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Old 6th December 2013, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default Budget ~4" Driver for 2.1

Hoping you can help me choose a full range driver. I've been looking at various Tang Band, Dayton, Fostex, around 4". Here are my project parameters:
-very small enclosure, either ported or sealed (< .3 cu ft)
-powered sub will handle bass, so low end not crucial
-$50 or less per driver
-I'd like SPL > 85--I'll be driving these with a vintage 15W Marantz (not looking for huge volume)

Drivers I've been eyeballing include:
TB w4-1337SDF
Tang Band W4-1337SDF 4" Titanium Full Range Speaker | 264-916
Dayton Dayton Audio RS100
Dayton Audio RS100-8 4" Reference Full-Range Driver | 295-352
Fostex FE103En
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TB 1611SAF
Tang Band W5-1611SAF 5" Full Range Speaker | 264-918

Opinions? Other drivers you'd prefer for this application?

Thanks,

John
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Old 6th December 2013, 05:23 AM   #2
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Fostex FF125wk (5.5 > 9 litre), 105wk (3.3>5.5 liter)
Mark Audio CHR70/CHP70 (5.5 > 9 litre)
(0.3 ft^3 = 8.5 litre)

FE103En works in 3.3 litre
W5-1611 is good on the bottom shy on the top.

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Old 6th December 2013, 05:26 AM   #3
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I would prefer a 3" since it's more versed to treble reproduction.
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TB W3-315E
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Old 6th December 2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input guys, maybe 3" is the way to go since these will be paired with a very nice sub. Also HOLY CARP HAVE YOU SEEN THIS DRIVER?

FaitalPRO 3FE25
FaitalPRO 3FE25 3" Professional Woofer 8 Ohm | 294-1104

The specs look amazing, as does the price! Anyone tried them yet?
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Old 6th December 2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Datasheet:
http://www.faitalpro.com/products/fi...atasheet_8.pdf

Hmm, kind of a beamy peak at 12K or so...any opinions on how that'll translate in terms of listening impression?
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Old 6th December 2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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Interesting. The TB W3-315E has a very similar peak around 12K. The TB data sheet doesn't show off-axis response like the Faital does, but I'd be willing to bet it's pretty beamy right there as well.

http://www.tb-speaker.com/detail/1208_03/w3-315e.htm

Overall, they look like fairly similar drivers, no?
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Old 6th December 2013, 07:36 PM   #7
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It soes look very interesting. Combination of features, price, & sensitivity have one worrying that it could be too good to be true.

My favorite 3" is the Fostex FF85wk.

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Old 6th December 2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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It soes look very interesting. Combination of features, price, & sensitivity have one worrying that it could be too good to be true.
Yeah, I'd say they're definitely quoting an "optimistic" SPL. Their graph looks nearly identical to that of the TB driver but for the bigger bump at 12K. The de-facto SPL is probably more like 88 or so.

I'll have a look at that Fostex. Thing is, the Fostex drivers all seem to have very low power ratings--like 7W rms. Are they just being more conservative/realistic, or am I really more likely to blow them up?
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Thing is, the Fostex drivers all seem to have very low power ratings--like 7W rms.
There are no standards for measuring or specing power handling. It ismore or less a meaningless specification.

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Thanks for the input guys, maybe 3" is the way to go since these will be paired with a very nice sub. Also HOLY CARP HAVE YOU SEEN THIS DRIVER?

FaitalPRO 3FE25
FaitalPRO 3FE25 3" Professional Woofer 8 Ohm | 294-1104

The specs look amazing, as does the price! Anyone tried them yet?
In started a whole thread on this driver to get feedback. From all accounts it is the real deal and I will be ordering some soon. It is used in the Hilding horn thread and there are some measurements in a horn. There is lower xmax than in would like but it sims really well in the boxes I am considering.

If you are not opposed to a 3.5 in driver I have to add the Vifa TC9FD at $10 ea they are a tough bargain to beat for how good they sound. The sensitivity at 2.83v is 85 dB.
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