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Old 10th July 2004, 01:25 AM   #1
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we bought a pro audio company last year (one of the largest in the world) and they are doing some competitive testing of amps and speakers. here is a particular speaker (by a well known high-end brand name) and its thd figures:

2nd harmonic:
100hz: about 10%;
1000hz: about 0.5%;
10Khz: about 5%

3rd harmonic:
100hz: about 10%;
1khz: about 0.2%;
10khz: about 0.5%.

who said they could hear 0.00001% thd?

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how do u test a speakers THD?
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Those numbers are kind of meaningless without reference to drive and SPL.

sss: One easy way is to drive the speaker with a sine wave, look at the acoustic output with a mike and preamp, then either take an FFT to determine harmonic content (an apodization is necessary!) or use a plain vanilla distortion analyzer or wave analyzer.
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what about the distortion of the mic used?
anyways i think that even humidity in the air will change speakers distortion
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to me these numbers look like THD at rated maximum power. What SPL at what distance?
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what about the distortion of the mic used?
anyways i think that even humidity in the air will change speakers distortion
Yeah, you can't just use any old mike. But some of the cheap ones like the Panasonic do pretty well. A B&K is definitely better!

Humidity is a big issue for paper cones and cloth surrounds/spiders.
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Humidity is a big issue for paper cones and cloth surrounds/spiders.

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also typically you can almost eliminate speaker distortion by never exceeding 60% or so of rated RMS power.
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Hi,

Please know (this will soon become very obvious) I'm completely ignorant in this matter (most others too)...but anyway,

Would some form of velocity sensor coupled to the cone be better than a Mic?
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Those numbers are kind of meaningless without reference to drive and SPL.
yes, SY. when the Mars and Pluto are exactly lined, and Saturn's 3rd and 7th satellites are exactly perpenticular to the earth, you cannot observe any speaker distortion.

I don't have all the specifics, but the measurements are done in a sound chamber with the mic placed 1m from the speaker center.

But doesn't that make the measurement totally useless? since no one listens to their speakers in a sound chamber.

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you did not get the point. At what input power, and whats the rated input power.
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