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  • ErinH
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    Re: Best new midwoofer?

    Hey, Jeff and everyone else in this thread!
    Thought you might be interested in this Vifa I tested. It looks very, very good. I think it's a great contender to the Satori and about $100 cheaper.
    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...32#post1793932


    I still would like to get my hands on one of these, though. I'll try build up some funds and give Madisound a call.

    Thanks again for providing your data. When our powers combine, we are Captain Planet! errrr....

    :D

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  • raiderone
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    Originally posted by Jeff B. View Post
    No, but the driver could easily be used with a single coil given its flat response and impedance and provide a 1st order roll-off. The problem is, that's not likely to provide a transient perfect summation because you will have a hard time getting a tweeter to provide you with a true first order roll-off for very far. I was considering something a little more complex. Which means I will have to fire CALSOD back up on the old computer because I can't do this kind of circuit in PCD. I won't go into details now, but it doesn't use any all-pass delay ladders either.
    Hi Jeff,

    What are the pros and cons of a "transient perfect summation"? I guess what I'm saying is what are the sonic differences when compared to a non-transient perfect design? I don't think I've ever heard a transient perfect summation design before. Any commercial examples? Thanks.

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  • Jeff B.
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    Originally posted by internova View Post
    Did you mean 1st order BW filter?
    No, but the driver could easily be used with a single coil given its flat response and impedance and provide a 1st order roll-off. The problem is, that's not likely to provide a transient perfect summation because you will have a hard time getting a tweeter to provide you with a true first order roll-off for very far. I was considering something a little more complex. Which means I will have to fire CALSOD back up on the old computer because I can't do this kind of circuit in PCD. I won't go into details now, but it doesn't use any all-pass delay ladders either.

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  • internova
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    Originally posted by Jeff B. View Post
    For me, I see the extended frequency response as an opportunity to achieve a true transient perfect / minimum phase speaker by taking advantage of the inherently small phase rotation. This can not easily be done with very many drivers available today. It still takes some crossover design skills, but I know a guy that I'm confident can pull it off ;)

    The driver also offers excellent bass extension, which is a plus as well.
    Did you mean 1st order BW filter?

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  • Jeff B.
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    Originally posted by internova View Post
    Does it have advantage of rolling off the woofer a slower? The Revelator and Excel are smoother (regardless of audiable or not) in the 1K region to work. The Excel has to be rolled off quicker b/c of the breakup. Satori doesn't need to be. Satori's off-axis is slightly better than Excel 7" (Smaller driver) and extends deeper (almost as deep as the 7" Revelator in a slightly smaller cabinet). Of course, it's almost $100 more expensive.

    What did I get for the $100?
    For me, I see the extended frequency response as an opportunity to achieve a true transient perfect / minimum phase speaker by taking advantage of the inherently small phase rotation. This can not easily be done with very many drivers available today. It still takes some crossover design skills, but I know a guy that I'm confident can pull it off ;)

    The driver also offers excellent bass extension, which is a plus as well.

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  • ryanbouma
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    ~$250 for a pair of tested samples.

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2-SB-Acoustic...item41606efeb5

    Pretty decent deal is someone likes this woofer but finds the price off-putting.

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  • internova
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    Originally posted by Face View Post
    It wouldn't be wasted, it would be a waste to play that woofer up to 15K though.

    2.6K is a good starting point.
    Does it have advantage of rolling off the woofer a slower? The Revelator and Excel are smoother (regardless of audiable or not) in the 1K region to work. The Excel has to be rolled off quicker b/c of the breakup. Satori doesn't need to be. Satori's off-axis is slightly better than Excel 7" (Smaller driver) and extends deeper (almost as deep as the 7" Revelator in a slightly smaller cabinet). Of course, it's almost $100 more expensive.

    What did I get for the $100?

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  • Face
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    Originally posted by internova View Post
    I'll take off-axis measurement. If I roll it off at 2.6K, the extension up to 15K looks "wasted"?
    It wouldn't be wasted, it would be a waste to play that woofer up to 15K though.

    2.6K is a good starting point.

