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Old 12th March 2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default cabinet style definitions

okay i have searched with various combinations of "cabinet style" and cannot find out what all the terms like TL, WMTM and so forth mean. so can someone point me in the right direction so i can further my education and better understand what is said here.

TL ( transmission line? ) WMTM (western most tipped mountain ?)

google gave me radio and tv stations and the ocassional link to this and other diy sites of members profiling their builds but no glossary.

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Old 12th March 2009, 01:01 AM   #2
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Maybe the new look forum should have a Glossary??

OK Here is a couple

W =Woofer
M = Midrange (mid )
T = Tweeter

Yes TL = Transmission line

OB = Open Baffle that is, no box
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Maybe the new look forum should have a Glossary??

OK Here is a couple

W =Woofer
M = Midrange (mid )
T = Tweeter

Yes TL = Transmission line

OB = Open Baffle that is, no box

Yeah... sometimes I long for such a feature.
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Well it is something we could all co-operate on, start small and just keep adding. We tend to use a lot of acronyms on this forum too

AFAIK ( As Far As I Know ) we don't have anything in the WIKI, if we do I searched badly.
OTOH ( on the Other Hand ) perhaps we don't need one but SWMBO is calling and I have to go help with the dishes
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TLA = three letter acronym
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Old 12th March 2009, 02:10 AM   #6
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O Woofer
o Mid
o Tweeter
o Mid
O Woofer

this equals WMTMW

it is a very convenient shorthand used to describe the physical placement of drivers on the baffle,
IB = infinite baffle a very large box that is totally sealed and airtight.

F&B = front and back, a type of drive layout where drivers are mounted on both sides of a box. I have seen this as B2B as well
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ummmm...

SS - Solid State
SE - Single Ended, also; SET - Single Ended Triode
WAG - Wild-A**-Guess, also; SWAG - Subjective? Silly? Wild A** Guess
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (results may differ)
ML - Mass Loaded
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Old 12th March 2009, 07:02 AM   #8
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Don't forget 'BR' for Bass Reflex or a ported/vented cabinet.

Oh yes, and 'SWMBO', 'She Who Must Be Obeyed', meaning the wife. Though sometimes simply 'SO' for Significant Other'.


Referring to W, M, and T, depending on the configuration, 'M' can be Midrange or Midbass. If it is accompanied by a 'W', then it is probably a Midrange. If it stands alone, it is probably a Midbass.

WMT = woofer, Midrange, tweeter

MTM = Midbass, tweeter, Midbass

Occasionally, you have both woofers, midbass, and midrange. Though it is not a standard designation, I typically use (Mb) for midbass in which case a simple 'M' would stand for midrange.

W(Mb)MT = woofer, midbass, midrange, tweeter.

Again, the (Mb) is something I made up; it's not standard.

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Old 12th March 2009, 01:35 PM   #9
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thanks guys and i love the swmbo acronym. okay the speaker placement is being described. phew, i thought i was going to have to learn another new language besides the two i need already, xover design and the softare to design it.

so my first bose buster build, the two satellites anyway will be wtw then. cool.

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