Godzilla said:never heard an enabled one.
1st question to ask is what amp you are going to use, and what is your room like?
doctor_vine said:For reference sake, the "best" speaker I've had in my system was the first of the Omega SUper 3XRS (No hempcone) but the FE126.
Last thing is that I'm not tied to the BIB, just thought it would be an easy build. Anything else that you think that would better suit my needs for a speaker that will see a lot of larger scale classical bu also heavy doses of Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues.
Choosing a FR means you have to choose your tradeoffs... i'll just tick off a general ones ...
1/ bigger drivers tend to be more efficient than little ones (which mean they play louder with a small amp)
2/ smaller drivers usually have better mids & tops.
3/ bigger drivers go lower & tend to be able to do dynamics better
4/ small drivers usually go in smaller boxes, with higher WAF, and lower cost to build
5/ bigger drivers tend to cost more (and i haven't meet a driver i can't improve)
6/ and a corollary to 5... a modded small driver for the price of a similar priced large driver will usually have more finese. (disclousure: i sell modded drivers)
planet10 said:There are a LOT of good choices...it is getting harder & harder to make a dud... don't make me pick one for you
Even in my biggish room, with my 5W SE, the FE127eN gets the most time hooked up (not necessarily the same one (althou it is currently an experimentak set of FE108eS in Aiko). If i has real corners the Frugel-Horns would get more use, and i do have to free up a set of 126 for the Ron Horns now that i can get them up against the wall, Everytome i hook up a set of bigger drivers i'm not long before the little ones are back*, because i miss the midrange (so i'm working on some helper woofers (more to take some of the load off the 127s than for the bass) -- but not to fast, i probably won't know i'm missing them till i get used to them being there). At some point Harvey or Gabriel (or Gabriele, the curvy version), might well mitigate the need for even that.
*(except for the Visaton B200 -- the big baffles are the culprits there)
The discovery of how really good the FF85k is (and the arrival of a proto of a new 2" Aluminum cone mid-tweeter) will have us playing with FAST. A version of MJK baffle, and i'm playing woth the idea of MTM with FF85k and 350 Hz XO. Curvy Chang is also in the schedule -- i need something to work out my series XO ideas with the 207 & the FT17.
Here is a set of steps to help you choose... 1st a general guidline on pros and cons of driver sizes
Now goinf thru the myriad of designs, toss the ones that won't work due to your room, cost, size, aesthetics, your amp(s), too hard to build, whim (ie no corners, BIBs or Frugel-Horns won't work to their best). Take what remains and pick the ones you like the best. Now take the short list to your significant other and ask them which one.
The other approach (more or less the one we use here) ... just start working your way thru them all (then it isn't which one to build, but which one to build next)
doctor_vine said:5) Considering the above, I've been considering in no particular order: Harvey, Mileva, floor standing fonken or Dallas II. Any of those you'd throw out or gravitate toward (especially considering i'd like to going in the direction of an Enabled driver?
On that list Mikasa would be at the top of our build list. The FS Fonken won't have the bass or the dynamics of the others -- its real purpose is for someone that needs something small but doesn't need stands. Dallas II would require patience as production FE206eN are a ways out (special order is possible -- i do have 1 R&D pair out, but no reports back yet as the Sachiko is still under construction) -- my preference with the RonHorns would be A166 if efficiency & dynamics trumped midrange finesse (ie A126 <- we have a pair of those). For the 8" drivers i'm leaning towards Curvy Chang (and 1 FE207eN R&D pair is still unspoken for but awaiting phase plugs)
doctor_vine said:Just a clarification however. You mentioned your modded A126 in the same sentence with suggesting A166 for the Ron Horns. Did I miss something here?
Also, with Mikasa looking a little too intimidating for me to attempt on my first go. Same with Curvey Chang. Any other recs for enclosures that would mate well with either the Enabled A126 or Fe207EN?