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Old 8th August 2017, 04:49 AM   #1
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Thinking about finally diving into a 3-way with a 4" midrange, probably an MTW design, with the midrange at ear level.

I love my Scanspeak 6.5" but would rather spend Discovery prices.

I'm wondering if you kind folks have any experience in cost saving and performance of the current crop from SB, SS, etc?

I'm not worried about application just yet. But for instance, the SS Discovery midrange has a very nice response, making it very adaptable.

This would be for a traditional, not high efficiency tower.

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Old 8th August 2017, 05:21 AM   #2
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There are also a few Peerless 4" woofers that could do midrange duty quite nicely, like the 830992. The problem is sensitivity and power limits.
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Don't know if it's in the budget, but I've heard the Faital Pro 3" in a sealed box and it was amazing. The 4" may be even better.
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I'm still planning. Budget may change as income does.

Looked at the 5FE120 , really nice response, and very useful sensitivity / power handling. At $40 it's about the same as the Peerless I was thinking about, with much better power handling.
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The Salk Song 3 uses a 4" TB I believe. It gets great reviews.
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Yep, there are some surprising drivers out there. It was the FaitalPRO 3FE22 3 inch neo that I heard alone in a sealed box. We were all amazed. Yes, a sub woofer <100Hz helps fill it out, but it does a good job all by itself.
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Thanks Pano! I'm looking for a true midrange. Somethign that can easily cover 2-4kHz at least so I can use a small tweeter.

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Ritght now the 5" FaitalPROs are looking pretty sweet honestly! Lots of output, power handling, and off axis extension out to 3-4kHz.
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Sorry Pano, I'm half asleep and that sounded rude. I meant to say, I am not too interested in deep bass from this, so it is OK with me if it cuts off early.

I'm thinking of using a two-channel IcePower plate amp with built in DSP right now, one for bass, one for mid/tweet. Passive crossover between mid and tweet. Solves a lot of issues.
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I like that 5FE120.

Used it in some little speakers for my daughter to take to uni and I prefer it to the 5" Audax aerogel based speakers made by Rogers I gave my other daughter for the same purpose.
Also I'd happily pay an extra 10 for them if they'd give them a cast frame!
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