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View Poll Results: Select the driver that sounds best to you.
A 10 32.26%
B 0 0%
C 1 3.23%
D 3 9.68%
E 5 16.13%
F 6 19.35%
G 6 19.35%
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Old 7th October 2015, 05:41 AM   #1
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Default A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 3.5in drivers - Round 5

Please do not discuss your selection (vote) or what you think the identity of any particular driver is prior to the reveal. Be considerate and allow others to listen and make up their minds without undue influence. It is fine to discuss your process, your thinking and generalities of the driver characteristics. Just avoid labeling Driver X as brand Y etc. If you must prognosticate and want your selections to be recorded for proof of your amazing abilities to pick and name the drivers presented, please do so by creating a text file and uploading that with your post. Add lots of carriage returns to your text file so that the answers are at the bottom and require active mouse movements to reveal the spoiler. Otherwise, an accidental mouse click shows all.

Round 5 begins with a whole new set of drivers shown below:

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1. Tectonic Elements TEBM46C20N-4B BMR 3in (4 ohm Nd magnet paper cone)
2. Alpine OEM p/n 68223392AA 3.5in full range for Jeep Wrangler (4 ohm Nd magnet poly carbon cone with aluminum dustcap)
3. Fountek FR88EX 3.5in (8 ohm Nd magnet aluminum cone)
4. Vifa TC7FD00-04 2.5in (4 ohm ferrite magnet paper cone)
5. Tymphany NE65W-04 2.0 in (4 ohm Nd magnet aluminum cone)
6. Tang Band W2-852SH 2.0 in (4 ohm Nd magnet paper cone)
7. (center position) Fountek FR58EX 2.0in (8 ohm Nd magnet aluminum cone)

Factory specs and prices for above drivers here:
A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 3.5in drivers - Round 5

Measurements of the drivers here (look only if you don't think it will affect your voting, or vote first then look):
A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 3.5in drivers - Round 5

Methodology is identical to Round 4, so please look there for details. With these changes: recordings are left channel only in mono. So you are listening to mono for files below.

The level-matched reference sound clips are available here:
A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 4in drivers - Round 4

Please select the driver that you think sounds best and provide your ranking in order of the preferred driver in a separate text file uploaded and attached to your post.

Have fun!

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Old 7th October 2015, 05:43 AM   #2
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Default Sound Clip 1 for all drivers

Please change extension from .asc to .mp3 in order to listen.
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File Type: asc A-clip-1.asc (1.72 MB, 115 views)
File Type: asc B-clip-1.asc (1.72 MB, 71 views)
File Type: asc C-clip-1.asc (1.73 MB, 57 views)
File Type: asc D-clip-1.asc (1.73 MB, 57 views)
File Type: asc E-clip-1.asc (1.73 MB, 59 views)
File Type: asc F-clip-1.asc (1.73 MB, 58 views)
File Type: asc G-clip-1.asc (1.74 MB, 61 views)
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Default Sound Clip 2 for all drivers

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File Type: asc A-clip-2.asc (1.71 MB, 59 views)
File Type: asc B-clip-2.asc (1.71 MB, 47 views)
File Type: asc C-clip-2.asc (1.72 MB, 48 views)
File Type: asc D-clip-2.asc (1.72 MB, 45 views)
File Type: asc E-clip-2.asc (1.72 MB, 47 views)
File Type: asc F-clip-2.asc (1.71 MB, 48 views)
File Type: asc G-clip-2.asc (1.72 MB, 54 views)
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Default Sound Clip 3 for all drivers

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File Type: asc B-clip-3.asc (1.73 MB, 45 views)
File Type: asc C-clip-3.asc (1.73 MB, 45 views)
File Type: asc D-clip-3.asc (1.73 MB, 43 views)
File Type: asc E-clip-3.asc (1.73 MB, 49 views)
File Type: asc F-clip-3.asc (1.72 MB, 45 views)
File Type: asc G-clip-3.asc (1.73 MB, 46 views)
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Thank you X, did a quick first listening and wow except for one particular driver the bass region this time seems much closer to replicate bass region in the level-matched reference sound clips A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 4in drivers - Round 4.

EDIT now notice this round recordings is at same sampling rate as as reference clips at 44,1kHz.

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Hmm, I could live with all but one! However one is slightly better for me, but would never hear it if listening separately!

The third clips sound awful, like a broken driver.

Peter
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Thank you X, did a quick first listening and wow except for one particular driver the bass region this time seems much closer to replicate bass region in the level-matched reference sound clips A Subjective Blind Comparison of 2in to 4in drivers - Round 4.

EDIT now notice this round recordings is at same sampling rate as as reference clips at 44,1kHz.
The recordings were made at 96kHz and down sampled to 44.1k during conversion to MP3 in Audacity.

Glad the level matched samples and bass are similar. I plotted the response for all and overlay is 99% match for bass up to 300Hz before the XO.
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Hmm, I could live with all but one! However one is slightly better for me, but would never hear it if listening separately!

The third clips sound awful, like a broken driver.

Peter
I will have to take a careful listen. What do you mean it sounds broken? Is it a recording or setup error or just a bad driver?
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