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In the Thread: Other Ways of getting Special Tone from a loudspeaker.
Post Subject: On the Road Again: Blending and Matching for Overall CharacterPosted by Paul S on: 11/28/2009

The Danley idea -  or something quite like it - does look good for LF, but maybe less good for MF and up, I think.

Which takes me back to the whole "point" of the imaginary "single driver"...

Effing around with mix-n-match "systems" back in the day, I got stuck on the fact that the "better" a  given driver did at any one thing, the tougher it was to "match" that thing with preceding or succeeding drivers, in terms of sonic "character".  Is anything worse than obvious shifts in character as one ascends or descends the frequency and/or dynamic scales?

Of course, the more evolved idea is to have a system that can adopt/mimic myriad characters, seamlessly, FR; but the reality is that the various drivers are pretty much stuck on a trick or two, and that's that.  And once we home in on the range where a given driver offers the "most", it always winds up needing "support" on one or both "sides" of its offering.  We get stuck in this loop.

More and more, it looks very attractive to get LF "settled" first, since it is necessarily pretty large, and it eats so much power, and it has the big room issues.

And I think this is how some people wind up with the single drivers: they just shrug off LF and peak dynamics to get what they get, which includes a certain "sonic integrity", which in turn takes a certain mindset to fully exploit and appreciate.  Perhaps this approach could be understood as "the ultimate table radio approach".

The yellow drivers do have interesting tone capabilities, but without "doping" their spectrum is smeared upwards (and yes, I include the FH/BH in this; and good luck with the doping...).  Also, their "optimum dynamic range" covers only a couple of octaves (and it's not exactly optimal, in any case).  One possible "solution" I aim to try is high-passing them at, say, 400 - 800 Hz and then turning around and throttling them back a little above 2k.   We'll see, eventually.

Meanwhile, I am still playing with the "oops potential" of OB, along with its "bonus 3 dB".

One way or the other, all roads lead to Tone.

Paul S

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