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sootboots 20th March 2012 05:23 PM

Pensil vs. FH3 with Alpair 7.3
 
Hi all, I have picked up a pair of Alpair 7.3 and must now decide on a cabinet design. The amp is a JE Labs design SET using KT90 in place of EL34, probably putting out 8W. I typically listen to jazz trios, female vocals, folk music, but also enjoy Zeppelin and Pearl Jam when the mood strikes....

The room is 14 x 18 and opening into a smaller dining room on one end. WAF will be a factor. I have a woodworking shop so other designs are possible.

Thought I would seek advice before I start the saw.

John

planet10 20th March 2012 06:25 PM

They are both good. I'd personally choose FH3 -- you should ask the wife which one she likes.

dave

Note that we have both here.

chrisb 20th March 2012 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by planet10 (Post 2953729)
They are both good. I'd personally choose FH3 -- you should ask the wife which one she likes.

dave

Note that we have both here.


the Pensils are a pretty darn simple build, but I'd agree that if WAF approved, the FH3 would be my choice between the 2

I have Pensils in one of my own systems - and as much as mrs B likes the look of the FH3, they're only good for short visits and demos - they don't "disappear" enough


there is a builder's photo gallery that you might want to show your wife

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/full-...e-gallery.html

now if she's a music lover show her this post in particular:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/full-...ml#post2951478

sootboots 20th March 2012 09:27 PM

That sounds like a good recommendation! Would there be a significant change in bass response if I used a "fonken-style" cab? I confess to liking strong, but well defined, bass at times.

John

chrisb 20th March 2012 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sootboots (Post 2953963)
That sounds like a good recommendation! Would there be a significant change in bass response if I used a "fonken-style" cab? I confess to liking strong, but well defined, bass at times.

John


"MarKen" would have perhaps more "finesse" from the lower mid-bass down, but lack the impact and weight of either the Pensil or FH3 with the 7.3 - I can definitely see many folks sensing the need for woofers with the MarKens.

chrisb 20th March 2012 09:55 PM

of course, I should say - "build both, then decide"

that's a T-shirt I definitely have multiples of

vinylkid58 20th March 2012 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by chrisb (Post 2953967)
I can definitely see many folks sensing the need for woofers with the MarKens.

With Led Zep. on the table, powered woofers and a lot more than 8 watts.:D

jeff

sootboots 20th March 2012 10:44 PM

I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user. That said, my 8 watts sounds pretty good so far! I am intrigued by the MarKen "finesse" and really only enjoy bass when I hear it but not feel it. Are the plans for sale at Planet 10?

John

chrisb 21st March 2012 12:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sootboots (Post 2954041)
I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user. That said, my 8 watts sounds pretty good so far! I am intrigued by the MarKen "finesse" and really only enjoy bass when I hear it but not feel it. Are the plans for sale at Planet 10?

John


some are free,

p10 hifi | Box Library / Mark Audio


others here

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/plane...criptions.html

chrisb 21st March 2012 06:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sootboots (Post 2954041)
I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user.

that's OK, we don't judge harshly here - some of our best friends are users


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