Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

Brand:| Model: W8-1808
The W8-1808 neo full range driver incorporates a higher Qts for large or open enclosures. An underhung voice coil and carefully balanced paper cone contribute to smooth response with exceptionally low distortion.
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  • Underhung 1-1/2" voice coil
  • Copper plated aluminum phase plug
  • Secondary "whizzer" cone improves HF response
  • Optimized for larger single-driver enclosures
  • Cast frame and neodymium magnet structure
  • 5 mm Xmax
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Weight: 7.45 lbs.  
List Price$273.68
Regular Price$210.53
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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

The W8-1808 neo full range driver incorporates a higher Qts for large or open enclosures. An underhung voice coil and carefully balanced paper cone contribute to smooth response with exceptionally low distortion. Other features include a copper plated aluminum phase plug, die cast frame, and treated cloth surround. An ideal driver for single-ended tube amp systems.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter8"
  • Power Handling (RMS)30 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)60 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response45 to 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity93 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.5"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)45 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.04 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.33
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.66
  • Total Q (Qts)0.44
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)3.11 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)1.28 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)5.28 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)9.43g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)5 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)220 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper
  • Surround MaterialCloth
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • Magnet MaterialNeodymium
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter8.81"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter7.48"
  • Depth4.53"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume1.04 ft.³
  • Sealed F387 Hz
  • Vented Volume3.27 ft.³
  • Vented F347 Hz
Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver
  • BrandTang Band
  • ModelW8-1808
  • Part Number264-894
  • UPC844632079047
  • Product CategoryMidrange / Midbass Drivers & Full-Range Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (16 Reviews)
  • Weight7.45 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver
Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver is rated 4.4375 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful point Source, with some sound imageryOk here it is with no biased just my honest opinion. Given my ability to comprehend sound. These speakers are beautiful. They have a fantastic clarity with no need of any type of enhancements crossovers or Twitter. The only issue that I have with these speakers is that I would have to construct an extremely large box to utilize the speakers potential. Such a large construction makes me ponder whether I should have a 3-way system which would produce much more effective sound Reprocation.Thust the issue. It's not a fullrange system. "This system was just built for a temporary sound demonstration"
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value driverHave had these in my 77 litre tall boxes, bass reflex for just a few days. They certainly catch your attention: both in the great looks and clear clean open sound.Pros: Amazing dynamics, esp midrange. excellent imaging and bass. No supertweeter is necessary, strong clear treble all the way to the top. A driver that appears not to be too fussy about its operating environment !Cons: Although there may be some slight sibilance to the highs above 10 k, it has 1 Main drawback - that afflicts nearly ALL full rangers: Shouty upper-mids. But I was expecting this and at this stage have merely corrected the issue with two parrallel notch filters as follows:1 at 2000k (0.47 mh-10uf cap-6.8ohm) and the other at 3300k (0.27mh-8.8uf). These filters are a work in progress, but what I have here is reasonable. Other values were tried.Without the filters, the raw drivers are unlistenable, but with them, well they are captivating.Well Tempered Lab, Benz Micro, Audible Illusions, VTL 100's, Windows Laptop, Off Ramp 5, EEMinimax DAC+, Synergistic Rsrch IC's and Spkr cables. Focal/Mundorf AMT spkrs.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely not a hi-fi driverI bought a pair of these when Parts Express had them on special and have done a lot of experimenting. They are certainly well made, look good, have a powerful magnet assembly, and the manufactuer's graph suggests smooth frequency response. I experimented with various enclosures and settled on a maximally-flat sealed box with baffle correction of about -4dB. Regardless of the enclosure, listening tests were invariably disappointing (I tried a variety of amplifiers too). On voice and solo instrumental music (e.g. solo violin) there is audible distortion and an unpleasant, tizzy sound that is reminiscent of cheap speakers, not at all what I expect from a relatively expensive driver. The one positive is that stereo imaging is excellent, presumably because there is only one driver. Overall, this driver was a real disappointment.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond expectations!Built a pair of Decware ZOBs for these to sit in, and am completely floored with how incredible these things sound! Don't be daunted by how they sound out of the box. I'm close to the hundred hour mark, and these things continue to sound better and better. As a friend, and fellow audiophile said, "They're just so addicting!" Without any prior experience with open baffle designs or drivers, I'm glad I went with these.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revisited DriverIt is necessary to state up front, that this is not exactly the Tang Band W8-1880 as purchased, i.e. , it has extensive modifications to become the driver that it ended up being. I did not modify the driver, rather it was modified by Decware Audio for use in their 'ZOB' speaker project. Having said that, I felt that it was notable that Decware chose this driver for their design. As I recall, the surround was changed, and even more importantly, the driver was fitted with a sort of matching transformer that helped 'straighten out' some of the frequency abberations that challenged this driver. As many of us have heard before, there can be a shout inherent in single driver design, and it is a trade off that many have abandoned this idea for in the first place. Also noted might be a rising high frequency response also inherent in a few drivers. What I do want to relay here is that this driver does lend itself to those knowledgeable enough to modify the driver towards a better end.I did build the project 2 years ago, and will state that it was what I wished that I could have found 20 years earlier. To each his own, I will admit, but the response, speed, and clarity of this driver did no less than amaze me. The ZOB design spoken of earlier is an open baffle design, and I doubt that after owning many previous speakers that I'll likely stray from this one. On the bass end, the driver also needed some help, and this is done by way of the bottom end of the cabinet. It becomes a sort of Helm-Holtz resonator, focused in at about 40 hz. After building this speaker, I started to experiment with the lower cabinet, and have found great success with a simple procedure that plan to develop in the near future. In the attached photo, you will see a thick pad just under the driver. This is what I am using to draw more bass energy into the cabinet below.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sound fantastic!I used two Tang Band W8-1808 in open baffle design with help of two 8" Orb Audio subs, have about 50 hours brake in. I don't use baffle step correction filters, and they sound fantastic.
Date published: 2014-03-20
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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

