April 28 - April 29
Where, Hampton Inn, DuPont Rd. Fort Wayne.
Friday, April 28th –
8 am (open) Music 9 am to 10 pm (nothing loud after 9 pm, per hotel’s request. Background music only.)
We usually go out for dinner at about 6-7 pm and then return and chat. Friday’s schedule tends to be informal. However, with typically over 20 designs usually lined up for demonstration, expect something interesting going on all day long! Normally, most start arriving afternoon, but we will be there all day for whoever shows up. The first 3 hours can be interesting with only a few people present, so come at 9:00 am if you can swing it, or 8 am to help set up!
Saturday, April 29th –
8 am (open) Music 9 am to 6 pm (we have the room until 10 pm)
There will be a couple of breaks, plus a lunch break in the day. Electronic gear will be provided (amps, sources, cables). Please make sure your project can use banana jacks or bring adapters so you can use the bananas in the speaker leads that will be present. Bring stands if you wish, but a pair of 22″ stands will be present if you should need them. (If your bookshelf speakers have spikes underneath, please bring a pad to set them on.)
Presenters will have 5 minutes of their own music on an audio CD, to be played following the house tracks. If you do not bring music, you only get 5 minutes of playtime per project. There will not be 10 minutes on the event disc, only 5 minutes. For the theme, only the theme tracks are played (roughly 3 minutes time), but we can revisit them later for more if time allows. Please withhold the synopsis until after the contest is over. The contest portion is normally started at about 11 am on Saturday, with the goal to be done
Project theme or challenge details –
To whet the appetites of the curious, greet the penny pinchers with allowance, and deal with distribution issues of the current day and age; 2023 criteria/rules will be considerably lax from previous years.
Using one of the ‘acceptable flaw’ models of a previous event theme poll that was also well-approved and highly voted for,
“Tweeter Yoga” will be the next theme! Make sure those domes have watched their fair share of ’80s Jane Fonda videos, done their calisthenics, become accomplished at Tai Chi, been through boot camp, or had Pilates class with a contortionist. Their flexibility will be tested in the design/demo phases for sure.
Minor rules include:
– 2-way passive designs only, stand mounts preferred but not required.
– cabinet volume to be 1.5ft^3 or less gross internal.
– woofer must be 8-12″. Yes, I said 12″.
– no tweeter faceplate must exceed 4.125″ diameter or edge to edge, or 4″ square should they be polygonal. No wide bands or full-rangers as tweeters. Large wideband-ers/full-rangers within the size criteria above are allowed for woofers. Tweeter mfr or seller must simply call it a “tweeter”.
– no large waveguides allowed, see faceplate rule. No large coaxial waveguides either, must be behind dust caps if coaxial. Can only use waveguide if stock and fits within size criteria. If using a compression driver magnet must not exceed >5″ in diameter, and the horn must comply with face sizes.
– no tweeter reflectors.
– cutting new faces just to circumvent rules is not allowed.
– multiple drivers are allowed.
– no dollar limits, spend or not!
– no in-stock, buyout, or NLA driver limits. If you have it on the shelf, the above apply, and wish to use it- PLEASE DO! Use up the stuff you’ve had sitting.
– No cabinet over 40 lbs will be hefted for the demo by the InDIYana planning crew. If you build heavy, you can set them up! =-)
One theme entry per person, please. Also to keep chances for everyone to demo over the 2-day event, please bring no more than 2 pairs; one theme and one non-theme max, please. If Max of 40 is not reached, then more will be entertained.
***Challenge entries will play 3-4 minutes of challenge-music, and on to the next pair. This is to keep the entries playing consistent selections. You are (normally) welcome to play music of your own on your challenge entry at a time outside of the challenge. This is to keep the extent of time usage in the contest to a minimum. (Unfortunately, this may not happen this year)
Good luck to those who enter the challenge! You can bring whatever speaker project you want, but challenge entries must meet the above criteria.
Gloating rights will be the reward/award if you win the challenge. Nothing more, nothing less. This is just for fun!
Sponsors will soon be lining up. See the Sponsor page for more information.
PPPS- Adult beverages:
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
THERE ARE TO BE NO, AS IN ZERO, ADULT BEVERAGES CONSUMED WITHIN THE MEETING PLACE/CONFERENCE ROOM. THE HOTEL’S ‘MEETING PLACE POLICY’ DOES NOT PERMIT THEM IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM. IF WE WANT TO KEEP HAVING THIS EVENT AT THE HAMPTON DUPONT, OR EVEN AT ALL, I HIGHLY SUGGEST WE ABIDE BY THIS SET OF GUIDELINES.
PPPPS- All tracks selected for the house tracks are done by a select few, myself included, and are not revealed until the day of and at the event. Theme tracks typically are not compiled or known by anyone except the person picking them, which are typically not done by me. If and when everything goes right, there should be CD copies of the house tracks available in limited quantities for those that might like one. MAC has in the past graciously hosted the tracks on their event-archiving website.
If you are not on the attendee list and would wish to attend, or would like to confirm your presence
please send me an email. If you have questions you can ask in the Tech-Talk conversation or email to InDIYanaOrganizer@gmail.com