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Old 4th November 2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Tang-Band full-ranger in a soffit-mounted system?

I was surfing around Parts Express, and I came across this:

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=264-842
http://www.partsexpress.com/pdf/264-842.pdf -- The spec sheet

As far as I can tell, it has pretty nice specs and a good response curve (other than those two peaks between 10k and 20k -- more on that later). My application would be a small music studio for recording and mixing, like thus:

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As you can see, my plan is to soffit-mount anything I might build or buy into the walls. So, we'll call that an infinite baffle for now. (The picture shows an MTM configuration, but that's flexible.)

So, this Tang-Band driver pops up, and I start thinking about pairing it with a woofer to handle the area from about 30hz up to about 150hz. I've seen some folks do similar things around here, and I'm wondering just how well they think such designs work for critical listening, especially in the mid-range area. I would probably use an active crossover and bi-amp each side.

As for those peaks I mentioned earlier, I'm thinking solution one is simply to try using the speakers as-is, since they might not sound as bad as they look. If I want, I can try tweaking the crossover or add a cap to try to smooth it out.

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Those are quite good for listening, when we were trying out the W3-1231SH, we found that a little more tweeking and mods made them acceptable for a small recording studio. Adding the bass is very good.
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I like the specs of the 1231 better, I think. Of course, there's no substitute for trying things out and listening, but the other problem is, apparently, the 1231's are not available in the United States.

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You might want to consider crossing a bit higher due to the limited Xmax using the W3-1335SB. Probably at around 500Hz. W3-1335SB is said to have better off-axis response, but I have not measured one.
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Yeah, I'm reconsidering my choice of full-range driver now. The whole point was to keep any crossover out of the 200hz to 2khz range. Research shall continue.

Again, thanks for your help.
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Cool looking set-up!

If you can build such big enclosures, why go with such small drivers? Is it because you want to use them nearfield at your work station?
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I have a ceiling height of 6 feet, 5 inches (my total dimensions are 13'x17'x6.5'). It's not as big as it looks, and right now, the whole area's a mess anyway.

Because of the center jack holding up the floor above (the red columns are jacks), I'm limited where I can place my desk. That means near-field use only.

Also, that illustration is not the be-all-end-all of my final monitoring. I just placed an MTM thing in there to illustrate where the speakers would go, and the way the would mount right into the soffits. The design is still in the making.

I ran across this baby in the course of some research:

http://www.madaboutsound.com/prod_det.asp?product_id=13

It has a lot of desirable characteristics for this application, including being able to crossover at a low frequency for bass (150hz or so). It's Qts is kinda high, though.
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