FE206ES-R, first impressions - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Full Range

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 15th April 2006, 03:20 PM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
validator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Germany
Default FE206ES-R, first impressions

Hi,

today I got a chance to test my Fostex FE206ES-R. I didn't had the time to build the recommended horn enlosure so I un-screwed my Hemp FR8.0 and used my 2 cu.ft reflex cab. I used a 8.2 ohm series resistor to get him reflex-friendly

First impression: good bass (45Hz), very detailed midrange, clear high range. A quick plot shows 92dB up to 2000Hz with a 4dB rise to the top end (even with the 8.2 ohms resistor!).

A very nice driver to play with ......

Regards
Thorsten
Attached Images
File Type: jpg fe206es-r.jpg (19.2 KB, 3141 views)
__________________
It's better to burn out than to fade away.
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th April 2006, 04:30 PM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Utrecht
Thorsten,

Thanks for these preliminary impressions, I just received the drivers from you and would like to thank you for organizing the availability of these drivers in Europe. When do you plan to build the recommended enclosures? Contemplating other cabinets as well?
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th April 2006, 04:55 PM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
validator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Germany
Hi,

the recommended horn will take some time. We have a DIY fair in November and I have to develop some kits with other drivers. Maybe Fostex Germany will build the horn for the fair.

I'm sure there will be other users here in the forum who will build it?!

Regards
Thorsten
__________________
It's better to burn out than to fade away.
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th April 2006, 05:04 PM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Utrecht
In the end I will, for sure. Maybe even before the November fair.
I think so far, only No Xo is close to finishing his cabinets.
Considering the highly praised FE206 in the regular BLH enclosure, I'm sure the ES-R will deliver something special.
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th April 2006, 08:41 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Scottmoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: UK
I'm going to cry now.

Glad you like them though.
__________________
Community site www.frugal-horn.com Commercial site www.wodendesign.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th April 2006, 11:12 PM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Utrecht
Scottmoose,

Just drop by to have a listen once they're finished.
  Reply With Quote
Old 16th April 2006, 03:32 PM   #7
Jacobus is offline Jacobus  Netherlands
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands
I'm very curious how it compares to the normal 206 and to the dx serie from lowther. I was thinking of using the fe206 but if the special edition is a big step up than I might consider that one instead.

cheers,

Jacob
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th April 2006, 05:40 AM   #8
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Seattle
Default my impressions

I have not broken them in very much, but the sound is a wholly different beast than the normal 206e.

like the 166 es-r, It is way chiller. I think that for me, super tweeter will be unnecessary though, whereas I have been debating a super tweeter with the 166ES-r off and on for some time now. my final decision is to not use one, and live with the softness.

I am pretty sure that the radial cone making really is playing a part here. they were able to tune out the hard resonances in the upper range from the cone and whizzer I am guessing. it is immediately audible. the result is buttloads of evenness across the spectrum. there is very little dynamic masking going on as well.

they just sound good too. very fun. kindof heavenly. definitely meant for super clean low powered triodes.

by the way, and it sortof goes without saying, the magnets are beautiful!!!

the cast frame is a big step up for me as well. the 166 es-r really deserved one. on the 166, I am still struggling with ideas and solutions on getting the things sealed and properly secured to cabinets.

having used the 166 es-rs for a year now, I can say that they have broken in unexpectedly well and slowly. they went through many stages, and have ended up becoming well endowed with beautiful tone over this last year. break in is not as dramatic as some of the other fostex drivers, because they actually sounded good out of the box. but they have a very subtle character. this character has become more and more definite and easy for the ear to attach to over the year.

the 206es-r is very very dynamic. they just disappear as well. it sounds like no noise comes from the cone. just music surrounding it. very errie. compression driver esque. I imagine many transformations into a very nice character for these drivers.

I have been using mine in small sealed cabinets for a few weeks. I cannot wait to let them fly in the reccommended enclosure. 101db here we come!

my opinion though about the drivers is that they are a steal. they sound wholly different from te normal version in almost all good ways. I found myself able to sit very close to them with no fatigue set in by shoutyness that the 206e demonstrates.

don't get me wrong though, i love the 206 E, i have a pair. they are their own thing. the 206es-r is another.

I compare it to the 166es-r only because this seems to be the second driver in a new "sound" for fostex. I think that they received alot of flack about the banana plant fibre sound over the past 6 or so years and they are wanting to redeem themselves with a less harsh sound. they are wanting to show what the banana plant is capable of.

thing is about the banana plant fibre stuff is that it ends up sounding great, it just takes FOREVER! a few years really. the difference is not subtle though. course, i am sure you all know this stuff. hope my humble opinion serves well.

I know I am quite a fanboy here, but these things really are very special I feel.

Clark
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th April 2006, 12:37 PM   #9
xcortes is offline xcortes  Mexico
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mexico City
Do they give 101 dB in the recommended blh enclosure?
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th April 2006, 03:11 PM   #10
frugal-phile(tm)
diyAudio Moderator
 
planet10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Victoria, BC, NA, Sol III
Blog Entries: 5
Quote:
Originally posted by xcortes
Do they give 101 dB in the recommended blh enclosure?
If the back-horn is properly done will only lift the bottom (so ~ <250 Hz) efficiency will still be the same as in the midband, which by Fostex spec is 98 dB.

dave
Attached Images
File Type: gif fe206ser-fr.gif (10.8 KB, 2210 views)
__________________
community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
p10-hifi forum here at diyA
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where can I get Fostex FE206ES-R from? spedmetal Full Range 21 1st April 2008 07:04 PM
Fe206es-r ecir38 Full Range 1 21st January 2008 03:24 PM
Pictures of FE206ES-R BLH graykeene Full Range 31 31st August 2007 03:41 AM
fe206es-r...Ill never go back to piddly. blumenco Full Range 24 2nd September 2006 04:26 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:33 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2