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Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

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Tang Band's W8-1772 full range driver features a sturdy cast frame, multiple-element neodymium magnet system, paper cone, and cloth half-roll surround.
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Weight: 6.95 lbs.  
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Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

Tang Band's W8-1772 full range driver features a sturdy cast frame, multiple-element neodymium magnet system, paper cone, and cloth half-roll surround. A precisely machined integral plug prevents phase cancellations and improves high frequency extension and dispersion. The underhung 1-1/2" voice coil reduces second and third harmonic distortion while still delivering high efficiency (95 dB 1W/1m ) and 3 mm of Xmax. Designed for point source/full range applications.



Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter8"
  • Power Handling (RMS)30 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)60 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response42 to 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity95 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.5"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)42 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.009 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.02
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.36
  • Total Q (Qts)0.27
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)3.34 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)1.37 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)7.12 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)10.11g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)3 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)9 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper
  • Surround MaterialCloth
  • Magnet MaterialNeodymium
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter9.2"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter7.48"
  • Depth4.37"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.34 ft.³
  • Sealed F3133 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.78 ft.³
  • Vented F385 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Optimum Cabinet Size *
  • Sealed Volume0.34 ft.³
  • Sealed F3133 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.78 ft.³
  • Vented F385 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver
  • BrandTang Band
  • ModelW8-1772
  • Part Number264-893
  • UPC844632079030
  • Product CategoryMidrange / Midbass Drivers & Full-Range Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (7 Reviews)
  • Weight6.95 lbs.
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Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver
Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the world's best regardless of price.I've been a lover of full-range drivers for over a decade and I've owned or auditioned all the "whose who" of both vintage and modern drivers. I've even owned or auditioned some of the really expensive field coil drivers.The Tang Band W8-1772 is one of the best full-range drivers I've ever heard regardless of price. The tonal balance is about as good as it gets. Bass response is quite good and as advertised, though some of you may think they need a sub woofer. Micro-detail and micro-dynamics are right up with the best. Most importantly, there are no major peaks/valleys, no shout or fatigue, and the dispersion is quite good.BEWARE: these drivers will show you every flaw in your system and every flaw in the recordings.I give these drivers my highest recommendation.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a WinnerI have spent a great deal of time developing a Full Range speaker sound that really is involving and dynamic and intimate. I used the Brines TL-2000 designed flats and then took it to a level that I felt would bring me more close to the music kind of like being the only one with Patricia Barber at the Blue Note in NYC after midnight. I want to hear everything in the recording. I made two pair one with Lowther DX-3's and One with the Tang Band and just sold one pair to a very passionate music lover. He took the Lowther equipped pair. I cannot blame him one bit. They are both incredible. both need a bit of a high quality BSC and both when dialed in are terrific ...the Lowther being a bit more pure and wisper clean and the Tang Band a tad bit more dynamic....Both drivers are incredible but at less then 500.00/pair the Tang Band could very well be the finest deal in the history of audio full range speaker history. Keep in mind the Lowther is 1300.00 / pr. The Lowther at 1300.00 is a fantastic deal so at 500.00 man that is out of this world. Bother designs work terrific with the Bob Brines LT-2000 cabinet design and his flats are terrific great workmanship.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rare Find and a true barginIt is hard to know where to begin. These are amazing drivers. As a speaker builder I have tried oh so many drivers. I use these with a filter using a .15mh ribbon inductor with a mills 4 ohm by pass resistor. This smooths out the top end and makes the frequency response much flatter. The sound is what I keep coming back to. These drivers have so much going for them. They are much flatter in the 1k to 4 k area than most wizzer cone drivers They also have an underhung voice coil that lowers 2nd and 3rd harmonic distortion. Yes it is very audible with the right electronics. The copper flux shorting ring helps stabilize the impedance. And great efficiency of 94db (with the filter you loose 1 db). Also add the Great dynamics that are horn like.Like all full range driver they have thin paper cones to keep moving masst down. This makes the box critical. Most traditional boxes will work but you will hear the sound bounce around in the box and exit through the cone in the upper bass lower midrange. I use a folded but open back cabinet with damping. This seem to stop most of the internal reflections.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding PerformanceI'm running these drivers in 1.6 ft^2 vented enclosures. Fb is about 51hz using a 3 inch port 2.6" in length. For baffle step correction, I used 1.2 mH 14 awg Jantzen Wax Coils and 3.3 ohm Duleund CAST silver-graphite resistors. I finished it off with some Sonic Barrier, Acousta-Stuf, and some 18 awg copper/teflon hookup wire.In a simple design like this, you can really go crazy on the ancillaries and not break the bank, relatively speaking. And yes, this driver is absolutely good enough to warrant that level of additional spending. Thanks to the PE tent sale, I don't think I spent $800 on the entire project, and I can't imagine a more enjoyable speaker under $1k. Conversely, one could be a frugal on the ancillaries and have an amazing $500 speaker.As an aside, the cabinets were originally built for Fostex FE206E drivers. The Tang Band drivers blow the Fostex drivers completely away.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from treasure1772 renders high frequency fabulously and I am the lucky few being spoiled by beryllium and diamond tweeters. In Taiwan, Usher costs 1/3 of American price and that's the price to pay if you need fancy names to endorse and believe in Usher's product!! Before TB gets big American or European names to promote its product, get them now for way less.. back to 1772. I've got way less for a whole lot more money from drivers costing thousands apieice. Its weakness can be easily solved when its strength can not be harmed. As a fullrange driver from 100hz to 15khz, there isn't a match from any other high end company. It's way better than Phy hp.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eureka--I found itWhen I was a teenager, in the late 50's, I heard what I thought was the best sounding speaker ever. It was a Stephens Trusonic 80FR. I became a proponent of the single driver theory (all important frequencies should be covered by one driver). For 60+ years I have searched for a speaker the equal of the 80FR. I have a lot of speakers! FINALLY I FOUND IT. THANK YOU TB FOR THE BEST SOUNDING SINGLE SPEAKER I EVER HEARD.
Date published: 2014-03-20

