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ThermalAlchemy 24th December 2018 02:15 AM

Fostex FE208-SOL
 
FE208-SOL apparently this is a new driver been released to the US ?. Has anybody tested these drivers or have build a cabinet specifically designed for this Fostex driver.
I originally built the BK–20 cabinet with the FE206En driver this was to accommodate my newly purchased ACA 1.1 version PCB that only produced 4 watts. I preformed the 1.5 mods on the 1.1 version plus added 24 V to increase the wattage output a few months ago. I just recently purchased and assembled the ACA version 1.6 duel mono blocks. I was thinking of upgrading the driver for this monster 80 pound backloaded horn cabinet I constructed. With this Fostex FE208-SOL be a good upgrade replacement for this particular cabinet?. My plans are to build another amp for a dedicated pair of subs. I was also thinking of adding a tweeter or a super tweeter where those people listening to my system who can hear above 15, kHz I myself cannot hear anything above 15 kHz I’m stoned deaf after that. Building a third amplifier just for the tweeter. When I was at the 2018 Burning AMP the Lx mini active crossover caught my attention and I believe I would like to play with the system like this.
Any opinions would be much appreciated because crossovers and speaker, combinations are a whole new ballgame and new to me. From my readings in this form this sounds like a good question that could be answered by one of the gurus I’ve read through Planet-10 website.

planet10 7th January 2019 07:29 PM

I wasn’t aware of the 208-sol till today. The Sol series seems to be superb in my experience (have had/seen FE103/FE83 versions).

If i were you i would look at a better horn 1st. The BK20 is a “before proper middling” horn designed for many generations ago FE206s., and as such is middling quantity.

Have a look at the Dallas2, Kirishima or Vulcan. Be really nice to hear a pair in Vulcan.

Madisound sells these for $350USD each.

If you want a pair of these jump, they won’t last long.

dave

ThermalAlchemy 7th January 2019 08:40 PM

Vulcan sounds like a winner , Thanks Dave Planet10
 
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Originally Posted by planet10 (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/planet-10-hifi/331585-fostex-fe208-sol-post5657048.html#post5657048)
I wasn’t aware of the 208-sol till today. The Sol series seems to be superb in my experience (have had/seen FE103/FE83 versions).

If i were you i would look at a better horn 1st. The BK20 is a “before proper middling” horn designed for many generations ago FE206s., and as such is middling quantity.

Have a look at the Dallas2, Kirishima or Vulcan. Be really nice to hear a pair in Vulcan.

Madisound sells these for $350USD each.

If you want a pair of these jump, they won’t last long.

Thank you Dave I knew you would be the one to answer this question and the one that I would trust the opinion of . Are the Gerber files available for the Vulcan . I have access to C&C machine specifically for woodworking on large plywood all I have to do is bring down the wood and cut them out. It does not have to be just Gerber files if I remember correctly the C&C machine they have available except for different other formats. If not then I will have to order them from Madisound.

planet10 7th January 2019 08:45 PM

If you purchase the Vulcan planset, the suggested cut plan can be exported as DWG/DXF which can then be adjusted for the CNC being used (mostly adjust for the appropriate kerf). Ther are only 2 pieces with an angle at the end (table saw time) and the only non-rectangualr pieces are the sides.

Woden Design | Vulcan

dave

Clinty 11th January 2019 06:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by planet10 (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/planet-10-hifi/331585-fostex-fe208-sol-post5657048.html#post5657048)
I wasn’t aware of the 208-sol till today. The Sol series seems to be superb in my experience (have had/seen FE103/FE83 versions).

If i were you i would look at a better horn 1st. The BK20 is a “before proper middling” horn designed for many generations ago FE206s., and as such is middling quantity.

Have a look at the Dallas2, Kirishima or Vulcan. Be really nice to hear a pair in Vulcan.

Madisound sells these for $350USD each.

If you want a pair of these jump, they won’t last long.

dave


Hey Dave....

Do you think there will ever be a frugal horn XXL for this and other 8” fullrangers?

Love the XL for my FE163 ENS.

Thanks
Clint

jdrouin 11th January 2019 02:54 PM

Oh man, drooling over that driver. I love my FE103Sols and would jump on those 208s if I were you. Following with interest.

planet10 11th January 2019 05:05 PM

Quote:

Do you think there will ever be a frugal horn XXL for this and other 8” fullrangers?
There has been enuff demand that Scott is now looking at a FH-like bo for A12p and A12pw. It will not be the same FH alignment, because that would make the boxes too BIG and the drivers firing over your head.

At the moment a bugger FH is either Vulcan or Avebury.

dave

Clinty 12th January 2019 05:37 AM

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Originally Posted by planet10 (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/planet-10-hifi/331585-fostex-fe208-sol-post5661402.html#post5661402)

At the moment a bugger FH is either Vulcan or Avebury.

dave

Hopefully, Scott will come up with a design like the FH series that has a great WAF. It is understandable that additional horn length is necessary to take advantage of the potential volume at the lower frequencies.

The Vulcan and Avebury’s imposing height is a no go in this household. The realities of having a spouse...

I may have to build the fostex box for the time being... it will be a waste of wood though since they will likely not compare well with the FH concept.

chrisb 12th January 2019 07:55 PM

When looking for optimal performance, sometimes the laws of physics get in the way of your wish list.

BHD 21st January 2019 06:23 PM

Hey Dave,

Any thoughts on the FE208-SOL vs. the FE206ES-R? The spec numbers show the ES-R as slightly more efficient than the SOL but the graphs sorta show otherwise.

I've been using my FE206ES-R's in my Sachikos for years but would love to find a better driver. Are you still making phase plugs?


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