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 28th November 2005, 10:09 PM #1 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Sep 2005 FE168EZ Open Baffle How do I calculate the low frequency dropp-off point for the FE168EZ Sigma on an open baffle? SL's Website explains the calculation in terms of finding the Fequal point, but I can't seem to make sense of his math... in Fequal .17v/D, what exactly does v and D stand for and what units should I use? Also, in line with the Orion design, would the FE168Ez make a suitable pairup with the FT17 Supertweeter in an open baffle? I am considering the pros and cons of using different drivers in the setup. I can design and make my own electronic crossover and amplifier. I would prefer to use crossover points of 250 and 8-10K. I can't seem to find many successful examples of the 168 in an open baffle. Last, would two FE 108s work with the FT17 in a MTM Open Baffle as an alternative?
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Re: FE168EZ Open Baffle

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 Originally posted by audioferret How do I calculate the low frequency dropp-off point for the FE168EZ Sigma on an open baffle? SL's Website explains the calculation in terms of finding the Fequal point, but I can't seem to make sense of his math... in Fequal .17v/D, what exactly does v and D stand for and what units should I use?
v is the speed of sound at 1130 feet/second
D is the path difference between front and back waves

D is approximately half the width of a flat baffle but should be determined empirically

 29th November 2005, 02:57 AM #3 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Sep 2005 Is this corect> I get 42.68 Hz when I multiply 1130 by .17 and then divide by 4.5 inches for half of the width of a 9" baffle. Is that a correct estimation? I was estimating around 250 Hz based on the table in the "Single-Driver-Website." Does the actual driver used matter or is the primary factor the width of the baffle? If I use .75 inch plywood, do I need to take plywood material or baffle thickness into account? Thank you for your assistance, I really like the Fostex driver and the pair I mentioned above would have a higher SAF than the current pair in the Orion. The wife is not happy about the cost either, and I need to try to minimize that...
 29th November 2005, 04:37 AM #4 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: Ontario / Kentucky check your units. I think you're mixing feet and inches. That's why everyone should work in SI units
 29th November 2005, 04:44 AM #5 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Sep 2005 Doh! Yes, 1130 Feet/second is quite different from 13560 inches per second. That leaves me with an FEqual coefficient of 2305.2/x where x equals half of the baffle width. Why not just keep the math simple and leave it at 2305.2/x? I am such an idiot.
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Re: FE168EZ Open Baffle

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 Originally posted by audioferret I can't seem to find many successful examples of the 168 in an open baffle.
I wonder if you could find any! With its low Qts and small Xmax the 168E Sigma is a typical horn driver - quite the opposite of what you want for OB.

If you want to get a realistic picture of its behaviour in an OB, try xlbaffle.xls http://baseportal.de/cgi-bin/basepor...&cmd=all&Id=15
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