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Death Star Subwoofer

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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bmfs writes "A subwoofer so powerful it could loosen fillings, shake out the cholesterol from arteries and generally make a lot of noise. It seems that the Death Star, ignoring the weakness that ultimately lead to its complete destruction, was a pretty good design... so someone made his own (with a lot of help from a housemate). The Death Star Subwoofer is currently up for sale on Ebay."

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OMFG - 2 FIRST POSTS IN A ROW !!!! (-1, Troll)

Bazunok (868402) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103860)

OMFG - I cannot believe that you are such a TOTAL FUCKING LOSER.

Yes, I am talking to you - the 'moderator' with the small penis and no clue - you know who you are - you are the only STUPID IDIOT reading this post, and ... look ... here he goes.... YES - this DUMB FUCKFACE has just wasted one of his precious mod points on modding down the first post.

Wow - what a DICKHEAD you are. Gee, I bet your mum's proud though, isnt she? What? she thinks you are a total fuckhead as well? - well what do you know!

Re:OMFG - 2 FIRST POSTS IN A ROW !!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13104095)

Had I mod points, you'd get a +1 Funny from me. That was so asinine and had a delivery that was unexpected as to be brilliant. And some idiot mod played right into your hands... Well done!

Re:OMFG - 2 FIRST POSTS IN A ROW !!!! (-1, Offtopic)

skyshock21 (764958) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104119)

I agree! That came WAY out from left field and caught me so off-guard I couldn't help but laugh.

So... I see your Bass is as big as mine... (5, Funny)

losman (840619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103862)

Let's see how you handle it...

Re:So... I see your Bass is as big as mine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103960)

In space, no one can hear your bass scream.

A disturbance in the Force (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103873)

"....powerful it could loosen fillings, shake out the cholesterol from arteries and generally make a lot of noise"

Just like George Lucas' legal team!

That's no moon... (0, Redundant)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103876)

It's a subwoofer

death star? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103877)

looks more like a "deaf" star, yo.

*pauses to pour out a 40 for my fallen homies who have joined the force*

Sadly, Even When Added To Your Sound System.... (4, Funny)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103961)

... it will still be insignificant when compared to the power of the Force.

Re:Sadly, Even When Added To Your Sound System.... (1)

goosman (145634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104038)

More bonus points to the person who buys it and reloads it with ElectroVoice Force series speakers....

Even more cool... (4, Informative)

CommanderData (782739) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103878)

Are the construction photos [objectreality.co.uk] of the Death Star Subwoofer. He won't ship it due to size and weight so you need to be local to Reading, UK to pick it up. These photos betray enough of the design to build your own fully armed and operational battle station.

Re:Even more cool... (5, Funny)

Jamu (852752) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103955)

These photos betray enough of the design to build your own fully armed and operational battle station.

Many Bothans died to bring us this information.

Sorry.

Re:Even more cool... (4, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104152)

He won't ship it due to size and weight so you need to be local to Reading, UK to pick it up.

It's a trap!

Perfect for surround sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103880)

Fear will keep the other speakers in line!

Completely off-topic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103882)

Who dies in the new Harry Potter? Who? Please let me know!

Re:Completely off-topic (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103911)

"Who dies in the new Harry Potter? Who? Please let me know!"

I think Jar Jar Weasley dies when the Dark Lord Vadermort blows up Hogobah... oh never mind.

Re:Completely off-topic (0, Offtopic)

Monte (48723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103939)

Who dies in the new Harry Potter?

Whathisname, the token black kid.

Re:Completely off-topic (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103987)

"Whathisname, the token black kid."

You mean Boromir, right? The guy killed by the Cylons because he entered a stargate during a Wraith attack.

Re:Completely off-topic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103989)

http://tinyurl.com/9nu5p [tinyurl.com] I hid the url because it tells you who in the title. Anyway, hope it helps.

Re:Completely off-topic (-1, Offtopic)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104156)

Voldemort: There's something Dumbledore never told you about your father.
Harry: He told me enough; he told me you killed him!
Voldemort: No, I am your father!

