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Old 14th May 2004, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default 5" enclosed or 6.5" open-baffled

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For the midrange, which is better: the best 5" in a box (sealed/aperiodic/vented) or the best 6.5" open-baffled?

I've heard that >6" drivers do not have the clarity in the midrange that the best 5" drivers do. However, they have lower distortion in the lower frequencies and are more suitable for open-baffle designs, which AFAIK improves midrange clarity.
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What is wrong with 5" in an OB? My seas excel go plenty loud enough for the neighbours to complain in an OB.

If max SPL is your game then a box is better, if sound is then OB is. Also note that Linkwitz uses 8" in his designs and they are reputed to be some of the best.

What drivers did you have in mind?
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Old 14th May 2004, 10:23 PM   #3
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6.5" OB. The dipole aspect easily makes up for any psychosomatic "clarity" issue.

http://seas.no/excel_line/excel/E0021.PDF

http://seas.no/excel_line/excel/E0022.pdf

Compare the distortion graphs and tell me if one is clearly better than the other. In fact, in the region of 300Hz to 1kHz, it looks like the 8" driver is cleaner than the 5" one.
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Yes apparently the 8" is cleaner then the others thats another reason why linkwitz chosethe 8"

I guess he got the best of both worlds, lowest dist and 8" for lower cone movement.
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What drivers did you have in mind?

Not the SEAS Excel due to resonance peaks. Maybe more modest drivers like Vifa Classic/Peerless HDS?
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If sound and max. SPL is your game then perhaps you could look at a Line array Open Baffle.
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Not the SEAS Excel due to resonance peaks. Maybe more modest drivers like Vifa Classic/Peerless HDS?
What's your budget? The Peerless 850439 is definitely one of the best bang-for-the-buck drivers around.
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