Magnet mounting dipole drivers w/high moving mass
I sketched two designs for isolating a woofer from it's dipole baffle. The driver would be clamped by its magnet using a sorbothane insulator. The clamp would be isolated from its base using rubber motor mounts. The base would be made of a 12" x 12" flagstone paver, selected for its mass as well as aesthetics. If necessary, the paver would sit on sorbothane feet for further isolation.
The woofer would be isolated from the baffle which would contain a small full range driver and both would be freestanding. The front of the woofer's rubber mounting ring would be placed in close proximity to the back of the baffle, but not touching.
My goal is to severely decrease the vibration coming from a woofer that has high xmax, high qts and high moving mass (close to 2 grams).
I have experience in eliminatng vibration and noise transmission from small motors and pumps by building custom isolation mounts. Just curious what obstacles I might run into in attempting to do the same for drivers.
You will most probably improve your sound, because the baffle will be
excited less from the driver from lower midrange on upwards.
The resonant frequency of the driver/mounting should be
at the bottom end of the drivers frequency range or below.
Sufficient damping is required, which should often be OK with
rubber bumbers not too hard.
BTW. What happened to your " OB rear wave cancellation" technique ?
Any new solutions ?
Good to hear from you. With regard to the rear wave cancellation, I ended up using some acoustistuff in a nylon net. It hangs off the rear baffle and loosely covers the back of the full range driver. I've listened for hours with and without the rear "muffler" and decided I like it better with. Thanks for your help with that one. The only porous metal I had access to was some steel wool :D, which didnt have a pleasing sound at all.
With regard to the magnet mounting, my plan was to only suspend the driver from it's magnet. Alternatively I could fasten one or more of the drivers mounting holes to the mass loaded bass as well. Can you speculate on whetehr that might add or detract from vibration damping?
From my gut feeling i would prefer magnet mounting, since
the motor is where the forces originate.
Using the driver mounting holes there may be more
forces left, which act upon the basket.
And most baskets are not perfectly "dead" acoustically.
The magnets are glued to the stone using
a very good 2 component epoxy mixed from
experience to stay a bit flexbile for reasons
Stone "spine" and baffle are both sandwiches
with a constraint layer of dampening sealant
(Needed weeks to harden ...)
Spine: Marble, Sealant, Marble
Baffle: HPL, Sealant, HPL
One of the baffle layers is also attached to the
baskets using gaskets and soft grummets.
We are definately on the same page. Makes perfect sense. Now that you have lived with your design for some time, is there any part of the construction technique you would have done differently? Did you think about clamping the drivers under force instead of your layered sealant approach? If the "clamp" was used to exert force on the drivers frame in more than one direction, you may effectively reduce basket resonances without having to add mass to the driver, etc.
I am very pleased with the 10" woofers I am using, with an xmax of 13mm and a QTS of .62. They really lend themselves well to dipoles. Since they are designed as automotive subwoofers, and have a steel frame, they are not the quietest choice for dipoles... but not horrible either. If I can dampen just a little bit of their resonant energy, I will be happy.
I thought about clamping baskets to the spine
in the beginning, but decided to glue because
it is very slim, there are no further objects in
the rear way and no objects visible.
Due to maintenance, clamping might be
more practical indeed. But i think i could even
manage to change a driver if it was broken ...
(No please ...)
I would do some improvements, but that's
more due to technical detail
(sizing, crossover network).
The overall construction is OK and also
survived some transports.
I do not know if i made the baffle
from HPL the next time.
But i would not want the speaker to
look the same, if i was to build another
offspring of that, that would be boring.
Maybe i would go into the aerospace
design direction using concrete for the
Many people like the real object,
although it is rather technical looking
and not very "integral" from design.
Most women like it although i thought
it would be rather a men's object.
Thanks again for your help. You are a wealth of information in a fairly obscure design concept!
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