[SPOILER] Re:Completely off-topic (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13104157)

Dont read the below if you dont want to know

Dumbledore, killed by snape.

Ebay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103890)

Wish I could get my auctions posted on slashdot...

Yes that's very cool but.... (1)

TsukasaZero (850187) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103895)

Can it run Linux?

Re:Yes that's very cool but.... (0)

Monte (48723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103978)

Can it run Linux?

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these things!

[obligatory]

Re:Yes that's very cool but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13104102)

you're an idiot (obligatory).

I take "Paraphrase This!" for $500 (4, Insightful)

richdun (672214) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103897)

from the eBay listing:

"a subwoofer so powerful it could loosen fillings, shake out the colesteral from my arteries and generally make a lot of noise. It seemed to me that the Death Star, ignoring the weakness that ultimately lead to it's complete destruction, was a pretty good design... so I made my own (with a lot of help from my then housemate)."

from the post:

"A subwoofer so powerful it could loosen fillings, shake out the cholesterol from arteries and generally make a lot of noise. It seems that the Death Star, ignoring the weakness that ultimately lead to its complete destruction, was a pretty good design... so someone made his own (with a lot of help from a housemate). The Death Star Subwoofer is currently up for sale on Ebay."

Hmmm...the copy and paste is strong in this one. At least he fixed a couple spelling/grammar errors.

Re:I take "Paraphrase This!" for $500 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103986)

that's a surprise/revelation to you, that most /. submissions contain copied text from the original article or website?

Funniest eBay listing I've seen in a while (5, Funny)

Monte (48723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103903)

The Q&A section alone is worth reading TFA.

Q: Look at the size of that thing!
A: Cut the chatter Red 2.

Re:Funniest eBay listing I've seen in a while (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104053)

Hah, this one is even better:

Q: If your "deathstar" subwooofer had a stand-up fight with a "borg cube" all-in-1 hi-fi then who'd win and how?
A: The Death Star can destroy a planet. I can't imagine it would struggle against a gramophone with a built in wireless and auto-reverse cassette deck.

Car version? (1)

mfloy (899187) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103910)

All they need now is one I can attach my car stereo to so people can hear me coming from 30 miles away.

Just let me know (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104030)

"All they need now is one I can attach my car stereo to so people can hear me coming from 30 miles away."

Just let us know when you build your Imperial Car Destroyer. Put the plans up here (slashdotting be damned). I bet it would be a real babe magnet.

"Hey, baby! Anyone ever tell you look just like Natalie Portman? Come over here and check out my ride. It's got 385 Tauntauns under the hood. Maybe we can go over to my apartment. I've got hot grits and Death Star loudspeakers. Yeah, baby."

Idiots never learn from history. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103922)

The subwoofer installed is an Alpine 12" SWS-1242D, rated at 900W peak power, 300W rms. The enclosure is filled with foam wadding and ported. The ports are vented directly out the bottom of the subwoofer. The design was modelled on WinISD to calculate the port lengths... it's proper stuff :) There are two 4mm binding posts at the back for connection to a power amplifier. I'll be adding the amplifier to e-bay as soon as I type out a description, but any amplifier will work.

These suckers have put in yet another thermal exhaust port that would be the prefect fit for a couple of proton torpedoes. Idiots never learn from history. The Bose alliance is going to have a field day with this.

That's nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13103924)

Compared to my ghetto computer (in full Soul Train mode), my ghetto computer can bset your whimpy death star.

Looks great... unfortunately... (5, Funny)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103938)

Unfortunately, a lightning bug entered through an exhaust vent at the end of a trench in the subwoofer, resulting in the destruction of the subwoofer.

Reportedly, the force was with it.

Chavs (3, Insightful)

Gaima (174551) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103944)

A subwoofer so powerful it could loosen fillings, shake out the cholesterol from arteries and generally make a lot of noise.

