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Old 14th September 2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default The perfect speaker driver article

Just saw/read this, couldn't resist posting it, for all I know it's all true what he's saying. Your opinions

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Old 14th September 2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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One mans ideas. Some are sensible, some are not. His starting statement about manufactures not caring is totally wrong. It does not get any better from there. All his examples are 49 cent bottom of the line units. He does not even discuss the importance of eddy current shunts, uniformity of the fields etc.
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Old 14th September 2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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Some are sensible, some are not.
Cavity reduction - sensible
Former material ruining the speaker - not sensible

There I just saved you guys a read.
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Old 15th September 2012, 03:04 AM   #4
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Yeah never mind anything about natural cone breakups, cone geometry, BL, MMD or any other parameter directly affecting speaker frequency response. Plenty of drivers around with peaky response that some cannot handle that is mentioned in the article(lowther for example are controversial in their peaky nature)

I do however share the oppinion that 'natural' materials seem to sound more natural. My preference is definately paper, at least for midrange. For HF I like ribbons or compression drivers, but you can always find good and bad examples of any driver type.

Generalisations like this can never hold 100% true.
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Did you see that simple Chip-Amp board he's selling? 950 Euros a copy?? He's using a REAL basic Chip......I couldn't see which one....but I'd swear it's a DIP style chip!!! What a bunch of BS he's spouting out! All talk, no specifics..plus this amp is battery powered (Kinda narrows it down Huh?)...he goes on & on about the virtues about having a car battery...PLUS, PLUS he goes on about how the sound "mellows" with the battery losing its' full charge!

Pure garbage!

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How much credibility is there for the difference in sound when it comes to voice coil former material?

Difference in the cone material, sure..... difference in the voice coil former? you decide.
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he goes on & on about the virtues about having a car battery...PLUS, PLUS he goes on about how the sound "mellows" with the battery losing its' full charge!

Pure garbage!

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A DC supply means the amplifier is constantly being supplied with shiny, new electrons, whereas those in a linear supply are trapped in a loop because of the transformer.
As the battery runs down, the supply of young fresh electrons (which give a brighter, more exciting sound) diminishes, being replaced by older electrons which are happy to go along at their own pace (these slower electrons give a warmer sound, similar to what's being described).

Another note - use batteries to break in your cryogenically treated cables so they're full of shiny new electrons - you'll need to do this at the start of each listening session to maintain the effect.



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Old 15th September 2012, 07:17 AM   #8
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Ooh and don't forget to lift the cables off the floor using half milk cartons due to the earths magnetic field, it stops at your floorboards apparently(yes I read about a nut who believed this!)
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Old 15th September 2012, 09:22 AM   #9
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He goes in for the 'folk superstition' idea of audio: if something's made of sheet metal it will sound of sheet metal, or if plastic, it will sound plasticky. If gold, the sound will be warm and golden but lacking 'fizz' at the top end. If silver it will be bright, but lacking warmth. Titanium will sound quick and light, but 'brittle'. Optical cables sound clear and transparent, but can sound 'glassy'. Wooden cable supports can impart a hollow resonance to the sound, while ceramic supports are preferred even if the white ones can sound a little too 'clinical'.
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Old 15th September 2012, 09:42 AM   #10
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I've run across this site (in general, not just this page) before. Twaddle for the most part, with as is usually the case, a few reasonable, if unoriginal, ideas lost in the mix.

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Unfortunately I have the feeling, that today's designers of speaker drivers seem to have absolutely no idea, what they are doing.
Rather more idea than this gentleman has I suspect.
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