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Old 12th March 2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default Best Tang Band for first time project?

What is the best Tang Band 3" driver? This will be my first diy project. From what I've read it's the W3-871S. Is there another one that may be better?
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Old 12th March 2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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I think the W3-315SC is better. I've had both. Neither is very good though.

I'd go directly to the W4-1320SB 4" driver, it's much better for fullrange use than the smaller 3" drivers.

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Old 13th March 2006, 04:53 PM   #3
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I think the 3” aluminum I used is the 315… I’d bet it’s similar to the 871 in sound.. maybe they are slightly different. The 4” sounds very much like the 3” IMO anyway.

TB’s are easy to work with and IMO are the easiest hi end speakers to build. Seal em up and play… tho you can port if you want a bit more bloom and a bassier sound.
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Old 14th March 2006, 01:35 AM   #4
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I figured Zilla would pipe into this thread . . . .
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Old 14th March 2006, 04:04 AM   #5
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Hey guys, I presently have some TB W3-871's. My intention is to use them for computer speakers. My original design involved a small tall box, 16" tall, 5.25" wide, (outer dimensions) and about 4.5 deep with the back made from half of a PVC pipe in a closed box. I believe it will work. However as I sit at the desk looking at the baffles laying on their sides with the speakers in them, I am struck by the notion that if the speaker were triangular like GM's MLTL-48 and you jammed it back against the wall you could use the top of the desk and the wall as extended baffles the way his speaker does. So how small can you go with the cabinet for this speaker, assuming a triangular shape? I am modeling w/MJK's ws but would like a comparison to see if I've done it right?

P.S. Search DIY TB (model #) for lots of plans and opinions on speakers.
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Old 14th March 2006, 06:44 AM   #6
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I have been meaning to order the titanium 3' driver.I may just go ahead and order it soon.I tried the bamboo 3' driver and thought it to be too smooth for my taste.

I tend to like the metal cone drivers more.
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Old 14th March 2006, 12:12 PM   #7
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If you happen to have a couple of Tangband W3-871 available, here is an excellent cabinet solution until you manage to complete some more fancy woodwork:
Tangband in a bottle
1,5 liter blastic bottle (thick-wall, re-usable quality) lightly stuffed with a wool sock. Assembled with duct tape. Un-corked for bass reflex. Remember to also add a notch-filter (eg. as used for the Cyburgs Needle).
Very good sound in a small room

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Old 14th March 2006, 02:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your responses.

Godzilla, you have some very nice speakers on your site.

The Tangband in a bottle, very cool Svein_B.

Is the Fostex FE83E/FE87E better than the W3-871s? I also saw this at parts-express:
It's interesting because of the built in tweeter & crossover design.
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Old 14th March 2006, 05:42 PM   #9
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For a first project I would recommend the W3-871. Parts Express has them on sale for 13.50. There are plenty of designs for them online. You could experiment with different box designs and filters and see how each change effects the sound. Great way to learn with minimal investment. Excellent bang for the buck.
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Old 16th March 2006, 02:44 PM   #10
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Does anyone have any experience/opinions on the Tang band W3-879S . I prefer the all black appearance of this one over the 871s but I'll go with which ever one sounds better.
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