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Old 18th February 2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Fountek FR88-EX

anyone used these?

http://www.bmm-electronics.com/Produ...roduct_ID=6954

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look good for the money (22ish each)

based on my positive experience with my little Bandor 50mm units, these might be the ticket for a mini monitor, with two each side, maybe with one rolled off as a 0.5 way at the baffle step freq. or crossed high to a small ribbon?

is there promise in these ideas?

these would be for a small room about 11ft by 9ft

just seen this -
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but no mention of how it sounds
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Old 8th September 2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Default resurrecting old thread...

Anybody got any real-world listening tests on this driver and even better if compared to some other similar drivers that are more popular to put it's performance into perspective ?
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Old 9th September 2009, 05:45 AM   #3
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Anybody got any real-world listening tests on this driver and even better if compared to some other similar drivers that are more popular to put it's performance into perspective ?
They were measured by John K. and posted on his site, zaphaudio.com. He was very impressed with their performance calling it the best 3" driver he's encountered. Surprisingly, the SPL is fairly good for such a small driver.

The drivers Zaph tested are owned by augerpro (HTGuide and Tech-Talk) and he's promising a follow-up to his Bose Buster design using these...but nothing yet.

It looks to have excellent promise and would be tempting to be teamed with the Fountek FW165.

I think they could be very satisfying in such a small space. But I will once again plug the CHR70. It's a driver that inexpensive and is able to do sub-50Hz AND 20K. I love mine.
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Old 9th September 2009, 06:04 AM   #4
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Search here www.diymobileaudio.com quite a few a few guys using them, they are actually built and designed by these guys http://www.hustleraudio.com/wide-band-drivers.html the Fountek FR88ex is basically a cheaper more basic version of the Trinity x3. If you want to see more specs go to the H Audio US website http://www.haudioincus.com/Specifica...-Downloads.php
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Old 9th January 2010, 04:36 PM   #5
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A variation/update on this driver:

FR89EX - Fountek 3" full range aluminum basket - EUROPE AUDIO

with more Xmax and a ceramic motor system it appears. Looks interesting, but I can't find any more data on it yet.
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Old 10th January 2010, 12:28 AM   #6
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Hi, guys,

I use the FR-88EX in a 1 liter cealed box with a high pass filter as pc-speaker. Support comes from a small subwoofer with a Tangband W5-876SA in BR.

In direct comparison with Vifa TC9-FD-18-08 and Visaton FRS8 i prefer the Fountek/Dynavox. It's well buildt and sounds clear and detailed. For the price i can recommend everybody to give it a try.

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Old 30th September 2010, 05:41 AM   #7
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Is it feasible for the FR89ex to have a frequency response of 70-20khz when the Fs is 97khz?
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Old 30th September 2010, 01:37 PM   #8
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Is it feasible for the FR89ex to have a frequency response of 70-20khz when the Fs is 97khz?
if you mean effective, real word, in-room - that would depend on the enclosure, and the desired SP levels - but in a word: "possibly"
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if you mean effective, real word, in-room - that would depend on the enclosure, and the desired SP levels - but in a word: "possibly"

Fountek is listing a frequency response that's way lower than the driver appears to be hitting. So based on their specs, 70hz is what you can hope to squeeze out of it in the right box, in the right room.

In this case, if comparing it to other drivers, the FR89ex has a free air res of 97hz - is that right?
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Old 23rd December 2010, 02:22 PM   #10
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Anyone used the new version (FR89 EX)? They look excellent on paper and great value too. But some say they need a tweet, whereas the older FR88 seems ok.. maybe down to the coating on the cone perhaps.
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