Originally Posted by icke2433
I talked to him via email and he said he went with a semi local company for the recone and he decided to move to paper dustcaps, I'll give the place he referenced a call to verify that they do use official jbl recone kits tomorrow. I know it's been beaten to death that the E's are semi similar to the K's but hear that they are a bit warmer but take less wattage. Any opinions from you guys?
Well the speaker geometry is the same and the K and E 140 original kits
are exactly the same item.
I would think the difference would be quite small assuming magnet material is irrelevant to sound because the K has an Alnico magnet and the E has a much heavier ceramic one.
I have owned both speakers and have a very slight preference for the mic'd tone of the K series when I used them together in a 2X15.
Love the tin can top end the aluminium domes give them, those are some of my favourite bass recording speakers, if you are going to use a mic.
Also I do so love the old Altec 418 series two stepped alnico magnet driver, they used to put it in some old Ampeg STV115 and flip top cabs as a deluxe option.
They where like half way between a JBL D130f and a K140, not quite as bright as the 130 but with better low frequency bass like the K140.
The centre dome of the Altec is alloy like the JBL but it's a three inch voice coil as apposed to a four inch on the JBL so the tin can top has a slightly different higher zing than the K140!.
It's like the difference in upper mid between a gig or two older set of strings and a nice brand new ding dang, diddly ding, ding ones.
PS I love agile naturally bright speakers, so I have a pair
of the old EVM 12S short basket version of the EV 12L.
In an old well lagged Laney 4x10 sized sealed 2X12 in my isolation room.
That's not got ally domes but has fantastic upper mid and treble though.
I can get low end out of the DI low as I like, but there is nothing as good as a great mic'd speaker tone.