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4th January 2011, 10:47 AM  #5041  
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I would suggest you go get a soccer ball and stare at its surface for a while. Imagine expanding this until it is a sphere surrounding your system. Imagine a microphone at the center of each panel that makes the ball's surface. (Okay, I realize they are made up of pentagons and hexagons, work with me here.) You want a sampling approach like that. Quote:
Convert to pressure = 10 raised by (dB/20) Square and multiply times percentage of spherical area that measurement represents: = p sqrd x (A/At) Sum all powers (intensities, actually) Convert back to dB: 10 x log of sum (10 log, since we have already squared the measurements) Can somebody check my math on this? Let us see some results when you get them. David S. 

4th January 2011, 11:21 AM  #5042 
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Sphere from 12 pentagons: The Mathematical Tourist: Hexagons, Pentagons, and Geodesic Domes
Solids from regular polygons: Platonic Solids Regular convex polygons: Triangles, Squares, Pentagons David S. 
4th January 2011, 12:24 PM  #5043 
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You said...Horizontal slices of equal angle don't represent equal areas. First, are your vertical and horizontal responses the same?
I thought...(on vertical and off horizontal) the height of a chord may be directly proportional to pressure around a lattitude line that the single measurement falls on. This is assuming the wavefront is of equal pressure over its surface. It is nothing more than what I first thought at the time. 
4th January 2011, 12:29 PM  #5044 
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I used the six horizontal plots I had, and added some power response points using your suggestion. This is a system that is crossed and working for me at around 25 degrees off axis.
I gave equal weight to each plot but half to the on axis (green) one as I counted each other twice for left and right. This is enlightening as it doesn't seem that my horn is in fact CD. 
4th January 2011, 01:36 PM  #5045  
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Actually that looks pretty plasuible to me. The only way to prove out something like this is to calculate for a known case, but your points are in the midst of the off axis curves and seem to have a likely shape. You appear to be fairly close to CD. CD would mean that the power response curve and the on axis curve are parallel, i.e. have a constant dB difference. The difference in dB is the directivity index which also equals 10 x log of Q. Subtract the two curves (axial curve minus "power" curve) and, congratulations, you've calculated d.i.! Do you have an advertised d.i. for the horn? David S. 

4th January 2011, 01:41 PM  #5046 
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Hmmm, now that I look at it it doesn't look like enough directivity (23dB at the low end 45 at top). Are you weighting in enough for the off axis curves? At the very least a single backside curve which had 50% of the weighting would be required. Better would be using one of the geometric equal area approaches.
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4th January 2011, 02:01 PM  #5047  
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The second example shows the surface area of a ring of the sphere = 2 pi x r x h. h is the vertical height of each ring (vertical dimension only). If the speaker were laying on its back you might slice the sphere into 8 equal height rings (4 above and 4 below). That would include a top and bottom circular cap and 6 rings. All would have equal area and could be represented with a single response curve. In your case, since horizontal and vertical response are different (at least in the crossover region, otherwise ignore) then you can take each of the rings and split it into 4 parts for 2 horizontal and 2 vertical measurements. This would take 26 measurements. Assume left right symmetry and you could make that 20 measurements. Cheat a little on the back side and get by with 14 measurements. David S. 

4th January 2011, 07:07 PM  #5048 
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If we are going to continue this discussion of measuring the Power Reponse and DI, both of which are critical to know IMO, then we have to start to talk about precision. If all one is interested in is a rough rough calculation then just measure the axial response and convert it to power assuming a monopole. But yes thats so coarse as to be pretty much useless. Add a few more points and it gets better, but not much.
So the question then becomes to what resolution do I want from these measures and how do I know what to measure and where to get the resolution that I need? Well that question folks is a whole lot more complicated and far far beyond what one could explain in a thread like this. I have been working on this problem for a couple of years now and I have worked out the details. An example of the results can be seen on my website if you look at Geddes Loudspeaker under the link (about half way down) Polar Data Program. In the top plot you will see the power response in red and the DI relative to the current angle in black. These are extremely high resolution data examples, about 1/20 octave. The reference program uses a very complex data analysis done in MathCAD which was very cumbersome to use  not at all "ready for prime time". I now have a functional VB.Net program that takes HolmImpulse data and calculates the exact same data plots as shown in the referenced program (it is actually far more accurate than the older MathCAD approach). The future of what I am doing is unclear. My intent is to write up an AES paper on the topic since it is not widely understood. But I also intended to be a bilionaire at this point as well, so not everything that one would like to do happens. 
4th January 2011, 07:36 PM  #5049  
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I couldn't begin to tackle this on a theoretical basis as you could, but my impression has been that it wasn't that hard to get a fairly accurate power average. As long as you don't miss the primary energy lobes the average of an increasing number of spatial points pretty quickly converges on the ultimate curve. Is that not the case? Quote:
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4th January 2011, 09:16 PM  #5050  
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There are several examples on my site and I'd have to say that, in general, the polar response is not well behaved, meaning that the power response taken from a few data points is generally not going to be very accurate. That said, any attempt at getting power response is better than not bothering. 

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