Question: does anyone have any experience with the 288c drivers? I’d love to hold out for a pair of 288g, but there’s a pair of 288c for sale near me for less than half the going rate of the g. I know they’ll need new’phragms from GPA. I’m also aware there are physical differences in the driver construction that limit HF response relative to the g/h drivers, but they’re still discounted enough to be awfully tempting. Thoughts?
I didn't have the 288C's on 511's... the 288's are a 1.4" throat and the 511's are not compatible at 1". I ran the 288C's on my Jabo's and really liked them a lot. They were only unseated when I got the JBL 2441's which are 2" and go just a LITTLE higher and I think are superior to my ears.
When I had 511's I only had them with 902's on them I think. I'm not really a huge fan of the 811/511s.
I think the G's are the pinnacle of the 1" Altec drivers. If I could only have 1 set of 1" Altecs... that's what I would get. I like the sound of the Tangerine phase plug. BUT, I do tend to favor a little more modern sound than a lot of guys. I think that's why I didn't connect with the 32 horns as much as MOST seem to. They were a little more relaxed then I tend to like. I have 902/MantaRays on top of my 414/614 cabinets right now.
I like the Emilar EH800 and now the EH500's better than any of the small Altec horns. But I think on my Onkens I'm going to go back to the Jabo's since they look fuckin' awesome and i feel like sonically there isn't enough difference between them and the EH500 to keep the Emilar's sitting on top. I know the Emilars, both versions, really are at their best when used the way they were intended inside the box mounted to the baffle. That's how my EH800's will be in a current project.
In my big huge room they still only played down into the mid to upper 40's... the recent addition of the Rythmik sealed servo 12" sub really filled it in nicely.
I've got a sealed NHT 1259 sub in a 3.5 cubic foot box (weighs a ton) with a 200W plate amp. Works really well with my Altec 753c speakers (also worked well with my Heresy X speakers when I was still using them in my main system). There's just something about a good sealed sub.I use a pair of Rhythmik F8 subwoofers. I’ve found the lightweight paper cones with servo control work well with high efficiency speakers.
I'm curious, Woody - do you think a single F8 would be sufficient in a medium-sized room? I have the single 1259 right now, but I'd *love* to have something that takes up less real estate.I use a pair of Rhythmik F8 subwoofers. I’ve found the lightweight paper cones with servo control work well with high efficiency speakers.