AW-10 Excel High-end speaker! The Aw-10 Excel model has been developed from the popular test winner AW-10 Hqi model. The design goal was to make a tripod speaker that would be as uncompromising as possible in all areas, but still in a reasonable price range.
The AW-10 Excel case is based on the AW-10 Hqi model with minor modifications, the volume is slightly over 10 liters and the case is TransFlex-tuned.
We chose Seas' new Excel series element W18 EX001 as the bass midrange. It has a magnesium cone whose trap cone resonances are concentrated in one area outside the range of use. This allows for exceptionally clean playback. The voice coil in the element is open, which means that it cools well and the flow sounds are reduced.
In the middle of the element is a copper phase plug, which also effectively cools the voice coil and reduces distortion. The tweeter is also manufactured by Seas, type 25TAFN / QG. It has a 25 mil aluminum cap and a strong neodymium magnet, which makes the element compact and light in size. It is also best suited for the exponential horn rectifier used in the speaker. The directional is used to optimize the directional pattern in the crossover frequency range. It also significantly improves stereo image as well as resolution.
A properly designed rectifier gives a clearly better result than would be possible without a director. The rectifier is supplied with the kit and the treble is attached to the rectifier with instant glue and the parallel to the housing with screws.
The crossover filter is an electrically first order filter. The acoustic crossover frequency is 1300 Hz. The filter has only five components and their only function is to amplify the inherent responses of the speaker elements. In this way, the phase repetition has been made as linear as possible, and the delays of the elements have remained small. The filter parts are of high quality, the capacitors are from Intertechnik's AudynCap models and the coils are air core coils. As internal wiring, the kit comes with a Black Rhodium RUMBA cord and the kit comes with Supra Boxco pole screw terminals.
The case is designed to be made of 18-22 millimeters of material. Suitable materials for construction include; glulam, MDF, Stone, plywood. The internal supports in the TransFlex housing support the housing, so the housing becomes very sturdy and resonance-free.
According to the measurements, the frequency responses of the speaker are very smooth without large errors also in the lateral directions. The speaker bass output extends to just under 40 Hz. The bass response is descending and the speaker also works moderately well in small rooms and near a wall. However, the best playback is achieved with sturdy stands and leaving enough distance to the wall. The appropriate distance depends on the room. The ideal listening distance is about 2.5-3 meters.
Then, of course, finally, the most important question is what the speaker sounds like. In our own opinion, we can say without self-praise that the speaker has been just as successful as it was. The AW-10 Excel is very close to optimal than what can be achieved with elements in this size class in this case size.
Playback is very clean and colorless, the resolution is excellent. The sound balance is in balance, the sound is bright but not yet overly bright. The stereo image is accurate. The bass reproduction extends quite down in terms of size and is more restrained in nature than overbearing.
- Dimensions (W x H x D) 210 x 340 x 240 mm
- Power recommendation 30-200 W
- Distribution frequency 1300 Hz
- Frequency range (-6 dB) 38Hz
- Impedance 8 Ohms
- Treble: Seas 25 TAFN / QG + AWSM-140 direction
- Bass midrange: Seas W18EX001
The set includes the following parts for one (1 piece) speaker:
- speaker elements
- crossover filter parts
- Black Rhodium internal wiring
We recommend ASPA damping material as the damping material.
Amount of wadding required for the enclosure according to the speaker drawings: 250 g / speaker. The terminal may vary, so always make the housing according to the supplied terminal / connectors.
If you do not want to make the case yourself, you can order it ready-made. The pattern wood makes speaker cases from MDF or glulam according to the customer's wishes. The selection includes almost all the building kits sold by Hifitalo, and if necessary, you can also submit the speaker drawings yourself. See the link below for more information and prices.
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