarion DXZ785USB
Front: Illusion Audio Carbon ND 6.1
Sub: Ground Zero RW 12 XD-AL
Amps:
- Ground Zero TA 4.120MK² to drive the Carbons
- Infinity Reference 611a mono to drive the sub

There will be no rear fill.

I will be reusing the existing Stinger wiring kit, and adding a 4ga power/ground cable for the mono.

The install is scheduled for this weekend. Hoping for the best. Cheers!

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Old 31st July 2009, 06:29   #110
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OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! ***shrieeeeeeeek***
Congratulations razor. Mind numbing christmas for you this time! Greaaaaaaaat choice. Lovely set of components and love that sub. Looks like a monster but its got twinkle toes. Lovely. ***dayuuuumn***
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Very nice friend..I like the design of the carbons. Mainly with the grill on.

Will you be Bi-Amping the components? Or are you making it an active setup?
Looking forward for your install
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Other accessories that came with the Carbons and XD-AL:
The install is scheduled for this weekend. Hoping for the best. Cheers!
Razor, we prefer Install pics to product pics.
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Old 31st July 2009, 10:15   #113
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Nice choice of products....Enjoy ICE. And do install the install pics...
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Congrats Razor.
Great equipment.
I hope you're gonna bi-amp it and not leave it just like that.
Also the Carbons i feel needs a bigger amp.
Just my opinion. Congrats again. Do post all install pics.
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congrats man.That sub look really radioactive. hehe

Waiting for the installation pics.
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when do we get to listen to the new ICE? Congrats

getting it done at Salt Lake / Alipore / Beck Bagan?
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Thanks guys! Will put up the installation pics after it is done.

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I hope you're gonna bi-amp it and not leave it just like that.
Also the Carbons i feel needs a bigger amp.
I won't be bi-amping or going active. To be honest, I don't have the knowledge or the equipment to tune an active/biamped setup. Now if the Hermit makes a journey to Kolkata, then maybe I can persuade him to help out...

As per Ajay's advice, I will be bridging the GZ amp to run the Carbons. So basically, 2 channels per set of tweeter+midbass. So there's no chance of running them underpowered.
By the way, this is why those RCA Y-splitters will be needed.

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getting it done at Salt Lake / Alipore / Beck Bagan?
Salt Lake
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The sub looks lovely !


Will surely try to plan a visit during the install

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As per Ajay's advice, I will be bridging the GZ amp to run the Carbons. So basically, 2 channels per set of tweeter+midbass. So there's no chance of running them underpowered.
Umm , power ain't everything is it ?

Now a Steg in place of the GZ amp would surely look more in-line with the equipment !

Next year maybe

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Awesome stuff you got there razor.

Raising the bar....
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Man, Awesome sub there. Congrats. Love the lovely carbons.
How much did they cost you ?
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