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  • internova
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    You need to offset the driver, or add HUGE roundovers to smooth the baffle diffraction you are seeing in the plot.

    Other than that, you just have to live with it.
    I have 3/4" roundover. If I change the baffle to 9", would that be any better?

    Originally posted by Jeff B. View Post
    The 1kHz hump is cabinet diffraction. The 1.2kHz dip is in the driver. It smooths out a bit off-axis, but passively there isn't anything you should do about the dip. Because of the off-axis behavior it will sound smoother than it looks in your plot and may not even be noticeable.
    I'll take off-axis measurement. If I roll it off at 2.6K, the extension up to 15K looks "wasted"?

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  • Jeff B.
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    Originally posted by internova View Post
    My measurement on a 8.5" baffle.

    [ATTACH]19827[/ATTACH]

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    both at 1 meter.

    I want to cross it at 25-2600Hz. How should I deal with the 1K bump and 1.2K dip? The FR is smooth except the 1K bmp and 1.2K dip. I put it in a 0.5 CF box. I listened to music for a while on a bare driver. It sounds forward because no BSC has been applied. But very listenable. Also seems like a candidate for lower order crossover if the tweeter can do it.

    Thoughts?

    Here is the impedance. The box is tuned to 40Hz.

    [ATTACH]19829[/ATTACH]
    The 1kHz hump is cabinet diffraction. The 1.2kHz dip is in the driver. It smooths out a bit off-axis, but passively there isn't anything you should do about the dip. Because of the off-axis behavior it will sound smoother than it looks in your plot and may not even be noticeable.

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  • Pete Schumacher
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    You need to offset the driver, or add HUGE roundovers to smooth the baffle diffraction you are seeing in the plot.

    Other than that, you just have to live with it.

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  • internova
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    My measurement on a 8.5" baffle.

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    both at 1 meter.

    I want to cross it at 25-2600Hz. How should I deal with the 1K bump and 1.2K dip? The FR is smooth except the 1K bmp and 1.2K dip. I put it in a 0.5 CF box. I listened to music for a while on a bare driver. It sounds forward because no BSC has been applied. But very listenable. Also seems like a candidate for lower order crossover if the tweeter can do it.

    Thoughts?

    Here is the impedance. The box is tuned to 40Hz.

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  • ErinH
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    I know it's taboo to discuss price with a driver, but I honestly feel that, while there is a law of diminishing returns, 'dimishing' does not necessarily mean 'diminished'.

    Some drivers cost a lot of money compared to others but they also perform much better than those cheaper drivers. Ultimately, it's up to the user to decide what to buy. Maybe they won't benefit from those performance gains, but I just hate the notion a driver should be weighted solely on cost and the sometimes analogy that a costly driver isn't worth more than one that's 1/2, or 1/4 the cost. Obviously some drivers are priced well outside their worth range and testing shows it, but there are many drivers that cost $300 and perform better than 'value' drivers. So, yes, while many less costly drivers perform better than some more costly, it's not always the case and a more costly driver shouldn't be ruled out on cost alone IF the end user deems the cost worth it... even if the difference is diminishing... there still is a difference.


    I apologize for that brain dump of a post.

    And, Jeff, I do appreciate you taking the time to post this data and also answer my questions regarding measurement techniques.

    - Erin

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  • Jeff B.
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    Originally posted by gowa View Post
    Satori drivers are designed for subtlety and realism? Price: $287.80
    Yikes!
    Yes, a woofer in this price range is not the best choice for very many people. That has to be a personal decision. I will say this, I much preferred it to the Audio Technology and the Seas Nextel woofers I had. Unfortunately, I can't make a direct comparison with comparable Scanspeak or even the Usher woofers, which are truly a best buy for performance. But the SB is really a very nice driver, and for someone it will make an excellent speaker.

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  • Jeff B.
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    Originally posted by scottq View Post
    Jeff,

    Thanks very much for posting your results and information. I look forward to trying the Satori series out!

    There were several comments' tones that made me wince a bit in this post. In an effort to calm the seas, I just wanted to thank you for your efforts and contributions to the community.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Regards,
    Scott
    Thank you, you are very welcome.

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