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Old 2nd March 2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Calling all full-range guys! I need opinions. I am considering the purchase of a pair of Tang Band W8-1808 speakers. The only hands-on reports I can find are three short reviews at Parts Express. I know Bob Brines likes the W8-1772, but I believe the 1808 will work better for my situation. Has anyone on this forum used the 1808? How do you like it in your application? I plan to use it in a bass reflex cabinet with inside measurements of 8.5" wide by 20" deep by 46.5" high, with the driver and port mounted on the 8.5" panel. Will I need to be concerned about pipe resonances with these dimensions? Because of space considerations, I can not make any dimension larger, but I am open to suggestions for making them smaller. Can anyone help?
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Old 2nd March 2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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I was just simming this driver for a large ported box last night. I am not yet satisfied 100% with what i've found using WinISD... but i'm close. Feel free to email me for details at godzilla3@hotmail.com... i will send you the screen shots. Basically what i found was WinISD wants to put this driver in a large box of around 4 cf. Your inner dims suggest a 4.5 cf box so going smaller would be better imo bc i do not think you are gaining anything going bigger... and possibly making things worse. If i remember correctly the bass response went into the mid 30's in a 4cf ported box and was very flat. I decided to limit the response to mid 40s just to keep power handling in check since the driver is rated at 30 watts. In a small sealed (but lossy) box i see the driver moving a lot using my 65 watt onkyo amp. I may even want to start rolling off closer to 50hz but am still playing. When i am satisfied i will post cabinet and port dimensions.

When simming for a BIB, i noticed the spreadsheet wants to put this driver into a very big cabinet too... something like 80" tall x 10 wide x 20 deep... The back horn someone designed was shorter but deeper, so again, a big box. Even tho the software is telling us a big box, the cool thing about this driver is that it will also work amazingly well in a smaller box too. It sounded great in the .5 cf lossy box and even had enough bass to satisfy in my room which is approx 16 x 13 feet with 11 ft ceilings. I did not critically listen to the driver in this box but noticed it sounded really smooth and detailed.

Currently i have them on open baffles with bass support from two 15 Alphas... they sound great this way too.

Open Baffle Speaker - TangBand W8-1808 and Boomer Open Baffle Speaker Kit

I don't think it's too difficult to make this driver sound really great. It's one of those 'plop them into a box' drivers. But squeezing out all their potential is another story. A large ported box like what you are planning may be the best type of cabinet for them, just worried allowing them to go as deep as they can will ultimately result in muddier mids and less delicate treble than they are capable of when not being pushed into the bass.

After playing with the software, i am leaning towards building a sealed box of approx 1.25 cf and a 3 cf ported box. I believe one of these may be the best compromise overall... but they are only two of many box (and OB) designs that seem to allow this driver to show off it's excellent 'full range' abilities.

I will post my results here when i am done futzing but i think it's a pretty safe bet you will be able to use this driver in anything from a .5 to a 4 cf box.

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Old 2nd March 2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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I considered to use the same driver for the Decware HDT: DECWARE / High Efficiency Single Driver speaker model HDT
Very good speaker.

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Old 11th March 2010, 09:44 PM   #4
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I really like the W8-1808 in my folding wing OB's. See the link below. I hope to try a cabinet in the future but not now.


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Old 12th March 2010, 12:11 AM   #5
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Will you describe the quality of bass and balance across the BW of the 1808 alone in the folding wings?
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Old 12th March 2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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I have a 14X14 room and listen primarily to jazz and acoustical music. The TB's reproduce the double bass notes with clarity and precision as well as the low pedal tones of the Hammond B-3 organ.

I tried the TB's paired with a fast little Sunfire sub but it just wasn't needed. Perhaps Zilla's boomers would offer a larger more dramatic presentation but I'm happy with the sound I'm getting.
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Old 12th March 2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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They need BSC, but, when that's sorted, the sound they make is worth every penny. The jump from cheaper drivers to those isn't obvious, but when you pick up on them, you wouldn't want to go back again.

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Old 14th March 2010, 11:35 PM   #8
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These drivers are quite interesting... Must resist buying for at least a few more weeks...
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Old 15th March 2010, 02:13 AM   #9
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don't wait to long they're on sale now for $168 at PE
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Old 15th March 2010, 02:51 AM   #10
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don't wait to long they're on sale now for $168 at PE
Indeed, just debating wether I want to do a CHR-70 castle setup or something with the 1808's for around double the price.
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