Driver/Speaker - is there a difference?
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Had an opportunity to hear a Fostex Full range speaker in a horn loaded transmission line arrangement! Was completely blown away !
Anyone with any experience with these fullrange speakers?
Fostex/Feastrex/Lowther are the more common drivers used for single driver applications. I guess the speaker that Sujit heard was from Audire.
Yes RoC - They were from Audire - they were driving it with a Wavac tube amp and the sound was divine!
Thank you Muthusami.
What I like about Fostex is that they give enclosure designs FOR FREE . Its right there on their website! Recommended Enlosures - Speaker Components
If you have access to a good woodworker then this can be a very satisfying DIY project. Audire also sells the drivers separately.
These are Full Range drivers. So most applications will see just this one driver -Don't let that fool you - I have have heard them drop to 28Hz efforlessly! (obviously the horn at work)
They play clean all the way till 20khz - If you are a 'high' person, you can then add on one of their tweeters and take that upto 40kHz - though I must say it sounded absolutely fine without them!
I agree with your points on the capabilities of full range drivers. But preferences will differ from person to person. Reasons for my preference to 3-way floorstanders: They have dedicated drivers and crossover network to handle the frequencies effectively.
Anyway whether it is full range or 3-way, sound quality depends on the driver units, construction of cabinet, damping materials used, crossover design in case of multiple drivers.
I used to have the same view - Logically yes - The purists however, continue to argue on that!
To my mind, with sound being hugely personal, the crossover is the most difficult thing to get right - if ever!
Please don't get me wrong here .. I have a three-way + sub arrangement in my car (with a 3" dome midrange) , and a two-way 6" tall quarter-wave tube with Peerless drivers at home. No commercial brand this side of a lac comes anywhere close to it. So much so everyone who auditioned it has always asked me where the sub was! I admit I am partial to wide 'open' sound stages. So bookshelves are clearly out for me! I like to get the 'live' feeling.
So the only thing left to experiment with was a full range! And based on my auditions (- yes I went back and took another one! ) - I felt that these speakers did everything better than most three/four/many-ways I have heard. The lack of a crossover means the signal is untouched - the way it was recorded (arguable?). I felt these speakers gave the biggest bang for the buck - way bigger than anything even three times the price!
May I recommend that you give these speakers a listen the next time you are in Cbe - and maybe you'll find value in it! They do have speakers with separate woofers as well!
I respect your views. I didn't say anywhere that full range speakers are inferior to multi-way speakers. Since you have auditioned both full range and three-way systems, your opinion could be true. So if you go for a full range system, I suggest you to go the DIY way; you will save a lot of money. Compare the prices of the full range units you have auditioned and work out the estimate for doing it yourself. That is why I have provided you the useful links in my earlier post. Maybe after audition a full range driver system, I might change my preference
I never meant to question your preferences Muthusami- I am truly sorry if it seemed that way. I only meant to highlight where I was coming from.
I have access to what I think is one of the best woodworking factories in India. What I lack is the motivation to go all that might need to be done. I don't mind paying for the convenience of getting a ready made one so long as the difference is not glaring!