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RE: sub 30 watt compression drivers

Different manufacturers use different ways of rating the power handling of the drivers. It used to be honest manufacturers used sine wave power ratings. If you look at older driver specs from companies like Altec or EV, the power ratings seem low by today's inflated numbers. You would typically see woofers rated at 20-50 watts, and tweeters rated at 5 watts or so. They were using sine wave power ratings, which gave you a better idea of how much power a driver would handle. Today, most drivers are rated with 'equivalent music power', what ever that is. What they are really saying is the tweeter can handle the power in its part of the spectrum, using the recommended crossover point and slope, when a loudspeaker system is fed with and amplifier of XX power. It really doesn't give you a real idea of the power dissipation capability of the voice coil assembly. Do you really think that dome tweeter will handle 50 watts? Not on your life. Or that woofer will handle 200 watts? Nope. A return to sine wave power ratings would be nice.

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  • RE: sub 30 watt compression drivers - Hornlover 08:58:34 02/22/17 (0)


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