Woofer testing

Hello everybody,
I just started testing the woofers for mine new project.
Is it correct to suspend the driver, as is in the pic, to get the impedance response?
I am using SW software.

Thanks

Claudio
 

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AndrewJ

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2001-09-05 6:37 pm
Claudio, it is not correct to suspend the woofer for measuring the impedance. You will get a slightly different answer compared to when rigidly held. Additionally, depending on the cone mass and suspension compliance you will get a different answer with the driver horizontal versus vertical, due to the suspension sagging under the action of gravity on the cone mass. This changes the position of the coil in the gap, changing Bl.
Being even more picky, the driver should be mounted on a large baffle, so that the air load mass on the driver is closer to the value that would exist when mounted in an enclosure.
Now of course this is all being pretty anal, because many measurement/analysis systems out there are not accurate or consistent enough to reliably assertain the differences.
Also, Thiele/Small parameters are not an accurate enough representation of the true low frequency performance for these small differences to matter anyway.

Andrew
 
Andrew, take a look at the pic to explain what I meant about the clamps.

I have done some tests, with the driver in horizontal and vertical position, and the result is that vertical positioning gives an higher impedance peak, closer to the datasheet value.


Eric,
T/S parameters are taken in free air, without baffle.
To get the Vas you need to use the ADD MASS method, or the CLOSED ENCLOSURE one.

Then comparing the 2 impedance response, free air + mass add or CE, you get the T/S parameters.
At least this is the way SW works.

Claudio
 

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