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Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

Can this driver be used as a direct replacement for a Lowther PM6C

Asked by: bonnemi1
At first glance I want say no. While this driver shares a few features with the lowther it is definitely not a replacement. Lowthers have specs unlike any other drivers made. That being said, it might still work in a lowther enclosure but you can expect a much different sound character from this driver. If you need it to match with another lowther it's not going to happen but if you are replacing all lowthers with these there is a good chance it wont sound bad. You might want to post some enclosure specs for us to review to see how likely a match they may be.
Answered by: Musgofasa
Date published: 2012-04-12

could this driver be used in open baffle as opposed to it's higher Q counterpart to take addvantage of the higher efficiency

Asked by: spunky
yes it could be used in an open baffle as long as you combined it with other drivers for the bass , for instancea 15 inch pro bass driver either on the same baffle or likean h-frame sub with it's own amp. It's not that complicatedand can be done pretty reasonably. Of course having the bass driver on the same baffle you should still use a seperate amp. Maybe like a plate amp with it's own crossover and gain for the bass driver and run the full rangedriver full range. I would think that if your only planning touse one full range driver , then of course you would wanta driver with a qt of close to 5 or higher.
Answered by: spunky
Date published: 2014-03-04

would this speaker be recommended in a car audio application?

I love doing "out-of-the-box" installs in my cars. I am working on a new show car, and would love to mount these in custom kick panels. Also, if there's no reason to think it wouldn't perform in a car, what would be a recommended enclosure. I have room on the other side of the firewall to extend a modest box if necessary. With such a low Qts number and Fs could this speaker work in a aperiodic chamber vented through the firewall into the hood area? Keep in mind this car will not be driving on the roads so I don't have to worry about water etc... getting into the enclosure. Thanks for any help.
Asked by: avcinhouston
I would agree with pkrueger if you had mentioned the budget being a factor. However, one of my favorite mottoes is: "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing!" This would definitely apply in this situation. It would certainly be overkill for what would be considered a typical mobile audio install, but if you're looking to go far above and beyond typical, then I'd say this would be perfect. Try to aim them directly toward the headrests on the seats as much as possible to take full advantage of the sweetness and richness of the sound quality.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2011-12-07

Has anyone tried this driver in a horn cabinet?

Asked by: Musty
I truly wish to help you with your question concerning the Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver.However I am not sure what you wish to know? Do you want to know if this speaker will perform well in a speaker cabinet that also has a mid-range horn?OR;Do you wish to know if it can be mounted to a horn lens OR;Installed in a cabinet that contains a horn to replace the horn and driver?The Tang Band W8-1772 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver is as it advertises a full range speaker that produce very responsive mids and highs that would be comparable to the presence of a horn without the harsh edge often produced by lower cost horns.This speaker doesn't get real low but it does a good job where it does go. Because of it's dampening and low cone mass it is very transient in production. This produces very tight bass in it's range. It would be a great full range screamer on top of a good sub woofer.Please clarify your question a little further if the above info does not help you.Good Luck
Answered by: Nitnub
Date published: 2014-02-28

Tang Band W8-1808?

How does this driver compare in sound and quality to the Tang Band W8-1808? I know they are very similer but for overall quality and sound for a studio monitor what would be the best choice?
Asked by: ericmclogan
They are both identical except for the T/S paramaters. The 1808 is designed for larger cabinets - which should yield lower bass response. You need to play with a box calculator for both speakers and see the response curves. If you go sealed design with a .707 Qts for flattest bass response. Ported generally goes lower - but if you use a sub that won't be of consequence. This is a GREAT driver - have fun with your project !!!
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-07-09

I have Dallas RLH cabinets and want to swap 206En's for either W8-1772 or W8-1808. Which should I choose?

...and why would one be a better choice than the other? Thanks.
Asked by: Trevor
Great question... These two drivers appear, from the specs and pictures, to be only slightly different versions of the same full-range design. I don't think they would perform very differently from each other in any cabinet.It looks like the difference in the two speakers is related to extended X-max on the 1808. In extending the X-max, mechanical changes (weghtier parts due to added length or stiffness?) would logically result in the 2 db lower efficiency for the1808.What usually follows is that the speaker with the most X-max would have the most low-bass extension, but these two speakers have almost exactly the same Fs and frequency response, so I'm not sure you would hear the 1808 as being more robust in the lowest bass.I would tend to order the 1772 for any cabinet. It will be louder, and since there is the same 30w RMS rating on each speaker, you will get more level from the 1772 at all frequencies.If you are considering these speakers, with their very modest power capabilities, I suspect you are not trying to "rock the house" with dance bass. The 1772, which is probably controlling less mass with the same magnet, will probably give you a slightly more accurate, sweeter full-range response.
Answered by: Bushman
Date published: 2012-07-01

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