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Old 7th August 2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Fostex's new Fe103 Sol 8 50th anniversary Drivers?

Hello all. I was wondering if anyone has done anything with this driver in terms of testing and listening? I was wondering if it is worth the extra money over the Fe103en driver's? I am looking for my next project to build? Thanks Mr. Daniel

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Last question how are the FF 85wk's match up to the Fe 103en driver's in low level details and being natural sounding for voices?
I much prefer the FF85wk (FF85wKeN)

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I much prefer the FF85wk (FF85wKeN)

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Thanks Dave. I had to rewrite my post was in the middle of something. If I buy the FF85wk do I need a still need a tweeter? Mr. Daniel
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No tweeter needed IMO

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Thanks dave your input it always means alot to me. Just a thought? Have you tried the Audio Nirvana Super 3's. Sorry dave not trying to put you on the spot.
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super 3's are supposed to be extremely good( according to those on here that use them)
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Old 9th August 2014, 12:48 AM   #7
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This is an interesting driver. I noticed it is slightly hot rodded compared to the stock FE103EN. The anniversary version has a shorting ring and very flat impedance, and a slightly larger magnet (226g vs 193g). I'd guess the resolution is a little better.

Also, with that flat Z curve, it would be the perfect choice for a wideband midrange in a 3 way using true first order crossovers.
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This is an interesting driver. I noticed it is slightly hot rodded compared to the stock FE103EN. The anniversary version has a shorting ring and very flat impedance, and a slightly larger magnet (226g vs 193g). I'd guess the resolution is a little better.

Also, with that flat Z curve, it would be the perfect choice for a wideband midrange in a 3 way using true first order crossovers.
Did I understand correctly that it has a surround that has less compression?

I have not heard it but it attracts me more than the FF105WK. May have to model it to see if it will fit in the FF105WK metronome.
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well, being a Fostex "special edition" unit, production quantities and distribution could be limited enough (i.e. a few thousand for the hardcore domestic Japanese market), that all this speculation may be nothing more than that
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Madisound appear to have some: The Madisound Speaker Store

Not sure whether the damper reference in the text is another way of saying 'we've changed the spider' or if they've added something extra. The copper plated pole-piece & inner magnet is welcome. Looks to me from the measures like it has the same resonance issue at ~2.2KHz that the standard 103En has; since the text suggests they've changed the paper mix, that's presumably either suspension or geometry related -the frequency suggests the latter; possibly a standing wave across the cone. Probably optimal about 10 - 15 degrees off axis to flatten out the lower - mid HF range. Nice enough little unit, & should appeal to those who love the 103 sound (a legion of them, esp. in Japan), or those who want a quasi-collector piece, given that it's a little bit of history.
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