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Old 19th January 2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default Best Value/Performance 6.5" mid-woofer on the DIY market right now

I wanted to just see how people responded to this question and what people chimed in with.

I am looking for opinions (of what is READILY AVAILABLE NOW) on what 6.5" mid-woofer folks esteem to be the highest performing/best value at the present based on personal use and listening and why. This could include off-sizes at 6" and 7".

Very curious to see the different responses. Thanks.
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Old 19th January 2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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Old 19th January 2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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This type of question can usually be answered by searching...

Seas ER18RNX is very popular these days, Peerless 830883 offers similar performance.
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Old 19th January 2010, 10:56 PM   #4
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been looking at this over the last few months;
contenders (Can't remember exact part codes)-
Usher - not readily available in Aus,
SB & SEAS - more expensive than Peerless,
Peerless 830883 - best value/distortion profile,
a wildcard - Wavecor - distortion data not available
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There's always the Dayton RS180, and the Fountek FW168 for metal cone drivers. Both are very good options for a low price.
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Old 20th January 2010, 01:35 AM   #6
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What's your XO point?

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Old 20th January 2010, 01:54 AM   #7
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Picking a crossover point before picking drivers is poor engineering. Crossover point should be chosen after drivers have been chosen, and layed out on the baffle. Then you will have phase relation between the drivers and can find a good crossover frequency.

The OP did not mention the application for the drivers, but is asking for an overall good driver for a reasonable price. For a 6.5" driver, if it cannot be used up to 2kHz I would not consider it to be good. Ability to be used with a standard 1" tweeter is a prerequisite for a driver of this size, IMO, as this is the most common application.
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Old 20th January 2010, 04:37 AM   #8
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I have been looking at these. Not yet used in a completed design as far as I know. DIYCable.com : Intro Home Exodus Subwoofers
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Old 20th January 2010, 05:38 AM   #9
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Picking a crossover point before picking drivers is poor engineering.
Fine, nitpicker.

What's you desired XO point?

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Old 20th January 2010, 07:34 AM   #10
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Silver Flute W17RC38-04 ohm 6-1/2" Wool Cone from Madisound
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