Since the dawn of my speaker experimentation time, I've never had a single spare *inch* of space to spare in terms of depth. I always needed speakers I could place all the way against the rear wall because I lived in a tiny ass house in expensive ass California, and WAF was always a constraint as well. We've since moved to Taos, are working on building here, and are renting a place where my office is HUGE relative to what I'm used to. It's a 15 x 23' room that used to be a photography studio. Lots of light from a bank of north-facing windows, and finally... enough room to experiment with dipole speakers, which I've wanted to try for some time. Some people are detail whores. Detail or plankton or whatever gets their mojo workin'. For me, soundstage depth is the equivalent property. I also really dig big, muscular Bruce Lee bass. People have raved about the unboxyness of dipole bass, and sometimes said diples with sufficient back space do soundstage well, so I figured I'd give it a go. I don't have the time, tooling, or desire to invest right now in fancy woodworking, so I grabbed a few 2x4' sheets of cheap fir plywood, some 10" wide pine board, a cheap circular saw (too cheap, it turned out), and over a weekend put together a dipole testbed I'm calling the Plywood Buddha because it's short and squat, kind of like those laughing Buddha statues you see at Asian restaurants. The woofers are 18" Beyma SM-118N I had from a previous project centered in 2x2' baffles with 2x2' "wings" on either side. The midranges are Fostex FE108EZ, and the tweeters are Peerless BC25SC06-04 soft dome tweeters I picked up for cheap from Madisound. Mid and tweet are mounted in a 10" pine baffle, and that baffle is mounted atop the bass baffle wings using some shelf brackets. Everything's screwed together but not glued. This lets me easily change things around, and attempt to time-align the bass/mid sections, though it means the mid/high drivers are pretty low to the ground. Which is fine because right now, I'm just trying different things out and listening seated cross-legged on the ground at a midfield distance. To keep things super cheap and super easy/fast to experiment with, I'm using this MiniDSP DDRC24 I had lying around for both DAC and crossover and (later, if necessary) EQ/DRC duties. It feeds lows to a Crown X1000 and the rest of the range to a JLH69. Later I might try a passive XO once I settle on design parameters I like. As I mess with these, I hope I learn things that are generally useful. An underrated attribute of floorstanding speakers for me, at least early on, is ease of moving them around to try different placement options. I've built a few heavyass 3/4" baltic birch cabinets with no handles and spike feet, and they are a massive pain to move around. With the Plywood Buddhas, I just reach down and grab the woofer basket, which is both confidence-inspiring in size and cast aluminum in composition and affords this really useful handle for picking up and moving the speakers. This whole thing needed to be done on the mega-cheap, since we're trying to start a house build in 2020 and business still has some months where cashflow is a bit wavy. Thus the mega cheap circular saw (lesson: never buy the cheapest circular saw if sawing straight lines or having the blade be aligned with the saw base matters to you) I prolly shouldn't be spending any money at all on this, but I get bored if I'm not doing _something_ exploratory with audio. Measurements were made with the dayton imm6 mic. I got it during a particularly broke period after my umik1 quit working after I opened it up to change the DIP switches, and acoustically the imm6 is probably fine (probably uses the same/similar cheap capsule as more expensive measurement mics anyway) but you need like a fucking roach clip or something to hold it while you measure, and lacking any actual roach clips, I gafffer taped it to a tripod.