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Old 10th February 2013, 08:13 AM   #11
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beyma 12" mid

http://profesional.beyma.com/pdf/12MI100E.pdf


beyma 15" mid

http://profesional.beyma.com/pdf/15MI100E.pdf
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Old 10th February 2013, 08:23 AM   #12
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big midrange

http://www.precision-devices.com/fil...heet110912.pdf

well, they are pro bass or midbass drivers, but possibly have ok lower midrange

http://www.faitalpro.com/products/fi...atasheet_8.pdf

http://www.faitalpro.com/products/fi...atasheet_8.pdf

http://www.faitalpro.com/products/fi...atasheet_8.pdf

http://www.faitalpro.com/products/fi...atasheet_8.pdf
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Old 10th February 2013, 08:40 AM   #13
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That are very nice bas mid drivers tinitus, my point is that beyma sells these drivers above as mid-drivers.
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Old 10th February 2013, 08:44 AM   #14
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... my point is that beyma sells these drivers above as mid-drivers.
I know ... shorter Xmax

if it were me, I would consider 2.5way with double 12" instead, and use 12" midbass with adequate Xmax, and add active sub if needed
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Old 10th February 2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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Default 10 inch better at 2.5KHz crossover

IMO You will get better results using a 10 inch rather than 12 inch if you need / want to crossover as high as 2,500 Hz.
I would only go up to 1KHz or so crossover with a 12 inch.
Also a shallow horn to control directivity will be a gig help in either case.
DDS pro horns are a good start.

I can recomend a Precision Devices PD1850 ( the old model, not tried the new ones), with A 10 inch Volt, Volt Loudspeakers - About Us
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BM 2500.5 Volt Loudspeakers - About Us
They are pro versions of the famous Volt studio 2500.4 .
If you have the PHL 10 and 12 inch drivers are sweet.

Good luck
Derek.
PS The Beyma TPL is way better in domestic use than a typical Comp Driver...
Try the custom Gamma horn( I think?) by Jagazara or whatever(!) check out his group buys page and website, he makes great DIY and speakers...Way better than Dr Geddes obverpriced stuff.
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IMO You will get better results using a 10 inch rather than 12 inch if you need / want to crossover as high as 2,500 Hz.
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What is overkill on a 10" copared to a 12.
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Old 10th February 2013, 01:53 PM   #17
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If this is for domestic use then a 12 inch is not ideal , if for PA , then It 's the right choice ..
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Old 10th February 2013, 01:55 PM   #18
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seems like its easier to find a good smooth 12" than a 10"
is the 10" a somewhat 'more unlucky' size for midrange

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What is overkill on a 10" copared to a 12.
at 2500hz I don't think it matters which...10" or 12", they will both strugle with the same problem
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Old 10th February 2013, 04:48 PM   #19
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From just a directivity standpoint ..Pano had posted a .pdf (altec technical letter 237) which illustrates cone driver directivity characteristics. I think this is useful, perhaps as a starting point, in blending the response of what the OP has proposed here as well. A 12" (10" piston diameter) will have 100* @ around 1.5kHz .. a 10" (8" cone diameter) around 1.9kHz

At 2.5kHz both are at or below 60* directivity.
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Default Overkill.. getting too old for this!

Hi Helmuth,

Yes I think I am begining to mellow with age, down to just a 10 inch for midrange...!!

Many years ago ( 15 ish) I bought a really nice two way speaker kit from Wilmslow Audio in the UK, it was called the " Vortex" and used the great Volt 10 inch driver - BM 2500.4 studio, crossed over at 2.2 KHz to a soft dome Morel tweeter.
It was really good, esp when I ditched the passive crossover and used a pro active crossover ( DBX I think, or something similar) and used two power amps, Quantum or DPA, again I cant remember for sure.
The point is, that despite some beaming of the 10 inch starting around 1400Hz it sounded fab, the ease of the big 10 inch more than compensated for the poor off axis performance.
About 3 years ago I perched a Beyma TPL with the Beyma horn on top of an open baffle ( VPL) with the 10 inch Volts covering 200Hz to 1,800 Hz, and Beyma 15 inch open baffle bass, all controlled by a DEQX...So so sweet yet full of detail and great dynamics.
I always prefer large / larger Sd and ultra low cone movement with poorer off axis performance, Vs technically correct stressed little " pure midrange" 4, or 5 inch midrange drivers thrashing around ( mass on a spring working hard) pumping away right up to and beyond XMax with all the thermal, mechanical and time domain distortion that goes with that set up.

OT - but worth pointing out, my audio journey has now lead me to what I believe is the Holy Grail...
Line array of 16 per channel 4.5 inch BMR's (more Sd than a 15 inch driver) covering 80Hz to 20KHz, subs below 80Hz, and all DSP / Eq in Lap Top JRiver and JPlay...

Tinitus, you are right, there are quite a few sweet 12 inch drivers that you can use as midrange, In my limited experience, only the Volt and PHL 10 inch are exceptions, they really are gems and worth seeking out if you are looking for a compact but high performance 3 way design.

As always enjoy the DIY journey and dont worry about the destination too much!
Cheers
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