Originally Posted by Rebel975
Alpha 8: A higher cost woofer, which most likely means lower distortion. The 8PS21 mentions having a shorting ring, while the TD0818 does not.
.5dB higher sensitivity, 15Hz more extension, and higher power handling. Theoretically a "better" compression driver (DNA-205 vs DNA-150) loaded in a probably "better" waveguide (EOS-8 vs DW-7745)*.
*Someone else would have to explain the compression driver + waveguide differences.
See this is the kind of thing I wish they'd list on the site. It's more catered to people who know what they're doing, noobs like myself really don't know what is going on at all.
Would be nice if they had a nice noob friendly kit to start.
I'm leaning towards the Fusion 8 now since it has the option of a crossover preassembled. However, still want to know, how do these compare to my Monitor 70s, and what price range would these speakers be in if it were retail? I have been saving up cash for the Klipsch RF 7s, but if I can get that quality from DIY for 300-400 then I might just step up to that price range and get that instead.
Otherwise, I'll just the Fusion 8s, but I wanna know what they compare to retail price wise so I know if what I'm saving is worth it by going the DIY route.
Really curious about comparisons to new speakers retail prices though. I just read some more online and saw Jeff B talking about the Tempest and he compared it to Klipsch the same way jumping up from a calculator to a PC. That sounds great, and for 300(maybe 400 once I count in the flatpack and the crossover pre assembled) that'd leave me under 1k for both. If I could get better than RF-7 performance for under 800 that'd rock. I been looking at the polk audio RTi12 and 10s as well but DIY looks like I'll save money and get better performance.
Also, the Fusion MTM center channel. If I went with something like the Tempest, would that center channel still work or would I need another tempest for my center channel? How in gods name do you find a place to put the center channel, especially one that big. Biggest reason I don't have one yet is I don't know where to put it lol.....
Originally Posted by chalugadp
Sounds to me like you want the tempests for fronts. They are the perfect party rock speakers and for movies ad well. Will play down to 40hz and help that weak sub until you build something . For rears the fusion alchemy would be great.
I have both the alchemy mtm and the minions. Both are great with a slight edge to the fusion to me.
Compared to the polks you will be amazed. They will play much louder , cleaner , with a lot more dynamics and bigger soundstage. You will be shocked. Make sure you angle them in 45° to get the best results.
Ha ya the Tempests look nice. Especially what I just read about them and now from you as well. If we're going off pure wants then I want the Fusion 15s lol but that's overkill probably. There seems to be only 1 MTM center channel though. Is that center channel suitable with every group of fronts? Really though, I just want RF-7 type performance and clearer highs than what I have now. If I can get that with the Fusion 8s that's great but if I need something like the tempests, I'll save up and get them. Might get the 8s purely for the building experience and to test my cabinet finishing ability. I wanted red/gloss but I'd rather fail on the 8s and then paint over it (with that black whatever paint) rather than do it on the tempests.