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Old 8th March 2013, 04:52 AM   #1
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Default RCF 21" or B-52 LX-18EV3

What would be better assuming the price of the RCF LF21N451 is $499 and the LX-18EV3 is $499?

Lets say I would need to spend an extra ~$100 on building a folded horn or bass reflex for the RCF. Maybe the 21" super scooper.

I know the B-52 will go down to 30Hz, and has a max SPL of 138dB, so about 135dB RMS if the numbers aren't pushed.

Is it better for me to build an RCF 21" for $600 than buy a pre made B-52? and for an RCF could I get 140dB+? (half space)

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Old 8th March 2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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The B-52 is more like a 40-50Hz horn, and the RCF 21 is a really nice driver. I doubt either are going to give you 140dB with music content unless you stick you head in it.
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Old 8th March 2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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I believe Josh Ricci said the RCF didn't sim well in his horn. I don't think he physically tested it in the horn however.
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NEO Dan, good point it's to small to do 30 Hz well.

m R g S r , I wouldn't doubt it, the RCF 21" is a rather finicky driver. I was siming it in 2 or 3 different horns and the MCM 21" preformed louder and had a more flat response in the horns. Which now adds a new question, because you can get 4x MCM 21"s for less than 1x RCF 21". I'd need about 8 sheets of wood to build 4 horns and for horns I use MDF or other pressed boards so lets say $250 for 4 horns that's about $650 for 4x MCM 21"s
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Old 8th March 2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Might be better to just use the RCF 21" in a decent sized bass reflex, with adequately sized ports.

Are you specifically looking for 30hz output?

The RCF 551 21" driver is $579 here....
http://www.savinglots.com/lotprod.asp?item=LF21N551

And 2 of the 21sw152-4 would do some damage in Josh Ricci's large format horn....
http://www.savinglots.com/lotprod.asp?item=21SW152-4 $699 each

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