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Old 28th July 2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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I just built my first pair of full rangers using fe127s and am very happy with the results. Anyway, this success has spurred me on to want to try another full range driver but this time with a bit more authority in the bass. I don't have a lot of money to spend so the pioneer B20 seems like a great choice with a piezo supertweeter in an MLTL I saw posted by GM. It may be great value at $20 at Partsexpress, but the shipping to the UK is $100 which puts it sadly out of the question.
Is there anywhere in the UK to buy this driver?
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Old 28th July 2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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No. They're a complete rip off in Europe. No UK distribution, Spectrum audio in Germany have them, but at a far higher price.

Then again, ~70 for a pair of 8in drivers inc. postage isn't too bad by UK standards. The nearest equivalent, the Monacor SP200X, would cost around that too.
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Old 29th July 2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Why is it we Europeans get constantly shafted. Spectrum want 67Euro each for them... about 5x the US price!
Can you (or anyone) recommend a nice pair of fullrangers that can achieve an f3 in the mid to low 40s that I can get here for less than 50?
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Old 29th July 2008, 02:27 AM   #5
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>>> shipping to the UK is $100 which puts it sadly out of the question.

That sucks but there must be other options.
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Old 29th July 2008, 03:37 AM   #6
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>>> shipping to the UK is $100 which puts it sadly out of the question.

That sucks but there must be other options.

Yes, I am seeking them. Do you have any to recommend?
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Old 29th July 2008, 08:29 AM   #7
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can you persuade partsexpress to ship via surface mail? That can't possibly cost $100.........can it?
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Old 29th July 2008, 01:06 PM   #8
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Not too sure. I suppose I could ask. The other possibility I have thought of is that PartsExpress have a facility to get a quote for a large number of items. I suppose I could try to organise a group buy for those on this side of the pond. I'm going away for some time in Mid August though so now is not really the best time for that.
A possible alternative I have found is the Visaton BG20 or BG17. Impact Audio in the UK have the BG17 for £11 and the BG20 for £20. I'm not sure these drivers are really "Hifi" though and both look to be fairly useless above 10kHz. On the other hand, these are very cheap drivers by UK standards. I have a couple of $8 tweeters sitting around that I picked up from Madisound recently. Does anyone have any feeling as to how these might perform if I were to remove the whizzers and cross in a tweeter around 10Khz? I suppose I probably won't get an answer to that, but it would be nice to hear from anyone who owns either of them if they perform resonably up to 10kHz.
I may well be tempted to just give it a go if I can persuade GM or some other kind soul to sim a MLTL for them. My preference would be BG17 at this point, simply because its a stab in the dark and I'd rather spend half the money...
Before I do, can anyone think of a better alternative?
I've also looked at the Hemp acoustics FR6.5C and FR8C which are both on eBay atm from what looks like a distributor, but again, £70+ inc postage so a little too expensive.

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Old 29th July 2008, 01:53 PM   #9
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http://www.skytronic.co.uk/product/index.php?s=902.370

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http://www.skytronic.co.uk/about/storefinder.php

Hi,

The 902.376 8" twincone can be ordered from your local distributor,
usually a DJ equipment shop or similar. Do not get ripped off, these
are cheap drivers, and should be very inexpensive.

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Old 29th July 2008, 02:47 PM   #10
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FWIW, the B20 isn't much use over about 6KHz or so either, so they'd be in good company. The Skytronic units are probably a good plan if you really want cheap.

FWIW, here's a free piece of advice, to take or leave as you will. Cheap drivers are cheap drivers. Yes, they can make a pleasent enough sound, and yes, some are astonishing value for money (like the B20 if you happen to live in the North Americas). But aiming for very cheap units is generally a false economy. You'd likely be better off saving up for something a little better. If it takes another month, two months, whatever, that's probably going to be a better compromise & one you'll enjoy listening to a whole lot more in the middle - long run.
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