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Will having a custom paint job done to my NS10m's have an effect on the sound?
Old 21st January 2015
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Will having a custom paint job done to my NS10m's have an effect on the sound?

I noticed that in some studios they have these NS10's that have a custom paint job.

My favorite color is red and kinda like a crimson candy red type color which I would love to have my NS10m's on but I'm worried that maybe the paint job somehow will hinder the sound quality or something.

I dont know maybe I'm worrying about nothing but I would think that putting some thick layer of paint will change how the cabinet vibrates when the sound come out of the monitor or how the sound resonates with the cabinet.

Am I tripping and just get the custom paint job or should I just not do it because it can mess with the sound quality?

Any people have custom paint jobs done to their NS10's? If so did you find the sound quality the same?

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Old 21st January 2015
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I noticed that in some studios they have these NS10's that have a custom paint job.

My favorite color is red and kinda like a crimson candy red type color which I would love to have my NS10m's on but I'm worried that maybe the paint job somehow will hinder the sound quality or something.

I dont know maybe I'm worrying about nothing but I would think that putting some thick layer of paint or something will change how the cabinet vibrates when the sound come out of the monitor or how the sound resonates with the cabinet.

Am I tripping and just get the custom paint job or should I just not do it because it can mess with the sound quality?

Any people have custom paint jobs done to their NS10's? If so did you find the sound quality the same?
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Old 21st January 2015
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Pathetic !
Old 21st January 2015
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Thanks for the contributions.

I checked that other thread and they didnt really speak about whether the sound would be affected.

All I read was how yellow helps the midrange which I'm guessing they were just messing around.
Old 22nd January 2015
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I wouldn't worry, you would be adding such a minimal change in density/weight. Hell, each tree and different parts of it won't have the same weight once milled.

If you're truly worried, you could strip them first and thus keep the mas 'equal.' If you have a pro spray the cabinets, you will get a nice even layer of paint.
Old 22nd January 2015
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I know the Earl Scheib I put on my '95 Ranger made it run like a Bugatti.

Seriously, I'm with Drumsound. I can't imagine adding enough paint to alter the response, unless you do one of those antiquing things where you build up the finish to many coats.
Old 22nd January 2015
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If your ears can hear the difference, I would get them insured!
Old 22nd January 2015
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It'll sound more coloured.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Everyone knows that painting flames on the side of a car makes it go faster, maybe it will work on an NS-10 too.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Painting a pair of NS-10s will always make them sound better (there's nothing you can do to make them sound any worse than they already do).

The color of the cabinet is not the important issue. It's the color of the monitor cable's outer jacket that will have the most effect on sound coloration. Cables should be matched to the type of music you're producing or listening to.

The L & R cables absolutely must be the same color, and same length (+/- 3.14159 mm). Using different colored cables is almost as bad as the common newbie mistake of using different colored acoustic foam to treat a room. The best producers and mastering engineers always have a set of all colors available for any situation.

All the great producers abide by the confidential IEEE cable/music genre code (revealed here publicly for the first time).
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Old 22nd January 2015
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Old 22nd January 2015
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All I read was how yellow helps the midrange which I'm guessing they were just messing around.
Yes - yellow does help the midrange. And if you paint the monitors blue, you will be better able to mix blues songs.



Painting the cabinets WILL affect the sound. But it will be to such a small degree, no human being would ever be able to tell the difference. So the real world answer to your Q is no.

But I do agree that if you are going to get this done, you want a pro to do it.

Cheers.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Which is the best sounding paint for NS-10's?
Old 22nd January 2015
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if you think about the cabinet being a contributing factor to the signature sound, then yes the sound will change. The paint will damp or dampen the resonance, perhaps lowering it or removing box resonance. Therefore you will get less or removed cabinet resonance. Leave them alone or risk changing the sound into something even more terrible than a stock ns10.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Thamx to all that helped out. Im just going to play it safe and leave them black.
Old 22nd January 2015
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They may not sound the same but, eff-it they will look cooler… or not (depending on the paint job) Who cares just do it. The Beatles thought there Casinos would sound better stripping the paint off of them. Maybe, they actually did but I can't listen to their catalog and pinpoint the song or even year they did. Its not like your defacing valuable vintage gear. I would bet a dollar that no one would be able to pick out a painted pair vs. stock ns10's in an a/b test.
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Which is the best sounding paint for NS-10's?
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Old 22nd January 2015
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You should definitely go for some audiophile paint.
Old 22nd January 2015
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You guys are too funny "It'll sound more coloured." Brilliant!

What are the NS10's made out of? The reason I ask, is that if they are made out of solid wood, then there might be an ever so slight difference in sound. Real wood tends to "breath" more. I know with guitars for example, I can tell the difference between nitrocelulious and a thick coat of poly. At any rate, in your case it's doubtful that it would even be perceptible to the average person. If however they are made out of particle board (or similar), I doubt there would be any difference at all.
Old 22nd January 2015
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You guys are too funny "It'll sound more coloured." Brilliant!

What are the NS10's made out of? The reason I ask, is that if they are made out of solid wood, then there might be an ever so slight difference in sound. Real wood tends to "breath" more. I know with guitars for example, I can tell the difference between nitrocelulious and a thick coat of poly. At any rate, in your case it's doubtful that it would even be perceptible to the average person. If however they are made out of particle board (or similar), I doubt there would be any difference at all.
Birch veneer over particle board. 15mm, I think.

A paint job won't affect anything sonically.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Birch veneer over particle board. 15mm, I think.

A paint job won't affect anything sonically.
Old 22nd January 2015
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I would choose blue, but that's just me.
Old 22nd January 2015
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I would choose blue, but that's just me.
Make them out of lucite. For, y'know, transparency.
Old 22nd January 2015
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If you record at 96K or higher, you will definitely hear a difference.
Old 23rd January 2015
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Painting a pair of NS-10s will always make them sound better (there's nothing you can do to make them sound any worse than they already do).
Ha. Was waiting for this comment.

The only thing that sounds bad on NS-10Ms is a bad mix.
Old 23rd January 2015
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if you don't want to affect the sonics ..


... Don't paint the woofer nor rhe tweeter.

just a suggestion.

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Old 26th January 2015
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Painting NS-10's, unfortunately they will still sound like NS-10's
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