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Vox DA5 - Questions about upgrading the speaker

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by johnnylighton, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. johnnylighton

    johnnylighton Member

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    I have a Vox DA5 and a Weber Signature 8S Alnico on its way to me. Two questions:

    Do I have to enlarge the speaker hole opening? Or can I mount the speaker where some of it is behind the fiberboard?

    Will this new speaker reduce my battery life? If so, by how much? Most of the time I will be playing softly on the 0.5 watt setting.

    Any other tips before I start this project? Thanks!! :)
     
  2. ruger9

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    Do you even know for sure if the magnet will fit in there? It's not a very deep cab.
     
  3. johnnylighton

    johnnylighton Member

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    I got the idea and the speaker choice from posts on this site - so hopefully yes...
     
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    Amp is here! Speaker is here! I would be so appreciative if anyone with experience could answer my questions from the first post. :D
     
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    ooooo, waiting to hear...I'd like to upgrade my DA5 too....just throw it in there and see-
     
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    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    does it fit?

    the stock speaker is 5.5"
     
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    I think I measured once for an 8 in. speaker in there and thought it possibly COULD fit...pretty tight though-
     
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    I will know if it fits most likely next weekend (have to have my woodworker buddy help me). Should I enlarge the hole? The stock speaker is 6.5". I can use the original hole, but the additional 1.5" will be behind the fiberboard. Or I can enlarge the hole.
     
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    I enlarged the hole in mine for the webber - though you probably don't have to, I wanted as much air/sound as possible to make it out.

    I can upload a couple pics if you like.
     
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    that would be very cool!...and please tell us how you did it-

    how do you like the Webber in it?
     
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    I think it might be worth it to enlarge the hole. I put an Emi 8" in my DA5 and used the stock hole. It sounded a little more full, but it lost some of the sparkle and liveliness of the original speaker. I used an Emi Pro Audio speaker with a freaking big magnet, an Alpha 8A, http://www.eminence.com/proaudio_sp...ail_link=ALPHA-8A&speaker_size=8&SUB_CAT_ID=2 , overkill.

    I ultimately put the stock speaker back in because overall the amp lost a lot of its charm with that Pro Audio big speaker. Maybe if I'd have enlarged the hole? Glad I didn't because I couldn't put the stock speaker back in then.

    I think with an 8" guitar speaker you're much better off.
     
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    It does sound a lot better with the webber in there. Not sure if it was worth the money for a practice amp though. I couldn't get a good pic through the front grill, and was too lazy to take it off. The hole I cut out ended up being more of an oval shape due to the logo on the upper baffle - then once I cut it, I did a quick shot of black spray paint on it, I had the paint already. And you have to take the amp right apart to instal it, but it's not very difficult.

    Anyway here are a couple of pics through the back.

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    You can see the speaker fills the entire cabinet, and also some of the overspray from the paint.
     
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    Very nice! So the 8" fit no prob, just had to enlarge the hole?

    Describe how it sounds different than the stock speaker... more bass? more highs? What?

    Good job!
     
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    More lows - a more full sound, not as harsh. Nothing extreme mind you - just warmer basically.
     
  16. johnnylighton

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    Thanks for the photos and the additional information!

    My speaker upgrade project is delayed a little while because I exchanged my guitar (Traveler Speedster) for one that's more comfortable to play for extended periods while sitting down (Washburn X-50Pro) and that means I will have no guitar for a couple weeks. But I will post again to this thread when it's done. :)
     

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