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Old 8th January 2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Well its been awhile for me posting a topic so here go's. I have had the fostex ff85wk drivers for awhile now. I have broke them in for well over 100 hours. Is there any diffrance's yes. They are not so bright and they have mellowed out. The drivers are not so tight sounding more looser and free sounding. I had them in a open baffle the whole time. Now I just got a pair of the tang band w3-881si 3 inch fullrange drivers. They have only been played for a few hours or less. I have found them to be better sounding then the fostex around but, the live sound that fostex have. They were on sale at (P.E.) so why not take a chance. Now I feel I am getting closer to the right 3 inch driver I have been looking for. This driver really sound good on the dayton T-amp (DTA 100A) I wish it had more amps instead of 5 amps in the power supply. Well I am wondering if the more costly tang bands would be worth looking into. The (PPM) Cone sounds like a paper cone but, without the (SSSS) Or the it getting peaky. I am a very detailed person so useing cheap clip wires and not in a box can really change the drivers sound and damping the steel frame as well. Well is it worth itto get the cast frame for $10.00 more. Also it seems (P.E.) has cut down on there tang band drivers. I have been looking at the following drivers from tang band.

1. Tang band w3-1364sa Still alot for a 3 inch drivers worth it?

2. Tang Band w3-319sf. Looks nice?

3. Tang Bnad w3-315e Have been lookig at this driver for along time now?

3.Tang band w4-656sc 4inch drivers upgrade for $10.00 more?

Now the other driver I wanted to try have not heard much about it is the,

1. Peerless 830986 drivers.

I will be adding a long throw woofer or subwoofer to cover the low end. I am building these for t.v. us and movies and backround music. They are for my wife and small is better for her. Well please tell you thoughs on tang band driver or projects that can help me. Thanks daniel
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Old 8th January 2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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Best bang for the buck, Mark Audio CHR 70.3! I have listened to several 3-4 inch fullrange drivers, some costing twice the price. These sound amazing, I'm very happy with them!

Larry
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Best bang for the buck, Mark Audio CHR 70.3! I have listened to several 3-4 inch fullrange drivers, some costing twice the price. These sound amazing, I'm very happy with them!

Larry
Don't overlook the CSS EL70 while still available - a bit "darker" up top perhaps than the CHR70.3, but digs deeper at the other end.
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Old 9th January 2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Best bang for the buck, Mark Audio CHR 70.3! I have listened to several 3-4 inch fullrange drivers, some costing twice the price. These sound amazing, I'm very happy with them!

Larry
Yes I have looked at the mark audio drivers and I have some issues.

1. They can not be in direct sunlight.

2. The cones can not be touched.

3. How about diffrent rooms one hotter then the next or colder then the next one. It reminds me of the (B&W) cones. If you put your finger on it the oils in your skin get soaked into the drivers and it loses 3db. I called and the company and they told me that years ago. So again very shy about the mark audio drivers. Thanks again daniel.
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Old 9th January 2012, 05:51 PM   #5
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Don't overlook the CSS EL70 while still available - a bit "darker" up top perhaps than the CHR70.3, but digs deeper at the other end.

Okey cool good to know.
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Old 9th January 2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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1. They can not be in direct sunlight.
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2. The cones can not be touched.
It is discouraged. But really i see no more issue than with other small FRs i've treated.

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It is discouraged. But really i see no more issue than with other small FRs i've treated.

dave

Yes I was stating the facts I read about the drivers. If you say there is nothing diffrent then okey. Cool I will have to buy a pair of them next. I think I will start with the chp-70-p. Thanks daniel
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Yes I was stating the facts I read about the drivers.
Let me be clear. Touching the cones is discuraged with reason. The thin cones can easiely be damaged, but i have damaged as many (actually more) other drivers than the Mark Audio.

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I suspect you'll be safer with the paper coned varieties - the metal cones are, I suspect, more prone to damage.

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I suspect you'll be safer with the paper coned varieties - the metal cones are, I suspect, more prone to damage.

Chris

Yes the thin metal cones of Alpair and Jordans are far more delicate than paper cones of the same nominal size, and minor tears etc to the latter are generally repairable - metal "foil", not so much.

As to direct sunlight, from where does that concern arise? If anything I'd imagine that long term exposure to UV light at "normal" range of room temperature might be more deleterious to untreated paper cones than metal.
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