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    Noticed my thai distributor are clearing out their Dayton stock. Not much selection but will grab a few drivers to build a kick *** budget 3 way. So from the drivers they have(also available from parts express) I came up with this. HIVI RT1.3WE or Dayton DC28f / Dayton RS125p-8 / Dayton DC200-8. Do you think this selection wd work ok?

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    the 125p will play up to the rt1.3we . i would use 2 though in mtm config . . and 2 woofers , either mtmww or wmtmw .
    Paper Towers
    RS180P/28F surrounds
    Boombox

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    • #3
      Each 8" woofer wants about 0.75-1.0cf "closed", or 1.5-2.0cf vented (recommended).
      You CAN build a "non-kick***" (but decent) 8" 2-way if you use the DC28 tweeter. (For a 3-way, you'd have to add volume for a separate mid (internal) box.)

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      • #4
        Thanks Filmslayer, thanks Chris. I kind of want to stick to an easy 6-8 ohm load and keep the driver count and x/o parts cheap. The DC200-8 seems to dig pretty deep in a ported box. They also stock the RS180-4 but it pushes the budget up a bit, if I were to go 2 per side Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

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        • #5
          i seriesed 4ohm's for an easy amp load .
          Paper Towers
          RS180P/28F surrounds
          Boombox

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          • #6
            I would try and find a pre-existing design instead of coming up with something brand new.
            -Dan
            Mandolin Curved Cabinet Floorstanding; Dayton Reference 18" sealed Subwoofer; Sealed 12" Dayton Reference Subwoofer ; Overnight Sensation builds

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            • #7
              Originally posted by djkest View Post
              I would try and find a pre-existing design instead of coming up with something brand new.

              why ?
              Paper Towers
              RS180P/28F surrounds
              Boombox

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              • #8
                Originally posted by djkest View Post
                I would try and find a pre-existing design instead of coming up with something brand new.
                snooze

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bill poster View Post
                  Noticed my thai distributor are clearing out their Dayton stock. Not much selection but will grab a few drivers to build a kick *** budget 3 way. So from the drivers they have(also available from parts express) I came up with this. HIVI RT1.3WE or Dayton DC28f / Dayton RS125p-8 / Dayton DC200-8. Do you think this selection wd work ok?

                  I like your mid and tweeter choices. One of my biggest lessons learned from my year on the speaker building design team was the performance of the SD270-88 DVC subwoofer ($40 from PE). That makes a great 3-way woofer. The SD215 ($30 from PE) is also a good performer if a narrower cabinet is desired. Those have significantly more excursion capability than their Dayton classic brethren, but are still smooth enough up high to use as traditional woofers. The flange also looks better without the big cardboard ring.
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                  • #10
                    I like HIVI RT1.3WE, one RS125p-8 and two Dayton DC200-8. That would make it kick a.. in a mini tower or monkey coffin. That's real close to my budget 3-way concept other than I want to horn load everything
                    Last edited by jhollander; 01-11-2018, 01:32 PM. Reason: spelling
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gowa
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                      He's trying to build something from the clearance stock on hand.
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                      • #12
                        I have no expertise in this matter, but the RS paper series seem to be very high quality drivers - I have the RS180Ps and love them - whereas the DC28 is a good quality, but not stunning tweeter. This might mean that there's a difference between the drivers in terms of the sound, perhaps?

                        Haven't heard the Hi Vi so I don't know how it would compare to the DC28.

                        Geoff

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                        • #13
                          RT1.3 is one of my favorites, and John Hollander mated it to the RS180P.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                            RT1.3 is one of my favorites, and John Hollander mated it to the RS180P. Wolf
                            I remember that design! other midbass driver choices, RS180p-4, RS180-4, DC250-8, DS175-8, 'budget' tweeter choices, scan H2606 waveguide, H2604 limited edition and R2604 RR. Also the 22mm wavecors. These are what I can get here within the budget. A side firing 3 way with DC250 and RS180p is an option perhaps

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