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RE: Apogees and ethics - comments

While it's true that larger magnets increase electrical damping, air damping so predominates at the higher frequencies at which ribbons operate that I'm not sure how much of an effect electrical damping has, even with strong magnets. More on torsion and edge-gap distortion perhaps, since when that occurs the air is turbulent. But as I think about it, I'm not even sure if it has much of an effect there. Amplifier damping can be compromised by the crossover network, which would leave only self-damping from eddy currents. Since ribbon resonances are below the crossover point, the diaphragm could literally be left to twist in the wind. Another consideration is that the amplifier can only damp the ribbon as a whole. Since torsion is symmetrical, it may not be much affected by amplifier damping at all. Again, you're back to eddy currents. Which would however be stronger in a stronger B field.


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