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Old 4th June 2006, 01:01 PM   #1
hugz is offline hugz  Australia
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why is it that most speakers that I see with front horns have reasonably small horns? Doesn't such a small horn mean that it's a mid range horn? Most full range drivers seem to have plenty of mid range but are missing bass, to my understanding. Wouldn't it therefore be stupid to add a horn to increase the midrange rather than the bass?

I'm sure that all these people aren't stupid, so what am I missing? do horns not really have to be *that* huge to make them work well for bass, or is there a big advantage in adding a midhorn to a speaker with already loud mids?
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Yes, you are correct, you need a much larer horn for bass however, the aim in this case is not to increase loudness but to lower distortion. If you make the drivers more efficient then you dont have to put as much power into them. That is the gift of horns.
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Yes, you are correct, you need a much larer horn for bass however, the aim in this case is not to increase loudness but to lower distortion. If you make the drivers more efficient then you dont have to put as much power into them. That is the gift of horns.
So these smallish front horns would maintain a very similar sound signature to the un-horn'd drivers? I have a pair of FE206Es and i'm still trying to work out exactly what to do with it. For the longest time I assumed that I'd be putting them in a rear loaded horn cabinet since that's what most people do with them, but i keep hearing people talking about the wonders of a front loaded horn and that rear horns cannot compete.

I figure that it wouldn't be too hard to make a basic front horn (and possibly easier than a folded rear horn), so I'm starting to look more into them. However, as the frequency graph of the FE206E shows (and as listening makes obvious), these are "bright" speakers and lack fullness in bass. I'd like to flatten this out a bit and provide more bass. Would a shortish front horn improve these areas or not?

The type of "short" horn that i'm refering to is like the one posted by "bqc" on the bottom of page 2, and page 3 of this thread:
front horn designs - post your results / pics
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