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Old 7th November 2012, 02:45 AM   #1421
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I just finished reading this thread from beginning to end.
Lots of interesting ideas presented.

I had a question on compression driver exit diameter.
What are the trade-off with different compression driver throat diameters?

For example Radion makes a 1.4" and 2 " both with 3" diagrams.
I think there is even a 1" from Denevo with a 3".

Would the difference change distortion, max frequency, minimum frequency?
Perceived sound quality?

I was thinking B&C DE10 / DE7 / DE5 on the high end.
Would the DE5 work better above 8K in a LeCleac'h horn?

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Old 7th November 2012, 09:14 AM   #1422
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Old 7th November 2012, 02:28 PM   #1423
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I think there is even a 1" from Denevo with a 3".
If this is the BA750 you speak of, turns out to be a 2" diaphragm.
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Old 7th November 2012, 03:02 PM   #1424
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I had a question on compression driver exit diameter.
What are the trade-off with different compression driver throat diameters?

For example Radion makes a 1.4" and 2 " both with 3" diagrams.
I think there is even a 1" from Denevo with a 3".

Would the difference change distortion, max frequency, minimum frequency?
Perceived sound quality?

Regards,

Doug
Doug,

An exit diameter larger than the wavelength of the highest frequency of interest can cause cancellations at high frequencies and poor HF polar response, more problematic on wide dispersion horns.
A 1.4" or 1.5" exit is better from that standpoint than a 2", but there is a legacy of 2" throat horns, so both exit sizes are popular.

A 2" throat can be "pinched" down to 1" or so to mitigate the dispersion problems, but pinched throats cause other sound quality issues.

A smaller exit results in a higher compression ratio, so throat SPL is higher, on a narrow, slow expansion horn that could result in more distortion at high drive levels, more a problem for PA than home, though distortion vs. better HF is just one of the many tradeoffs in driver design.

Choosing between a 3" diaphragm, 1.4" exit, and a 2" diaphragm, 1" exit can be a difficult choice- the former better at the low end of the crossover region, the latter, better at the upper reaches of HF hearing.

As we grow older, and HF perception becomes slightly less year by year, getting the midrange right becomes more and more important.

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Old 7th November 2012, 05:13 PM   #1425
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Default Compression Driver Throats

The exit diameter of a compression driver is arbitrary and acoustically unimportant. What matters acoustically, is diaphragm diameter and throat diameter at the immediate phase plug exit. In some cases the same motor assembly can be attached to horns of 1", 1-1/2" or 2" throats by use of different adapters that do not require a 'pinch-down' or 'fan-out' profiles.

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Old 15th November 2012, 01:07 AM   #1426
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Thanks everyone.
Since one wavelength @ 2" is about 6500 Hz, it could potentially limit the upper crossover a bit, since the diaphragm is probably good to 8k or so.

I was thinking of starting down this path. Getting the mid-range right seems to be where the magic lives.

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For those who can be interested, the passive filter for JBL2426J (16 Ohms) designed by François Delamare for the first AERIA system, before the catastrophic mod done on his enclosure after his departure from the "Maison du Haut parleur".
First is a 18DB/oct classical filter at 750Hz, followed by a curve response compensation. Then the passive attenuator, then a precise ZOBEL (inductance compensation) up to 100KHz, then a motional impedance compensation.

Response curve is near a strait line up to 16JHz, as well as the impedance curve up to 100Khz.
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I can be so stupid, sometimes: i forgot to de-symmetrize the filter before to simulate.
Done on this one:
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Old 10th December 2012, 12:08 AM   #1429
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and on the same webpage you can find the spreadsheet for the calculation of the original axisymetrical Le Cléac'h horn
http://nicolas.davidenko.perso.sfr.fr/outils/axial.zip
Opening in Excel 2003 I get errors. See enclosed picture. Any help appreciated.

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