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PostPosted: 21 May 2016, 07:11 

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I've decided to go forward with my first speaker project. I hope to use the speakers with a lower powered tube amp so I'm leaning towards the Fostex drivers, either FE126En, FE166En, or FE206En.

There are several enclosure options detailed here and elsewhere, and what I need help with is narrowing down the field. I have lots of experience with plywood, so difficulty level is not a concern. I listen to primarily rock, alternative, and electric.

The FE206En with their recommended Back-Loaded Horn looks like fun, but do people prefer the Double Bass Reflex Type Enclosure?

The FE126En is more cost effective and the Frugel-Horn Mk3 looks really nice, but will it have enough bass?

Is the FE166En a good balance between the two?

I'm hoping their is someone out there who has experience with the various enclosures and can steer me in the right direction.


PostPosted: 26 May 2016, 20:26 
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Generally, the mid-range and top-end is better with the smaller drivers and you get more bass with the larger drivers. For a single driver loudspeaker, I would go with the FE206En as you will want that extra bottom for more range. For the music you like, I would suggest the DBR as it goes much deeper than the BLH. For jazz, vocals, classical I would suggest the horn. I have a BLH with FE206E in the rec room. High sensitivity so it works well with small SE amps like EL84 and 6V6.


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PostPosted: 26 May 2016, 22:42 
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Here's some awesome sites for Fostex info:


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