Fostex drivers Fe206E. Solid maple cabinets with maple trim. These cabinets are designed by Steve Deckert of Decware High Fidelity Engineering
These drivers are clear and distinct with the best midrange I have ever heard in a speaker. I am driving these with a 2 watt single ended triode tube amp also from Decware. The source is a modified Sony 685 with a tube stage output directly coming off the DAC. I have a tubed preamp(Decware CSP modified to a CSP2) between the source and the Decware Select amp. The modified Fostex driver in this box puts out at the low end 97db per watt. As many of you know the dynamic range of the music is all in that first watt and with almost a 100 db output in the first watt from these speakers I can hear everything with only a fraction of a watt output.
Full range single driver speakers are usually only found from internet based specialist and boutique audio builders. Most high-end speaker builders are ususally quite expensive but generally provide works of art to their customers who want a special look as well as a sound. Fortunately, there are many alternatives out there on the web for the cost minded audiophile. The internet has created whole industries of small craftsman who are able to reach a wide audience they never could have only a few short years ago.
The box stores don't even come close. I encourage you to research and learn what is out there.
The cabinet build was fairly complex for a novice like myself with several compound miters. The panels needed glue-ups for widening enough for the baffle, tops and bottoms.
The following is a table of the tubes I use in my audio and instrument power amps. Tube rolling is fun.
|Svetlana||6H1N||pre||x||x||x||3||EB - military|
|Guitar amp tubes|
|6BQ5||power||x||1||EL84 need one|
March 18, 2007