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Old 9th June 2007, 07:41 AM   #1
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I'm seriously considering using the TAD TL-1102 11" woofer in place of my Scanspeak 26w8861 in my new 3-way design. Its got all the things I like - Alnico, paper cone, fast, flat response, 6.5mm Xmax
Does anyone have any experience with this driver (there's seems to be very little info online) or an opinion on whether it would be superior to the Scanspeak?



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Old 9th June 2007, 01:51 PM   #2
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TAD had a huge experience in making drivers.
All you have mentioned...."Alnico, paper cone, fast, flat response, 6.5mm Xmax" will beat any Scanspeak.
BTW...you will need a woofer not subwoofer.Combination between paper cone and alnico is one of the finest.Also ...don't go for 3 ways....2 will be more than enogh.Fine drivers and simplicity is the best way to have an impressive sound.
And remember...alnico sound is superb.
Go for TAD and tell us the results.
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Old 10th June 2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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A division of Pioneer, Technical Audio Devices was formed over 30 years ago with the stated goal of developing professional loudspeaker technology that bettered the famed work of both Altec and JBL. To ensure this, TAD hired Bart Locanthi of Altec and JBL to design its first drivers.

Tad are good speakers . The HF Berrylium drivers are overpriced
if you compare them to an Altec .The Altec 288-G, often considered the "poor man's TAD" actually has a stronger field than the TAD.

So evry thin is relative.
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Old 10th June 2007, 04:28 PM   #4
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I'm seriously considering using the TAD TL-1102 11" woofer in place of my Scanspeak 26w8861 in my new 3-way design. Its got all the things I like - Alnico, paper cone, fast, flat response, 6.5mm Xmax
Does anyone have any experience with this driver (there's seems to be very little info online) or an opinion on whether it would be superior to the Scanspeak?



Hi David,

I expect you'll find them to be poor value for money but that goes with the territory when dealing with these ultra highend drivers.

I think once you get around the price though you'll find a superb performer. I've heard TAD's 15"(well they call it a 16") and the sound was very dynamic and free sounding. Not massively extended but certainly could do justice to any music you play through them.

Personally I'd go for it. They'll be a step up from Scanspeaks for sure.
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Old 10th June 2007, 04:53 PM   #5
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@David Gatti,

you've mentioned a flat frequency response for the TAD. Do you have a link or something with that?
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Old 11th June 2007, 02:04 AM   #6
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Here's the datasheet I managed to locate online.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/francis.audio2/TAD_TL-1102.doc

and some tests

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/francis.audi...AD_TL-1102.doc

Looks like its really nice in the 40-1kHz range and the distortion figures are outstanding.

As you say Shin, it all comes down to whether its worth the money.
I'm still undecided at this point and I'm waiting to hear back from the U.S supplier regarding price.

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This is one link that I found with a price:

Pro Audio design

Don't know anything about them though....

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Old 11th June 2007, 02:57 AM   #8
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For this price you could go for the 1601 a15" driver.They are
700$ retail when I last checked them. From there you can build some pro monitors.

TL-1601c low frequency loudspeaker
TD-4003 high frequency compression driver
TH-4003 high frequency horn (Can be replaced by Fostex Horn)

The HF drivers are in the thousand $ bracket.

With a 11" driver of that quality you will need a compression driver. A tweeter will sound like tssss.

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Old 11th June 2007, 06:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestion. In an ideal world a 15" driver would be nice, but I have specific size requirements and believe a speaker should be no larger than strictly necessary. Anyways I dont listen to music very loud so for me 15" is overkill and not worth the compromises.
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Old 13th June 2007, 10:06 PM   #10
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I've just been advised by Soundworks Germany that the TAD TL-1102 is no longer in production Looks like I'll be sticking to the Scanspeak.
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