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Old 21st March 2008, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Natural 3" fullrange needed

Hey guys, as some of you might recall, I have been working on a tripole clone like project using M&K cabinets. I've decided for the next project to match my front speakers with Focal drivers. Problem is, I can't find a full range driver, for the sides, that I like. Focal doesn't make a 3" driver I can buy. It's possible they offered one for car audio in a 3 way kit, but I see mostly 4" ones. Anyway, I tried the M&K driver, not good sounding. Tried a few others, it's ok. Any suggestions on what to try next.
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Old 21st March 2008, 01:54 PM   #2
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Maybe an AuraSound ?

Like the one Linkwittz uses for Pluto. Not sure though how fullrange you need it to be - obviously, you cannot shake walls with 3".
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Old 21st March 2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Sorry, Pluto uses a 2" AURA NSW2-326-8A.
But maybe the 3" also shares some of its virtues.
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Old 21st March 2008, 02:41 PM   #4
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Old 21st March 2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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I love the Aura NS3-193's that I have. Check for Timn8ter's posts, as he has a couple of designs for them. Just note: if you want to drive them beyond a moderate volume, your best off using a sealed cab. You'll sacrifice a little low-end extension, but you may be much happier if you need higher SPL. The NS3-193's produce impressive bass for their size, but will distort badly if pushed too hard. Timn8ter advised me of this characteristic during my 1st build and I found it to be very true.

Another option you might consider is the peerless 3". I've not tried them, but they seem to be well-liked over on HTguide.

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Old 21st March 2008, 03:47 PM   #6
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Bit more expensive (hope you like yellow)
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Default Fostex FF85k

Nice 'lil driver, and more efficient than any other 3" I know of.
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The little 3" Aura is quite nice but very inefficient. For a bit more money the Fostex FF85 is quite a bit better. You won't get as much bottom out of it (the trade off for 6 dB more efficiency), but they can be made to hit 100 Hz at limited SPL. You can get a bit lower with the Aura but it takes a much bigger box.

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I made a center channel with a single Tang Band W3-881S, and I really like it. Great for vocals. 'Natural' is how I'd describe it. I didn't use a notch filter. And I think they're on sale now at Parts Express? I'd also think about the Hi-Vi that Zaph liked.
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