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    Altec 1" exit driver recommedations

    Hi

    I have the opportunity to buy a pair of Altec 802-8g in good shape.

    I thought I would get a pair of Altec drivers in order to compare with my JBL drivers (2420, LE85, etc), should I go for this pair or wait for another? I have no knowledge about Altec stuff whatsoever :-)

    I am planning to use them from 2,5 kHz all the way up. HiFi use in big room playing loud.

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    Here's a quick reference chart to get you started.
    Show us what ya got: Homebuilt Hi-Fi

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    Thanks lowpoke!

    802G Has new radial phasing plug, improved magnet structure. Originally equipped with very light diaphragm. Improved overall performance, last Alnico magnet.
    804A Small magnet version of 802C, 2 db less sensitive. Used extensively in Hi Fi and other loudspeakers. Green in color.
    806A New designation of 804A driver, green color.
    802 G is the "best" Altec alnico driver, I'll go for it.

    What is the market price for a pair in good shape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by more10 View Post
    What is the market price for a pair in good shape?
    all over the board,
    i see cores going for $200 to 300/pr frequently
    but have also seen them as low as $45/pr

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    I'll take all of the 802g's I can get for less than $100/driver.

    I am using a pair of them in a DIY Altec MLTL build. They are coupled to 811 horns. The ones I have, have the original "light" aluminum 'phrams. They compare well to other CD's I've heard, the 811 horn being somewhat of a limit to their performance. I plan to move to another horn as time permits.

    If you can get them for a good price and are able to somewhat document their past use, they are worthy. About the only caveat is how they were used but a remag and new 'phrams is still possible through Great Plains Audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westend View Post
    The ones I have, have the original "light" aluminum 'phrams
    How can one tell it is the original light diaphragm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by more10 View Post
    How can one tell it is the original light diaphragm?
    Numbered 34647. http://alteclansingunofficial.nlenet.net/Diavc.html

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    Thanks for your posts westend, most helpful :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by westend View Post
    Actually, the 34647 is the diaphragm that replaced the original "light" diaphragm found in the older 802-8g drivers. The correct part number for the "light" diaphragm is 23744.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by voice of theatr View Post
    Actually, the 34647 is the diaphragm that replaced the original "light" diaphragm found in the older 802-8g drivers. The correct part number for the "light" diaphragm is 23744.....
    Shite, you're absolutely correct! I got those two mixed up for some reason, maybe Senioritis

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    Thanks guys. The drivers had original diaphragms. Most probably they have been used in studio monitors. Almost mint condition. 430$ for the pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by more10 View Post
    Thanks guys. The drivers had original diaphragms. Most probably they have been used in studio monitors. Almost mint condition. 430$ for the pair.
    Well worth the price IMHO. Those are great drivers and they sound phenomenal with the original light diaphragms if in (near) mint condition.....

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