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Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm

Brand:|Model: S5N-8|Part # 290-020
Galaxy Audio introduces the 5" driver of the future! The magnet of the NEOLITE is manufactured from neodymium, which has an extremely intense magnetic field in comparison to its weight.
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  • Neodymium magnet structure
  • Same performance, 1/3 the weight!
  • Cast aluminum frame
  • Front or rear mounting
  • Edgewound voice coil

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Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm

Galaxy Audio introduces the 5" driver of the future! Like its predecessor, this speaker is tailored to reproduce a frequency range from 150 to 18,000 Hz. The magnet of the NEOLITE is manufactured from neodymium, which has an extremely intense magnetic field in comparison to its weight. The NEOLITE is as powerful as the previous 5" driver, yet weighs 1/3 as much. In addition, the driver is shielded. This allows the speaker to be placed near sensitive equipment that may be affected by a strong magnetic field, such as a TV or a computer monitor.

The Galaxy Audio S5N-8 controlled bandwidth transducer delivers maximum sound levels and unsurpassed durability under the most stringent operating conditions. It features an aluminum frame, 7.4 oz. neodymium magnet structure, Super Cool cooling technology, underhung voice coil, and linear spider. The 1" voice coil includes a polyimide former, and Ferrofluid cooling reduces distortion and power compression while increasing speaker life. The S5N-8 is optimized for use in infinite baffle/acoustic suspension type enclosures. Galaxy’s new 5" driver retains all the sound characteristics of the original driver without sacrificing sound, power, or reliability. It is a direct replacement for the old ceramic ferrite magnet speaker in terms of performance and sound signature.

The NEOLITE can handle 100 watts continuous/200 watts max! How is it possible for a speaker this size to handle power like that? A speaker is only as good as its ability to dissipate heat. The NEOLITE has a patented cooling system called SUPER COOL. SUPER COOL is based on three different methods of heat transfer.


The speaker is cooled by Ferrofluid, which is a liquid agent in which the voice coil is immersed. This conducts heat away from the voice coil to the surrounding motor structure. The aluminum frame of the NEOLITE also helps conduct heat away from the motor.


The NEOLITE employs three venting chambers, which provide air flow caused by cone movement. Designed into the cast aluminum frame are cooling fins and vent holes. These fins and vent holes are strategically placed around the speaker to maximize airflow to help dissipate heat.


The aluminum frame is painted black. The black paint helps to radiate heat away from the frame. The NEOLITE is truly unlike anything available today. Galaxy has maintained the same great sound in a much lighter package. If you are looking to put the NEOLITE in your own cabinet, it can be front or rear mounted in the enclosure. The NEOLITE is unmatched by any other 5" speaker!

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter5"
  • Power Handling (RMS)100 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)200 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response150 to 18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity91.4 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
  • Magnet Weight7.4 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)140 Hz
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)0.83
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.72
  • Total Q (Qts)0.39
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.079 ft.³
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper
  • Voice Coil FormerKapton® / Polyimide
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • Magnet MaterialNeodymium
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter5.25"
  • Depth2.41"
  • # Mounting Holes4
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.02 ft.³
  • Sealed F3290 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.05 ft.³
  • Vented F3161 Hz
Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm
  • BrandGalaxy Audio
  • ModelS5N-8
  • Part Number290-020
  • UPC691281016042
  • Product CategoryPro Woofers, Subwoofers & Midrange Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (11 Reviews)
  • Weight1 lbs.
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Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm
Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm is rated 4.5455 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for voicesI bought this driver for use as a bass limited center channel speaker.I want to hear voices clearly through my center channel.The driver easily does 91db sensitivity.The drivers frequency response is excellent in open air from 400hz to 10,000hz,I have it mounted in a 51/4x51/4x51/4 inch box filled with solid foam and an open back, a modified infinite baffle/transmission line enclosure.The response is improved and smoothed in the box. Useable frequency range is 200hz to 10,000hz.I use a 25uF capacitor in series as a 1st order high pass filter limiting the bass to the driver cut off @ 150hz Although the xlim of the driver is substantial (7mm) for a 5" driver, heavy bass material bottoms out the driver at higher volumes without a filter.The driver needs some time to "break in". It sounds "better" (less distortion, less peaky) after two weeks of play time.The ferro fluid in the voice coil, the edge wound voice coil, the light weight moving mass, and the intense BL of the neodymium magnet material all contribute to a sensitive, accurate, easy to listen to, low listener fatigue factor driver.Somebody else asked if this driver would be good as a PA speaker. My observations are that the sound remains very coherent beyond 20 feet and even upstairs into my office which must be 45 feet away through two doorways.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Personal Monitor DriverI purchased two (2) to install in a Peavey personal monitor cabinet that was given to me with blown speakers. The Sound quality and perceived output power are even better than expected based on the spec's. These are far superior to the original Peavey drivers.I wired them in series to bump up the total impedance of the box to 16 Ohms so they can be added in parallel to other speakers (mains or monitors) without as much concern about total impedance seen by the amp going to low (my amps are rated at 4 ohms). I also have a rotary rheostat between the speakers and the input jack. Thus volume can easily be adjusted at the speaker during a performance.My primary instrument is drum kit and I also do some lead vocals. These speakers work exceptionally well for me in smaller bar to school gymnasium sized venues where we only use two 18" subs w/two 12" mains and bass and lead back line amps (usually mic'd or DI'd into the mixing board). For larger, louder venues I prefer headphones or ear-buds.It seems some other reviewers may have misunderstood what this speaker is designed to do. That is, it's a full range personal monitor driver designed for high outputs in the frequency range of 150Hz - 18kHz. If you look at the response curve, they actually do more like 100Hz at the low end and they're solid through 18KHz.But the curve has a hump in the the middle. Which shows how they really stand out in the range of 700Hz - 10KHz, which is more or less the mid-range. Great for vocals, guitar, harp, most keyboard parts, horns, etc. Pretty much everything except bass and super high stuff. Bass carries well enough that you should get plenty from the mains and/or bass amp.Bottom line, don't expect much bass. They do what they're designed for exceptionally well and I'm building a few more cabinets for the rest of the band because everyone else loves my personal monitor. Next project...powered personal amp with these speakers.Oh yeah, I've been using them for nearly two years more than six times a month four plus hours at a time and they have performed flawlessly. They sound as good as the day I first plugged them in.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great monitor speaker.I use this in my Galaxy Audio PA5 powered monitor speaker. It is excellent. Very good tone quality and appears to handle the onstage power requirements very well. I would be lost without my stage monitor, especially with people talking and the bar noises. Parts Express was excellent on the price and fast shipping.
Date published: 2011-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleasedNot much bass but this the best mid/ tweeter I have owned, I use them in my home set up with 12 inch woofer .
Date published: 2010-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely versatileI've used this speaker in various replacement situations and it just seems to perform so well... I've even actually tried to blow it out in an experimental situation but just couldn't. It can handle ALOT of wattage and still sound excellent. It not audiophile quality for the super geeky jazz or classical buff but for performance/artist users (i.e., guitarist, vocalists, keyboardists) its great... Its bass response is not like that of a sub woofer, nor has it been designed to so, so don't expect it to be.
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SweetI bought this to replace a harsh sounding horn in an otherwise good sounding bass cab. The Burdizzos Mod (at also included the Emminance crossover ( which I haven't had time to install yet.) Even with the stock crossover the change was remarkable. The highs are much more natural sounding and smooth. The speaker itself is very lightweight but robust in construction, and takes loads of power. Very highly recommended. I'd like to hear what multiple speakers would soung like in a lightweight bass cabinet (a la Phil Jones briefcase amp etc.)
Date published: 2008-11-02
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Galaxy Audio S5N-8 5" Neodymium Full Range Driver 8 Ohm

