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Old 7th March 2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for 3" or 4" Fullrange Drivers?

Hello and thanks for reading my post.

I am looking to build single driver full range speakers. These speakers will be used for listening to the appropriate genres of music in my small living room through a gainclone chip amp. Unfortunately I do not have the time or space for the cool horns that are often discussed and I am therefore looking for a driver that meet the following criteria.

-3" or 4"
-Works well in a bass reflex enclosure
-Cheap is good, but willing to pay for quality up to $50/driver
-Low frequency extension is a plus as my sub is not exactly musical

I have been looking at the Fostex FE83En. Seems to be popular for small bass reflex cabs, but I would like to know what other would suggest. Thanks, I really appreciate your input.
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Old 7th March 2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Fostex FE103En is a good choice given your limitations...plans are available for a bass reflex on Madisound's website.
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Old 7th March 2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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Fostex FE103En is a good choice given your limitations...plans are available for a bass reflex on Madisound's website.

FF85WK - but if you can accommodate the required box size (due to the large flange) CSS EL70 has the best LF performance that I know of in a driver this size/price range
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Some of the 3' Tang Band drivers in a TABAQ put out some great sound. It's an easy build too. I put two W3-879S's in a bipole arrangement and they are awesome. The 879 is no longer available, but the W3-881SI is supposed to be a good candidate for a TABAQ, and it's on clearance at Parts Express.
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Old 7th March 2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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You can get maybe 200 Hz out of FE83En. Fe103 might give another octave on the bottom.

For your budget i'd echo Chris' recommend of EL70, a real over achiever, and i know of nothing of similar size that will do bass like it does.

Lots of enclosures vetted for it as well.

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I want to ask a question even if it may sound strange. I have a pair of Creative T12 speakers for my computer. It's rated at 45 to 17,000hz. Is there a way that the Fostex FE83en, FF85WK or Fountek FR88EX can reproduce bass going down to 45hz without having to use a back loaded horn or some kind of tower?

I guess with the Creative T12, they're kind of "cheating" by putting a sort of woofer on the back of the speakers. I have to say I find they sound nice, just that I don't have a sound card which I believe isn't showing their potential.
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For your budget i'd echo Chris' recommend of EL70, a real over achiever, and i know of nothing of similar size that will do bass like it does.
Pretty impressive, when you don't feel there's anything missing listening to Pink Floyd DSOTM.

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Old 8th March 2012, 12:33 AM   #8
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I am in the process of using a FR88ex in a design by Dave/Chris/Others? Scott??? I'll let you know. I have high hopes, I had some extra bamboo but not enough, so going with solid soft maple, looks almost walnutish. It will be a week or so as my significant other just had rotator cuff surgery... I am it for the munchkins... sorry behind.. but the weather is so nice..... 45 and sunny.
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I want to ask a question even if it may sound strange. I have a pair of Creative T12 speakers for my computer. It's rated at 45 to 17,000hz. Is there a way that the Fostex FE83en, FF85WK or Fountek FR88EX can reproduce bass going down to 45hz without having to use a back loaded horn or some kind of tower?
FE83 150-200. FF85 80-100, FR88 a little lower, EL70 will make 45.

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Old 8th March 2012, 06:07 AM   #10
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Thanks for all of your input. I think I'll go with the CSS EL70 in the Mar-Kel70 cabinet.

Dave, I have plenty of 3/4" MDF and 1/2" Birch ply. After dimensions are adjusted to maintain the internal volume, are there any other adjustments for substituting either of these building materials?

Thanks again,
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