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What is your favorite 5''

What is your 5''-5.5'' driver and why? 

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  • Currently it's the Seas W15 Excel. Apart from having a lowish sensitivity, it has a pure piston behavior over most of the frequency band, and the breakup is a single resonant peak which is easy to notch out. The motor as well has been tested to have pretty much zero change in inductance over the entire range of excursion, so it's essentially an overhung motor with underhung properties.

    It may soon be replaced as my favourite by the Wavecor WF152, however the Wavecor's are still on the shelf, so I can't speak for how awesome they are just yet.
    What?
  • edited January 19
    What did you use the W15 in? It is smaller than WF152.
  • edited January 19
    It is a bit smaller than the WF152. I bought a pair of NHT XDS some years back when they were being cleared out, and designed my own crossover for them. That XDS was a helluva speaker.
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  • Aurum Cantus AC130F1 for midrange clarity.  I've heard it in the continuum several times and in a couple of other builds (Eric?) and I think one time open baffle at MWAF.

    Huh, guess you could classify it as a poly cone...
     John H, thanks to JP I did get that email
  • Aurum Cantus cones are very rigid sandwich. I heard the AC130F1 and liked the mids allot.
  • As odd as it may seem ... https://www.parts-express.com/goldwood-gw-s525-8-5-1-4-poly-cone-woofer-8-ohm--290-302

    I like the midrange clarity and the sheer amount of abuse it can take SPL wise without bottoming out or distorting.

  • My favorite over all has been the SB I used in the Vermillions build. 
    I have a signature.
  • Haven't heard anything that wowed me.  Interested in the Wavecor 5" and the new Rival 5".
  • jr2@mac said:
    My favorite over all has been the SB I used in the Vermillions build. 
    This was my favorite small 2-way I've heard. 
  • jr@mac said:
    My favorite over all has been the SB I used in the Vermillions build. 
    Can you elaborate? 
  • S7910 said:
    As odd as it may seem ... https://www.parts-express.com/goldwood-gw-s525-8-5-1-4-poly-cone-woofer-8-ohm--290-302

    I like the midrange clarity and the sheer amount of abuse it can take SPL wise without bottoming out or distorting.

    How did you deal with the 5 db drop at 1 k?
  • I'm not really comfortable elaborating, actually. Subjective reviews of my own work is something I try not to do very often - but the driver, once I tamed an annoying peak around 1K, just didn't do anything wrong. Excellent extension, low distortion well past the handoff to the tweeter, and just overall a nice, easy tonality that I have not heard out of very many designs at any cost. 
    I have a signature.
  • I will elaborate, other than the rad sanding job in shaping the baffle, it had a really easy going sound to it with good bass for a small speaker - it was jut plain fun and engaging to listen to. 

    I was looking to emulate it for a long time and it was coming together nicely in the shape of the penguins, the XO sounded just right - and then the translam cracked... 
  • jr@mac said:
    I'm not really comfortable elaborating, actually. Subjective reviews of my own work is something I try not to do very often - but the driver, once I tamed an annoying peak around 1K, just didn't do anything wrong. Excellent extension, low distortion well past the handoff to the tweeter, and just overall a nice, easy tonality that I have not heard out of very many designs at any cost. 
    Thanks jr. I was looking for impressions of the driver. I'm not familiar with the design. Which SB model number?
    Rival has a number of real 5'' drivers and I'm trying to get a read. Their Kevlar is being reformulated and they have one that uses a cone similar to SEAS U16RCY/P. Rival uses a large 39 mm voice coil in their 5'' drivers while many others use 26 mm.
  • Gowa said:
    jr@mac said:
    I'm not really comfortable elaborating, actually. Subjective reviews of my own work is something I try not to do very often - but the driver, once I tamed an annoying peak around 1K, just didn't do anything wrong. Excellent extension, low distortion well past the handoff to the tweeter, and just overall a nice, easy tonality that I have not heard out of very many designs at any cost. 
    Thanks jr. I was looking for impressions of the driver. I'm not familiar with the design. Which SB model number?
    Rival has a number of real 5'' drivers and I'm trying to get a read. Their Kevlar is being reformulated and they have one that uses a cone similar to SEAS U16RCY/P. Rival uses a large 39 mm voice coil in their 5'' drivers while many others use 26 mm.
    I'd be interested in the Woven poly cone like Seas U... not that I need any more drivers but that's a poly cone that both performs well and isn't hard on the eyes either.
    What?
  • The Seas U series are all just wonderful sounding drivers. Great bass, smooth/easy mids, and virtually no breakup to worry about.

    I'd also be interested in a woven poly Rival.

  • Wolf said:

    The Seas U series are all just wonderful sounding drivers. Great bass, smooth/easy mids, and virtually no breakup to worry about.

    I'd also be interested in a woven poly Rival.

    I have to admit that I too am interested in that. They have a white one and a black one. I don't have any specs because they are reformulating their 5'' drivers. Hopefully they meet their schedule of February. I should also say that I'm jumping the gun a little. As I've mentioned before, They don't release some drivers to the public. With that said, they know that I want to carry at least one of their 5'' drivers. I'm leaning towards their Kevlar one.
  • That sounds interesting to me as well.
  • PWRRYD said:
    That sounds interesting to me as well.
    Woven poly?
  • Sorry yes, woven poly.  I should have stated that.
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