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briandk 7th September 2010 10:16 AM

Tang Band W5-1880

I am thinking of trying the new Tang Band W5-1880,

I am thinking of a using it in a floorstanding loudspeaker. Would a MLTL like Bob Brines' be the way to go?


Godzilla 7th September 2010 08:56 PM

Bigger Is Better 'BIB' Cabinet Dimensions - ZillaSpeak

I would also consider putting them in BIBs.


Scottmoose 7th September 2010 09:42 PM

W5-1880... oh, how horrid! Still, we all name our own poisons. Yes, they'll work in an MLTL if you're after a modest sized floorstander.

bigfishe 7th September 2010 09:57 PM

Scott why do you not like tang band

Scottmoose 7th September 2010 10:12 PM

I didn't say that, however I did imply that I have reservations about that driver. It appears to be a relatively deep cone profile, so in combination with that big roll surround off axis performance isn't likely to be great. And I hate those Micky Mouse neodymium motors; there is absolutely no need to employ them other than for the sake of fashion. Still, YMMV as always.

Godzilla 8th September 2010 02:58 AM

I always respect Scottmoose's opinion and appreciate his comments, but i never heard a TB driver i did not enjoy. I own the 315, 319, 3" titanium, 4" bamboo and the 8" 1808... love them all. I'd buy the w5-1880 sight unseen and figure an appropriate box for it. TB offers a different option to Fostex... less efficient, less forward sound but with that crossoverless quality many of us have gotten used to. I enjoy my Fostex too, but sometimes after listening to the 127e for a while the TB bamboo's sound really smooth. I have them in adjoining rooms... different flavors of yummy.

Scottmoose 8th September 2010 08:47 AM

And there you have it -different strokes for different folks. I've heard several good TB units, and several duff ones -no manufacturer ever gets it right all the time, especially if they have a wide range of units. I don't like this thing for a mixture of technical reasons & personal taste, but I dare say most of the people who buy it will like it.

Crossblade 8th September 2010 09:11 AM

127EUR per unit ($US161 | GPB105) :eek:

Tang Band W5-1880 - Lautsprecher Selbstbau by blue planet acoustic

type 8th September 2010 08:28 PM

The 5" has an spl: 88 db and Fs: 45hz. The 4" has an spl: 87 db with an Fs: 55hz. Both are a bit on the pricey side but they're interesting drivers. I agree that Tang Band makes a smoothe sounding driver (at least the drivers I've listened to).

mondogenerator 28th October 2010 07:27 PM

to revive an old thread........ooer

Originally Posted by type (
The 5" has an spl: 88 db and Fs: 45hz. The 4" has an spl: 87 db with an Fs: 55hz. Both are a bit on the pricey side but they're interesting drivers. I agree that Tang Band makes a smooth sounding driver (at least the drivers I've listened to).

both of these drivers were pretty much unknown to me until a week ago, and whilst i seem to be slow on the uptake, they look very favourable to me.

If the FR plot can be believed, and isnt smoothed too much, they appear very good, and with an unbiased response(no large BW upper gain), should sound very natural. Many other FR drivers cannot compete in this respect, that I at least have any experience or knowledge of (by no means exhaustively). The only others i would say DO are a couple of the MarkAudio drivers, although they may be better (or just different) due to the price comparison. the tangbands : w5-1880 and w5-16** both look almost a little unbeliveably nice and flat, on axis at least, and very good value considering.

I get what scott says about the deep cone, and im not too sure about the wierd(but kinda cool) looking, phaseplug(?), but the efficiency of either driver is good, maybe not 90+ territory, but certainly nothing to complain about, if the FR plot is an honest one. id honestly take a higher Fs and lose some bass response on OTHER drivers, if the FRplot looks nice or relatively easily tamed. Granted the quality of this information is limited. If i had a 2W classA valve amp, then id go for fostex, tho id be sorely tempted to put a notch in, on at least some of their drivers. MA id need nothing, save maybe a choke to tame the top end, if it was even needed. the tangbands are the same, to me, i doubt id use anything to get a pretty respectably flat response. This is why i like these drivers :D

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