| decoud wrote:|
Since the 8M is now no longer to be had anywhere, for love or money (delighted to be contradicted on this), would people care to suggest alternatives for precisely the use Romy puts it to: driving a round, 3-4 inch throat, upper bass horn? I know it is impossible to know what any driver will sound like until it is in situ, but we can at least narrow down the list. Any suggestions? For example, can we take it as agreed that a fixed back chamber (e.g. RCFs MR10N301, which otherwise looks interesting) would be a bad idea?
Asking about it you must mention what would be the rate of the horn. The 160Hz and 80Hz horns are both upper bass horn but they would require different drivers, wouldn’t they? I have to note that for 4 inch throat the 8” Fane 8M (5.5” without the spider) is marginally suitable but for 3-4 inch throat is questionably suitable. It has true 103dB sensitivity, very good tone, very low compression (in horn) and some other absurd characteristics that make it unique. Is anything better out there? I really do not know and I did not try anything else since I began to use 8M. I might consider trying other driver if I see properly-made 4” compression driver. The only one out there is Community M4 with its idiotic double suspension – a horrible driver. I do not know any other compression drivers. There are quite a few direct radiators that might do – you might want to try them. Do not discard the car and consumers drivers they might be good.
Generally you need to talk with the community of Romy’s haters. There is a group of horn enthusiasts whom I consider “idiots” and who read, print, memorized times and times each horn post at this site, who would love to use good upper bass drivers but whose Moronic attitude would not allow them to use the same driver as Romy The Cat does. They each month discover a new driver that reportedly “betters then Fane 8M”. It is might be the case but I would like to warn that there is a reason WHY I recognize them as Idiots long before they have intelligence and sense to recognize this fact about themselves.
I do not want the paragraph above to sound like my doubts there - they are good driver out there – they are there – I just did not look for them. BTW, I am surprised that you feel that “8M is now no longer to be had anywhere, for love or money…”. They are quite regularly pop up here and there for $50. So, to make up your mind about 8M you would not have problems….The Cat
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