Please check out my final circuit X/O with piezo
Ok, after reading a lot, everything is almost set.
After reading that piezo needs different treatment, I went on how to crossover my midbass with a piezo, I decided to follow some suggestions from the POINTED OUT ARTICLE.
When I first went for my crossover values in HERE, I was told to go with the following circuit:
And I was also told (before I realized I had a piezo) that I needed to attenuate my tweeter by 22dB because it seems like the woofer would be 96dB SPL while the tweeter 108dB. So someone told me to calculte an L-Pad in HERE and what I got was:
To complicate more, the tweeter box says:
- Always use a 4.7uF/100V polyester capacitor.
Resistor usage table:
Resistor / Sensitivity (2,83 to 1m) / Power Range on 4 Ohms
No Resistor / 108dB / 40W RMS
15 Ohms / 105dB / 60W RMS
18 Ohms / 100dB / 75W RMS
22 Ohms / 97dB / 100W RMS
The label in tweeter box suggests the mentioned capacitor in series with a resistor.
The big question is... alright, I've made an effort... is there any failing thought in the first circuit?
My goal is to level the piezo with the midbass and crossover at 6000Hz/12dB.
96-108 = -12
It's going to be approximate anyway, the best way is to set up the crossover outside the box the first time you wire it up so it's easy to change parts, & use a variable resistor for R2 (in the first diagram) to tweak for the level that you like....
Well, turns out that the midbass is actually 86dB SPL, and not 96. So it's really 22dB.
I am confused about R1 (first diag). It DOESN`T DO attenuation, does it?
thinking about it , it makes more sense to make R1 variable, take the tap to C2 from the wiper, & it will do attenuation (replace with fixed resistors after you've found the best setting)
The purpose of R1 is to make the Piezo look like a conventional tweeter to the crossover (C1). A Piezo is electrically a capacitor, hence the need for the different treatment
re:"did you mean using something like a potentiometer?" - yes. The wiper is the variable part of the pot, connect C2 to that.
Potentiometers (Beginners' Guide to Pots)
Would it be something like this:
If so, what would be the value for P1.
Also, are the other components subject to change?
Isn't it enough to make an adjustment with the pot and leave like that?
Do I need to find the "right" attenuation by listening?
Yes, use the original R1 value, 22 ohms.
You can leave the pot, but over time they oxidise & become scratchy & unreliable, better to replace with fixed resistors after you've got the balance you like
Re: listening - it's your ears you have to satisfy....
Krafty, did you build it, did it work?
I'm building something similar and would be interested in your results.
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