I would like to use the 1808 as a mid range  How should I cross it over? 

Asked by: Mitty
This requires a bit more information in order to proceed. 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: 2015-01-06

Would this or the 1772 be a better match for a Mauhorn IV backloaded horn?

Asked by: ThreeBob
I would recommend the 1772 for a rear loaded horn.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-15

What size t-nuts would be the perfect fit for these?   Please include the part number or a link.   suggestion:  this could be standard info given with each driver

Asked by: Mainland
The recommended mounting kit for this driver would be the #10-32 cast frame kit below.http://www.parts-express.com/cast-frame-10-32-speaker-mounting-kit--260-776
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-21

Is there an impedance curve that I can view for this driver?

Asked by: kickme
You can see both frequency and impedance curves in the Tang Band spec sheet available on the product page.www.parts-express.com/pedocs/specs/264-894-tang-band-w8-1808-specifications-46404.pdf
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-21

Would this work well in a car?

Asked by:
The simple answer is "no."It would work in a car, but not at all well. You would pay a lot for a driver that is intended to shine in a low-power quiet critical-listening environment, and then put it in an opposite environment. It's the wrong tool for the job. This is a scalpel, not a jackhammer.
Answered by: Bushman
Date published: 2014-05-08

TB W8-1808

Would the W8-1808 work well in a sealed enclosure for a high endcenter channel or would you have a better suggestion.Thanks,Ken
Asked by: northwood
Generally the full range speaker are compromise solution for what ever reason. For high end center channel you really would want to use two way system as the sound of the driver that is primarily made for lower frequencies and the with modification extended for full range, is always compromised some way. There are full range single drivers but they have separate coil for the high frequencies. This way the high frequencies kind of ride on the low and there is no way to control the sound if there is too much some level except with parametric equalizer. These kind of speakers are nice for some use but I would not use them or any full range driver in application that you are planning.
Answered by: PasiPT
Date published: 2014-12-05
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