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Silly question I guess but 3000 miles of road makes me wonder:
Driving cross country with very-well packaged vintage Tannoy Gold Twelve Inch spkrs.
Will they be safest in cone-up or cone-down position..? Side by side or is on top of each other okay ? In the rear bed of the station-wagon, or, since I have the choice, should I lash them onto one of the rear seats ?
Thanks for replies.
tie them to the roof to prove your a regular guy. He don't care; why should you? Sorry, could not resist.
Thanks to all. What I think I'll do is keep them safely boxed and belt down to a seat in the back.
Somewhere in the middle of the country I'll turn them upside down so they have an equal period in both positions.
I'm intrigued by Alpha Al's advice to short them. Very interesting thought!
That definitely works. As an experiment, you can take any loose speaker, move the cone manually, then short it and it and try it again. It will show resistance to motion when shorted.
I'll do that. I have an old Infinity 8" that I use for experimenting on. I have no doubt that you're right - just never thought of that, so I'll check it out.
Still, the Tannoys should be driver-forward-facing, with 16 gauge wire.
That will dampen cone motion while in transit, a form of "dynamic braking". Some JBL Pro speakers have shorting jacks on the inputs for that purpose.
AGREE 100% . Magnetic flux damps cone movements.
"Magnetic flux damps cone movements."
Rather it's back electro-motive force.
They should be standing up in the back seat, with the drivers facing forward, and the windows down. 16 gauge wire should be adequate for use in the car.
The traveling will make no more difference to the Tannoys than it does to your car stereo speakers.
Pack them whatever way they have the least chance of being damaged if you have to stop fast.
The main risks to passenger-ing-speakers are damage from other objects and damage from shifting loads - the speakers themselves or other objects. Given the low mass and comparatively stiff suspensions that hold the cones, vibration perils are swamped by just plain sh!t happens (don't ask me how I know, says "Cone with Umbrella In" - the name given me by the nomadic "wtf were you thinking" tribe upon witnessing my misfortune)
Cone-type speakers tend to travel well bolted face to face, surrounded by ample packing material, and in a stiff box to ward off umbrellas and other road-borne hazards.
Have a safe trip! Hopefully speaker safety is the least of your worries!
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