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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

Brand:|Model: W8-1808|Part # 264-894
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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Part # 264-894
  • 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

Product Details

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
    (17 Reviews)
  • Weight7.45 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.


Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver
Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver is rated 4.5294 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great full rangerI replaced a pair of Hemptone FR-8's in a ~2 cubic foot floor standing ported cabinet with the Tang Band W8-1808's about two years ago. The parameters for the two drivers match very closely.It is no contest. The Tang Band drivers are better in every way.The Tang Band drivers are free of the "cupped hand" sound that plague so many full rangers. The frequency range is also much smoother through the highs. The Hemptones required low output impedance amps to be listenable while the Tang Bands are much more tolerant, sounding good with higher Z-out tube amps. The Tang Band bass response sounds and measures stronger with more extenion.I love the coherent and immediate sound of the Tang Band W8-1808 full rangers.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update to my previous reviewHow can you trust a review and people's ability to comprehend sound? There's people out there that think Bose acoustics is the best sound they've ever heard. Others think that a surround sound from Walmart is amazing???I'm here to tell you that I'm confident to say that I'm one of the most passionate speaker lovers and sound enthusiast out there, but that's just my opinion of course. I've had these speakers now for approximately 4 months of at least 4 hours of use per week i use them and I have to tell you that the dynamics of the speaker has completely changed as far as the low frequency response. I only have them in a 1.2 cubic feet box which is not even in compliance with the nature of the speaker but they have dramatically increased in the lower frequency range and the speakers are absolutely stunning for the price an equally as impressive given that their only two drivers. if you want to hear a beautiful sound purchase the speakers, give it some time and you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-03-07
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
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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

Please advise total price inc postage for: Qty, 4 Eminence Alpha15a drvers Qty, 2 Tangband W8-1808 drivers Thanks, Barry

Asked by: Bas 42
Please contact our sales and customer service for available stock, price and shipping options. or 800-338-0531 x2.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-18

Which would work better in a large, old school bass reflex design, the 1808 or the 1772? thanks!

Asked by: bobd777
The 1808 will require a larger vented box and will provide a stronger bottom end than the 1772 driver. Optimal volume looks like 3.5 cubic feet with a 4" diameter, 2.75" long port for a tuning frequency of 38 Hz and an F3 of 42 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-02

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, 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.
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
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-21
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