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Old 1st February 2010, 11:01   #46
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Originally Posted by Invinsible View Post
Agreed. But the other factor is at what xover point the driver is crossed that matters.
Originally Posted by DerAlte View Post
I think it is time we started a sticky thread and put your and other members' expressions on this subject in one place.
Let us mull over this for awhile. The concepts involved here are far more complex than can be explained simply in a sticky.

I dont want to sound like some elitist but how does one explain to the general public that a 8W SE amp driving a pair of horns can outperform a 100W Class AB SS amp driving a pair of compact book shelves. I think we need to wake the sleeping Yeti from his slumber. Sam where are you?
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Originally Posted by navin View Post
... how does one explain to the general public ...
Simple - efficiency of conversion from electrical signal to sound pressure!

The mass of the essential parts of the horn driver is much, much less than that of the bookshelf speakers. Also, the horn driver diaphragm is not required to move against a massive mass of air, so a lot of energy is saved there. The negligible mass contributes to better dynamics (is able to accelerate much faster and reproduce frequency changes much better). So on and so forth ...

And then you come up against the general perception of "Horns = PA systems = horrible karkash sound"!

Let us give it a try, at least. So now we wait for Sam-bhai to extricate himself from his other duties.
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