HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange

Brand:| Model: F5
The design of the HiVi F5 has been optimized for dynamic bass reproduction in small vented systems as well as for midrange clarity and accuracy.
  • Light and extremely rigid cone made from Kevlar/paper composite
  • High loss rubber surround
  • Shielded double magnet motor structure
  • High power handling aluminum former voice coil
  • High-density aluminum die-cast basket
  • Central phase plug
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Weight: 3.31 lbs.  
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HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange

The design of the HiVi F5 has been optimized for dynamic bass reproduction in small vented systems as well as for midrange clarity and accuracy. Its cone weighs less, is more rigid, and has an improved damping factor. The driver utilizes a central phase plug to avoid air compression and internal air volume resonance, as well as improving frequency response and dispersion. The Kapton former voice coil and highly compliant spider contribute to the linear operation of the driver at high power levels. A massive aluminum die-cast basket has been developed to minimize structural resonances, and the shielded magnet structure allows the F5 to be incorporated easily into audio/video applications. The driver will perform superbly in a small box as a bass-midrange unit, especially when a subwoofer is employed. Recommended crossover frequency region for a two-way system design is 2-4 kHz.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter5"
  • Power Handling (RMS)35 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)70 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response45 to 5,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity86 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)52 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.5 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.49 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)4.31
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.36
  • Total Q (Qts)0.33
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.32 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.83 mm/N
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)11.5g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)2.7 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)79 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper / Kevlar
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil FormerKapton® / Polyimide
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter6.06"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter4.5"
  • Depth3"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.09 ft.³
  • Sealed F3108 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.27 ft.³
  • Vented F359 Hz
HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange
  • BrandHiVi
  • ModelF5
  • Part Number297-435
  • UPC844632021299
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (12 Reviews)
  • Weight3.31 lbs.
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HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange
HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful wooferI bought a pair of HiVi F-5’s to make a set of small desktop computer speakers. What inexpensive tweeter to use other than a HiVi that I’ve never been happy with from other projects I’ve made was a vexing choice. I had a pair of Usher 9930-20’s gathering dust from a 701 project I planned until PE stopped the design in the project gallery for reasons I understand and agree with. I mated the two drivers in a small ported box utilizing mh-audio’s web site software for box and crossover design with a few modifications of my own. The Usher 9930-20 from what I’ve read always gets a bad rap and the HiVi always gets high praise may have been an odd combo but what I came up with has such tight bass and sweet highs I’m very happy with the results. It takes almost no power to run them. My 100 watt Classe Audio amp and Counterpoint hybrid pre-amp forces me to put the volume at the lowest possible setting without cutting out sound altogether. Maybe a small class A tube integrated amp would be good since they have such low power anyway. I added a sealed sub with a Tang Band W6-1139SI (that I also built) and the rest is history.I’ve only been doing DIY for a few years and after getting over the initial fear of making mistakes (and I have made mistakes) I think experimenting is a wonderful way to learn. This most resent result makes me want to continue building more experimental speakers after building the tried and true versions I’ve been doing thus far. I’m a cabinetmaker by trade so I am able to build the boxes myself at my shop. The best material for boxes I’ve found is Baltic birch, Appleply or any of the other multi-ply void less plywood products. I’ve tried MDF and though adequate for boxes does not hold a screw properly, an age old problem in the cabinetmaking business. MDF is cheap so that is probably most of the appeal along with the density. I use a biscuit joiner regardless of material.My advice as an amateur speaker builder is to keep trying even with the inevitable failures. I’ve been a high end cabinetmaker for almost 40 years and if I gave up with my first bad cabinet I would not be enjoying the pleasure I derive from hobby speaker building today.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat it!I'd been looking at the HiVi F5 for years but couldn't pull the trigger, looking at the specs (mainly power handling & xmax) I was afraid it wouldn't do well in my system so I tried a few drivers from some other big name makers, all of which were very good drivers but all left me wanting something more. All the reviews on the F5 were outstanding so I thought I'd give it a shot. Wish now I hadn't waited so long! All my reservations were unfounded, this little driver is excellent! Can't beat it for the money! Paired with the Dayton DC28F the end result is greater than the sum of it's parts. Hi-end sound on a working mans budget.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cool looking mid, sounds good, low power rating thI am buying it again since I tried to blow it with my system of 300 watt 3-way, but she is bumping and sounds clear. 30 watt rms 70 watt max.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound for the money !I built a center channel speaker from two of these paired with a DC28FT.I compared them with a few speakers I have on hand, both store bought (Missions: 701 and 731i) and custom built reference system (similar to B&W801s with Focal Kevlar mid, tweeter and Dayton ST305-8 12"). This speaker sounded better than both Missions (731i is no slouch). It held its own against my reference system (excluding the low end of course), but certainly should not beable to compete against drivers costing 5x. I highly recommend both the HiVi F5 and the Dayton DC28FT.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CenterUsed four of these in building a center channel and they sound really good
Date published: 2011-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best you can buy.Swans has used this driver in the M1 for many years and for good reason. As a midrange driver, few are it's equal, and the bass is quite clean and deep for it's size. Having built a DIY version of the M1, it is by far one of the most accurate speakers I've ever heard, the F5 being the heart of the speaker.
Date published: 2010-11-26
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HiVi F5 5" Bass/Midrange

Hi, what kind of the crossover can I use for this speaker & the Vifa D26T6-05 ? I like to build a 2 ways sound bar speaker for these. Thanks.

Asked by: Michael22
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Answered by: GregT
Date published: 2015-05-26

would these work in a sealed 0.25 cu. ft. box and if so what is f3 Thanks J.R.

Asked by: Dallas JR
Yes this will work in that volume. The F3 would be 140 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-07

Want to use these in the doors of my '11 Taurus. There are tweeters in a-pillars and a 3.5" center channel. All run on the OEM radio. I'll be running 2 JL10W0-8's in the trunk. Suggestions for tweets and center? Will these be ok on stock radio?

Asked by: Vanguard
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Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-04-14

I'm looking at building a 3-way system using this as midrange with a Dayton DC28F tweeter, a HIVI M8N, and a Dayton 3-way passive (375/3000) crossover. What would be an ideal enclosure for this speaker, operating in that 375-3000hz range?

Asked by: woodall33
The enclosure volume at those frequencies will not make any difference. I would recommend something just large enough to fit the driver and stuff it with polyfil to help absorb the back wave, otherwise it shouldn't matter.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-23

Would these work well as replacements in my JBL PRO III speakers? If they would put out more bass power, it's worth it to me to not go the replacing the torn surrounds route.

Asked by: BrianU
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-09

I designed a box based on the .32 cubic feet VAS listed in the catalog, however, you state here that based on your BassBox Pro 6 calculations, the volume only needs to be .09 cubic feet. which is better? I am using 3/4" oak for my boxes.

Asked by: James Wright
The Vas is not the box volume for the woofer, it is simply a parameter used to calculate box volume. The recommended volume for this is 0.09, but it will work in 0.32 and provide a lower tuning frequency. I would recommend a port that is 1.5" in diameter and 3.5" long for a tuning frequency of 57 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-05
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