There are certainly a few that can get you close... So does size matter?
6 to 8 inch? Do you need something that rolls off smooth at 2k or is something that needs crossover work ok?
Also, there are things that get you into the 30's but flat down to 30 is more difficult to find
I'm sure4 Troel Gravesen could find drivers that match Seas Excel line, but then why bother?
Seas has the right sonics in their Excel magnesium line, i see no point looking any further.
AS I say perhaps the new Flagship Graphene does in fact go to 20-30hz in the W22, but at the price + xovers, its way out of my budget.
The older Flagship the magnesium Excel work just fine for me, as i get dual W18s. where a single W22 will not offer the same richness in the 40-80hz,s which the dual W18001 exhibit, Dual Graphene will be too bass heavy, , So there's the rub, take a single W22 get lower bass 20-40hz, But lacks the richness of dual W18001's.
I opt for the dual W18's which is priced at one W22 Graphene.
These Excel Magnesium are in competition with the very best of the single source wide band FR drivers.
Now I am speaking of full orchestra music as the soundstage.
In jazz a single FR is all you need, Which go down to 20hz.
Since my genre of music is classical, the dual W18's beat out a 1st class FR.
Ideally a 5 inch FR is all that is needed for pairing with a dual W18 configure. A high quality 4 is perahps even better.
I have both a 4 and a 5 Fr arriving in 2 weeks, I'll keep u=you posted on their performances. Both under $200 a pair, so I am not expecting much, just hoping for the best. The one really looks very promising, the other is a gamble at $110/pair/5 inch.
The other FR's did not work out.
But one thing is for sure, the dual W18's are permanent and the Seas Millennium will never be heard ever again, Its going to be *dumped* on Ebay.
Midrange/tweeters can not stand up, none of them, A-Z can not out shoot a high quality FR.
And I now have zero interest in compression tweeter horns. A tweet horn risks adding in ~sibilance~.
Again as with the 20-40 hz range, same here with the 12k hz range, i can sacrifice the super highs, provided a high quality Fr can perform exceptional in the 1k-12khz range.
In classical there is not much offering in the above 12k hz range.
But actually here is where some high fidelity Fr really shine, is in the upper region.
making a all tweeters obsolete and even moreso compression horns.
FR is the most perfect driver invented.