FaitalPro 10FE200-4 Review
Before I start working on the FaitalPro 10FE200 with the H6512/JBL 2414H-C combo, I want to take a closer look at what this woofer has to offer. The outstanding feature of this 10″ woofer is in the extended bandwidth. Not many 10″ woofers can extend this much. The question is how usable is it.
Frequency Response in 45 liters Bass Reflex – Baffle Width=14-1/2″
Fig 1 – Mic at 36 ins, On Axis • Impulse Window=5ms • No Smoothing applied
As can be seen in Fig 1, the 10FE200 extends to 4kHz before rolling-off. The extension looks promising as there are no ghastly cone breakup. There’s only a small peak at 4kHz which can easily be dealt with.
Fig 2 – Blue plot = Nearfield
The Blue plot in Fig 2 is the Nearfield response spliced in at 410Hz. It is a good approximation of the lower frequencies without any room reflections.
Fig 3 – FaitalPro 10FE200 Nearfield Response
For clarity, I removed the RAW response below 410Hz, leaving only the Nearfield in place. From here, we can see there is a dip from 700Hz to 1kHz, followed by the extension. This resembles the frequency response plot provided by the manufacturer. It appears that something was done at this dip to induce some kind of cone ringing. If that is the case, they did a splendid job for the extension is relatively smooth.
Fig 4 – FaitalPro 10FE200 Step Response
The Step response in Fig 4 shows the 10FE200 has a fast, clean transient. This is quite impressive for a 10″ woofer. This measurement was taken with no crossover in place, just the woofer itself.
Fig 5 – FaitalPro 10FE200 Waterfall
The Waterfall plot (Fig 5) shows quite a bit of artifacts. So much so that I was forced to lengthen my Time Range to 3 msec (z-axis) to have a clearer display.
Fig 6 – FaitalPro 10FE200 Toneburst Energy Storage
The Toneburst plot (Fig 6) provides a better picture of the artifacts. There’s a bunch of excess energy (light blue slices) from 3kHz to 8kHz. The bulk is centered at about 5kHz.
Fig 7 – FaitalPro 10FE200 Spectrogram
I turned to the Spectrogram (Fig 7) to access how much the excess energy is radiating. Frankly, I am quite delighted with the results. Whatever ringing/excess energy that were recorded in the previous plots are not harmful. There are three spots where the ringing are seen, namely 4.2kHz, 6kHz and 13kHz. All of them disappeared by 2 msec.
With a response like this, I can easily cross the 10FE200 up to 2.2kHz. This is an important discovery because most of the JBL speakers using the 2414H-C compression driver cross at about 1.8kHz to 2.2kHz.
I am listening to the 10FE200-4 without any crossover and I must admit she sounds wonderful. There’s no brittleness or harshness in the treble. I’m so impressed that I would even recommend using the 10FE200 for public announcement or speech reinforcement. There’s no need for any horn because the 10FE200 extends to 4kHz. This bandwidth covers the human voice.
Unless otherwise stated, all measurements were made with the mic at 36 ins, on axis. Impulse Window=5ms. No smoothing applied.