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Old 4th September 2003, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default What are the lowest distortion cone drivers available?

I have heard that the seas drivers are some of the lowest distortion drivers available. Does anyone know of any others that have lower distortion?
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Old 6th September 2003, 01:37 PM   #2
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Isn't distortion caused by the amp?
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Old 6th September 2003, 02:23 PM   #3
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Originally posted by octopus
Isn't distortion caused by the amp?
While the SS guys are struggling to get the amp distortion down from 0.001% to 0.0005%, the speaker is often adding more than 1000 times the amount.

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Old 6th September 2003, 02:32 PM   #4
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audible distortion is usually heard from the source not the speaker

If you overdrive the speaker then yes you will hear the speaker distort or resonate

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Old 6th September 2003, 03:07 PM   #5
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Default Distortion in drivers

Drivers do indeed add distortions of their own in the form of harmonics. They cannot start and stop on a dime like they should in a perfect world. A voice coil has only a small range of being in optimal control of the motor structure when it overshoots or is over driven it distorts the original signal. The good thing is that we can tolerate more distortion in the bass which most people like. (tubby bass or Kick *** bass to the kids, the kind that makes a kick drum sound like some sort of dinorsaur fart or something) Where our ears are most sensitive is in the midrange. We can take less distortion here. How much less depends on what you are used to. If you want to ruin your perception of good sound go and listen to some electrostatics. They produce the least amount of distortion of any driver I know of. Then if its not your cup of tea find some drivers that cime the closest. For a magnetic driver I've used the neo 8's and they are PDG for the price.

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Old 6th September 2003, 04:29 PM   #6
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Yes I think Seas Excel drivers have least distortion (below cone resonance freqs anyway).
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Old 7th September 2003, 12:50 PM   #7
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What are the lowest distortion cone drivers available?

but thats an enclosure+certain speaker- system, not a cone woofer on its own.
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Old 7th September 2003, 01:10 PM   #8
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Check out PHL. Lowest distortion I have ever heard.
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