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Old 24th May 2005, 01:52 AM   #1
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Default My Fostex FE108E Sigma project..

There're here!!! It's like Christmas again. Sweet looking drivers. Nice and heavy.

I would like to document this project as I go to share with others and to keep as a record for myself (if that's okay with everyone?). I plan to do a lot of prototyping and testing.

First, break-in. Tonight, I will cut some baffles out of MDF and mount the drivers. I will use the 10w amp for my computer speakers to drive them. This way, I can run the drivers day and night with all kinds of voice and music.

Question: I understand volume is important to breaking in, but how loud? That's one thing I can't seem to find.

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Old 24th May 2005, 02:01 AM   #2
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To run drivers in, I usually wire them out of phase, stack one on top of the other, and run 15Hz sinewave from a frequency generator at just under Xmax for 4-12 hours or so. That keeps the noise to a minimum, and seems to work well. Just keep an eye on the temperature, though in free air, and with no loading on the cones, they shouldn't dissipate too much energy.
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Old 24th May 2005, 07:42 AM   #3
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I put my fe206e's into cardboard boxes with holes cut into the top and pillows in the bottom. Hooked them to my old onkyo reciever and let them play for a few weeks. I just used the volume level that wasn't disturptive to the household. It work just great.

Near as I can tell the mechanical parts of the driver just need a little exercise to loosening up. I had the drivers running for two weeks this way (about 336 hours), and I haven't detected any differance in sound quality over the next year. O' and I listen to my setup for 5 to 10 hours a day.

Anyway, I am intrested in your new project. I have my eyes on the 108 or 168 for new project. What cabinet are you looking to build?

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Old 24th May 2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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108ES is a lovely driver... i'm just hoping someday to see an alnico version...

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Old 24th May 2005, 01:58 PM   #5
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Please keep us posted as to your results. I've quite enjoyed my 108's, they are now in thier third pair of speakers, a two way with a 12" eminence. At some point I'ld like to try them in front horns, but I'm quite happy with them just the way they are for now.
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Old 24th May 2005, 04:39 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

I put them in a MDF open baffle last night and will play them 24/7 for the next week or two. I have them in my basement office, where I use my Yamaha 3" speakers. The difference in sound is quite dramatic. The 108's also reveal a lot more background noise from the amp, so I am going to have to be careful what I ultimately hook them up with.

They sound really nice. A little thin, but I expected that, and, of course, no bass at all. Right now, Horowitz is playing Chopin. I do notice a dramatic improvement in the midrange and upper midrange compared to the Yamahas. Yes, vocals do sound a LOT better.

As for an enclosure, I am ultimately shooting for a Buschhorn, but I have so many ideas floating around in my head that it will be some time before I actually build something permanent. I want to experiment with the sound of open baffles, tubes, pipes, X baffles, concentric rings. The ideas just keep coming. The Replikon (sp?) looks really cool, and now I wonder what that sounds like. My wife likes Terry Cain's Abbys, so maybe I can come up with a smaller version (the "Babby").

I won't have anything specific to add to this thread for a week or two. Until then, here's a picture of the break-in baffles. The foam is to protect the finish from the screws I used. I will not use the Fostex screws until I put the drivers into their final enclosure.

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Old 24th May 2005, 05:59 PM   #7
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As for an enclosure, I am ultimately shooting for a Buschhorn, but I have so many ideas floating around in my head that it will be some time before I actually build something permanent. I want to experiment with the sound of open baffles, tubes, pipes, X baffles, concentric rings. The ideas just keep coming. The Replikon (sp?) looks really cool, and now I wonder what that sounds like. My wife likes Terry Cain's Abbys, so maybe I can come up with a smaller version (the "Babby").
Let us know how the experimentation goes. Although I will say from personal experience, that the fostex 108es is quite limited as an open baffle driver. It has such a small x-max that it's limited to either low level play back, or an extra large tweeter on an open baffle. Quite a nice driver though despite it's limitations.
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Old 24th May 2005, 09:20 PM   #8
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Lovely driver! Break-in time is very very long and mine got better every passing day. I sold them to get a pair of FE168EZ. Dub reggae is the best break-in music with heavy bass beat and sizzling highs.
Back loaded horns are the best way to go if you intend to use them full-range on their own. You might find the Bushorn a bit boomy while the Fostex design seems better balanced in my opinion.
Great driver! If you plan to use it with a SS amp, try a non-inductive resistor in serie (in between 4 and 10 Ohms). Best $5 tweak for the money.
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Old 24th May 2005, 10:04 PM   #9
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I agree - the 108 is a fantastic little driver.
I have built some horns with them - very pleased with the results
My T Amp project feels just right for them.

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You might find the Bushorn a bit boomy while the Fostex design seems better balanced in my opinion.
If anything the B-Horn doesn't extract enuff bottom out of the 108, but what is there is very good.

The Fostex horn i'm working on still doesn't sound right (not with 108ES thou)

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