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Old 26th April 2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default cutting dust cover off of fostex fe166

i just ordered a pr of phase plugs and they should be here in a few days, i wanted to ask if anyone can tell me if its ok to cut the duct cover off today and play the speaker until the plugs get here.

also can anyone tell me what to expect after i install these, the drivers are in a fostex design horn cabinet. im verry happy whith them and hope this will improve the sound.

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Old 26th April 2007, 12:39 PM   #2
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Cut them out today if you like.

Just make sure nothing damaging gets in there before the plugs arrive. You can still use them in the meantime.

You will notice that the slight sibilance (sharp S sound on vocals) that the FE166E exhibits will be smoothed off, and the treble sounds more balanced and detailed. Phase plugs make a lot of difference to the 166, and I really like mine. I'm battling with the 206 now, but I still prefer the 166.

If you have the drivers out of the cabinets, are you going to tie the chassis to one terminal, and damp the frame and magnet face while your at it?

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Old 26th April 2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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Hi,

You can cut them right now. Here's my FE206E without the cap.

Click the image to open in full size.

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Old 26th April 2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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I haev had some phase plugs for my 206's I bought from Dave some time ago. I haven't summoned up the courage to "start cuttin'". Presumably you would say it is a piece of cake ?

The results are worthwhile no doubt ?
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Old 26th April 2007, 02:09 PM   #5
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Better than cutting cake, that gives a few minutes of enjoyment. Plugs don't have an expiry date, and only work in the voice coil.

Seriously, it does take a bit more care. Then relax and enjoy the surprises. The sooner you do it, the less you'll kick yourself for not doing it earlier.

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Old 26th April 2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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O.K I'm going in, somebody shield me !
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Old 26th April 2007, 03:07 PM   #7
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We got ya covered, take care though.

BTW, I am not a publicity machine for Dave. I've just been bitten by the same Plug Bug.
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Default i did it

instant output gain, not sure shure how much i like. it was like lifting a viel but now almost seems to bright. then again my ears just might have been used to the mud.

i cant wait to here what the diference will be when i get the plugs.

thanks for the support and pics

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Old 26th April 2007, 10:40 PM   #9
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"it was like lifting a viel but now almost seems to bright"

That's a good way of putting it. When the plug goes in, the sound seems to blend, and many subtle improvements occur. Even the bass, due to harmonics.

Its almost like replacing your CD collection with remastered copies.

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Old 27th April 2007, 02:43 PM   #10
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instant output gain, not sure shure how much i like. it was like lifting a viel but now almost seems to bright. then again my ears just might have been used to the mud.

i cant wait to here what the diference will be when i get the plugs.

thanks for the support and pics

bob
I recently installed some plugs also. As a result I now feel the need to change the BCS circuit to take full advantage of the changes.
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