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Old 2nd April 2012, 10:56 AM   #11
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Default Pensil vs Mar-Ken

After comparing the Pensils and the Marken 10.2 directly in the same system I am more impressed with the Mar-Ken. The reason is that it gives better cone control and sounds great within it's entire range. Although the pensils can go a little lower and with more efficiency, the extra range offered is not really worth tackling with this driver in my opinion. Especially considering the use of lower power amps. Of course it depends on your system, I use mine for music and home theater. Movies tend to be unpredictable in the bass region requiring the use of a high pass filter. In this situation the pensils are overkill, but they are floorstanding which may be a major advantage. Somehow the Mar-Ken cabinet flattens the impedance on the driver a lot. For me with my DSP this was a huge advantage that ultimately allowed the amplifier to push the extra power to the driver's low end to produce the sweetest sound I have heard from this driver. If I were to do it all over again, I would use the 7.3 mar-ken high passed at 60hz with a powered subwoofer.

I still need to hear this FH3 so no comment on that.
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After comparing the Pensils and the Marken 10.2 directly in the same system I am more impressed with the Mar-Ken. The reason is that it gives better cone control and sounds great within it's entire range. Although the pensils can go a little lower and with more efficiency, the extra range offered is not really worth tackling with this driver in my opinion. Especially considering the use of lower power amps. Of course it depends on your system, I use mine for music and home theater. Movies tend to be unpredictable in the bass region requiring the use of a high pass filter. In this situation the pensils are overkill, but they are floorstanding which may be a major advantage. Somehow the Mar-Ken cabinet flattens the impedance on the driver a lot. For me with my DSP this was a huge advantage that ultimately allowed the amplifier to push the extra power to the driver's low end to produce the sweetest sound I have heard from this driver. If I were to do it all over again, I would use the 7.3 mar-ken high passed at 60hz with a powered subwoofer.

I still need to hear this FH3 so no comment on that.


yup, that's pretty much what we've said about the Fon / Mar ken style cabinet vs more standard BR or even most MLTL implementations; while the latter types can squeeze more weight / impact / slam - pick your favorite descriptor- the resistance of the multiple high aspect ratio ports, coupled with the inherently high degree of bracing and small enclosure dimensions compared to a floorstander MLTL go a long way to resolving finer texture of inner detail and "DDR" (to use a "Dlugism" )

I'd experiment as high as 120Hz when using the 7.3 in a HT system

The FH3 is a completely different kettle of fish
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Guilty here too!
I can say for my taste, the Mar-ken cabs i've built have all been very satisfying
re: bass quality.
Quantity might dictate something else, but you can always add a (couple) of subs if req'd.
Good Luck with the process.
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...and "DDR" (to use a "Dlugism" )
Allen Wright gets all credit for this term.

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