Q: How do they sound ?
These 15″ open baffle woofers are an upgrade of the years long field proven Eminence Alpha15 to an audiophile-grade in every possible aspect. More powerful and faster, more focused and clear, dryer, deeper and punchier… in simple words, they are very musical, full body, totally transparent and sound no less than ‘real-life’ !
Q: How do they differ from Alpha15a ?
Jerry McNutt, Eminence Product Design Manager answers: “ These are the higher performance and lower distortion 15” drivers that have been specifically optimized for Open Baffle use. They share the same cone and surround as the Alpha15, but are different in all the rest. With the Neo version we went with Cast basket, stronger neodymium magnets, 2.5” Voice Coil motors to gain more motor strength, increase linearity, increase power handling, lower power compression, and to be able to add shorting rings to lower distortion and lower the Le. To further lower distortion and cut down on basket ringing. With the Neo model we use our rigid cast Aluminum frame, a very open basket for minimum turbulence and push-button terminals and with the ferrite model we increased the thickness of the highly ribbed and windowed basket form 18ga to a much heavier 16ga steel and. These new 15″s have 5.55mm and 6.03mm of Xmax to move more air down deep…”
Q: Can these drivers replace Alpha15a in current configurations ?
Yes they can ! In our Trio15TB the same crossovers work with all three drivers, Alpha15a, EA15se and EA15neo…
Q: How do the two models differ with regards to amplification ?
Both models can play with any tube amp starting at 3.5w as well as the most powerful solid state and class-D amps ! They are very responsive 95/6db drivers !