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Old 17th March 2004, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Cheap(er) Driver for J-Low

I have become fascinated with theJ-Low (Pass DIY), but I would like to find cheap(er) drivers. The Jordan JX-92S drivers are about $140 each-- I know this is nothing for good full-range drivers, but I'm on a budget and I think these speakers are really interesting, so I'm tempted to find another way around.

Any recommendations on another, less expensive driver set that would be worth listening to? Is it even worth trying since the design revolves around these drivers?

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Old 17th March 2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cheap(er) Driver for J-Low

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I have become fascinated with theJ-Low (Pass DIY), but I would like to find cheap(er) drivers. The Jordan JX-92S drivers are about $140 each-- I know this is nothing for good full-range drivers, but I'm on a budget and I think these speakers are really interesting, so I'm tempted to find another way around.

Any recommendations on another, less expensive driver set that would be worth listening to? Is it even worth trying since the design revolves around these drivers?

Thanks in advance.
Fostex makes some cheaper full range drivers. There is a large selection available of them from Madisound. As for which one to choose, I am not certain:
http://www.madisound.com/fostex.html

If you don't mind using a supertweeter, then FF165K looks like it might be decent.

I thought about this a while back, but never could decide which driver would be worthwhile.

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Old 17th March 2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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Default fostex fe206e

Just to piggyback off of Brian's suggestion...

The folks at http://www.oldhifi.com/fostex.html rave about the 206e and they're $168/PAIR. I've thought of trying this driver in the j-low. But before I add yet another project to my list, I will probably use them in one of the more conventional (and smaller) designs suggested at the sight above. These drivers are efficient so they seem a natural fit for my soon-to-be-finished Pen Zen (V4).

Mr Pass suggested/hinted that they were trying a variety of full-range drivers in the J-Low configuration. I'd be curious if this particular driver was one of them.

Let us know if you make any progress down this path.

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Old 17th March 2004, 07:41 PM   #4
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The Jordans were $70 when we did the article....

As to the Fostex we have tried the FE204's and FE208 Sigmas,
with somewhat better results for the FE208's.

Kent checked with Madisound, the Fostex importer, and reports
back that the FE208 Sigma is now the FE208E Sigma. The
price is $175 each.

We found that Dick Olsher's network for the Eq on the mid of
the 208's was pretty effective. You can probably get more
information from www.blackdahlia.com
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Old 17th March 2004, 08:17 PM   #5
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A good budget driver would be the Philips AD 5061 5,1/2" doublecone. this i think is still in production and would cost around 20 bucks. Good efficiency, ca 91dB, realy high power handling due to Philips tradition of very thick poleplate between basket and magnetassembly. Nice real papercone and enjoyable to listen to.(used to have them in wideband large wooden midhorns 100-6000Hz)
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Old 17th March 2004, 08:29 PM   #6
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Alright! Thanks for the responses. Unfortunately, it still looks out of my price range for now. I'll bet I can sell some blood platelets, though, and I have TWO kidneys so...

In the meantime, I'll just see if I can't oscillate the amp, vibrate the heat sink and listen to the music coming out of the fins.

Must make money... Hey-- anyone want a 1996 Geo Metro? Its still got the original brakes, tires and oil! Its a classic!

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Old 17th March 2004, 08:32 PM   #7
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WHOA! Didn't see Ingvar's response... $20 sounds like a price that Mrs. Annan can handle.

I'll check that out. You think it will sound reasonable in the J-Low horn? Eventually, I'll buy the damn Jordans, but for now, the price is right on the Philps'.

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The Jordans were $70 when we did the article....[/url]
When and where did you get them for $70 each? I bought mine over a year ago, and they were at $110 (from CSS). The only reason that they cost $140 now is the recent drop in the US dollar.

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A little on the small side but Tang Band has a good reputation on this board.. maybe a W4? Advice is not from experience though...

4" speaker, 6' horn.. hmmmm...
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A little on the small side but Tang Band has a good reputation on this board.. maybe a W4? Advice is not from experience though...

4" speaker, 6' horn.. hmmmm...

What about the W5-704s, as it has similar specs compared to the JX92S
http://www.nuera-acoustic.ca/product...ts/w5-704s.jpg

Nuera sells it:
http://www.nuera-acoustic.ca/products.html

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