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Construction updates!

February 22, 2015 Posted by gornir

 

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I’ve published any new designs, but rest assured, there are several coming in the near future!

Here are some of the upcoming new loudspeaker designs:

“Sequence Three – Grand Reference”:

 

This is a design I’ve worked on for quite a while and for a long time it was put on hold, but I picked it up again in the beginning of this year. I almost have lost count of how many cross-over versions I’ve tested, but I think this 8th version and second baffle version will be the final one.

I think this is one of the best speakers I’ve built, if not the best. It’s addictive to listen to this speaker. Everything just falls in place. The treble is the most natural I’ve heard, very effortless and detailed, yet without any harshness.  The RAAL Ribbon is truly amazing and its sound character isn’t like anything else I’ve heard. As soon as you go back and listen to a dome tweeter design, even high end ones, none come close to the RAAL’s natural and effortless sound.

With that said, it also have some limitations e.g. it sounds the best from 3kHz and up with a LR4 topology. It also has a narrower vertical listening sweet spot compared to a dome tweeter even though the RAAL Ribbon with its foam pads is better than most tall ribbons. With this in mind and properly used, they are simply stunning.

I know this statement is like throwing gasoline on fire in the DIY community as it seems that RAAL ribbons have divided people into two camps. Those who loves it and those who thinks they are expensive and overrated. Yes, they are very expensive, but I think that the people who are against it, either haven’t listened to the RAAL’s or haven’t listened to them in a properly deigned loudspeaker.

The Audio Technology 15H 52 12 06 SDKM mid-range works very well together with the RAAL as it match both in resolution and speed to the RAAL ribbon character. In fact, as does the Audio Technology 10C 77 25 10 KAP woofer. This loudspeaker is fast with very nice micro dynamics and they don’t need much power to bloom out. This is a speaker that can be listened to at low listening levels and still be enjoyable.

There are still some fine tuning to do before final measurements and publishing, e.g. voicing mid and tweeter levels.

“Satori Two – Monitor BE”:

 

As with the Sequence Three – Grand Reference, this design has been prototyped in many cross-over versions and I’m still evaluating if the 5th or 6th version will be the final published one. At the moment the 6th version is the favorite one, simply because its tweeter cross-over section is so simple in its construction and e.g. doesn’t need a resistor in series with the driver unit to attenuate the tweeter level.

I’m still struggling to decide which of the version that sounds the best. It might result in two cross-over versions to be published and where the reader can decide by themselves, which one to choose.

“Excellence Two – Mini Monitor DXT” and “Prestigious Two – Mini Monitor DXT”:

 

These two designs are finished, but I need to find the time to do the write up and publishing.

This is a small SEAS 4.5” design using the famous DXT tweeter and I must say that these designs are the most successful ones using the DXT tweeter I’ve done so far. The Excellence Two – Mini Monitor DXT is the high end version of the two and it’s something special. It’s very low distorting and has a powerful bass despite its small size.

There will also be more driver unit measurements later this year and some more designs like a small floor standing 2-way, a large 2-way stand mount as well as some designs with a more moderate price tag.

Best regards

/Göran

 

Thank you for all positive feedback I get from you!

It inspires me to continue and share my projects with all the readers. Last month I had so many readers so my website’s available bandwidth almost wasn’t enough. In the future  I might have to upgrade my website’s bandwidth and any contribution would be grateful.

Hifi Show Report!

February 15, 2015 Posted by gornir

I visited the High End Mässan 2015 HiFi Show the 7-8th of February and some pictures and comments can be read here:

HighEnd Stockholm 2015

This year it was interesting to see that 95% of the exhibitors used computer or streaming based music sources. I do think it’s the future and I’ve personally used it for years.

Regards

/Göran

ScanSpeak 18W/4531 Measurements!

January 25, 2015 Posted by gornir

 

This time on the test bench we have the ScanSpeak 18W/4531 mid-woofer from the ”Revelator” series.

The two tested driver units are the 18W/4531-00 and the 18W/4531-01.

Measurement details for the two different mid-woofer versions can be found here:

18W/4531-00

18W/4531-01

 


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Left: 18W/4531-00

Right: 18W/4531-01

What’s the difference between the -00 and the -01 version?

 

These two mid-woofers are very similar and the main difference is the cone material used. The -00 version uses a sliced paper cone and where the slices are filled with damping glue. The -01 version uses a similar sliced paper cone, but the paper cone is also mixed with wood fibers, hence the slightly grayer color of the cone.

Both versions have a 38mm voice-coil, but the -01 version has a slightly taller (0.5mm) voice-coil compared to the -00 version. In all other aspects e.g. magnet size etc. they are identical and even though the official specification indicates that the -01 version has a slightly larger cone area of the two (157cm2 v.s. 150cm2), it has the same cone area as the -00 version.

 

Impedance:

 

18W4531G Imp 00 vs 01

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Blue: 18W/4531-00

Green: 18W/4531-01

The impedance wrinkle around 800Hz is a bit more pronounced for the -01 version compared to the -00 version. Besides that the impedance plot is virtually identical between the two versions.

 

Frequency:

 

18W4531G Freq 0deg 00 vs 0118W4531G Freq 15deg 00 vs 01

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Left: Frequency response on-axis (Blue= -00 version, Red= -01 version).
Right: Frequency response 15deg off-axis (Blue= -00 version, Red= -01 version).

Both versions have an extended frequency response and a very smooth frequency roll-off without any nasty cone break-ups.

The -00 version has a smoother frequency response around 800Hz (where the impedance wrinkle is) compared to the -01 version. It also has a slightly more extended frequency response.

The -01 version on the other hand has a slightly smoother frequency response in the 2-6kHz range compared to the -00 version.

