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Old 27th September 2011, 06:43 AM   #1
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Question Tweeter reccomendation

Hey all,
Can you guys reccomend a ribbon or planar tweeter that has a good vertical as well as horizontal dispersion? I want to build a pair of 3 ways for my studio but I may not be able to place them in an optimal position due to other speakers in the way. I'd like to pay no more than $100 each but I can go higher if necessary.

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Old 27th September 2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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This is not ribobon/planar but a nice tweater with wide dispersion, it's beter by design:

Vifa XT25TG30-04 1" Dual Ring Radiator Tweeter

Madisound has upgraded models also.

Vifa XT25BG60-04 Vifa Ring Dome Tweeter - Double Magnet - 4 ohm: Madisound Speaker Store


ScanSpeak Discovery R2604/8320 1" Tweeter Ring Radiator: Madisound Speaker Store
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Old 27th September 2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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My current speakers (Tannoy Ellipse 8's) are dual concentric. I like the idea of that tweeter but do ribbons or planars with a wide dispersion exist? Is it dependent on the orientation? If so.. how about 2 of them at 90 degeres?

BTW, I see we're both in MD
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Old 27th September 2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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Oh boy, don’t use two (2) tweeters, you’ll hate it – I did when I tried it. The “new” concentric ring tweeters are very cool and don’t cost that much (for now anyway).

I remember the day when the Morel MDT line were $19 bucks, until they caught on.

I have the Vifa in my center channel, I never hear a crackle/distortion, ever. I don’t try to break the windows with volume though. Do you see how the ring works? It takes a sec or two to figure out, the voice coil is in the center of the ring/dimple.
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Oh boy, donít use two (2) tweeters, youíll hate it Ė I did when I tried it. The ďnewĒ concentric ring tweeters are very cool and donít cost that much (for now anyway).

I remember the day when the Morel MDT line were $19 bucks, until they caught on.

I have the Vifa in my center channel, I never hear a crackle/distortion, ever. I donít try to break the windows with volume though. Do you see how the ring works? It takes a sec or two to figure out, the voice coil is in the center of the ring/dimple.
Is it an adjustable voice coil?
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Old 27th September 2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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The voice coil is not adjustable.

Depending on your layout, you’d be better off with a smaller 2 – way satellite speakers and a subwoofer. That’s what I would do – but that’s what I always do (O;

I’ve built 3 ways, they end up being so big, clunky and you still can’t get the bass as low as a subwoofer.

I got lucky with my last pair of DIY 3 ways; traded a guy for a hunting rifle, years later the rifle became a collector’s item and actually did well on the trade.
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Old 27th September 2011, 01:55 PM   #7
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The voice coil is not adjustable.

Depending on your layout, youíd be better off with a smaller 2 Ė way satellite speakers and a subwoofer. Thatís what I would do Ė but thatís what I always do (O;

Iíve built 3 ways, they end up being so big, clunky and you still canít get the bass as low as a subwoofer.

I got lucky with my last pair of DIY 3 ways; traded a guy for a hunting rifle, years later the rifle became a collectorís item and actually did well on the trade.
Lol, nice.
I have a bunch of 2 ways... and I will be using a sub with the 3-ways so as long as the midbass is tight I'm good.
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Old 29th September 2011, 12:35 AM   #8
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I'm gonna pick up a pair of the Vifa's anyway... I'm intrigued
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Old 29th September 2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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Good choice. When I fist replaced my front three speakers with the HDS kits (which has that tweeter) the sound stage moved to the right and left about 2 feet. I kept looking over at a blank wall/corner to see where the sound was coming from.

I’m still using the HDS for center, it’s nice….very clear. Even the wife noticed it was easier to hear dialogue watching movies and my “old” speakers are very nice/clear.

I’m going to build another set of HDS Kits, 10 so far, sold/gave all but one (1) to friends. There are a bunch of guys at work that want them, another mess I got myself into…:-/

Oh btw, a small “face” on a speaker helps, the sounds doesn’t do a 180 pattern (only).
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What do you mean face?
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