Do you have a frequency response chart for this speaker I could look at Thanks, Jim

Asked by: fogking
I am sorry, we do not have a frequency response graph for this driver. The manufacturer does not provide them at this time.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2015-03-31

If using this speaker as a midrange and sharing the air space with a Eminence Kappalite 3010 LF woofer, is it necessary to chamber this speaker?

Asked by: JCfogerty
Yes I would recommend isolating any open back mid from the woofer chamber. A small sealed and stuffed enclosure is all that is necessary, the volume will not matter in this case.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-11

Vb ? I am going to mount two of these drivers in a cabinet together, what should the internal volume of the enclosure be?

If I use two of these does that double the volume?Why don't speaker manufacturers specify the ideal enclosure volume?Should I isolate these drivers in their own sub-enclosures within the cabinet?
Asked by: BRIBECK
The Galaxy S5N-8 drivers will work well in 1 liter sealed enclosures. This is per driver. If you use two drivers in one enclosure then the enclosure size must be doubled for the same tuning. Using separate enclosures for each driver is a personal choice but is not necessary as long as they are identical drivers receiving the same signal. These drivers must be isolated in their own sub-enclosure from any other system drivers with open backs, i.e. the woofers.The enclosure volume that I am recommending will provide near-minimum ripple and a -3dB knee at about 260Hz. Some manufacturers do provide recommended enclosure sizes to assist the DIY community but due to the variety of interactions between various system components, there is no ideal size.
Answered by: Fourprol
Date published: 2014-09-10

What is the required cutout diameter for this speaker?

Asked by: MtnGuyMark
This speaker is designed to be rear-mounted, however, for surface mounting, the cutout would need to be 4-1/4".
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-03-09

will these speakers project thier sound far enough to use in a PA or are they strickly for close range monitor use?

Asked by: spartacusno.1
This product is designed for near-field use, and as such, I don't know that I would recommend using them as mains. In a line array, they may do fine, it may be worth doing a bit of Googling to see if there is a proven design using them in multiples for sound reinforcement.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-02-07

Does this speaker really do 95db SPL, 1 watt, 1 meter?

I have two Galaxy spec sheets for the S5N-8, with one claiming 91 db spl, the other claiming 95 db spl, 1watt/1Meter. The graph looks to average closer to 90.5 db above 600hz, and below 90db under 600 hz. Did they upgrade the driver, or hype the specs? Other Theile parameters are slightly different on the spec sheets as well.
Asked by: Manny
I apologize for the oversight on our part. The 95dB is an older specification, which has been revised since the initial release of this product. The current model is rated 91dB sensitivity 1w/1m. Our website will be updated to reflect the correct specifications shortly.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-01-12
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