Just like many of the chavs who drive past my office every day.
I'm about 250 yards from the road, and mini-roundabout they have to stop at. There are doubled glazed windows, and insulated timber walls between too.
Some of these chavs have bass so loud and powerful, it physically hurts even when sat at my desk, or is low enough to give people headaches, or pop ear drums like when leaving a tunnel.
Deathstar has nothing on these people, if you can call them people anymore... Zombies probably covers it better, what with their pickled brains and all.

Re:Chavs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13104055)

Some of these chavs have bass so loud and powerful, it physically hurts even when sat at my desk, or is low enough to give people headaches, or pop ear drums like when leaving a tunnel.

Worse, not one of them can afford proper effing speakers. It's not so much "hear my music!" as "hear my cheap speakers distort!"

Wow! (3, Interesting)

kjkeefe (581605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103949)

Who do you pay to get your ebay auctions posted on slashdot!?!? He'll be having a very nice christmas I'll bet...

No kidding! (1)

LBt1st (709520) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104097)

I got a 19" TV I'm trying to get rid of! Maybe /. will help me net $20,000 for it?

Re:No kidding! (1)

Perekrestok (900710) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104161)

Is your 19" TV somehow unique, creative and an interest to nerds (Star Wars theme, for example)? If so, then go ahead and submit it.

Re:Wow! (3, Interesting)

Perekrestok (900710) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104106)

I was thinking the same thing until I saw that the sub is actually pretty cool. Should /. refrain from posting any auctions even if they are awesome?

ob. party pooper (1)

arootbeer (808234) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103951)

So, this would be "stuff that matters", right? :)

Re:ob. party pooper (1)

KD5YPT (714783) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104117)

For StarWar fans, this IS the kind of stuff that matters. Which is quite a few of the Slashdot readers (I won't say majority, since I'm not that knowledgeable).

Recipe (5, Funny)

GauteL (29207) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103958)

1. Make silly Star Wars / Star Trek gadget.
2. Put it up on eBay
3. Notify Slashdot
4. Profit!

No shipping? (3, Funny)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103959)

He should have thought about it more. Even if the shipping was a hundred or so, I'm sure he could have found people that would be willing to pay much more for it even with shipping since some Star Wars fans can be rather rabid and obsessive... *cough* Time to return to my homemade Star Trek bridge.....

Re:No shipping? (1)

Monte (48723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104025)

The thing weighs in the neighborhood of 150 pounds. I don't know if UPS will even touch that.

Re:No shipping? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104079)

There are plenty of courier services who will ship that sort of thing, even internationally. Hell, you could probably get an airliner to haul it for you in their cargo hold for a fee.

Nice Idea... (1, Informative)

hoka (880785) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103967)

But still powerfully weak. While I'm sure the bass output from it is strong, that thing just doesn't have the sheer wattage or box design, or even a speaker worth a damn. Its minimally interesting only because the guy made a purty looking box, but for real home theatre you are better off with something ported and tuned for low frequencies (however low you consider "low").

And a better speaker would probably be good too.

Re:Nice Idea... (3, Informative)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104029)

He did port and tune it... you merely needed to Read the fine E-Bay Entry Listing (REBEL) to learn that.

--Mike--

Re:Nice Idea... (1)

bugnuts (94678) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104049)

from tfa, The enclosure is filled with foam wadding and ported. The ports are vented directly out the bottom of the subwoofer. The design was modelled on WinISD to calculate the port lengths...

Re:Nice Idea... Check out the B&W PV1 (1)

asliarun (636603) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104086)

First look at this hack reminded me of the Bowers & Wilkins PV1 [bwspeakers.com]. IMHO, a much much better deathstar subwoofer.

Sigh. If only i could afford one of these babies.

Re:Nice Idea... (1)

QuietLagoon (813062) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104128)

Speaker manufacturers go through great lengths (no pun intended) to assure that the internal dimensions of the enclosure do not allow standing waves to build up. In "box" enclosures, the length, width and height are all differing dimensions, with no dimension being a multiple of the other.

