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Seas A26 10" 2-way Kit PAIR (based on the classic A25)

Price: $768.00 (each)
Product ID : A26 Kit Pair
Manufacturer: Seas Prestige
Weight: 16.00 lbs
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Seas A26 10" 2-way Kit Pair - a new spin on a true classic!

Price is for a PAIR

Designed by Håvard Sollien & Diego Ivars at the SEAS R&D laboratory.

Seas of Norway and Madisound are excited to provide the A26 speaker kit. This kit utilizes the A26RE4 10" classic paper cone woofer and new T35C-002 1.5" textile dome Excel line tweeter, in a 1 cubic foot aperiodic enclosure (12 3/16" W x 20 1/16" T x 10 1/4" D).

Carefully designed drivers with complementary response characteristics allow for a crossover network using only two components. The classic 10" paper cone woofer is run full range and the tweeter is rolled off by a capacitor. The 10 ohm resistor can be adjusted to meet your listening preferences. We suggest using a bi-wire cup so that you can make the resistor adjustment outside of the cabinet, using the resistor as the jumper to the tweeter plus terminal. 3 different resistor values are included with the kit.

After spending several days with the A26 during its debut at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2012, we fell in love with the speaker. It has a very warm and comfortable sound, as you would expect from a driver combination like this. It is actually pretty true to the sound from the original A25, but with much better highs and slightly more dynamic overall presentation. The 1.5" dome Excel tweeter has no problem with the simple slope and low crossover point. Although people often talk about the extended highs of tweeters, often beyond the audible listening range, the true magic occurs in the lower frequencies and this tweeter excels in that range.

The aperiodic loaded woofer and excellent roll of on the low end of the tweeter has resulted in a speaker with very good transient response. Pure, simple, and elegant.

Link to Seas A26 Application Notes

 

Each A26 Speaker Kit Includes:

 

Optional Items From Drop Down Menus:

 

All kit pricing shown includes at least a 10% discount on all drivers, parts, and cabinets!

       

      Beautifully Simple Crossover Network

      For the kit we use the Mundorf Supreme capacitor for its low distortion and musicality. 

      The crossover closely follows the original A25 design, and is a model of simplicity. The use of linear drivers with complementary roll off characteristics allows for excellent performance  without the need for complex filter networks. The well behaved roll off of the woofer’s paper cone, aided by the four layer voice coil, allows it to be connected directly to the amplifier, just as in the original. The tweeter is easily matched to the woofer using a first order network; consisting of a single capacitor (3.3μF), along with a series resistor (10) for level matching. The resistor value can be adjusted to fine tune the tweeter level (12, 10 or 8.2).

      Tweeter Level Options

      Seas Prestige A26RE4 Woofer

      • A classical paper cone and matching natural rubber surround produce a smooth response and reduces potential resonance problems.
      • A four layer voice coil provides a well behaved roll off characteristic.
      • The magnet system has a T-shaped cross section of the pole piece for low modulation distortion.
      • Extremely stiff and stable injection moulded metal basket keeps the critical components in perfect alignment. Large windows in the basket both above and below the spider reduce sound refl exion, air fl ow noise and cavity resonance to a minimum.

      Woofer Curve

      Seas Excel T35C-002 Tweeter

      • The T35C002 is a classic dome midrange tweeter with high sensitivity and a smooth, extended frequency response.
      • A coated fabric dome with integral surround manufactured by Dr. K. Müller in Germany ensures excellent performance and consistency. This supplier was among the first in the world to offer fabric dome diaphragms, and did produce the diaphragm for the famous 1.5” Dome Tweeter H087, developed by Seas in 1968 for the Dynaco A25 speaker.
      • A small, high efficiency Neodymium ring magnet in a carefully designed system contributes to high sensitivity and low distortion. The top plate and T-yoke are CNC machined for excellent precision. A well damped vented pole and a rigid rear chamber ensure a low resonance frequency and smooth response.
        A generously underhung 35mm voice coil wound from copper-clad aluminum wire further enhances the sensitivity. Flexible lead-out wires and venting holes in the aluminum coil former help reduce noise to a minimum.
      • A 7 mm thick precision machined aluminum front plate with moderate horn loading ensures linear frequency response and represents an extremely stable platform for the magnet system and the moving parts.

