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Old 19th February 2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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if my understanding about BSC is correct, is it possible to implement BSC by choosing a woofer with 3-6dB more sensitivity than tweeter? something similar approach is taken in case of 2.5way speakers. My requirement is to implement BSC without including extra passive components? any other such techniques or methods to avoid BS?

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Old 19th February 2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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The problem with what you describe is that baffle step tends to happen at hundreds of Hz. Tweeters will not reach down there, so you'll have to crossover higher. That means the typical baffle step response will show up in the response of the woofer, and needs to be compensated for.

One work-around is using a small full-range (or two-way, making a 3-way system) with a woofer, and crossing at the baffle step frequency.

I do this. Works rather well: you get the midrange "magic" of a FR driver, but take the stress of LF away, giving cleaner midrange.

Note that the woofer ought to be 3-6dB more sensitive than the FR driver. In my case, its about 10dB less sensitive. I use the brute-force solution of two amplifiers, of ~15w and 120w/ch for the FR and bass drivers, respectively.

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One work-around is using a small full-range (or two-way, making a 3-way system) with a woofer, and crossing at the baffle step frequency.

I do this. Works rather well: you get the midrange "magic" of a FR driver, but take the stress of LF away, giving cleaner midrange.

Note that the woofer ought to be 3-6dB more sensitive than the FR driver. In my case, its about 10dB less sensitive. I use the brute-force solution of two amplifiers, of ~15w and 120w/ch for the FR and bass drivers, respectively.

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something similar is what in my mind. i am planning to use below sub/woofer with ff85wk.
Iwai Electronics Pvt. Ltd.

ff85wk has published SPL of 86.5dB and this sub has 90dB. using two of them in series will give extra boost at low end(may be around 3dB).
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A wide baffle is also a good solution.
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Old 19th February 2013, 10:34 AM   #6
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Using two in series and driving with a voltage source will give exactly zero gain, IIRC.
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Using two in series and driving with a voltage source will give exactly zero gain, IIRC.
what if connected in parallel? then the SPLs add? (assuming 8ohm woofer)
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what if connected in parallel? then the SPLs add? (assuming 8ohm woofer)
Woofers tend to be far less efficient than tweeters, so best learn how to implement this correctly, or any of the cheating ways. If that is not your cup of tea, build flush with the walls.
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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Hi,

For two bass drivers efficiency increases by 3dB.

2 4 ohm drivers in series the SPL remains the same
due to doubling the impedance cancelling the gain.
In parallel the SPL goes up 6dB due to halving the
impedance adding 3dB to the 3dB efficiency gain.

6dB is what you'd expect comparing 2 ohms to 8 ohms.

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best method is to simply oversize the woofer inductor in a passive xover
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