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Old 29th March 2010, 04:18 AM   #1
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Default Anyone tried W5-1611SA in a sealed box?

http://www.tb-speaker.com/detail/1208_03/w5-1611sa.htm

Has anyone tried this driver in a sealed box?
It has qts of .44, which seems borderline for sealed, or am I being pessimistic?

Also, to anyone who has tried this driver (in any type of enclosure) -- how do you find the treble quality?

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Old 30th March 2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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Hello,

look here :

http://www.hifi-forum.de/index.php?a...d=267&thread=8

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Old 30th March 2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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Hey Zoodle,

I have a pair, (not in a sealed box) see conical horn damping material...

The treble is a bit lacking. Compared to my fullrange speakers I was missing a lot of details. But with a side firing philips tweeter it is not so bad. Details are ample now, and the side firing tweet isn't disturbing the soundstage.
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Old 30th March 2010, 03:12 PM   #4
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Hello,

look here :

http://www.hifi-forum.de/index.php?a...d=267&thread=8

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cu Jörn
Jorn, That is a bass reflex enclosure, not sealed....

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Old 31st March 2010, 03:09 AM   #5
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The treble is a bit lacking. Compared to my fullrange [two way?] speakers I was missing a lot of details.
Thanks,
Have you heard this (the W5) compared to similar fullrange drive units? If so, which ones?
I currently have 90mm units, and the treble is quite lively. I wonder if a larger, heavier cone might not be as detailed at higher frequencies as a small cone.
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Old 31st March 2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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Thanks,
Have you heard this (the W5) compared to similar fullrange drive units? If so, which ones?
I currently have 90mm units, and the treble is quite lively. I wonder if a larger, heavier cone might not be as detailed at higher frequencies as a small cone.
Woops! typo...My other speakers are 2.5 way mordaunt short 908i.
Not really expensive, but pretty good. Only because of the 3 speakers with large overlap, lobing is quit noticable. If you move your head left/right or up down, the sound changes a lot. But on the other hand, in the sweet spot they sound pretty good.

I'm considering replacing the tangbands for mark audio alpair 10's, to get rid of the supertweeter.
(the tangband are going in the enclosure Jorn proposed, but with a build in permanent rear or side firing tweet)

If I swap them for the alpairs, i'll inform you....
gr. Paul
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Old 1st April 2010, 05:25 AM   #7
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Yes, please do.
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Old 14th April 2010, 07:54 AM   #8
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I swapped them... They sound better than the TB's. But on my SE tube amp, still not enough high. With supertweeter added they were really good..
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Old 14th April 2010, 08:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for updating. Do you feel the alpairs have better treble than the TBs? (I mean without using a super tweeter)
And how about bass performance? (TB v Alpair)
And the mid range?
I'm considering alpair, so your comments would be useful.
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Old 14th April 2010, 08:08 AM   #10
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Yes, bass and treble are both improved. Treble was almost enough. Maybe with a SS amp, it would be enough. My SE tube amp without gfb has a disadvantage there....

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