      Tweeter Curve

       

      The Enclosure Design and Stuffing

      The SEAS A26 loudspeaker is based on a 28-liter cabinet. Position of the drivers and dimensions of the cabinet walls and vent opening are all very similar to those of the original Dynaco A25. For best performance, these dimensions should be followed closely. Adding internal bracing to stiffen the cabinet is a good idea for the advanced builder, and will further enhance the performance.

      The cabinet stuffing (50g) is distributed evenly inside the box. The highly damped vent acts as an acoustic resistor, resulting in a non-resonant (aperiodic) system. The quantity of polyfill stuffing used in the vent is 12 grams. We suggest mounting a piece of screening material over both sides of the vent to hold the stuffing in place. Decreasing the vent stuffing will improve the time response of the bass system, but will lower the bass output due to the lowered Q. If, on the contrary, more polyfill stuffing is used, the enclosure will behave closer to a sealed box and a higher Q will be obtained. However, the time response will be slightly deteriorated. We find 12 grams of polyfill to achieve the best balance between the time and frequency performance of the bass system. This amount of stuffing is based on measurements and extensive listening tests. The result is a smooth, yet detailed reproduction where the entire frequency range is in balance. We encourage you to follow the above guidelines, but you may also try experimenting with the stuffing quantities yourself, to achieve your preferred bass performance. (Madisound uses a strip of acoustic foam instead of the fill, and the speaker measured and sounds the same. At the RMAF show designer Diego Ivers also agreed that it was perfectly fine to use this material. Kits that we provide will be sent with the foam as it is much easier to use.)

      Madisound A26 Cabinets (optional)

      The Madisound A26 Cabinets are made in the USA and constructed of high quality MDF and finished with a real cherry wood or black painted ash veneer. The only side not veneered is the back, which features an attractive piano black finish. The front baffle is cut for precise flush mounting of both the woofer and tweeter. The back side is cut for a precise flush mount of the TD-CUP dual binding post input cup. Also included are removable magnetic grill covers finished with a retro style white grill cloth.

      Cabinet Dimensions: 12 3/16" W x 20 1/16" T x 10 1/4" D

      Black Ash Cabinet

      Listening Room and Placement
      High quality stands should be used to bring the tweeter approximately to ear level or slightly above. Even in the best listening room, it is important to determine the positions where the loudspeakers will perform optimally. Placing the cabinets too close to the walls or corners will result in more powerful bass, but may also cause response irregularities in the bass/midrange area. Some experimentation is recommended in order to find cabinet positions that result in a good tonal balance and freedom from coloration.

      The tweeter diaphragm is relatively large for sensitivity reasons. Consequently, the highest frequencies are more directional, making it worthwhile to experiment with toe-in of the enclosures towards the listening position.

      The SEAS A26 is a refined, yet simple and fun loudspeaker, meant for enjoying your music to its fullest!

      Deflex Panel Option

      We recommend the Deflex Panel option to cut down on internal reflections. Reducing these reflections are important on a 10" 2-way speaker where you have so much cone area. We recommend using a full panel on the back wall and then using a half panel on the top, bottom and sides. The panel should be closer to the front and next to the woofer. 

      The panels have a film on them from the manufacturing process. We recommend washing them in the sink with some dish soap and water, then drying them completely. We have found Gorilla Glue or Weldbond to be the best adhesive. Make sure to clean the internal walls of the cabinet before applying the adhesive and panels.  lternatively, a staple gun is an effective tool for this job.

       

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      Reviewed by jgrabertmd@yahoo.com
      02/27/2014 - 02:00:21 PM
      A True Dynaco A25 Clone
      I own several pairs of original Dynaco A25s. This new kit is as close to the originals than any other clone I have evaluated. They have a much better high frequency extension than the Dynacos however. Because of the this the clarity is better with better imaging while still maintaining the mid-range warmth. Do not go cheap on the capacitor or resistor. I recommend the mundorf silver/oil as it is the best band for the buck in this kit. The enclosures provided by madisound are gorgeous. I absolutely love the original A25s but the Seas A26 takes them to an entire new level.