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Old 19th January 2012, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default Tang band 4" drivers helllpppp please


I purchased a pair W4-1320SIF bamboo cone full range driver.
To my ear it sound a bit dark.
I used to listening aluminium (metal) cone drivers like Visaton AL130 etc.
I think I return the drivers to Solen electronic and I purchase the same size Titanium cone driver.
I have a question,
If you look the speaker diagram after 10K it goes up some place almost 10db louder.
Can I adjust that so not to get to much high frequency?
I will use it with a 8" woofer until 400Hz.
With the bamboo cone I'm sure I'll need to ad a tweeter. But the sound character dark even in the mid section. Also need some help at high frequency.
Can you please let me know if I can smooth out the frequency over 10K at if I get the Titanium cone driver.
Thank you for any advice. It would be great to get advise ASAP so I can exchange the drivers.
I'm also willing to sell them in case someone interested now.
You save the shipping cost. These driver are brand new they just arrived today afternoon.

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Old 19th January 2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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Did the drivers arrived already run-in ? I don't think so
So you must play something with them for 5-10 hours before
claiming anything about their sound.
That's usual practice , but I'm sure you knew that.
As you probably know how to model / shape a response through using serial
RLC nets .
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Old 19th January 2012, 01:56 PM   #3
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Yes I did run 5 hours , the sound get better buts till dark to me.
The last 7 years I listening only metal cone drivers.
I think to exchange the bamboo to titanium cone. Probably that closer to my taste and has more life in it.
I need a bit more highs to. Do not forget my 8" woofer is kevlar a bit soft to. For bass I want to run that up to 400Hz.
I have a feeling these bamboo cone need a tweeter (some help)even if I would get used to it to the sound.
Only problem with the titanium cone over 10KHz it go over 90Db that look like a bit to much.
Now If I return I loose all the shipping cost (both way) plus I have to pay another shipping cost on the titanium to.
I built several speakers but these would be my first full range.
If only I have a tweeter I would know how to cut with a L pod a couple db. But L pod can not used in a full range drive. probably some capacitor between the +/- or inductor???
Greetings Gabor
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Old 19th January 2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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take the TB flat cone 3" or 4", for not loud levels cut it at about 400Hz, if loud then 600Hz(800Hz)
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Old 19th January 2012, 04:27 PM   #5
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These is about these two driver
Both 4"full range. I just returned the bamboo cone driver for exchange to the titanium cone.
Because the last 7 years I listen metal cone the bamboo a bit to dark to me. All do it is a great driver for that price.
The titanium probably will be better (give lighter sound) to my taste but it has a nasty hike over 13KHz if you look at the diagram of the driver you can see it.
I must cut back that highs because that will be to loud, some area goes over
The Solen electronics technician told me on the phone I must use some small inductors parallel with the driver.
He didn't told me what size but I will figure out some how.
I only want a full range speaker supported at the bass with a 8" woofer.
I do not want to use a tweeter to.

Greetings Gabor
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Old 19th January 2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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I think the Bamboo cone is a bit dark sounding too and use a tweeter with it. I like that type of sound. I also heard the 3" Titanium and it sounded brighter but not too bright. I think the rise at the very top of the response will not be obtrusive... it just adds a little zing!
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Old 19th January 2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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Thank you

I will see after I ad the 8" woofer crossing point around 400Hz.
I do not want to use tweeter if is possible. Because the darker sound for that reason I returned the bamboo cone. All do not bad at all.
I hope the titanium will be a bit brighter.
May be the top will be OK with the extra bass driver.
Unfortunately I got used to it to the metal cone drivers now hard to listen other type.
Again the 4" Tang band bamboo very nice driver and very smooth.
I hope the titanium will be at least as good but a bit brighter sound (not to bright just a bit).
Also the titanium 1db louder than the bamboo after the data.
These rated about 25W continuous, if I cut the bass of at 400Hz that must increase the power capability of these driver and hope reduce further the distortion.
Usually the human hearing limited around 16-17KHz. So not much will be there at the top.
In case if bother me I'll try to use some inductor..

Greetings Gabor

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Old 20th January 2012, 02:01 PM   #8
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I have a Tang Band W3 Bamboo Cone at MICRO

On it's own, not for me. Ended up with a tweeter.
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Old 20th January 2012, 03:40 PM   #9
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Yes that is what I heard from the bamboo cone. It need a tweeter. Otherwise it is to dark..
I would end up a 3 way speaker instead a full range.
How I stated I want to support with a 8" woofer to get enough bass out of it. Actually I plan to use a XO at 400Hz. To take that bass of from the TB 4" driver. I had that woofer brand new from Monacor the SPH 200 KE. Is a kevlar driver, wel built ag good quality, it is possible to use as a midwoofer but I don't like the soft mids. That is why I picked the TB. As a woofer sound great from 50L F3 under 30Hz. Next to that I want a driver which I do not have to use tweeter. Probably the titanium will sound better, brighter. Now I returned the bamboo for exchange to the same size titanium cone.
Let see what I get when it arrive.
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Old 20th January 2012, 03:48 PM   #10
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Hi Gaborbela ,
yes ,the steps are Ok ,using a fullrange for a mid is doable ,if not advisable.
On the tw side , the good ol' treated silk might still be the best choice .
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