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Old 30th January 2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Audio Nirvana Super Cast 10" (New)

David at Commonsense Audio has just received Audio Nirvana cast frame super 10" & 12" full ranger drivers.

I loved my super 10s that I bought last year buy wanted to try a different cabinet design.

I settled on the 2.8 MKII Ambience enclosure listed on his site using the new 10" Super Cast Frame driver and a regular AN 8" for the top driver. The cabinet is made out of 3/4" birch and is ported with 2 3" port holes, no tubes.

The drivers are wired in parellel and have a combined resistance of 4 ohms. I drive these with a Kingrex T20U. Since they are full range drivers, no crossover is needed.

I have just completed construction of the enclosue and have listened to them.

WOW!

The new cast frame super 10" sound really good. More open than the regular super 10s. The bass is a lot better too, due to the extra 8" driver. By far, the best speakers I've ever hear!
Since I've only been on the full range band wagon for about 1 year now, I don't have a lot of listening experience with other full range speakers. I have listend to lots of multi-way combinations over the years and nothing comes close. I would highly recommend these speakers in the 2.8 Ambience enclosure.


The cost of these were $228 for the cast frame super 10" and $118 for the regular 8" less a 5% discount for ordering 4 speakers. $40 in wood and $25 in parts.

David has been very helpful in answering my questions and making sure I built these correctly. I learned a lot last year when I built my first set, so these were pretty easy.

Just thought I would share my experience. The tripath amps and affordable full range drivers have renewed my interest in high-fi.

I will try to post some pictures in the next day or so.

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Old 30th January 2008, 07:49 PM   #2
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The Audio Nirvana are fine drivers. I have some samples of the
6.5 and 8 inch versions, but haven't had the time to publish
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Old 30th January 2008, 09:46 PM   #3
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I apologize for my spelling and grammar errors in my original post. I was in a hurry while I was typing the message.

I will do better next time.

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Old 30th January 2008, 10:41 PM   #4
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has anyone heard the 12" cast version, i was going to go for the Omnes Audio L8, but seeing the cast version, looks very tempting, and would not need any bass augmentation (in Open Baffle)

and for what you get, very cheap 125/pair (i expect delivery to be around $100 from USA)

any idea how they would deal with rock/dance music?

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I own the original super 8's and I have been nothing but pleased with them. I have just completed a new BLH design for them as well. Next on the long list of things to do is a BLH for the cast 10. I believe I am going to order a pair within the next couple of months, once I complete the plan for the enclosure. I could push up the design a bit if there is some interest. The specs on them look good and I believe I can get a solid 35HZ enclosure worked up for them in the next couple of weeks if needs be.

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I have a pair of Super 8s coming.

Here are the shipped prices to the UK as of 2 weeks ago:-

Super 12 Cast Frame: $370/pr
Super 12: 320
Super 10 Cast Frame: 330
Super 10: 280
Super 8 Cast Frame: 280
Super 8: 250
Standard 8: 220
Super 6.5: 230
Standard 6.5: 200

I'm going to build his 2.8 cft enclosures. Unfortunately after taking 5 days to get to the UK from Chicago, they've been in storage here for 8 days at an 'International Hub'.

I got a revived interest in hi-fi after getting a Tripath amp too...

What are people using as a source? I drive mine off an M-audio 2496 soundcard in a desktop computer, I don't rate MP3s. I'm looking for something that's a genuine complement to the system, but not disproportionately priced.

I'm also thinking about a subwoofer, even tho' I won't get to hear the run-in system for some time yet. I guess I shoulda gone for the cast 12s for 120 bucks more. Next time.

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Allen, you can just edit your posts if you notice any typos...
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I own the original super 8's and I have been nothing but pleased with them. I have just completed a new BLH design for them as well. Next on the long list of things to do is a BLH for the cast 10. I believe I am going to order a pair within the next couple of months, once I complete the plan for the enclosure. I could push up the design a bit if there is some interest. The specs on them look good and I believe I can get a solid 35HZ enclosure worked up for them in the next couple of weeks if needs be.

Tom

I have been looking at the AN cast 10s for my first hi-fi full range audio project

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Old 1st February 2008, 08:58 PM   #8
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Here is a picture of my Cast Super 10" in the 2.8 MKII enclosure.

I haven't stained them yet. I was to anxious to listen to them.

Here is something I did when I built mine, that you might want to consider. I used 2 pair of speaker terminal and wired the top driver to one and the bottom to the other. I wanted some options with this setup. Here's what it can do.

1. Jumper the 2 terminals and use 1 amp = parallel setup 4 ohms.
2. No jumper, 1 amp using only the 10"
3. No jumper, bi-amp, no active crossover required.


Thanks for the tip about editing my posts. I didn't know I could do that.

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I have been looking at the AN cast 10s for my first hi-fi full range audio project

-Justin

I have decided that these will be my next project (tax returns don't ya know) . I will begin design on an enclosure based around the Model III (for the 8" style drivers shown) probably this weekend. I will keep everyone posted.

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has anyone heard the 12" cast version, i was going to go for the Omnes Audio L8, but seeing the cast version, looks very tempting, and would not need any bass augmentation (in Open Baffle)

and for what you get, very cheap 125/pair (i expect delivery to be around $100 from USA)

any idea how they would deal with rock/dance music?

thanks

Well, I don't have the 10's yet but I do run the super 8's. Once again I don't have them on an open baffle but in a horn they deal quite well with rock and dance. I expect the cast 10 to be quite a bit better with this sort of music.

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