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Big Dee
11-15-2006, 02:44 PM
I've pretty much decided on the tweets and midbass for my active setup. Now I need to decide on the mids. My budget is around $200 for the pair.

I want something that will get loud and sound very good doing it.

3.5Max6spd
11-15-2006, 05:40 PM
Best? subjective...

By popular opinion perhaps

Scanspeak 12M Revelator- smoothest, sweetest midrange and can play very low

Seas Excel 4.5"- colder, detailed presentation

Of which unless used , neither pair is in your budget.

Big Dee
11-15-2006, 06:29 PM
Of course it's gonna be subjective, I meant in your opinion and experience which do you all consider the best?

Those are some good descriptions 3.5Max6spd, thanks, I can pay more if I feel it's worth it. I could swing those Excels there not too expensive, the Revs are a little more than I'm willing to go though.

The only thing that scares me about the Excels is the huge peak that they have at 10 kHz.

alphakenny1
11-15-2006, 06:35 PM
i have the lotus 4.5", great mids. very detailed midrange.

also why you scared of the huge peak? you gonna cross them that high? thats crazy high for those speakers.

Big Dee
11-15-2006, 06:53 PM
Where can I find some Lotus'?

I plan crossing them at around 3 kHz, but I was not sure if that peak would affect the sound even with a low x-over point.

alphakenny1
11-15-2006, 07:03 PM
Where can I find some Lotus'?

I plan crossing them at around 3 kHz, but I was not sure if that peak would affect the sound even with a low x-over point.

yea depends on the crossover pt but let's say you crossover at 3khz @ 12db/oct, then around 10khz it'll be around ~25-30db less than at 3khz. so yea it might effect sound but there's nothing an eq can't do to help fix that.

also to purchase lotus 4.5", go to mobilesq.com and email the owners for better pricing ;). but the excels are a bit cheaper regardless at madisound.com.

3.5Max6spd
11-15-2006, 07:08 PM
Where can I find some Lotus'?

I plan crossing them at around 3 kHz

Perhaps you should look into the cone breakup tendencies of those drivers requiring notch filters, or special attention to the xover range use. Not sure if thats an issue with that particular driver though..