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Babb Speakers

This is a page dedicated to the old line of Babb Speakers which we purchased in 2007. We are keeping this page up due to the fact several people have experience with the Babb drivers and many of them still have functioning drivers that are years, if not decades old. Below are the sizes of speakers and comparisons of the drivers we have created to replace the Babb speakers.

My History with Babb by David Chaffey:

I had seen some advertisementss for Babb speakers for several years. As a "full-range" marine speaker, I did not pay much attention, after all, I was an "audiophile" and marine speakers were beneath me. Boy was I stupid!  Then Alan developed the Lorelei as a 5” speaker that covered the range of 30Hz to 20kHz. I saw the ad in Speaker Builder or AudioXpress.  It was crazy expensive, buy my curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it. At the time (about 2002) they were $835 for a pair. “For a limited time” Alan was offering a free cabinet with it.

I got a pair…They did some things better than any speaker I had ever heard. They were not without their challenges, but worth the tweaks to figure out how to get the most out of the beast. I friend in Texas also had a pair and we communicated on cabinet ideas to get the most bass, mid-range clarity, etc. from the speaker. It was a bear to load in a cabinet. I know the design idea for the speaker was to make it cabinet neutral, but it seemed to be the pickiest speaker I had played with in over 25 years of design work. I tried a semi-transmission-line the friend in Texas recommended and it seemed to be the best yet, a bear to make, but worth the effort.  

In between cabinet experiments there were issues with some noise in the voice coil. The original bearing was Teflon and there was a rubbing noise at low levels. The speaker went back to Alan a few times for a re-build and in between we discussed the Lorelei, its parts and construction. I suggested ferro-fluid as it had become readily available. The last version had the ferro-fluid instead of the Teflon – noise gone! I built a 1/8 wavelength T-line cabinet for it and lived with it for a few years.

To be continued………

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If You Have Babb...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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414
4"

50W cont / 200W max

4 Ohm 50Hz - 19kHz 88dB Ceramic
   

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You May Want DC Gold Audio...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m)  Magnet
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4"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

50Hz - 19kHz

90dB Neodymium
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4"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

50Hz - 20kHz

90dB Neodymium
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If You Have Babb...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
 
514
5 ¼"

50W cont / 200W max

4 Ohm 38Hz - 18kHz 90dB Ceramic
534
 5 ¼"  50W cont / 200W max  4 Ohm  34Hz - 18kHz  91dB Ceramic
538
 5 ¼"  50W cont / 200W max  8 Ohm  34Hz - 18kHz  90dB Ceramic
 
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You May Want DC Gold Audio...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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5 ¼"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

40Hz - 19kHz

91dB Neodymium
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5 ¼"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

40Hz - 20kHz

91dB Neodymium

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If You Have Babb...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
 
934
6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 Ohm 34Hz - 18kHz 95dB Ceramic
938
6x9" 80W cont / 300W max 8 Ohm 34Hz - 18kHz 93dB Ceramic
 

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You May Want DC Gold Audio...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 19kHz

92dB Neodymium

6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 20kHz

92dB Neodymium

If You Have Babb...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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L6 - Lorelei
6"

100W cont / 400W max

4 Ohm 38Hz - 18kHz 86dB Ceramic
 

You May Want DC Gold Audio...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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N7C

7"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 19kHz

92dB Neodymium
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N7R

7"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 20kHz

92dB Neodymium

If You Have Babb...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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1034
6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 Ohm 34Hz - 18kHz 95dB Ceramic
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1038
6x9" 80W cont / 300W max 8 Ohm 34Hz - 18kHz 93dB Ceramic
 

You May Want DC Gold Audio...

SpeakerSizePowerImpedance Freq. (+/-3dB) Efficiency (1W / 1m) Magnet
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6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 19kHz

92dB Neodymium
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6x9"

80W cont / 300W max

4 & 8 Ohm

35Hz - 20kHz

92dB Neodymium