Sphere enclosure: Rounding magnet rear?

OllBoll

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2010-11-22 11:24 pm
Hello there.

I'm planning to build myself a sealed spherical midrange enclosure by using two IKEA bowls =)

What I wonder though is this: My mid (TD6M) has a ginormous magnet and there exists an IKEA bowl of smaller size ( green in picture ) that i could mount on the backside to eliminate the large flat surface and make it rounded.

So... would this be a good idea, a bad idea or completely unnecessary?

Thanks in advance,
Olle
 

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OllBoll

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2010-11-22 11:24 pm
I thought about the teardrop but in my case there isn't enough space to do that =) It will be upwards mounted like the pluto but with a 10 inch woofer instead and then this spherical midrange on top. A teardrop would be too high making the distance between the woofer and midrange unnecessarily long.

Volume shouldn't be a problem wherever I have the internal reflector or not since this is a dedicated midrange that will cover 300-400 and upwards.

Though the general conclusion seems to be that the reflector is unnecessary it would be quite cheap to just buy a bowl, get some duct tape and then test with and without =)

And yes, the internals is only half of why I'm considering a sphere, should have a nice response on the outside. I've wondered about if covering the whole outside in wool felt would be overkill with a sphere or if it still is a good idea.
 
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OllBoll

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2010-11-22 11:24 pm
Since it is isn't exactly a conventional speaker I thought I'd show a drawing of how it will look =)

The idea is to use an upwards firing U-frame in the bass region where room dominates and where it would be hard to build a big enough box to counter the long wavelengths and then use this sealed midrange on top. Currently my U-frame experiments have given promising results but if they in the end fail i'll just seal the bottom of the U-frame and turn it into a sealed woofer.
 

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OllBoll

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2010-11-22 11:24 pm
So the "woofer" is going to fire onto the bowl?
What is the highest freq the woofer will reproduce?

Make the internal of the Ikea bowl as absorptive as possible.

Yep. It will be crossed acoustically at 300 with LR2 that becomes LR4 at 600 or LR4 from the start at 300. Time alignment and crossover slope matching will be done through DSP.

And yes, the inside of the bowl will be filled to the brim with wool =)
 
Since it is isn't exactly a conventional speaker I thought I'd show a drawing of how it will look =)

The idea is to use an upwards firing U-frame in the bass region where room dominates and where it would be hard to build a big enough box to counter the long wavelengths and then use this sealed midrange on top. Currently my U-frame experiments have given promising results but if they in the end fail i'll just seal the bottom of the U-frame and turn it into a sealed woofer.

U-frame pointing up places dipole null in horizontal plane; at best with open end close to floor quasi-cardioid with slot loading forms. Sealed is likely best approach.

Even small mid will start beaming around 3kHz, causing bright reflection from ceiling.

Good luck improving SL's Pluto this way.
 

OllBoll

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2010-11-22 11:24 pm
U-frame pointing up places dipole null in horizontal plane; at best with open end close to floor quasi-cardioid with slot loading forms. Sealed is likely best approach.

Even small mid will start beaming around 3kHz, causing bright reflection from ceiling.

Good luck improving SL's Pluto this way.

Since the woofer will be in a damped U-frame it only has a null at below 50 hz, above that it becomes cardioid and omni at about 250. So it is omni above the modal region which is nice, within the region the response will be fixed with distributed dipole subs. And high frequency beaming isn't something I can hear atleast. The top end will be handled by a ring of cone tweeters around the midrange.

It's not an improvement over the Pluto but rather an improvement over the Pop Box but few outside of Sweden know of that speaker so I used the Pluto as an example instead =)
 
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