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Old 1st March 2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Best Full range drivers under £100 for a horn loaded cabinet?

Wanting to design a speaker enclosure(possibly horn loaded) with thermoformed corian using a full range driver- the budget per drive unit is up to £100 each; saw the bargain Dayton 4 inchers although I think I'm correct in that they are about 3.5 inch. These looked suitable but research says lots of distortion below 80hz. Are the Tangs a better bet? They are nearly twice the price now tho. Or should I just go for the excellent Jordan watts full range units?

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Old 1st March 2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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i made a good experience
with the 4" TB 1320,
in a double horn with
a 5" monacor SPH60,
small, down to 34 Hz
superb soundstage
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Old 1st March 2010, 07:17 PM   #3
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For that money in a back horn i think Fostex is the best value and probably the best suited drivers for that application. I have not heard the Jordan's tho... TB and Dayton make many great drivers but for back horns Fostex are great.

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The design will be just 1 driver only- no added components is it possible to successfully marry a front flared horn with a 'back' horn or TL using 1 full range driver?
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I'll second Jeff's recommend... FE126 or FE166 (to keep within your budget). Larger driver goes lower but won't have the midrange finesse.

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My pick would be the same as Dave's, FE126 firstly, FE166 secondly. I have the FE126E in Saburo's and they sound fantastic if they have breathing room. Solid bass to 50-60Hz but my system uses two 12" Horn loaded subs below 100Hz so the Saburo's are High passed at 100Hz. This combo is very dynamic and can achieve quite surprising SPL levels with most music genres, heavy heavy metal being the acception.
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FE 126 does look very good and the price in UK is about £50 each. Will see if any are going on ebay etc. Also digging the fact that they come in white because the cabinets will be white Corian approx 75 H x 50 W x 7.5 D cm (depth is not including the thermoformed horn throat, both front and back panels curved). Cabinets will lean back and be supported by a righ angled metal stand at the rear
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I've had the Alpair10 in a conical horn with great success
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"is it possible to successfully marry a front flared horn with a 'back' horn or TL using 1 full range driver? "
the bass won“t reach the mids.
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"is it possible to successfully marry a front flared horn with a 'back' horn or TL using 1 full range driver? "
the bass won“t reach the mids.
Yes Alpair 10 looks perfect, proper full range, the graph looks smooth, almost too good to be true infact
Why can't the front flare look after the mids? ie using a spherical flare big enough to handle down to 150-175hz or so.
As a newbie I don't know if a rear folded design will handle the 150 -50 hz range and at the same time equal the same sound pressure levels as the front horn... but if so I have a compact cabinet idea(injection moulded) which can run a horn length max 3 metres with a throat area of about 0.80 metrs sq

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