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Building a big two way system, a homage to the KEF BBC LS5/1A
Building a big two way system, a homage to the KEF BBC LS5/1A
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Old 15th July 2014, 03:43 PM   #21
Mr. dB is offline Mr. dB  United States
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Originally Posted by DrBoar View Post
The BC1 is a unusal 3 way design in that it is a classical two way design crossed at about 3 kHz and then have a third driver above 10 kHz. At the time they could find tweeters they were happy with all the way from 3 kHz to 20 kHz, but later designs scrapped the supertweeter as it was no longer needed when better domes was avaible.
Another reason for going to three-way was that it was taxed at a lower rate due to being a "professional" speaker.
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Old 5th January 2016, 10:32 PM   #22
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2 way hi efficiency speaker 2 way with a 15 inch woofer??? they are not many 2 way speakers that can sound good on music with a 15 inch woofer....any good 15 inch driver will have a high eff of at least 97DBW not many tweeters can keep up with that under any normal power of like 20-100 watts....even if the tweeter is crossed over at 2k... and I dont ever remember any 15 inch woofers that would work well up at that freq.. they are some that are close... but most?? good woofers need to crossover at 1000hz or so... and even thats at the limit..

IF the speakers are going to be used for music ?? the altec 416-8C is a good choice.. it can cross over at 1200hz.... only problem with using that speaker is you need a really good hi end driver to keep up with it !!..maybe i'm wrong but crossing any 15 inch speaker over at 2k is not going to work good for music....
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Old 29th January 2016, 10:11 PM   #23
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I was revisiting an old design from the 1950s, and already have the drive units and crossover attached to an original baffle. Still haven't done any more with it 'though!

The LS5/1 was a BBC designed studio monitor speaker, made in the days when radio and TV sound didn't go above 15kHz, and wasn't even stereo in the UK.
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Old 30th January 2016, 11:21 AM   #24
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FM in the UK is still limited to 15kHz. These days the BBC provide a higher quality service online, at least for their classical broadcasts.
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Old 11th February 2016, 09:39 PM   #25
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Hi - just joined! <snip>
How did you get on with this?
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Old 7th December 2017, 02:57 PM   #26
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Somewhat closer to four years and still no progress with this.

I have found some candidte drivers which are close including the Audio Technology Flexunits 15" which is a polypropylene cone with a well behaved rolloff

A couple of other units are possibles including the 18 Sound 15NW530 which is fairly well behaved, this one could be EQ'ed when dealing with baffle step response with a larger series inductance / parallel resistive network.


Others include the Precision Devices PD153ER which is a possible as it can be used with small format compression drivers, again this will need EQ.

Anyway I will model with these two 15" units.

I will be using two tweeters like the LS5/1A bit with one gently rolled off at 5-6 K or so
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