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Old 4th January 2013, 02:05 AM   #21
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the +15dB peak in the response from your post #1.
Hmmmm...just noticed that the 200Hz peak I attributed to electrical resonance may just be the diaphragm resonance. The test and resistive damping technique are still valid, but the results may not be what I had been thinking. Something very odd or unique may be going on and I would love to understand it.

Were you ever able to record a distorted 100hz sine wave to listen and look at?

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Old 4th January 2013, 11:35 AM   #22
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wow bolsert , verry nice of you to dig in so deep. much aperciated!!!

i am gone test it today after im done working. the reosnance around 200hz is indeed panel resonance. so thats ok. picture C shows a resistor OVER the cap is that ok ? ive sene people to it after the cap or before the cap. but that yielded no result for me. i also tried a 15 and 30 ohm paralel to the primary. except for the corssover that changed and the high roll of no changes there. im gone try the resistor over the cap today.. i will post back. btw here is the post from me serval years ago.. its really funny to reread something like that when its that old .

ESL distortion at low volume


wel i can record a 100hz sine , only thing is there resoance is at 200hz zo it will already be down by 18 db at 100
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Old 4th January 2013, 12:21 PM   #23
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Ok i used a second amp to connect to V1 and V2 and listen with my DT48 headphone. and i can clearly hear the distortion on V2 V1 is clean

i know have connected the line out of the amp to my laptop mic in, without boost. and ran homlimpulse.

the frequency for the crossover is shifted due impedance of the line in i think.

Blue cruve is the control on V1. red is V2

first image is freq response, second freq response and phase, 3rd is freq response and THD


adding the resistor over cap, does not do anything execpt lower my corssover. distortion still there. i used 15 Ohm and later a 30 wich does not do much either



for the fun of it ill record a piece of piano on v1 and v2 , the 100 sine maybe better a 500 ? sine caus the crossover shifted few hundred
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Old 4th January 2013, 01:07 PM   #24
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here a sample of piano.

played by laptop, to amp wich is connected to the esl with the cap. the left channel is recorder after the cap, and the right channel before the cap.

so left V1 right V2

https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=...I6sbUITNVkxcB8

ofcourse nooise llevel is pretty high with all these amps in between , and ofc the input from laptop etc. but the diference is clear. bad and really bad.

volume was set pretty low to not demolish my laptop and second amp input
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Old 4th January 2013, 01:42 PM   #25
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here a sample of piano.

played by laptop, to amp wich is connected to the esl with the cap. the left channel is recorder after the cap, and the right channel before the cap.

so left V1 right V2

https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=...I6sbUITNVkxcB8

ofcourse nooise llevel is pretty high with all these amps in between , and ofc the input from laptop etc. but the diference is clear. bad and really bad.

volume was set pretty low to not demolish my laptop and second amp input

made mistake there left is V2 right V1 ofcourse





Here is a picture wat happens i think.

is a screenshot taken in protools of a sweep i played with and without cap. upper is with lower is without , (V1 bot V2 top)

as seen it has problems to get positive. it folows the control nicely in the negative but crap in the positive.

also is out of phase as you can see,but thats explained by the phase measurement, the picture is from a frequency somehwere in the crossover range, where the signal is out of phase as you can seee in the holmimpulse measurement. so thats ok , only thin not ok is the fact that positive and negative ar not equal.
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Old 4th January 2013, 02:46 PM   #26
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if i remove the panels from the trannie, when playing the distortion stays the same on the headphone. when i remove the trannie from the cap, distortion on the headphone disapeares. so in my conclussion it has to be the trannie. but only thing i still dont get is why all of this disapeares with higher volume. i might have to install my class a amplifier to see if this makes any diference in maybe current/voltage drive capabilitys. expecially on low volumes. ..... hate to move this thing




well that did not help either.... ok im out of ideas. if its the tranie, then i have like 6 none working tranies, wich do work without cap...... kind of wierd a.

only thing i can do now is get bigger cap just to not pump in allot of power in the tranies under the resonance frequency, en damp the hump around 200 Hz with felt. i believe i can almost entirely remove it with this stuff on the back. that leaves me with a rolloff of 18dB octave at 220 hz, maybe cross the magnepan there with an 18dB oct filter ?

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if i remove the panels from the trannie, when playing the distortion stays the same on the headphone. when i remove the trannie from the cap, distortion on the headphone disappears. so in my conclusion it has to be the trannie. but only thing i still don't get is why all of this disappears with higher volume.
Excellent trouble shooting
Looks like you have isolated the cause of the distortion to the transformer.
Perhaps the cores are not of best quality for audio use and retain a small amount of residual magnetism in one direction. Putting the capacitor in series keeps the amplifier from being able to control the residual magnetism at zero crossing.

Can you post a picture, part number or link for your transformer?

If you prefer to keep using these transformers, probably the best solution is to use without a series capacitor and an active crossover.
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dont have any serial or part number there from solosound electrostatic speakers. have pretty good rep, they used this particulair model with active crossover so..... but there from 1975 ofr something so cant find any onfo on those thats for sure. im trying right now with way bigger cap and dampening.. look kind of promissing. but one last thing how tdo i measure them proper. caus to close wil give a good result whats happening with dampening but further away the bass drops ofcourse since theres no proximity. but when i measure further away i get really nasty graphs. humps and stuff specially in the 200 to 500 range. not sure if its the room or furniture or ground reflexioins etc.
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Old 4th January 2013, 07:31 PM   #29
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What kind of iron does your transformer use?
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Old 4th January 2013, 08:28 PM   #30
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sorry i really have no idea. im not really into transformers , i just got al of these out of solostatic ESL's where the panels needed new coating. i will make a photo.later on.
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