Excel Nextel W18NX003 (E0096-08)
The new W18NX003 (E0096-08) continues our high-end paper cone heritage with the 2-layer Nextel coating technology and brings the newly updated linear low-distortion magnet system design for maximum sound quality into our range of paper cone woofers. It is a successor to the famous W18NX001 (E0042-08) from SEAS.
Here is the datasheet for the new driver: W18NX003
The Nextel coating was first introduced at the CES Show 2005, in the W15LY001 and W18NX001, and instantly received appraisal for its natural and pleasant sound quality. The two layers are completely different, with a base-layer underneath and a topcoat applied in a second operation. The result is a cone which is a bit heavier than a classical paper cone, but the damping properties are unparalleled.
The W18NX001 maintains a smooth response with no disturbances in the critical midrange and a roll-off profile allowing simple crossover networks to be used.
The motor-design represents the state-of-the-art regarding linearity and low distortion. Low mechanical and electromagnetic damping ensure high quality reproduction of even the finest micro details in music. At the same time, the high-performance titanium voice coil former and its connection to the cone has very high power-handling, suitable for modern amplifiers (e.g. Class-D).
The W18NX003 has what listeners will experience as improved dynamic headroom, with the ability to keep focus in loud passages.
Overall, the W18NX003 provides a remarkable balance, with a synergy of resolution of details and a non-aggressive presentation.
The color of the new coating is a bit lighter than previous designs and it now matches the color of our Excel Graphene products, such that paper and magnesium cone drivers can be combined in one loudspeaker.