Test in Sound and Sound 4/2010:
Competition is known to boost business. The fact that Tang Band leads these excellent 20 cm wide bands in two variants is not a fixed idea but rather a blessing. Because the chassis are different enough to offer something for all tastes. Was the close relative W8-1772 rather the bass reflex and horn-oriented driver, so comes the 1808 with the higher overall quality in the range of closed speakers and large reflex boxes before. The excellent underhang drive construction with neodymium tablets remains, but these are now painted black. The comes with the 1808 with not so yellow membrane and copper phase plug but not anywaytoo short - the chassis looks very noble. The very good double cone with a good 10 grams and the inverse fabric beading provide excellent low loss and best impulse behavior, the venting of the basket minimizes mechanical losses. The measurements leave a positive image as that of his brother: very high efficiency, moderate ripple of the frequency response and almost 20 kHz. The impedance curve is very linear. The Klirranteile, in particular K3, remain very low, K2 decreases with damping of the high-level high tone even further. The waterfall testifies to the cleanliness of the W8-1808 even in the treble, only the two resonances at 2.5 and 3.5 kHz settle a bit more, albeit still uncritically, through.
Ideal for critical rooms and wall nearness is a closedClosed box with 60 liters, which supplies at least a cutoff frequency of 65 Hz. Should it be the ventilated version, then there are at least 80, better 135 liters on the paper. But then there are also whopping 32 Hz. Even more broadband than the 1808 it should be so hard, he makes the species "full-range converter" a real compliment.
Just like the 1772, the W8-1808 by Tang Band is an excellent broadband of the very highest quality and uncompromising quality, offering exorbitant deep bass and no weaknesses.