That’s the idea of the speakers. I really like versatility and your right about vents being stuffed and the 2 drivers are only slightly different in Diameter. The Hemps are a tiny bit smaller. Retrofitting is easy with a router. Just cut a chamfer and the B200 will fit.
Also a 1.5 way system can easily be done with adding another compact cabinet under the main cabinet. Instant floorstanding 1.5 way. This could be added at anytime too.
Big speaker projects are eating away at me. I can really see me building them in the future. HempTones and Tone Tubbies are made side by side at the factory. Not to difficult to make 12” or 15”s.
Hi Kbuzz and Bwanagreg,
Fostex drivers are really good too and started the whole thing with Fostex. I’ve learned so much in using them that much of what goes into the Fostex speakers are incorporated in the new speakers.
I have tried the both new speakers with my tube gear as well as the Lotus and my Bottlehead 2A3s run them with no worry. I also got the approval of Don Garber in regards to the B200 and the 6-ohm load.
The drivers have been tweaked to reduce peaks in the mids. With what I have done the balance is very good.
You hit this topic head on and I agree 1000%. Hearing is believing and I heard and I’m hooked. I also heard and bought many drivers and some that where $2000 a pair that no way and no how has the Tone or balance of the Hemps or the B200s. I would never, ever release a speaker I didn’t 100% believe in. Specs and graphs aren’t the whole picture here.
Also, if I can’t voice a speaker system mechanically to my liking, I wont build it.
Makes no sense to get really caught up in manufacturers plots. Most are fudged beyond belief anyway. Pretty soon Voice coil is going to release the real specs on many drivers.
Thanks for the links and skite, it’s really worth it.
Once I get your drivers they are good to go. It would be great if Mark can listen to yours.
I will get them out next week for sure and with the Clari t it’s an amazing combo.
I measured my completed speakers in my room (52Hz) and Vinnie’s (45Hz). The balance is excellent and about SPL. The Hemptones are 96dB and the B200 are very close to this in my room.
It’s really hard to post more about the issue from what I’ve read from Powerbench, Konut and Mark. They have done a great job in regards to this issue. I can only stress that you have to hear the drivers to understand what they can do.
These 2 new drivers are definitely a response to your question. They can handle complex material and Rock is not a problem. Vinnie knows what I listen too over here at the shop and when the new B200s come in, it would be my pleasure for you to stop by.
Hi Bwanagreg and GHM,
I really don’t know why this came about either. Right from the beginning I always played complex stuff. At the N.Y. Rave, The HempTones where right there with the much larger Tannoy Turnberry with complex music.
Give me a call and we’ll set it up.