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Old 4th March 2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default First venture into Fullrange & tubes and looking for help

Hi All, Iím new to this and looking for advice. I want to build a speaker set to go with either a Poddwatt Series-1 or an Elekit TU-879S 6L6GC Power Amplifier (or similar low priced DIY kit).
I found this set of plans on Quarter Wave that will be easy to build and also fit the esthetics of the room (wifeís requirement). I know they were designed for Lowther DX drivers but those are way out of my budget so Iím hoping either the Fostex FE206En or Audio Nirvana Super 8 Cast would work in this enclosure as is or with minor dimensional modifications.
Enclosure Design and Construction for the Lowther DX Series of Drivers
http://www.quarter-wave.com/Project04/ML_TL_Plans.pdf
Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 4th March 2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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For an enclosure as wife friendly as Martin's MLTLs, the FE206 might not be the most appropriate choice from the Fostex line-up - the xx6 series tend to really deliver in a BLH, which for this driver won't be as compact.

The FF225WK might be a more suitable choice for an enclosure with this form factor, but would very likely be found to need a tweeter for full top end extension.

Then there's the Alpair12.P - certainly more expensive than either of the Fostex, but definitely an excellent choice; still it really likes to see a full sized MLTL for maximum unaided performance.
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Old 4th March 2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thats for sure! She saw this picture on quarter-wave and it is what has allowed this to progress (she also really likes the white cones vs the rest).
http://www.quarter-wave.com/Gallery/...ward_ML_TL.jpg

It's also where I got the FE-206E idea from.
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Take a look at the WIBAQ - Betsy-K thread.
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Old 5th March 2013, 04:52 AM   #5
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Thanks lm, I just read through that but the 2.5ft3 speaker size was a hard enough sell to the wife so 4.7ft3 would most likely blow me out of the water. And honestly even for me those are on the big size.
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Ok, so after another late night on the forums I’m thinking that a Mar-Ken 12 with one of Planet 10’s “massaged” drivers might be what I’m looking for … of course now I feel like I’m all over the map with this decision. Will an inexpensive low wattage tube amp be ok with this or do I need a more sensitive driver?? My music is generally stuff like Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gotan Project, Strunz & Farrah but then I do listen to rock from AC/DC to Zeppelin (just not at high volumes). Do I need to get off the crack pipe or am I heading in the right direction?? Thanks!!
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Thats for sure! She saw this picture on quarter-wave and it is what has allowed this to progress (she also really likes the white cones vs the rest).
http://www.quarter-wave.com/Gallery/...ward_ML_TL.jpg

It's also where I got the FE-206E idea from.
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Old 6th March 2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I use my ma7.3's with 10 watt chip amp. I'm guessing but anything below 90 db efficient speakers might need at least 10 good watts.

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PS. Has she seen the FH3's? They are under a meter tall and very narrow.

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