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Old 9th January 2013, 11:04 AM   #21
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To recap, you diss'ed ESLs because they can't play sound right because mixers like yourself (movies, TV...) mix for other kinds of speakers and, you said, sound just isn't right, to your ears, on ESLs. Which relates to the topic of this thread.

I pointed out the obvious problem that, taking YOUR point of view to its logical conclusion, mixers should use crap speakers for their mixing because that's the way most of their audience will hear their sound.

In my last post, I gently joked unless your movies are failures, your movies aren't just for theatres but ALSO get played at home on crap speakers and so anybody (like you) who believes there needs to be a harmony between mixer's speakers and home speakers can't evade the problem by claiming THEIR sound is only for theatres.

I think you have posted enough abuse. Please stop.

Toole says ambiance is a main correlate of happiness with a sound system. Dipole ESLs have an abundance of ambiance*.

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*But high-frequency beaming is one of their shortcomings.
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Old 9th January 2013, 02:13 PM   #22
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And this is where Apogee ribbons out perform the rest by far.
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Old 9th January 2013, 02:23 PM   #23
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abuse ? maybe you should reread ur posts and see the abuse. i just commented on someones post. you came along being a bitch and insulting. some anger you got there, had any troubles in the past about this subject >?

ok im done with you Ben. theres now way of talking with you. so i leave it at that.
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Old 17th February 2013, 02:49 PM   #24
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Hi Guys,

I like to build my very first ESL's and can use a lot info from you who already build them.
What I do want is enough sound pressure and like to use them for SACD and DVDA frequencies.....
So what do you experts think is that possible at all?
What max frequency is possible with ESL's?
Charlie, what you build looks amazingly good, did you ever measure the frequency response?
For starters I am mostly interested in the mechanical past of the ESL's, electronics is for later.
Can "we" buy a ready to use diagram, with coating, what is the best material, is it still Mylar or is there something better now?
Suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 17th February 2013, 05:28 PM   #25
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Hi Guys,

What max frequency is possible with ESL's?

Charlie, did you ever measure the frequency response?

Can "we" buy a ready to use diagram, with coating, what is the best material, is it still Mylar or is there something better now?

Edmund
Hi Edmund,

ESL's with 6-micron or lighter diaphragms and good transformers can play to 20kHz+. I don't have a frequency response plot for my speaker that I can post for you, but I do use a DEQ-2496 EQ, with a microphone, and it shows response to 20kHz (the unit's RTA scale only reads to 20kHz and my digital crossover cuts off all output above 20kHz anyway).

As far as I know, polyester film (Mylar or Hostaphan) is still the preferred material for diaphragms. I'm not aware of any pre-coated film available for DIY use. The Licron Crystal coating isn't cheap but it's super easy-- 1 coat sprayed "just wet" is pretty much foolproof.

good luck with your project!
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Old 17th February 2013, 05:30 PM   #26
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Hi,

The lowest frequency of an ESL is determined by many factors :
1) Needed SPL at that "lowest frequency"
2) Fundamental resonance of the diaphragm
3) Smallest dimension of the ESL or it's baffle
4) Step-up transformer core saturation
5) Capacitive load seen by amplifier which becomes worse and worse when step-up ratio(drive voltage) is increased. Lower frequency typically requires larger distances between film and stators and much higher voltages to drive.
6) Buzzing noises caused by structure/dust etc.

IMO i'ts not a good place to start a first project by trying to make a full range ESL. It's not an easy job like some people imagine - at all. With frequencies below 100Hz or so problems start to increase very rapidly.
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Old 17th February 2013, 05:47 PM   #27
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I always joke that I'm not smart enough to build a full range ESL, and while that's true, I think Roger Sanders would say you can't get truly deep, clean, powerful bass from a full range ESL anyway, due to the diaphragm resonance problem and the dipole roll-off. For me, I just found it easier to build a hybrid. And I think you can still get pretty good blending by using a line array of OB woofers or, as in my case, a low-Q transmission line enclosure coupled to a woofer with relatively low voice coil inductance and low moving mass (for fast transient speed).

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Old 17th February 2013, 06:14 PM   #28
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Thank you guys for your quick replies.
BTW I don't think of building an ESL for the low frequencies, the important thing is the mid part and if possible the (very) high frequencies too.
But let me take one step at the time.
First thing I will do is order some Mylar ( and coating stuff ) and look at the mechanical properties of it and find a way how to assamble it.

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The acceleration is determined by both mass and force(F=ma). So a lighter cone dynamic driver is not necessary a recipe for "fast" , or whatever it means, bass.
The driver's tendency to resonate is determined by its Q at resonance frequency. Typically systems with Q > 0.5 will exhibit more or less ringing after sound stops. So some prefer dynamic drivers with Q<0.5. However the room may still resonate for many cycles after that, so placement and enclosure type(e.g dipole vs monopole systems) may be decisive factors.

Basically clean and deep bass with ESL is possible but you are running into very large systems indeed(in the order > ~0.5-1 m^2 or so). Also harmonic and intermodulation distortion will rise due to excitation of the fundamental resonance. Another problem is very high Q of an ESL at its resonance which must be dealt with in one way or another. Still large surface area combined with dipole character can be advantageous when room is taken into equation.

While at first glance perforated steel sheets seem to be the simplest solution it is no longer so when you try to coat it so it can withstand required voltages without arching. So some prefer to make speakers from PVC insulated or some types of magnet wire. While initially there is more work, this has some quite serious advantages : a) good insulation and no arching; b) possibility to use electrical segmentation so dispersion pattern can be make narrow or wide for one's preference.

Regards,
Lukas.

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Old 19th February 2013, 02:52 PM   #30
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Hi Edmund,

ESL's with 6-micron or lighter diaphragms and good transformers can play to 20kHz+. I don't have a frequency response plot for my speaker that I can post for you, but I do use a DEQ-2496 EQ, with a microphone, and it shows response to 20kHz (the unit's RTA scale only reads to 20kHz and my digital crossover cuts off all output above 20kHz anyway).

As far as I know, polyester film (Mylar or Hostaphan) is still the preferred material for diaphragms. I'm not aware of any pre-coated film available for DIY use. The Licron Crystal coating isn't cheap but it's super easy-- 1 coat sprayed "just wet" is pretty much foolproof.

good luck with your project!
Thank you, can you or anybody else confirm this:
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