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Old 26th April 2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default which 8' fostex ? ff225k, fe206e, fe208ES, fe206ES-R ?

It' all in the title ! I intend to buy a pair of Fostex 8' and I only know the fe206e. How do these speakers sound compared to this fe206e ?
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Old 27th April 2006, 06:56 AM   #2
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Hi,

all drivers you mentioned are horn drivers so I guess that's your desired enclosure?!

You will get a lot of music out of a FE206e. FE208e Sigma and FF225k will need a helper-tweeter and FE206ES-R is close to "sold-out" in Europe (but would be the best IMHO).

If your goal is a simple enclosure than FE207e might be an alternative. There are "easy" enclosures/designs for FE206e too but I never heard one beside the horn so far.

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Old 27th April 2006, 09:56 AM   #3
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I do have a pro ring tweeter so let's say the very highs aren't a problem.

I will try many enclosures but I'm thinking of nagaoka or other back horns.

What I'd like to know is how these speakers sound. The fe206e is very dynamic with a clear and neutral midrange, good midbass impact bu no bass and a little harsness in the highs (IMHO).

What about the others ? Are the 208ES and the 206ES-R worth their high cost ?

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Old 27th April 2006, 10:07 AM   #4
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Hi,

you will hardly find someone who listened to all or even could compare them 1:1.

I'ver heard FE206e in it's Fostex recommended as well as FE208e Sigma and I heard FE206ES-R in a reflex cab.

FE206e has a very good money/value ration. 208e Sigma will add more detail in the midrange and if you add a tweeter highrange will be no question. Bass is nearly the same when put into the recommended horns. Sigma has a bit more "punch".

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Old 27th April 2006, 10:26 AM   #5
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Hi !

And what about the ES-R ?
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Old 27th April 2006, 10:31 AM   #6
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well .....

the reflex cab is not the right enclosure. With a series resistor (8.2 ohm) you can put him in 55 liter reflex but the midrange will be forward.

In the recommended horn you will get the same bass as FE206e / FE208e Sigma, a midrange close to 208 Sigma and a better highrange due to the whizzer.

Bottom line: if you want to use your tweeter take 208e Sigma if not try FE206ES-R (if available).

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Old 27th April 2006, 11:04 AM   #7
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Hi

and the Audio Nirvana 6.5 - a Fostex clone - it's been said the AN has a even better midrange than most Fostex...

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Old 27th April 2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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Hi,

I couldn't hear any difference between FE206e and Audio Nirvana 8" (standard version). The only difference was look and price in my ears & eyes. Don't know yet how good the new "super" version of AN 8 is.

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gday!
nice question in the headline. do you have some place in your city where you can test any of these drivers, using at least simple enclosure?
I'm - not. it's pity, but we're develop "Acoustic studio" in our city. our customer will be able to do it. I plan to show Fostex, Monacor, latter Lowther over there. try to take Sonido from Hungary - interesting drivers, but couldn't yet.
and now I cut boxes for testing - closed - several for T/s measuring, ported a few and TQWP (it's done 1 pcs). hope it'll be nice place for DIY'ers
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Old 28th April 2006, 03:22 PM   #10
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and a last question : WHAT ABOUT THIS DAMN CORAL BETA 8 ?

Some people say this is the best fullrange, how is it VS fe206e ?
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