While the internal construction of the ball subwoofer looks rather robust, I didn't see any steps taken to reduce internal standing waves. The wadding helps, but not as much as you might think.

In short, the spherical form factor may look cool and make for a good eBay headline, but it is far from being an optimal speaker enclosure.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force (1, Funny)

mboos (700155) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103973)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly drowned out by the noise.

Re:I felt a great disturbance in the Force (1)

fm2503 (876331) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104073)

Shortly followed by an even greater disturbance in the net as if thousands of load balanced web servers suddenly melted......

More money, you will have. (1)

RUFFyamahaRYDER (887557) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103982)

I think this guy is going to get a lot of money for this thing because of some huge Star Wars fan out there... It will be interesting to check back later today to see where the bid is at.

Re:More money, you will have. (1)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104118)

he'd get more if he was willing to pack it in a box and ship it somewhere. Not sure why he wouldn't be willing to do that.. it's not like sellers pay shipping costs.

Wow... (2, Interesting)

themishkin (898361) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103993)

I happened to check out the listing when there were only 3 comments posted on Slashdot about this. The ebay counter was around 4000 at the time and now it's up to 11000+ about 5 minutes later! Behold, the power of Slashdot!

That's not a subwoofer.... (5, Interesting)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103996)

THIS [royaldevice.com] is a subwoofer.

Re:That's not a subwoofer.... (1)

KD5YPT (714783) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104091)

That... looked like something that could induce a total hearing lost...

"Is that an earthquake?" - random visitor.

Join me... (1)

CaptainFork (865941) | more than 8 years ago | (#13103999)

...and together we can rule the home cinema, as subwoofer and centre speaker. Together we have the power to play the sound effects of Jurassic Park^H^H^H^H^H^H^HReturn of the Sith as they were destined to be...

Could've used a better subwoofer (1)

Bonzor (856075) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104009)

The Alpine Type-S isn't really powerful at all. A DD9515 couple with a 1500 watt amp would have been better. An Alpine Type-S is........weak.

Not Really Impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13104043)

I was expecting some 18-inch, multi-kilowatt monster, but instead I find some low-end Alpine (!?) and a mere 300 watts. Oh, and a big enclosure made to look like the Death Star. Meh.

Really really cool... now (1)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104076)

Let's watch the number of bids augment as the auction is being slashdotted. Free advertising anyone ?

nitpick... (4, Insightful)

craighmac.com (561028) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104092)

"When Darth Vader decided to take over the universe, he decided he needed a really big gun.... a really very big gun indeed, a gun so big it could destroy an entire planet in a single shot. With this in mind he built the Death Star"
According to the most recent episodes II and III, Darth Vader had nothing to do with the inception, design and initial construction of the Death Star. It was entire the purview of Palpatine.

When's my turn? (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104105)

I've got a Weber propane BBQ painted to look like Jabba's barge. If I put it on eBay, can you make it a Slashdot news item tomorrow?

E-Bay usually not fun (1)

RamboIII (899894) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104110)

But the Q&A section of this reflects the guy's sense of humor:

From TFA:

Quotes

"Jesus Christ, what's that!"... Colin

"I can feel my trousers vibrating"... Steve

"Turn your bass down"... My neighbours

"That won't fit in our apartment"... My Girlfriend

And in other news.. (1)

Snatch422 (896695) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104112)

In other news...The officials said all of the candidates on Bush's short list are male and female judges What an insensitive clod! No hermaphrodites on the list AGAIN!

Weights and Measures.... (1)

brianimator (779824) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104141)

The weight for this thing is given in kilos, while its size is given in inches.... seems strange to this Yank.... shouldn't the measurements be given in cm's? Is this mixing of measurements common? Anyways, good excuse for using my unit conversion widget... whoa.... 65 kilos = 143.30047 lbs

Be Nice To See It (1)

fire-eyes (522894) | more than 8 years ago | (#13104148)

It'd be great if us firefox users could, you know, *see it*?

Glad i'm not actually thinking of buying it, since I can't see it.

C'mon Ebay.
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