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X15 Build Project!

We seem to have lost the first few months of 2015, and it’s July already! We’ve been so busy working on some new projects and finding great new products we haven’t had time to write much. One of our facebook followers got in touch about their build project, and at first glance it was just another DIY build, few bits of wood with holes in, usual kind of thing.

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The project is based on the X15 design (http://www.speakerplans.com/index.php?id=x15) a fairly straightforward trapezoidal mid-high speaker. There are a number of drivers that are suitable for this cabinets, on this occasion an Eminence Kappa Pro 15 was chosen for LF, and an Eminence PSD 2002 on a PH220 horn flare for top end.

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Add a touch of Tuffcab and you get a finished speaker.

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just another DIY build??..

but one thing that’s a little different on this, it was built by a 14 year old lad who’s keen to get into the audio industry.

Its great to see new blood coming into the industry, bringing new energy and enthusiasm with them.

Well done Tadhg Sweeney

https://www.facebook.com/bluearan/photos/pcb.994235457288284/994235050621658/?type=1&theater


P.Audio PA-D99 Monster 2″ 150W Compression Driver

We’ve been conducting some tests with the this old school beast and we are suitably impressed. The giant magnet and large 4″ voice coil give great efficiency (111dB) and loads of power handling (150W). Just look how this giant compares to the 1″ B&C DE250:

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P.Audio PA-D99 next to B&C DE250

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P.Audio PA-D99 diaphragm removed

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P.Audio PA-D99 titanium diaphragm

The question most people have when looking at a large compression driver like this is will it play high enough? We’ve run some tests with the P.Audio horns PH.2380 (90×40) and PH.2723 (60×40). Please excuse the coloured lighting!

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PH.2723 on the left, PH.2380 on the right

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P.Audio PA-D99 with PH.2380

We took some rough measurements with the two horn flares (SPL not calibrated and measurements are subject to room reflections).

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Green = PH.2380, Red = PH.2723

This monster compression driver can certainly cover the entire high frequency spectrum from 1KHz to 20KHz. For certain music styles there is always the option of adding another device such as a super-tweeter to improve the response 6KHz upwards. This may be especially beneficial on certain horn flares such as the PH.2723 and fits with what you would expect of designs using the JBL 2445 or other large format compression drivers.