Last weekend, I installed a pair of the Exodus EX-Anarchy midwoofers in my doors. No one has really mentioned anything about these drivers and I thought I'd provide some personal impressions and non-scientific feedback. There seems to be a lot of tech jargon associated with these drivers such as an XBL motor (?), aerodynamic design of the spider/pole assembly, etc. If someone could provide some more info as to what these pieces of tech actually do, I'd really appreciate it. I did some reading about the XBL motor, but could only find "sales-ish" documentation about it basically stating it was the next coming of Jesus. I'd love some independent feedback on what the XBL motor acutally is along with its benefits.
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These were on an introductory special for $45 each, and have since gone up in price to $70 each. I still feel that they are a very good value at the $70 price point.
I chose these basically because of their high x-max characteristics, with the expectation of using them only as midbasses playing up to ~ 600hz. I was basically looking for an alternative to shoehorning an 8inch midbass into my doors, but still upgrading my midbass performance. I was not concerned with the ability for it to play any higher than 1khz at the most. When I was running 2-way, I used the Seas reed drivers, which had exceptional performance when crossed as high as 2khz with a 12db slope, but did not have the midbass performance I wanted.
The Anarchy midwoofers are on the medium/large size, but had no problem fitting in my doors unlike the Tang-Band underhung mids that I was forced to return. I mounted them to 3/4th inch MDF baffles, and used foam weatherstripping between the baffles and the doors and the driver and the baffle. The drivers themselves also had a built in foam strip, which was a nice touch.
They are running as part of a 3-way, mated with Hybrid L3's and L1v2's. I am using a JL HD900/5 bridged to push these guys. They handle Power VERY VERY well. I was impressed by the lack of motor noise when testing them with low tones, even when they are reaching high excursion. I experimented with several different crossover settings, until I settled on 63hz @ 18db for now.
I am really enjoying these drivers in my 3-way. They have massive amounts of articulate midbass and the lower crossover point has brought my bass very far forward. Basslines have very good detail, and drums have more "chest-al" impact. I have listened to them at medium-high levels, and feel that this crossover point is manageable for the driver to handle. They remained very clean and without any noticeable amount of distortion or coloration. I think that if you are planning on going for very high listening levels, you may want to bump it up to 80-100hz.
For those of you with 2-ways, I tested them a bit by bumping them up to 2khz and 2.5khz to see how they performed. They were acceptable at 2khz with a steep slope, but I cannot recommend them for use at 2.5khz. The breakup was very noticeable, and was not pleasant for listening. In this department, my old Seas reed's had them beat by a long shot. So unless you have a tweeter that goes very low, or are one of those guys who are running a full range in lieu of a tweeter, I would not recommend these for 2-way use.
Let me know if you have any other questions or need any more non-scientific feedback