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Old 22nd May 2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Flat cone drivers - opinions?

Any comments on this new Tang-Band driver:
W4-1798S

Would this be better than a curved cone shape? Tang band claims "wide dispersion performance". It's heavier than a comparable driver. I noticed B&W only used a flat cone on the midrange so maybe not a good choice for a ful range design.
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Old 23rd May 2009, 01:18 AM   #2
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My understanding is that most cones are cone shaped to maintain stiffness so they don't bend. Only in the past (couple?) decades or so have have certain new materials become common that are stiff enough to make a flat diaphragm out of without bending. Usually sandwich materials made from kevlar or carbon fiber with a honeycomb Nomex or similar type core, or in this case, Aluminum. There are several flat speakers on the market but they aren't as common as they could be and I'm not sure why. This one looks interesting.

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http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=30060
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Old 23rd May 2009, 01:48 AM   #3
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That impedance plot shows where the breakup is. Quite nasty too.

But damn thats a good-looking driver.
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Old 23rd May 2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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The W4-1757S is a little different. Lighter cone and Xmax of 2mm not 3mm. But probably representative of the design.
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Old 24th May 2009, 01:48 PM   #5
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aluminum sandwich cone is only 4" it might be a little breakup mode.
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Old 24th May 2009, 03:46 PM   #6
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The B&W Nautilus uses a flat diaphragm 4" lower mid unit, you now have the driver to do a clone with!

Very interesting driver, will be interested if anyone gets these. There are at least 2 different photos of them around, compare the datasheet to the parts express photo, and then the photo on the linked htguide thread seems to have a more blue looking diaphragm!

EDIT: there are 2 different flat drivers by TB? It's the W4-1757S that has 2 different photos, and the original posted one appears to be a different/new model.
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Old 27th October 2009, 07:39 AM   #7
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Tangbands requires a lot of work with crossover notches.
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Old 27th October 2009, 09:28 AM   #8
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Is that hexa-grid detachable? Looks interesting, but I still think there's a little way to go before flat diaphragm speakers will be really competitive.

"Flat cone" - it's actually more descriptive than "flat diaphragm", but then sounds silly when you think about it...
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Old 27th October 2009, 08:02 PM   #9
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If you are curious about flat drivers in general, you might google FAL for some eye candy. Peter Daniel has discussed them over here, so check the forum too. They are a fine looking (and sounding, by all accounts) speaker, but not quite as affordable as the TB.

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I'll continue to search the threads on the subject of notch filters for the 1798S, but would like to know more regarding how the driver performs with those filters in place, just general impressions. Without notch filters, there's certainly a harshness to the driver as I listen, as well as, to use pseudo-technical audiophile babble, a lack of resolution, of fine detail.
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