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Old 11th September 2010, 03:12 PM   #1
Andrew Eckhardt is offline Andrew Eckhardt  United States
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In my recent erroneous post about a new magnet technology to replace neodymium there began not much of a discussion about the merits of neo magnets in speakers to begin with. I notice that Aurasound has taken it upon themselves to patent the use of neo magnets as at least one of the pole faces in an underhung speaker motor. In the interest of completely eliminating the non-oriented material in the motor, has anyone investigated the use of a double Halbach array? There is no need, necessarily, for the arrangement behind someone's name, except I thought neo magnets could not be oriented most effectively other than in the direction of their pressing before sintering, which makes a true neo horseshoe magnet impractical. The result could be thought of as two horseshoes facing each other to arrive at a pair of gaps with opposing polarity. To make most effective use of this arrangement a pair of coils would need be wound in opposite directions and centered in the two gaps. This would produce no inherent "bottom" in the magnetic path itself, although if the coils left their normal gap and approached the opposite one there would be an abrupt cone braking effect and diving of input impedance. Another plan would be to slightly extend the lower poles so that they met either by elongating the magnet there or including a very small iron spacer. This would produce only one upper gap and allow conventional coil construction.

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Old 11th September 2010, 05:34 PM   #2
Marveloudio is offline Marveloudio  Germany
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please illustrate your ideas using free Google Sketchup 3D program , a picture says more than 1000 words!

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Old 11th September 2010, 07:23 PM   #3
Andrew Eckhardt is offline Andrew Eckhardt  United States
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Alrighty. I'd have complied fully with the request but had only access to a somewhat retarded linux machine for a while, which finds it easy to make drawings that can be converted to PDF, so here ya go...
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Old 11th September 2010, 07:24 PM   #4
Andrew Eckhardt is offline Andrew Eckhardt  United States
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Hmm. The stray "C" means nothing. It must have appeared by magic.
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