Is this an EV speaker?

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  1. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    I have what I beleive to be an EVM12L 8 ohm speaker. No markings that say EV on it at all..but it looks just like an EV speaker. It has a black cage and a large gray magnet. Markings on the magnet are as follows: 812 0650 8903. It sounds phenominal.

    I jsut got 2 other speakers that I wanted to compare it to as my plan is g to put 2 EVM12L's in a 2x12 cab because i loved the sound of the one I had so much.

    The new speakers just dont sound the same. 1 is an 80's EVM12L (that is labeled as such). It sounds thinner and when I use overdrive on my Quinn SDO it sounds buzzy. (NOW..truth be told I had to "jerry rig" the connections because my speaker has spade terminals and this has push ins. So I used alagator clips and very thin wires. That may have made a differnce in tone. not sure).

    The other new speaker is a Eminence delta pro. A EVM12L copy. CLeans are ok..but just not as throaty sounding as my original EV speaker. Supposedly its broken in. Not sure.

    Anway, I'll do more testing tomorrow and try the 80's EV with proper connectivity. But I want to make sure my original speaker is actually what I think it is: an EVM12L. It looks physically just like the 80's EV except has a black basket.

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  2. dmagalhaes

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    It could be an OEM which would not say EV on it.
     
  3. ChorusCrackpot

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    Might also be an EV12S.
     
  4. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    HOw can I tell?
     
  5. nospickups

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    The s in ev12s stands for short cone. If you look up the specs on the 12s from EV there are some measurements that you can use to determine what speaker it is. Just google evm12s spec and ther should be a pdf of the old spec sheet.
     
  6. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks. The speaker in question is the one I had in my 1x12 cab at Dumblefest. It just sounds great.
     
  7. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    Its not a EVM12S. I just searched those and its not that. This one also has spade terminals instead of the push terminals. It also says "8 year warranty" on it.

    I'll have a pic shortly.
     
  8. J.T. Guitar

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  9. kingsxman

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    PIcs added. Here's a pic of the unknown speaker and an original 80's EVM12L.

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  10. jsm355

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    Check this website for speaker codes .


    http://home.provide.net/~cfh/pots.html

    The Following from A previous Post on TGP .
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=180695&page=7

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    Here's the rundown FYI...if you care to know.

    EVM12L Series II is 200 watt...Successor to the SRO12. The SRO gap is a bit narrower yielding higher flux strength and a bit more sensitivity,1-2dB.

    EVM12L Pro-Line. Rated at 300 watts. Same speaker with an added "Pro-Tef" teflon coating on voice coil and outer edge of voice coil gap to insulate/lubricate against voicecoil-topplate arc-short contact under extreme excursion/ power conditions. Also had extra laquer dip at the cone apex for added strength to prevent buckling from high power transients.

    EVM12S Series II. Shallower basket/cone profile than 12L for enhanced mids in the 2000-3000 hz range. Voice coil and spider same as 12L.

    EVM12S Pro-Line. All EVM Pro-Line drivers had the same "Pro-Tef" treatment.

    OEM versions are exactly the same speaker without either the finned heatsink or the factory label on the backplate. The EV part number is stamped "812-xxxx-xxx". The major difference between OEM and factory labeled speakers was the warranty. Five years factory, 1 year OEM warranty in most cases, unless otherwise specified.
    EVM12L Classic. Reissue of EVM12L Series II, 200 watt.

    EVM12L Black Label Society. Reissue of EVM12L Pro-Line.

    Hope clears up any details.
    Thanks, great post!

    Do you have any additional info on the SRO/12L ?
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  11. edgewound

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    It's an EVM12L.

    The "812" is the OEM code for it.
     
  12. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys. In looking at the link to determine speaker codes...they say that EV is 649...not 812. I dont doubt that 812 is right..but its confusing.
    I cant figure out the date though. So am I looking at the middle 4 digit code for the date or the last 4 digit code? the middle one would be the 50th weekof 2006. The last 4 digits would be the 3rd week of 1989. If I understand it correctly.

    I want to try to find another one just like this because it simply sounds better.
     
  13. J.T. Guitar

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    Maybe it was an EV that was made for a proprietary enclosure? But it's an EV.
     
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    That speaker was tapped in the back for the heat sink like an old 12s that I had was but I have also seen those on 12l's.
     
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    Could be. I also think its odd that its got spade connectors and not push connectors.
     
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    Yeah, I think the speaker probably looked something like this at one time:

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    Although, I have seen these without the heat sinks, too.
     
  17. edgewound

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    The EIA source code for Electro-Voice would be 649.

    The 812 is EV's internal part code designation for the EVM12L. The other series of digits are production part batch numbers/revisions and date codes.

    The units for retail sale back in the 80s came with the finned heat sink and push terminals. Later units dropped the heat sink and put a plastic label on the back plate. OEM units have no label unless private branded like the Mesa Black Shadow and spade terminals unless push terminals were spec'd by the OEM customer.
     
  18. kingsxman

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    Thanks. So can we tell at all when this was manufactured?
     
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    Looks to be 3rd week of 1989. I doubt it's the 89th week of 2003:D
     
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    Thanks. I dont know when the other one was manufactured..but it "supposedly" is an 80's model. They just dont sound the same though. There "IS" a very small hole though in the outside of the cone right by the frame. I wonder if that is causing the problems.. I could try to get a pic.

    What do you make of the "8 year warrenty" label thats on the OEM speaker?
     

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