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Old 17th February 2019, 07:30 AM   #1
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Anyone into small drivers with recommendations? Dayton BMT25-4 or PS95 are in my mind. Open to suggestions though.
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Old 17th February 2019, 09:13 AM   #2
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Large number of threads here on this subject -the forum search facilities does quite a good job. Fostex FF85wk, Mark Audio Alpair 5.2, Vifa TC9 and TG9, Scan Speak 10F/8424 are some of the more popular choices.
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Old 17th February 2019, 03:04 PM   #3
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2"/3" driver suggestions
What do you want to do with them? Nearfield? Array? Super small monitor?

What are your expectations?
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Old 17th February 2019, 06:14 PM   #4
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Fostex FF85wk and Alpair 5.2 are my goto small drivers.

Scan 10F/8424 is really aa midrange, the more affordable 8414 looks more like a FR (i have not heard the latter).

For cheap drivers teh TC9 gets lots of recommendations but i found them very disappointing. Thr TG9 is dramatically better. The Aura NS3 (now some of the Dayton drivers) are decent and one of the few that gets decent LF extention in a sealed box.

There are lots of others, but those are the ones i have heard that are work commenting on.

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Old 17th February 2019, 06:18 PM   #5
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I've been drawn to the 4 x 2.5" short array (7th veil, nonsuch 4), those has 26cm2.
4 = area of 2 x 4", but wider dispersion.
Never built it though.

I read years back there was a 4 driver array of 3" (w3 871s) that he liked.
My 2x4" was head in a vise vertical dispersion, so i think at 7' it may be similar, idk.

I was looking at 2" w2-803 but the high fs, i could never figure what to do with most 2" without crossing over.

Keep posting, i look forward to any mini array setups.
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Old 17th February 2019, 06:24 PM   #6
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My favorite AuraSound NSW2-326-8AT Whisper 2" Extended Range Speaker Driver 8 Ohm. Very flat response, low distortion. I hot glue a 6" long piece of steel / iron pipe 1.5" ID stuffed with fiberglass until almost no sound comes out the back. Mount in a baffle of choice. The mass of the pipe, you are shooting for something 500 - 1000 x the mass of the cone, keeps this lightweight driver from bending your front baffle. Pipe like this https://www.amazon.ca/Anvil-87001437...79598538&psc=1
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Old 17th February 2019, 07:31 PM   #7
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Good suggestions are coming in, thanking you including the one who mentioned Morel em1308 but deleted the comment maybe because of its midrange job. Keep posting.
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Old 18th February 2019, 03:12 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by mikejennens View Post
What do you want to do with them? Nearfield? Array? Super small monitor?

What are your expectations?

Also: are you using any EQ?

Also also: who in your household will be listening (age, gender, musical taste)?

For example, if you were considering between these two drivers:

SB Test Bench - SB Acoustics SB65WBAC25-4 2.5” full-range driver | audioXpress

Scan-Speak Test Bench - Scan-Speak 10F/8414G10 Small 3.5” Full-Range Woofer | audioXpress

...the Scan-Speak looks technically superior:

- cleaner waterfall plot
- more SPL capability
- much better on- and off-axis frequency response plots
- the manufacturer's spec sheet is lot more accurate

However, the SB, for all it's relative flaws on paper, might be a better choice for a minimalist system (no EQ), if the only listener(s) will be men of middle age and beyond. This is gently implied in the Madisound blurb:
"This speaker is getting out beyond 20,000Hz with a rising response. That rise is thought to be beneficial to listeners whose hearing is rolling off in the upper frequencies."
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Old 18th February 2019, 03:35 AM   #9
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Madisound calls the 10F/8424 a midrange; Scanspeak calls it a full range. The 3FE22/25 would seem to fit into the same category with the SB, with an "airy" peak around 15K. I'll probably go with the Faital; I'll be 73 in a few weeks.
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Old 18th February 2019, 09:59 AM   #10
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