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Old 17th September 2012, 04:41 PM   #101
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Be about that, & since manufacturing costs have significantly increased for all players in the past few months, maybe add another $ to the price. Fostex will sell them for, oh, about $1 - $2 more per unit. Add the shipping, taxes, distribution fees, and the need for suppliers / retailers to make some cash, nobody ultimately makes a whole lot. This is the relatively high-volume, low-margin end of the market.
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Old 17th September 2012, 04:57 PM   #102
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Let's not forget import duties, brokerage fees, various levels of sales taxes, at each transaction along the way to your workbench, and which can vary significantly by country before the product ever gets to the end seller

As to the cheap stamped baskets - ever take a look at the larger sizes in budget range of musical instrument / PA drivers - Eminence 12LTA, or the Silver Iris for example? Considering how much more motor mass / "torque" is glued / bolted on to the business end of these, if the structural integrity of the basket had significant impact on the performance, these are the class of drivers that would likely suffer far more than a 4-6" Full Ranger.

I've owned & built for several pairs of Fostex and other drivers with very pretty cast and machined baskets / magnet assemblies - unless they're on display in an OB or see-through enclosure, you soon forget about that and concentrate on the sound, and more dollars invested in the frame doesn't guarantee superior performance.
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Old 18th September 2012, 12:09 PM   #103
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Talking Yahh Hoo

Dave's 125's drivers found their way here.

Just finished installing them, will be testing them throughout the day

I may be catching up with P10 as far as number of speakers.

Dave generously sent these drivers (only) to me for testing only; they are up-for-sale .... Yikes!

(for some that are not aware, the design is a spin-off from the Fonken family - there are many changes)
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Old 18th September 2012, 05:23 PM   #104
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Dave's 125's drivers found their way here.

Just finished installing them, will be testing them throughout the day

I may be catching up with P10 as far as number of speakers.

Dave generously sent these drivers (only) to me for testing only; they are up-for-sale .... Yikes!

(for some that are not aware, the design is a spin-off from the Fonken family - there are many changes)


Even though I know what I think about it, I'm sure there are folks awaiting impressions of performance of the treated drivers.


Catching up with our builds? maybe
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Old 18th September 2012, 05:53 PM   #105
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Now this is a double edge sword yes?

Yes Yes very nice - they must be a matched pair or have been sprinkled with magic dust.

I can't believe how much smother these are; 100% better than an untreated pair.
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Old 18th September 2012, 06:34 PM   #106
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Catching up with our builds? maybe
Not even close.

From a year ago. A small sampling of builds to that time. Many more in the last year.

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Old 18th September 2012, 06:43 PM   #107
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the rogues' gallery (flock of Fonkens) above represents approx 18months of projects not sold - then there's the horns and MLTLs,
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Now this is a double edge sword yes?

Yes Yes very nice - they must be a matched pair or have been sprinkled with magic dust.
well, all pairs are as closely matched as possible before and after burn-in, and the magic of the dust is in the not random sprinkling, but very carefully calculated and applied patterns - different for each size / shape cone.

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I can't believe how much smother these are; 100% better than an untreated pair.
how about depth of soundstage / inner detail?
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Yes Yes very nice - they must be a matched pair or have been sprinkled with magic dust.

I can't believe how much smother these are; 100% better than an untreated pair.
Now that you have the driver to show off the DDR deficiencies of MDF, time to build a proper set of your Fonken-inspired creations.

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Old 18th September 2012, 07:18 PM   #110
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That's what only 12 pairs, yeah I think I have that many here.

The pattern is planed? Well that helps explain the mystery (a bit) why there is no shouting! It's Gone!

Since the speaker is clearly "flatter" I can hear more detail in the high end; remarkable really.

The depth is great, very nice soundstage. The other sets had a good soundstage, but don't hold a candle to these.

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