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American Audio speakers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MAGUS®, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Anyone heard of this brand ?

    I found a speaker for sale, branded American Audio 400 watt 4 ohm, with FA388 AS01.04 on the rear, which i guess must be the MPN.

    I'd like to find out the TS parameters to see if it would make a good unit to throw into my old Peavey BVX 1x15 cab, but there's next to no info out there

  2. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Hmm... thats the kind of response i got from google. There's no info out there in space

    In a twist of fate, they could be British :eyebrow:
  3. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Speaker design books will tell you how to measure a driver,
    Or you can buy a tool to do it

    It is unlikely to work better than than the Peavey driver designed for the Peavey cabinet. It's very rare that a toss in driver would work better than the driver the cabinet was designed for.
  4. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    by the look of those connector terminals, i'd say its a car sub. it probably wouldn't be very good in that cab.
  5. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Well, in the end, i managed to fire off an email to American Audio, and the manager sent me back a reply.


    Sorry we dont have that info, good luck

    Tom Freret
    American Audio Manager
    6122 S Eastern Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90040
    323-213-4529 (Office Direct)
    323-316-5613 (Cell)

    The website looks like they're just a sales shop rather than manufacturers, so i'm guessing they buy them in, and stick 'em in a box as PA cabs, judging by the looks of things

  6. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    cast frame, heavy cone, vented magnet

    looks like a pro audio driver with high thermal rating
    for pa midbass.
    Most likely has a typical high Le found in most pa drivers.
    so very little highend, high thermal rating and probably xmax in the 4mm range.

    any search done it seems to be used in 2 way 15inch pa cabinets.
    its a heavy cone so mms and qms are going to be high.

    its not a eminence but its going to be very similar to a kappa pro series.

    most likely gonna want a ported box
    Fs around 35hz
    again very little highend
  7. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Thanks for your input.. I run a BFM Jack 2x10 as well, so sparkly top is not a needy criteria for any 15 i'm after, and i have a crossover so can send the highs to the Jack.

    Bit surprised that you think the Xmax is only 4mm though, as i expected more

    Apparently that magnet is 9" across
  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    The bumped out backplate can indicate more travel/xmax/xlim but isn't a guaranty of it. Aside from real measurement equipment, etc., a test box would be needed. Something I'd mess with if the driver were at least cheap if not free.

    Jack runs mighty loud north of 200hz. Would take a pretty formidable woofer to add meaningful lows. Wouldn't need the 50-200hz bandwidth to run equally as loud to add noticable bottom....but still.....
  9. will33


    May 22, 2006
    What drivers are in your Jack?

    My train of thought is......the Jack runs as a direct radiator in the lows before the horn effect comes in. May be possible to do a 210 with the same drivers, lowpassed at the top of the Jacks direct radiator function to add more lows. The horn on the top cab would still play plenty loud over that by itself.

    May be a sort of cobbled together way of doing it, but should work in theory. Meaning a lowpassed 210 using the same box size/tuning arrangement, then still run the Jack fullrange. The lowpassed extension cab shouldn't interfere with the mids/upper frequencies, just add a fuller bottom.

    Check with Bill. The obvious answer would be a Titan 39, but I assume you don't want to carry something that size.
  10. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    My Jack 210 has 250 watt Beta 10a's 8 ohm each, and ideally another one of those would be ideal if i could find a used one, as the 1x15 + 2x10 is not my setup of choice, but DIY is neither my forte or even possible as i live in an apartment 2 floors up, and price rears its ugly head as usual.

    Buying 2 Beta 10a's plus BFM plans and then getting them built by someone is going to ramp the price to £300, and at least the same for Titan, but since i already have an empty 1x15 cab, a speaker unit is going to cost around £100/110 fitted.