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Old 7th November 2007, 08:04 AM   #1
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I have been running a Pair of FE206's in the 208 BLH cab for nearly a year now and really like them. I am considering the 208 Sigma ( as an upgrade ?) Would I need a tweeter with them as they do not go as high as the 206's

Can anyone let me know what differences I would hear and how they may differ from the 206's
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Old 7th November 2007, 09:43 AM   #2
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Oooo, interesting question, i'm in the same boat!

I'd particularly like to know how the FE208E fares in terms of bass compared to the FE206E.

And to my knowledge yes they need a tweeter (something like the Fostex T90A for example).
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Old 7th November 2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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I assume you know the distinction between the FE208 Sigma
and the FE208E Sigma (the FE208 Sigma has the whizzer)

IMHO the FE208E Sigma is better, and I would suggest you
look at the FE168E Sigma which sounds better yet and has
a higher Xmax than the FE208E Sigma, which helps a bit, given
the smaller cone area.

With the FE208E Sigma I think you want a tweeter, but with
the FE168E Sigma you might find yourself happy without one.

I certainly wish they would label these drivers with shorter, more
distinctive names.

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Old 7th November 2007, 07:49 PM   #4
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Nelson. Thanks for your interest. What I am after really is an idea as to whether the extra expense will be worth it. In the U.K the 206E's are 80 each($160US) and the 208Sigmas 140 each($280US)

I am interested in the 208 withouth the whizzer.

Do they have the same sonic signature as the 206's ? Are they a step up and if so in what way ? Clarity, Depth, etc
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Old 7th November 2007, 09:28 PM   #5
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Completely different & IMO are certainly worth the extra (which comes to a lot extra when you factor the tweeters in). The 208ESigma has a much better midband IMO, and the bass end is also cleaner, with superior dynamics & detail to my ears. The 206 is great for the money, the 208ESigma is one of the top FR (well, WR in its case) drivers available, with only a select few matching or bettering it.
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Old 8th November 2007, 12:27 AM   #6
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How would the FE208Sigma work in a Half Chang? What changes, if any would you recommend?

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Old 8th November 2007, 11:08 AM   #7
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Old 8th November 2007, 01:20 PM   #8
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Or build a current source amplifier for the FE208Sigma.

http://www.passdiy.com/pdf/cs-amps-speakers.pdf
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Old 8th November 2007, 01:44 PM   #9
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Nasty speaker and tonally dead . Save your money for Lowther or maybe Hemp driver. However if you go for it , it really needs a tweeter .Jensen's vintage horn tweeters are really nice sounding and I heard opinions that they better any accessible
fostex tweeter. No need for a flames here ,just my very subjective opinion .Regards, L
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What were you running them in & with? That's the first time I've ever heard anyone say a bad word about the FE208ESigma. It's an inherently smooth driver & tonality is far superior to any driver with a whizzer cone, nor do they suffer from the same phase issues. Fostex deliberately made them a WR unit to get the midrange right & leave the HF to drivers better able to handle such frequencies. However, they need a very long break-in period & a cabinet properly optimised for them or you'll never hear them at anything like their full potential.
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