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Old 16th May 2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default 'reference' speakers idea (ribbons & sealed bass bins)

I'm trying to get the best sound for <$4k total so I'm cooking for a while a simple yet effective (I think) design, using:

- RD75 ribbon from B&G, one per 'channel' ( http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...=264-700&DID=7 ) in an open baffle, separated from the woofer enclosure, used as a full range driver

- NHT1259 woofer ( http://www.madisound.com/nht1259.html ), two per channel, separate enclosure (300l+stuffing), powered by one amp per woofer unit ( http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...=300-794&DID=7 ) - planning of getting rid of all the controls this one has...

- DAC/crossover (around 170Hz)/equalizing/alignement using Behringer's DCX2496 (of course with capacitors/opamps upgrade): http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHDCX2496

- ribbons powered with whatever good 200W+ amplifier I can get my hands on (I have Slone's OPTIMOS 200W units, should do the trick)

more on ribbons/linesources: http://t-3.cc/users/audioworx/page10...ery&Links.html

http://www.snippets.org/alsr/index.php3

Any thoughts, ideas/bashing (like 'you also need two small (8")midbass (80Hz to 170Hz) drivers on the baffles to integrate the subwoofers with the main ribbon pannels')?
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Old 16th May 2004, 10:10 AM   #2
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2x NHT1259 response in 300l sealed box. Add some stuffing and all will get better
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:45 PM   #3
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IMO for open baffle mounting of the ribbons you should be looking
at adding an Eq'd cone array to the necessarily reasonably wide
baffle for the ribbon.

2 8" are nowhere near whats required for smooth progression
from line source to sealed omnidirectional bass, I'd suggest 6
of these (with serious Eq) per side (6 for 5.3 ohm loading) :

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=299-431

and c/o frequencies ~ 75Hz and ~ 300Hz.

I can't see the ribbon handling 150Hz open baffle.

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Old 16th May 2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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You can put together an Orion system for less than $4000 if you do all the crossover work yourself, I think.
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Old 17th May 2004, 01:49 AM   #5
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I"ve been down this road. I tried several variations of bass box and ribbons. Never could get a coherent soundfield. Changed to a line of the Dayton aluminum 7" woofs, 6 per side, and the difference was astonishing. I still need to run my sub with them as the roll off starts ~50Hz, but that was my design goal all along. I don't EQ them. I would also cross the ribbons over at least 300Hz. I settled on 500 Hz 24dB LR and have been very pleased. You'll need a couple notch filters in the mix, as well. One ~5kHz for the ribbons and another ~300Hz for the dipole woofs.

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Old 17th May 2004, 07:42 AM   #6
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Ok, glad to see it's been done Noted the added midwoofer array - open baffled too I guess

Pete, I also have some concern regarding the ribbon's ability to go to 20kHz (I just had my hearing tested and I still can hear up to 19kHz). My guess is that it'll do it, with the right amount of eq. The Behringer unit should be able take care of the eq/notch and so on.
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Old 17th May 2004, 10:54 AM   #7
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Yes they're dipoles. RD50's and Dayton 7" aluminum woofs.

Click the image to open in full size.

Here's a 2 meter freq resp. The very high end is definitely rolled off. I'm not sure if EQing will improve it much. To my old ears they are fine. I modified B&G's suggested notch filter to increase the cut ~5 kHz which rolled off the top end even more. I have parts to re-do it, but honestly have been too lazy (and pleased) with what I'm hearing.

Click the image to open in full size.

Note that the SPL axis is in 3 dB increments.


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Old 17th May 2004, 02:37 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Pete Mazz
Here's a 2 meter freq resp
Wow! That a beauty.
No lobing from the array at listening position? What's the trick ?
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Old 17th May 2004, 04:03 PM   #9
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Pete, some questions and this becomes my must-do-as-soon-as-possible-major-long-term project

- you have chosen the RD50 instead of the RD75 - I can't see any differences besides the height (spk length) (I have 10ft ceilings, I can afford 6ft+ speakers ) Listening distance would be around 6ft-9ft so RD50 is better for me?

- as these would be a pretty steep plunge for my (also young wallet - Does this type of speaker justify the effort? How does it fare compared to commercial offerings in the 10K range?

Many thanks for the details so far
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Old 17th May 2004, 11:34 PM   #10
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My room has <8' ceiling ht so the 50s are fine. They still stand just over 6' high, as the bottom of the 50s start ~2' off the floor. Basically tho, sitting or standing the sound is uniform. My listening distance is 12'. With taller ceilings I may have gone with 75s and a longer line of woofs. B&G recommends a longer listening distance for the 75s than what you have tho.

Going to dipoles made a significant change in my room. Sidewall distances are not uniform and the dipoles helped the overall balance. Ceiling and floor reflections were also improved as the ribbons have less vertical radiation beyond the actual ht of the unit.

What the ribbons do, they do very well. Best midrange I've heard. They don't get extremely loud w/o distortion. The sensitivity is on the low side for some (88dB IIRC). Really tho, going to a dipole made the most difference. I actually had them in an enclosure at one point and it sucked the life out of them.

Greg, I had a freq resp from the list position but since my move to XP, I can't seem to find it. No strange anomolies as I remember tho. I generally only design and measure for sweet spot performance. Since I don't do any serious listening off axis, I really don't care how a speaker performs there.

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