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Old 6th August 2015, 12:16 AM   #1
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I'm sure many here have seen these speakers. Very cool design and a very expensive price tag to boot If a person were to use a smaller Mark Audio driver, say the CHR 70. What would be a good woofer to match up with the CHR 70? Crossing at a low freq below 500 hz? A link to Yu-Tube vidie...


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Old 6th August 2015, 04:09 AM   #2
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The Boenicke W5 does look cool - however the concept is not new to diyAudio - please refer to post 32 from P10 on the following page:

A thread for Tysen and variations on FAST

Posted 2009.

With a CHR-70.3 you should be able to XO much lower than 500 Hz. If you plan to use a sub-woofer driver as a bass helper, the sub will become the limiting factor in crossing that high; a good woofer will allow that.

For a smallish subwoofer you can look up the Tang Band W6-1169:

Tang Band W6-1139SIF 6-1/2" Paper Cone Subwoofer Speaker

A woofer that should work in a small cabinet (no experience with these):

Denovo Audio Anarchy woofer DIY Sound Group

Some food for though, and I'm sure others will chime in.

Also for mid-tweet, you can look up the MA Alpair 6.2M and Alpair 6P.

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Old 6th August 2015, 05:49 AM   #3
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The Alpair 6P are the best MAs in my experience; clear, smooth and refined from a time before Mark really went on his bizarre micro-resonance crusade. Measures well, sounds fantastic and hugely flexible. Not much more than a CHR, but a class above

Also consider the Scanspeak 10F/8414. I'm enamoured by how well it measures, especially in terms of polar response and CSD.

A good woofer would be the U16 or L16 from SEAS. Amazing bass with staggeringly low bass distortion for the size. Both would easily handle a 500Hz crossover.
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Old 6th August 2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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If the woofer is co-located as close to the full range as possible, I would XO over at about 400Hz to 500Hz as it keeps magic of the fullrange and really reduces IMD from excessive cone motion due to mid bass that might cause fullrange to move a lot. If crossing at 400Hz and above the advantage of low bass extension of the CHR70 is not needed and smoother response drivers such as 10F/8424, or even other as described in Blind Subjective tests threads. Several options are available that are excellent: TC9FD, TG9FD10-8, 3FE22, P830986, RS100P-4, and B80. For the woofer, many choices are available - look for low distortion motor with copper rings, good xmax, higher sensitivity. If price is not an issue consider the SB Satori. The Dayton RS225-8 is an excellent choice as well but needs a steeper low pass. Finally, the XO if done is DSP gives you lots of options. My favorite so far is the so called Harsch transient perfect which uses a Butterworth 4th low pass and Bessel 2nd high pass on fullrange.

More info on this using 10F and RS226 here:
10F/8424 & RS225-8 FAST Ref Monitor
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Old 6th August 2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the info and links. Much appreciated.
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did anyone ever move forward on cloning these?
The bass volume is rather small, even for the mentioned TB W6-1139
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Old 10th September 2017, 11:07 PM   #7
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doubt it.

Seems a 6db filter 500-1khz is what is in it, but usually the impedance is increasing there, making for a tricky crossover.

If you want to keep the "full range driver magic" of minimal phase wrapping, that is.
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Old 11th September 2017, 04:13 AM   #8
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