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Old 21st December 2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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I've been looking at the Tang Band fullrange offer for a while and I find them very attractive spec-wise and price-wise.
I would build two nearfield monitor speakers with them to use with my production system. They have to be small, since I don't need much SPL in the nearfield, and they'd have to fit the desk. I also have a sub so I don't need much bass coming out of them.

This one looks good: Datasheet - W4-1320SIF - Loudspeaker Freaks

It would be great if I could get away without adding tweeters since active crossovers is the only way I'd go.
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Old 21st December 2015, 01:18 PM   #2
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If you have a sub you can build simple sealed boxes with foam core as a prototype and them move to mdf or ply if it works well.
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Old 21st December 2015, 01:21 PM   #3
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I can built prototypes out of chipboard, which costs next to nothing. And then move to mdf. Just wanted to know that the drivers are a good choice or if there are better at that price.

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Old 21st December 2015, 02:24 PM   #4
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I have tested this driver in my Subjective Blind threads. It measures well but sounds a bit dark. It has limited xmax. Can be good in a monitor as relatively flat. At this $50 price point you may want to consider spending $20 more for a Visaton B80 or a ScanSpeak 10F/8414 if "monitor" like flat response and low distortion are important. You could also spend less and get the TG9FD10-8 which sounds better IMO.
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I have tested this driver in my Subjective Blind threads. It measures well but sounds a bit dark. It has limited xmax. Can be good in a monitor as relatively flat. At this $50 price point you may want to consider spending $20 more for a Visaton B80 or a ScanSpeak 10F/8414 if "monitor" like flat response and low distortion are important. You could also spend less and get the TG9FD10-8 which sounds better IMO.
I can get Visaton B80 from a local shop at a similar price, since I don't pay the shipping price. Is is any better?
How about this one? http://loudspeakerfreaks.com/Product...oduct_ID=11316

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I have the 4" bamboo TB driver and love it for its mellow sound but IMO it sounds better with a tweeter.

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I can get Visaton B80 from a local shop at a similar price, since I don't pay the shipping price. Is is any better?
How about this one? W5-1611SAF - TB speakers 5 inch black polypropylene cone fullrange speaker - Loudspeaker Freaks
Yes, the B80 is perhaps one the the BEST full range drivers in the 3.5in to 4in class. It perhaps was the overall winner of all the drivers tested based on subjective blind testing and measured response for flatness. So it measures well, it sounds great, it is very well built with good quality and craftsmanship. It has perhaps the best measured CSD (according to Klang and Ton) of any of the drivers I have tested. You really can't go wrong with it.
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Me thinks the tc9 is now unobtanium.
At least from parts express anyway.
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It's probably temporarily out of stock due to $10 sale.
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