They are both outstanding frequency response performers compared to just about any 7” mid-woofers in the market.

 

Distortion:

 

18W4531G-00_56880-29-2R--15cm 95db18W4531G-01_58032-15-2R--15cm 95db

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Left: 18W/4531-00

Right: 18W/4531-01

Both versions have a very low odd-order distortion profile, but both also have an elevated second-order distortion profile in the 0,4-1,2kHz area.

Sum-up:

 

Both the -00 and the -01 version are top performers and any of them can be chosen from a performance perspective. Most likely they can also be a drop in replacement to each other in many designs and it’s more a matter of price and availability, which one to choose. I personally think the less common -01 version with its wood fiber cone looks interesting.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2014 Posted by gornir

 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!

Thank you all for your donations, interesting e-mails and the encouraging support of the AudioExcite Loudspeaker Design website.

I will try to publish more measurements, loudspeaker designs and other related stuff the next year, but with a regular full time job besides AudioExcite, it’s a challenge to find the time to do it all.

I will try my best!

Best regards

/Göran

 

ScanSpeak 18W/8545 Measurements!

December 14, 2014 Posted by gornir

 

This time on the test bench we have the ScanSpeak 18W/8545 mid-woofer from the ”Classic” series.

The two tested driver units are the 18W/8545-01 and the 18W/8545-00. The -01 version replaces the soon to be discontinued -00 version.

Measurement details for the two different mid-woofer versions can be found here:

18W/8545-00

18W/8545-01

 

SONY DSCSONY DSC
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Left driver in picture: 18W/8545-00 (old version)

Right driver in picture: 18W/8545-01 (new version)

What’s the difference between them?

The new version claims to be an improved version of the old 18W/8545 and even though the measurements shows slightly better frequency response and distortion profile they are more similar than different from each other.

The -01 version has a new chassis that allows larger screw fasteners to be used. The old -00 version only allowed screws of 3mm in size.

SONY DSC

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Left driver in picture: 18W/8545-00 (old version)

Right driver in picture: 18W/8545-01 (new version)

The new -01 version has a new spider material compared to the -00 version, but the magnet size chassis shape etc. are the same.

The -01 version has about 8% higher resonance frequency compared to the -00 version and slightly higher Qts. Both will work satisfactory in the same enclosure volume and bass-reflex tuning.

Impedance:

18W-8545 -- Imp 1L 00 vs 01

Blue: 18W/8545-00 (old version)

Green: 18W/8545-01 (new version)

Besides the difference in resonance frequency the impedance plot is virtually identical.

Frequency:

18W-8545 Freq 0deg 00 vs 01 jpg18W-8545 Freq 15deg 00 vs 01 jpg

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Left: Frequency response on-axis (Blue= -00 version, Red= -01 version).
Right: Frequency response 15deg off-axis (Blue= -00 version, Red= -01 version).

Slightly higher sensitivity and extended frequency response for the -01 version compared to the -00 version.

Depending on the cross-over design, the new -01 version can most likely be a drop-in replacement for the -00 version.

 

Measurement details for the two different mid-woofer versions can be found here:

18W/8545-00

18W/8545-01

 

Revelation Two – Monitor WG Construction Released!

October 25, 2014 Posted by gornir

 

It has been a while since the last published loudspeaker design. The reason for that isn’t the lack of designs; it’s the lack of time to publish them!

The new Revelation Two – Monitor WG loudspeaker uses one of my absolute favorite mid-woofers, the ScanSpeak 15W/4531G00. With its smooth frequency response it’s very easy to work with and it sounds wonderful in shallow sloped cross-over designs.

This time I use a WG148R waveguide from Visaton in combination with the Dayton Audio RS28F-4 tweeter and the ScanSpeak 15W/4531G00 mid-woofer.

By using a waveguide it isn’t necessary to use a stepped or sloped baffle to time align the drivers in order to compensate for the drivers “relative acoustic center off-set”. This is important when using a shallow sloped cross-over topology like the second-order Linkwitz-Riley type of cross-over used in this loudspeaker design.

The waveguide also have the benefit of improving the dispersion and to give a smoother power response compared to a conventional mid-woofer + dome tweeter setup.

There are three versions of the cross-over, the Simplistic, the Perfectionist and something in between, the Intermediate.

Each of them is a valid option and can be chosen according to personal taste and e.g. room placement. In my opinion each extra step to the Perfectionist cross-over adds additional sonic qualities, but for the cross-over purists the Simplistic version is nice.

For further details see: Revelation Two – Monitor WG

Monacor DT-300 + WG-300 Measurements!

October 23, 2014 Posted by gornir

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I’ve measured and tested the inexpensively priced Monacor DT-300 soft dome tweeter and WG-300 waveguide. It has a plastic tweeter face plate, but feels robust and nicely built. The tweeter has a high performance/cost ratio.

 

For measurement details see: Monacor DT-300 + WG-300

ScanSpeak D2905/950000 Measurements!

October 21, 2014 Posted by gornir

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I’ve measured and tested the very nice “Classic” ScanSpeak D2905/950000 soft dome tweeter. It has a very robust and nice build quality. The price tag is rather high, but this tweeter is well worth the money.

 

For measurement details see: ScanSpeak D2905/950000

Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 review part 4!

September 21, 2014 Posted by gornir

 
The final part of the review can be found here:

Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 review part 4

Regards

/Göran

“Revelation Two – Monitor” built by Rafal (Poland) Update!

July 29, 2014 Posted by gornir

 

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Here´s a picture and review update of Rafal’s beautiful creation of the “Revelation Two – Monitor” design inspired by the “Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento” loudspeaker.

For further details see:

“Revelation Two – Monitor” built by Rafal (Poland) Update!