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
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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
    (14 Reviews)
  • Weight7.45 lbs.
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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tang Band W8-1808 in Open BaffleFrom many drivers we have listened to and tested for our Open Baffle Classic and Cube10 enclosures (www.pureaudioproject.com) the TangBand W8-1808 (together with Faital 10FE200 Bass drivers) is our prime choice for both, it's exceptional music/sonic performances and price...Never enough !!! and always makes it hard to turn the set off :) Thanks to Parts Express and the folks that posted the above reviews as we were encouraged by you and now this wonderful full range driver features in our offering...Ze'evPureAudioProject
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does not sound good in my systemIn my system voices are way too sibilant.Cabinets are reinforced and 1.5in thick on all sides.Sealed box 1.39 cu ft.About 60% fill (pure wool).Connected to an ATI 200wpc amplifier.The sound is not good. Voices that sound good with other speakers have the "essess" pretty bad. Just a lot of sibilance.I did not expect much bass, as I calculated an F3 of 110Hz.And there is not much bass. Adding a big sub fixed this, but the voice is still too sibilant.
Date published: 2013-09-25

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Tang Band W8-1808 8" Neodymium Full Range Driver

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

Use in Soundspheres?

I have a pair of late-80s/early-90s Soundspheres with blown cones. Anybody remember those? I think they're cool looking and want to put some new 8" full-range woofers in them. Any opinion on using these Tang Bands? Too good for the Soundspheres (wasted money)?
Asked by: Mark Loft
This Tang Band driver uses some VERY high end technology. To give you an idea - if you were to buy them from a speaker company in a cabinet - a pair with all the mark-ups etc would cost in the neighborhood of almost $2000. So yes they are overkill as a replacement. Plus - you would not get the performance out of the Tang's that you could by building the matched cabinets they deserve... I do recall the soundsperes. Very cool and retro... Go to the speaker builder tab and click woofer selector. Sort by cubic volume and see if there's a full range driver that matches the volume of your cubes... Then you have a classic that works at a reasonable price... Then build out that great Tang project !!!
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2014-11-10

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