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Old 3rd October 2020, 01:14 AM   #1
Maakbow is offline Maakbow  New Zealand
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Default Cheap full range for small test cabinets

I'm looking for some cheapish drivers for testing purposes. (Building an amp) If I blow them I can just buy more and not cry too much. I think they should be 8ohm and rated to minimum 25-50 watts. I can build whatever cabinet is necessary.

I was thinking possibly 75mm - 100mm (3 or 4 inch) full range. It obviously doesn't need to sound hifi with flat extended responses, but when testing, music should sound reasonably like music.

Was hoping to get drivers for about $30 NZD each or less. Including freight. Or if any NZers know a source in NZ.

Any ideas.
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Old 3rd October 2020, 02:35 AM   #2
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Vifa TC9 is the gold standard for dirt cheap full range. Not sure how easy they are to get there in NZ.
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Old 3rd October 2020, 06:20 AM   #3
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Default is the name also peerless tympany

when i google this i get TC9 Peerless by Tymphany. It appears the same visually?
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Old 3rd October 2020, 06:51 AM   #4
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Yes, it's the driver that Suicufnoc was referring to:

Peerless by Tymphany TC9FD18-08 3-1/2" Full Range Paper Cone Woofer
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Old 3rd October 2020, 06:53 AM   #5
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Yes, it's the same driver:
Peerless by Tymphany TC9FD18-08 3-1/2" Full Range Paper Cone Woofer

And here is a cheap and fast enclosure that actually sounds incredibly good, since you need to test the SQ of your amp anyway:
Mini Karlsonator (0.53X) with Dual TC9FD's

zman - you beat me with a few seconds.
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Old 3rd October 2020, 08:34 AM   #6
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To give an alternative (that is easier to get in Europe at least): the Visaton FRS8 (3.3"/80mm) is only 10€ here and also reasonable good and works in a simple 10L sealed box.

But the Vifa/Peerless TC9 is a great candidate, that is true. Only not so easy to find here in Europe and more expensive. Probally the same in NZ

FRS 8 4 OHM | Visaton Round Cabinet Speaker, 30W nom, 50W max, 4Ω | RS Components

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Old 3rd October 2020, 09:50 AM   #7
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Maakbow, you could probably salvage what you're looking for from some old computer speakers very cheaply.
Logitech springs to mind, they often use tang band drivers.
I picked up a set of nice full range Yamaha units for $20 recently, came from a high quality micro system.
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Old computer speakers make great cheap fullrange projects. I took a pair of Logitech and made a mini stereo BIB with them. Used the built in amplifier and all too. Still use that to this day as a portable speaker. Great for zoom calls.
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I wonder what it would cost to ship some TC9 across the ocean. They don't weight much...
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Old 3rd October 2020, 09:01 PM   #10
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Thanks all. These are some good ideas.
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