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    I recently obtained a pair of these fantastic mid bass drivers that were used in the monitor 10s. Im looking to build a pair of bookshelf speakers with them, and was wondering if anyone out there had any parameters (TS) or frequency response curves so that I could design some crossovers and match a tweeter with them. Any info would be appreciated and may be in an old handbook that came with any of the models they were used in.

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    I think they handle around 40Hz to 1500Hz. I think you will need some tweeters as well. You can look on ebay or on this forum for SL-2000's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagamon
    Hi

    I recently obtained a pair of these fantastic mid bass drivers that were used in the monitor 10s. Im looking to build a pair of bookshelf speakers with them, and was wondering if anyone out there had any parameters (TS) or frequency response curves so that I could design some crossovers and match a tweeter with them. Any info would be appreciated and may be in an old handbook that came with any of the models they were used in.
    Here's a pair of tweeters: http://cgi.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Monit...QQcmdZViewItem
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    The same guy who has that auction has the Crossover as well. G'Luck!
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    I talked to Ken in customer service, and the only info I could get is that you can cross them up to 2500hz. Welcome to Club Polk.

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    Thx for all your help guys. Sensitivity would also be great.... I may have to set up a rig... or find somewhere that could measure them for me. Certainly the 2500 cross is a starting point for experimentation.

    The items on ebay look good. I have emailed the seller to see if they are prepared to ship to Australia...which is where I am from!!

    thanks for the welcome!

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    Just buy a M10 series 2 crossover. I'm sure you can find a few on ebay. Thats what I did when building my center channel with 2 mw6503's and a Peerless tweeter. I accually picked up a 10a crossover that works great.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Monit...QQcmdZViewItem

    That should work for you. Takes the "guessing" out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakelm
    Just buy a M10 series 2 crossover. I'm sure you can find a few on ebay. Thats what I did when building my center channel with 2 mw6503's and a Peerless tweeter. I accually picked up a 10a crossover that works great.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Monit...QQcmdZViewItem

    That should work for you. Takes the "guessing" out of it.
    I am not sure at this stage if he will send to aussie land...I have asked him, but no reply as yet.....

    I also need some parameters to determine the box volume.. things like Fs, Vas, Qts, Qes and an impedance curve would be nice....

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    oh well..back to the beginning...the guy wont post to australia. does anyone have any contacts in the company that might be helpful.. that I could email??

    thx

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    Welcome to the club, it sounds like a fun project.

    The parameters are proprietary information but some people have used equipment to get the needed info. Try searching our forum (the search link in the blue line above) for certain words like thiel, curve, parameters etc. Click contact in the top right corner for the customer service info.

    As others have mentioned, finding a crossover on ebay that used mw6503 mid-woofers would be a good starting point. The Monitor 10b is one example but ebay sellers often don't know what they are selling and are not able to describe it.

    The only problem with mw6503's is they were used in the larger models. As far as I remember the Monitor 10's were the smallest speaker to use them.

    Here's a list of which drivers were used. Check the SDA, RTA and Monitor series.
    http://clubpolk.polkaudio.com/service/models/

    Schematics are here:
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38755

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    They like .9 cubic feet. I have studied the dimensions of many speakers that use the mw6503, and they all are right at .9 cubic feet. One thing to keep in mind is that they all also use passive radiators.
    The model 10 crossover will not work if you are using a single driver per cabinet. They are wired parallel for 4ohms.
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    use a 1.82mh inductor, and a 27uf cap to get a 2nd order crossover frequency of 2500hz. I have made some custom polks and you can either get the Polk rdo silk tweeter for $48 a piece, and I have also used the seas textile domes with great success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670
    use a 1.82mh inductor, and a 27uf cap to get a 2nd order crossover frequency of 2500hz. I have made some custom polks and you can either get the Polk rdo silk tweeter for $48 a piece, and I have also used the seas textile domes with great success.
    thanks for the info...btw what type of second order is this? LR, Butterworth, Bessel, Chebychev? The values are very similar to what Polk have used in their monitor 10s schematics(1.75mH and 27uF) (thx to polk65) with the drivers in parallel @4ohm.

    My calculations using these have substantially lower values ie Linkwitz/Riley yields a 1.02mH inductor and a 3.98uf cap for 2nd order for single 8 ohm driver and 0.51mH and 7.96uF into 4 ohm (2 drivers in parallel) @2500Hz

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagamon
    thanks for the info...btw what type of second order is this? LR, Butterworth, Bessel, Chebychev? The values are very similar to what Polk have used in their monitor 10s schematics(1.75mH and 27uF) (thx to polk65) with the drivers in parallel @4ohm.

    My calculations using these have substantially lower values ie Linkwitz/Riley yields a 1.02mH inductor and a 3.98uf cap for 2nd order for single 8 ohm driver and 0.51mH and 7.96uF into 4 ohm (2 drivers in parallel) @2500Hz
    so I am a bit confused..if anyone can help...

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    Monitor 7b's front
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    M10's back surround
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    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
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    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


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    Quote Originally Posted by zagamon
    thanks for the info...btw what type of second order is this? LR, Butterworth, Bessel, Chebychev? The values are very similar to what Polk have used in their monitor 10s schematics(1.75mH and 27uF) (thx to polk65) with the drivers in parallel @4ohm.

    My calculations using these have substantially lower values ie Linkwitz/Riley yields a 1.02mH inductor and a 3.98uf cap for 2nd order for single 8 ohm driver and 0.51mH and 7.96uF into 4 ohm (2 drivers in parallel) @2500Hz
    The monitor 10's have 2000hz crossover, and for what type XO it is I have no Idea except that Polk designed it.

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    Thanks everybody for your help. i think what I will do is reproduce a crossover from the schematics Polk provide and adjust them to suit the tweeter I match it with. I am thinkin at this stage I would like to try a Hiquphon OW1 because of its amazing soundstage. i will need to build my own box and may try a couple of different sizes as per ter Monitor 5jr, 4a, 10b and 7c and VS19 where single 6.5in drivers were used and see how it goes. i will keep you updated on progress.

    who knows if I find great success I will post all the details and thinking...maybe someone over younder USA may have a couple of spare MW6503's they may want to experiment with and could reproduce what Ive done over here.

    best wishes

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