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    was thinking 3 rough groups

    up to $40(budget), $40 to $100, and beyond $100 (high end)

    Really curious to know peoples favorite tweets including ribbons/AMTs and any opinions on budget Vifas(silk and radiator), good metal domes, Audax gold, Illuminators, Accutons etc

  • #2
    Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

    I always liked this Seas for a low to midrange tweeter. There is a 3/4" version that looks interesting too

    http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com...-dome-tweeter/

    I haven't heard enough to speak coherently about it, but I will also say that in the high end realm I have been super pleased with my Beyma TPL150H AMT. It has clarity and detail without harshness that I just didn't get with the dome tweeters I have used. Granted I haven't used any dome tweeters that cost this much. I think that at the price of this Beyma there is also strong reason to consider RAAL (which I've heard side by side with my Beyma). I think they are more alike than different but unless you need really high sensitivity and/or really high output levels one of the various RAAL's may be preferred.

    http://www.beyma.de/fileadmin/seiten...TPL-150_en.pdf

    Honestly though listen to others who have experience with more devices, this is just my $.02 from the cheap seats.
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    • #3
      Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

      Tweeters that keep poppiing up as favorites=
      There are some lower priced Vifas , don't know the numbers on them ,maybe some one else will chime in
      Seas 27TDFC
      Dayton RS28A
      Peerless HDS
      Transducer Labs N26C-A
      Satori
      And as mentioned the Beyma and RAAL's
      ,donc
      Last edited by donc; 10-28-2013, 09:25 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

        tb 28-537sh
        Dayton nd20
        Beston

        Fountek
        Dayton rs28

        Satori
        CSS LD25X
        Hiq
        Transducer sound labs
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        • #5
          Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

          Under $40

          Vifa XT25

          Tang Band 28-537SH

          Vifa DX25

          I like all of the above better than the RS28, especially the Tang Band.

          I have only used the RS28 in the above $40 classes, although the XT25 used to be in that class. I have listened to a lot of more expensive ones, though.

          $40 - $100

          HDS was very nice

          Above $100

          Have only heard a few of them, Hiq was nice, little RAAL was nice, the millenium tweeter is nice.
          Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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          • #6
            Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

            Under $40

            Vifa XT25

            Tang Band 28-537SH

            Tang Band 25-1719S

            Seas 22TAF/G

            $40 - $100

            BG Neo 3

            Usher 9950

            HDS

            SEAS Prestige 27TBFC/G

            $100

            SS 7100, 7000, 6600, 9900, 9800

            Seas T25 and29

            Hiquphon

            Mundorf AMT just about all of them

            ESS Heil Air Motion Transformer AMT Tweeter

            LCY 110
            Last edited by craigk; 10-30-2013, 01:30 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

              Under $40:
              Vifa DX25
              Vifa XT25TG30
              Vifa XT25SC90 (or -50)
              Beston RT003C
              HiVi TN25
              Dayton ND28
              Vifa OX20
              TB 28-537
              Vifa XT19
              Vifa NE19VTS
              Seas 22TAFC/G

              $40-100:
              HiVi RT1.3 (why is this on clearance?)
              HiVi RT1C-A
              Dayton RS28A
              Usher 9950
              Fountek NeoCD1.0
              TB 25-1743S (some places at $109)
              Wavecor TW030
              Seas 27TFFC

              $100+:
              Hiquphon OW3
              Seas Millenium
              AC G2Si
              Visaton MHT12
              Morel MDT33 (NLA)
              SS D2905/9700
              AC AST2560-dipolar
              SS D3004/6600
              Satori
              Transducer Labs N26C-A
              LCY 110
              Seas T25-001 (NLA)
              CSS LD25X (soon to be NLA)

              That I've experienced, these were in the upper areas of the price ranges, and I've not heard enough from RAAL to really be sure how I think yet about them.
              Later,
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              • #8
                Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                In the under $20, I'm giving the Airborne a try as an alternate to the ND20s

                https://www.solen.ca/pub/index.php?c...=2&s2=&s3=&s4=
                John H

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                • #9
                  Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                  Good reading, interesting that the 'pointy' Illuminators didn't get a mention yet

