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Old 9th January 2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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I'm just getting into the DIY loudspeaker game and the driver choices are overwhelming. I'd love to hear suggestions for brands or specific drivers that really ring the bell when it comes to performance at a given cost. I've looked at a lot of Dayton Audio drivers on Parts Express, and it doesn't seem like they get topped too often, but any other suggestions would be welcome. My main priority is small woofer drivers, with the expectation that low frequency extension is likely limited, but any other general thoughts are welcomed. Thanks!
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Old 10th January 2019, 01:08 AM   #2
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Mark Audio definitely deserves a look.
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Old 10th January 2019, 01:22 AM   #3
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Hard to give any suggestions without a budget and a design in mind.

Once you know what you want to do, and how much you are willing to spend, then I'm sure there will many suggestions.
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Bang for the buck definitely needs some context.

Budget, associated kit, expectations, room, room restrictions, taste, WAF…

That said my personal vote for bang for the buck would be Alpair 7.3 (A7.3eN/A7 MAOP). Same voicing at a lower price, Pluvia 7.

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Old 10th January 2019, 01:44 AM   #5
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Old 10th January 2019, 02:31 PM   #6
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Well, to narrow it down to my current search -- small woofers (4" or below) suitable for vented boxes, plastic or aluminum cones. No need for full range (as provided by the Mark Audio Alpair 7.3).
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Well, to narrow it down to my current search -- small woofers (4" or below) suitable for vented boxes, plastic or aluminum cones. No need for full range (as provided by the Mark Audio Alpair 7.3).
Well, considering that you posted in the Full Range section of the forums, I think it's normal you got the suggestions above.

Since you still don't want to share your design goals and budget, I think you might want to move to the Multi-Way forum and try your luck there.

You might get lucky!
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Ah, my mistake. I saw "full range" and thought "multi-way". Thanks.
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To reinforce both Perceval and mikejennan’s comments, don’t be surprised to see at least a few more endorsements for the general concept of (single) full-range driver systems, and specific Mark Audio models as delivering bang for the buck.

Unless you’ve actually heard a well implemented system with such a driver, I’d counsel against dismissing the category out of hand. Of course, as Dave noted context is very important, so without understanding the application it’d be difficult for anyone to formulate a short list of candidates.
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Old 11th January 2019, 01:31 AM   #10
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Oh, I'm not dismissing the concept of a full-range driver. It's just that in this case I need to design a low frequency unit to integrate with an existing mid/high system (Xover ~ 300 Hz).
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