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Old 29th August 2004, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default Affordable, good and *available* full range drivers?

Once upon a time in DIY land, there was available from Radio Shack a US$12 full range driver that would give the legendary Lowther, worth more than 100 times that figure, a run for its money. Meanwhile, here I am down at the navel of the earth (New Zealand) seeking such an affordable, fantastic and available driver for Voigt Pipes (straight or folded) that I am about to build. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what and where? (People outside New Zealand, please don't feel left out here. Maybe your supplier can ship worldwide at little cost?)
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Old 29th August 2004, 07:48 AM   #2
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By the way, my speakers will be driven by a buffered Gainclone chip amp.
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Old 29th August 2004, 08:55 AM   #3
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CPC (in the UK) do this 8 inch full-range at around 10 UKP.

I used a pair for a speaker experiment and thought that they sounded rather good.

I have now dismantled the polystyrene baffles and am planning to try the drivers in some Voigt pipes when I can scrounge the cabinet materials.

And yes, I have been driving these with Gainclones
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Old 29th August 2004, 09:39 AM   #4
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Default Affordable, good and *available* full range drivers?

surf to:

www.madisound.com

and take a look at the fostex speakers

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Old 29th August 2004, 11:53 AM   #5
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Default well thats a myth IMHO

Not in its wildest dreams would the rat shack give a lowther <
(as bad as it is) A run for its money. I had 2 1197s and4 of the bigger ones and thought they were so ordinary that i gave them as door prizes at my hi fi open house
The fostex FE107E @ $33.50USD , @ madisound is a star,will KILL the RS, and the fostex FE167E is a shining star for value @63.50 ea,and
will kill most more expensive ones, and the Jordan Jx92S (135 ea.)will kill the fostex and most everything else price not withstanding on direct A/B, and the supravox 215 sig bicone is simply unaproachable in sound for the $ @ 335 ea.
You do get what you pay for if u shop wisely. Quality has no regrets!
In trying to find a great sounding cheap speaker sys, i spent in 5 years, 6 times
what my jordans finally cost. You are going to have 100dreds in the rest of the system , so why ruin it with a cheap speaker, money isnt that tight! And dont think i dont know what tight money is! Im buying my home and have the bad habit of liking to eat occasionally, and my total income is 1100/M as im retired. My music is as important to me as my home and ive had this sys with Jordans for 5 years and have heard no reason to change . I havent spent a dime on speakers for my main sys in those 5 years . Sorry if this sounds like a rant , but ive learned my lessons the long hard expensive way
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I have RS, Fostex, and Lowther in my collection of full range driver. The Fostex is much better then the RS, the Lowther is a significant step above the Fostex. You get what you pay for with these drivers and the effort you put into the design of the enclosure and any compensation circuit. No short cuts or to good to be true deals. Buy the best you can afford and design a good enclosure and filter if required.
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Old 29th August 2004, 04:44 PM   #7
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Keep an eye on the Buy & Sell forum on Fullrangedriver.com
http://fullrangedriver.com/tiki-view....php?forumId=4
There's nothing there at this moment but RS drivers show up there quite often. I picked up 4 new in-the-box Fostex FE-103E from that site at a nice discount. Also check e-bay and Planet10 Hi Fi. I know that Dave ships worldwide. You can e-mail him and ask for more details.
http://www.planet10-hifi.com/
I agree with the recommendations from Thor and MJK concerning RS, Fostex, Jordan and Lowther but I think you'll be happy with whichever you choose. The Jordan JX92S may be the best bang-for-the-buck full ranger out there even though it's now US$135.
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Don't overlook the Pioneer full range, which I think beats out
the Radio Shack, and only costs about $20.

But for a few bucks more you can step up to a Fostex FE166E
or FE206E (both with the whizzer) and do much better yet.
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www.solen.ca is in Canada. They have very afforable shipping, cheaper then when I get something shipped inside US a lot of times. Have to ask them for prices on products and shipping. Also drivers might be more expensive than at madisound.com not sure.

Hey, you guys ever try putting cross-overs in your fullrange drivers, just to see how different they sound? You know one would be a tweeter and one a woofer and x-over would be in the 2 KHz to 4 Khz range. Maybe you'll like them better this way
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Default Pioneer full range

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Originally posted by Nelson Pass
Don't overlook the Pioneer full range, which I think beats out
the Radio Shack, and only costs about $20.

But for a few bucks more you can step up to a Fostex FE166E
or FE206E (both with the whizzer) and do much better yet.

Hi Nelson,

Which Pioneer driver are you refering too and where is it available?

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