                  The Seas 27TDFC looks great on response, and the Transducer Labs ceramics are ridiculously smooth/flat on their graph(is it real?), better than the Accuton's, on paper

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                  • #10
                    Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                    Let me shout out some VIFA low at the low end:

                    UNDER 25 FREAKING DOLLARS:

                    BC25SG15-04, this one is madness. https://www.parts-express.com/pe/sho...umber=264-1026 18$ You can find what Zaph measured here from an OEM speaker using it, http://www.zaphaudio.com/blog.html Alright, it doesn't have a ruler flat response, but what it does have, works.

                    OX20SC00-04, its an impressive 3/4" flangeless tweeter. https://www.parts-express.com/pe/sho...umber=264-1002 19$

                    Neither is going to go too low, about 2.2khz for the BC25 and 2.7khz for the OX20. What can I say though, when used right they sound real nice
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                    • #11
                      Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                      Originally posted by bill poster View Post
                      Good reading, interesting that the 'pointy' Illuminators didn't get a mention yet

                      The Seas 27TDFC looks great on response, and the Transducer Labs ceramics are ridiculously smooth/flat on their graph(is it real?), better than the Accuton's, on paper
                      The T-labs are indeed as flat and smooth as the posted plots on their website. They are amazing little domes. I'm using the N26C/G in a waveguide and it is the most natural sounding dome tweeter I've heard. The Scan Be comes real close. Other than the ugly and HUGE rectangular faceplate, they're remarkable, and built like a tank. When the round flanges come out, along with the newer versions, I wouldn't mind seeing them mounted onto a baffle. For now, I'll keep it behind the waveguide.

                      Another really nice little tweeter is the SEAS 22TFF. Very smooth and flat response, and able to cross reasonably low (~2000Hz).

                      Others have mentioned the high $$$ favorites I think are the best on the planet.

                      The Aurum Cantus AST2560 is a really nice performer as well, with that sharp and clear attack that no dome can seem to match.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                        Originally posted by bill poster View Post
                        Good reading, interesting that the 'pointy' Illuminators didn't get a mention yet

                        The Seas 27TDFC looks great on response, and the Transducer Labs ceramics are ridiculously smooth/flat on their graph(is it real?), better than the Accuton's, on paper
                        Not many have used the Illuminator tweeters, and I've not even heard one yet.

                        Agreed on the TLabs. Very real.

                        Later,
                        Wolf
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                        "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
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                        • #13
                          Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                          Originally posted by jhollander View Post
                          In the under $20, I'm giving the Airborne a try as an alternate to the ND20s

                          https://www.solen.ca/pub/index.php?c...=2&s2=&s3=&s4=
                          I wouldn't xover that one below about 3kHz, honestly. I have one that I tested, and it's Fs was bout 800, IIRC, but it didn't sound clean until above 3kHz. They are also not easy to disassemble if you were thinking about modding it.

                          Later,
                          Wolf
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                          "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
                          "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
                          "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

                          *InDIYana event website*

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                          My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
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                          • #14
                            Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                            Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                            I wouldn't xover that one below about 3kHz,

                            They are also not easy to disassemble if you were thinking about modding it.
                            My plans exactly...
                            John H

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                            • #15
                              Re: Your favorite tweeters at different price points

                              The T-labs are indeed as flat and smooth as the posted plots on their website. They are amazing little domes. I'm using the N26C/G in a waveguide and it is the most natural sounding dome tweeter I've heard.

                              The Aurum Cantus AST2560 is a really nice performer as well, with that sharp and clear attack that no dome can seem to match.
                              T- Labs..size of the magnets :eek:

                              had my eye on the AST2560, low x/o point and Darth Vader looks. Also the Dayton AMT 2-4 looks good on the graph and price is ok

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