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After playing with this one, it's one of my absolute favorite drivers.

http://www.bcspeakers.com/index.php...rizione=44&prodotto=53&id_descrizione_prod=51

It's a lot more expensive than the XLS8 ($135ish in the USA) and offers less LF output due to having ~2/3 the xmax. However, it also plays a lot higher cleanly and has a rising on-axis response profile that's ideal for door use. Look at it this way: right now the XLS8 is one of the very best 8" midbasses you can buy, while the B&C 8NDL81 is one of the very best midwoofers currently on the market. With 8NDL81 you could skip the midrange (and all of the nasty coherence issues that come with getting disparate point-sources to sum properly in a small space) and simply run a two-way setup.
 

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cam2Xrunner said:
Now let's say that I could get an IDQ8, would that be a better choice than the Peerless XLS8?
As someone who does not sell either one, my opinion is that it's not even close. As NPdang pointed out, the XLS8 is a better driver in EVERY way. The only thing that might be of interest instead is the Peerless SLS8, which has some tradeoffs (stamped basket, excursion) but works better without EQ in infinite baffle type setups and costs less.
 

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aaron said:
Ds-21 I had looked at that driver also, I think it may come down to musical taste, as I dont think it would provide the impact of the Peerless given both of them were in an optimized enclosure(or properly sealed door)
That depends. If it's just being used as a midbass, i.e. with subs supporting it, my hunch would be that the B&C driver would be even snappier and blend better with the ribbons, though undoubtedly both are excellent drivers. After all, the XLS8 is designed for use in small domestic subwoofers, while the 8NDL81 is designed more for uses like studio monitoring. Obviously, if those ARE the subs then the XLS8 will have significantly greater output than the 8NDL81.
 

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cam2Xrunner said:
Now as far as midrange drivers go, which will work best with the xls8 and the neoCD3? Say in a sealed, custom kickpanel that's also going to house the ribbon.
While my strong preference would be a 2-way with the B&C 8" midwoofer I mentioned above - or a Peerless HDS205 - over any 3-way front stage, if you must go 3-way up front I would seriously consider the Vifa 10BGS (MG10 in the US I'm pretty sure) or Peerless HDS134 if you can fit a slightly larger driver. That Vifa is almost unknown in the US, but it's a REALLY good little widebander/midrange, probably my second favorite driver in its size class. (My favorite is the no-longer-made Audax HM100Z0, although I liked its 130mm cousin even better.)

Another driver that's maybe getting long in the tooth but is capable of extremely "quick" performance that would go well with ribbons is the Vifa M10 (http://www.d-s-t.com/link/vifa/data/m10md-39-08a.htm). I like it a lot better than the PL11. One man's "velvety" is another's "dark and muddy", perhaps. Actually, my impression of the Vifa PL's in general is that they're no better than their classic line equivalents. The exception is the PL27 mostly because the PL27-45 IS the pre~1999 D27TG-45.
 
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