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Old 8th February 2004, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default tweeter double resonance?

Has anyone seen the free air impedance curve like this before? The driver is a ScanSpeak 9500 just out of the box. I've measured other tweeters using the same method with no double resonance like this. Will this go away after sufficient break-in or do I need to add complexity to my crossover?
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Old 8th February 2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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The manufacturers measurements shows a similar second hump in the impedance curve. I don't know what it is or what to do about it, and I doubt that it will go away with time.
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Old 8th February 2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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You can only assume it is a deliberate acoustic resonator in the
tweeter included for a particular purpose. It will not go away.

I'd suggest it maintains response in the 1K to 2K region.
Other Scanspeak tweeters show a mild bump in the
impedance in this region but a roll-off beginning at 2K.

Its possible you have tweeters made for a particular manafacturer
with lower than standard specifications damping, but I don't think
the resonance will cause a frequency response "Bump".

Care is needed in the crossover, avoid odd order designs,
even order croosovers and any parrallel resistance (of a
series / parallel attenuator) will help supress the resonance
effect and indeed the main resonance effect.

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Old 8th February 2004, 02:14 PM   #4
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the double impedance is normal with chambered tweeters

but the 2nd peak is much smaller most of the time. your graph looks odd, the ferrofluid should damp the peaks much, and scan speak tells the chamber to be non resonnant...
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Old 8th February 2004, 05:58 PM   #5
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Default is it the scale?

I noticed the slight impedance blip at ~1.5 kHz in the manufacturer data but it looked significantly smaller than what I observed. Perhaps it is somewhat due to their scaling which appears to double impedance every division.

Also thanks for the crossover advice. I was wondering though whether I should be spending extra effort and cost to design a crossover for a speaker which is non-standard? The other tweeter looks the same, although there seems to be an overall impedance shift of about 1 I regret not buying those matched pairs of tweeters... I'm going to double check this today.

here is the other tweeter,
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Old 8th February 2004, 06:58 PM   #6
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Here is what my SS95's look like after 1.5 years of use. These were played LOTS and at loudish levels too.

Hope this helps however we have several imps already
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Old 9th February 2004, 12:36 AM   #7
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Thanks 5th element that's exactly what I was looking for.
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