Pyle PDS221" Titanium Horn Driver 1-3/8"-18 TPI
Pyle PDS221" Titanium Horn Driver 1-3/8"-18 TPI is rated out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5
from More than I expectedI was right in the middle of restoring a couple of Klipsch Heresy floor standing speakers. I had everything else, but lacking the midrange horn drivers. I was a little reluctant to spend $300 on a pair of original drivers, so I decided to cheat and get some inexpensive drivers for now, just to get me rolling, and then get some real deal drivers after the holiday season when I will have some cash loosened up. Sounded like a plan to me.Well, after installing the Pyle units, I discovered something. They sounded great. They are threaded into the original Klipsch midrange horns, which are heavy duty cast aluminum. And of course are in the original cabinets. I do not really think that it makes much difference, but they might make some, so full disclosure. A cheaper horn might bring them down a bit, but I doubt it.I was especially surprised by the midrange frequencies. The voice detail is really sharp and the detail just gets better with an increase in frequency. Highs are just brilliant, very tight and well defined. I was totally shocked. With the response of this driver going down to 700hz, this could be the heart of an inexpensive two way speaker design, teamed up with, say, an eight inch woofer and a capable crossover.Once I do upgrade my Klipsch speakers, I plan on using these same drivers in such a two way for a pair I'm building for my best friend. No doubt he will use these for a couple of decades.Like I said, unexpectedly good for the money. If I had no knowledge of them before, and just listened to them, I'd have pegged it for at least a $100 unit. I highly recommend these for general hi-fi use. One thing I haven't done is drive these with more than 25 watts or so, but believe me, they were plenty loud enough at that power level. The rating is 300 watts, which probably would cause internal hemorrhaging in people within 50 feet.Best regards,John Price, Caulfield, MO
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5
from Pyle PDS221 Gated Frequency Response GraphI bought a pair of these PDS221 for evaluation. Wanted to see what kind of performance at this price range.The drivers were loaded with the PylePro PH565 horns, then swept with Linear-X LMS (gated).Surprisingly, not too bad. Lowest recommended crossover is 2KHz. It would be safer to cross at 2,500Hz (minimum 12dB/oct). Inserting a 0.33mH inductor in series will flatten the rising response for hifi use.With regards to Power Handling, it appears Pyle's Rated Power is overly optimistic. I would downgrade power handling drastically for Pro use.Initial results look promising. Need to test further to find the true potential of this driver. Cheap and workable.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5
from Pyle Pro PDS221" Titanium Horn Driver 1-3/8"-18 TPIPut these in monitor cabinets. Performed well, clear clean crisp. Would prefer tabs to spring loaded speaker wire attachments. Have used Pyle Pro products in the past and will continue to use in future. For the money, can't beat the performance as long as you use within the manufacturers specifications. Good value for working musicians on a budget.
Date published: 2011-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5
by Kianka Studios - 31803
from Rated at 300W but much lessPurchased these not for there sound quality but there power rating. I needed something that would take a beating. But after less that two shows with a 200W amp behind it and a crossover frequency that limits the power to this it still fried. I have also have had this same problem with all pyle pro tweeters and after contacting the company there was no satisfactory replacement of even advice. I have switched to a lower rated tweeter of another brand and have yet to see any issues. ( And it sounded better )
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5
by Professor Ginz - 31620
from not bad, but as usual don't believe Pyle's specsI am trying out a few drivers and comparing them. These have a nice clean and undistorted sound. I haven't yet run a frequency test on them, but judging on what I hear, I think they are down quite a few decibels by the time they hit their rated 700hz. I think they are valuable as a tweeter driver, but I would hesitate to use them on anything much below 2000hz.They're not super efficient, but not too bad. a good value at $20.
Date published: 2010-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5
by rockyh - 30633
from BrightI put these drivers in a vocal monitor paired with a 12" woofer and 2K passive crossover. Replaced a Selenium driver. Extremely loud compared to the woofer so will need to get an L-Pad or switch back to the Seleniums.
Date published: 2010-08-16