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memphissound 16th August 2006 02:23 PM

newbie Q
Hey guys. This question obviously reveals my newbie status. :D

I'm looking at the different components for 2-way "Pro-sound" enclosures (12 or 15 inch woofers, and compression driver with horn). The woofers are rated at something like 300-500 watts, and the drivers at 30-40 watts. Built with a passive crossover.

Here's my question. How come the driver is rated at aproximately 10% of the power rating of the woofer? :confused:

Thanks for your help in understanding.

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richie00boy 16th August 2006 02:26 PM

Because the horns are more efficient you don't need to feed them as much power.

memphissound 16th August 2006 02:32 PM

But what about the power that's being fed into the cab? If you're pushing the enclosure with 200 watts (for example) why don't you fry the compression driver? Where is the excess power dissipated? In the L-pad?

Thanks again.

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planet10 16th August 2006 08:31 PM

it never gets to the tweeter because of the crossover (which will have a pad in it


Cal Weldon 16th August 2006 10:10 PM

The big power is used up in driving the lower frequencies to the big woofer cone. It doesn't take a lot of power to move a little compression diaphragm. Therefore the tweeter is able to handle whatever the power is when the woofer is at it's 500 watts. Usually around 10% of that of the woofer. As Dave mentioned, the XO makes sure the low notes don't get to the tweeter.

francis varkey 17th August 2006 06:42 AM

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I'm sure Cal meant to say 10% goes to Tweeter.;)
You may refer to the attachment, it shows the percentages involved.
I had saved it from the net some time ago.

richie00boy 17th August 2006 08:59 AM

To clarify, a 'pad' refers to an L-pad which attenuates the drive signal.

memphissound 17th August 2006 11:36 AM

Muchas gracias,

to everyone for the insight. I had contacted a guy at Eminence who gave me similar input. If anyone is interested his reply was:

"High frequencies are not as abusive as lower frequencies, there's not as much information. You can consider the HF device receives only a percentage of the system power. Some general rules of thumb are from 1.5kHz-2.5kHz the HF device receives 20% of the system power, from 3.5kHz-4.5kHz, 15% and from 5kHz up, 10% (this is assuming you're using at minimum a 12dB/octave slope)."

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