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RE: Diffraction and front baffle and cabinet design

While it is true that how a speaker sounds is ultimately all that matters, the OP's original query on the legitimacy of baffle edge round over usage deserves a complete and accurate response. The pictured example you gave is further evidence of what I was talking about. Notice the wide baffle and offset tweeter position. These two factors alone are often enough to eliminate any noticeable diffraction effects on the speaker's response. The staunch proponents of large round overs or heavy felt will always try to ignore how some of the world's "top rated" speakers do not possess such features yet they exhibit the kind of exceptionally flat response that would suggest a lack of diffraction problems. No one is saying that round overs can't help or that proper use of felt is a waste of time. The reality is that like a lot of things in the audio business, the effect of these methods is often heavily overstated and much of the details that actually explain what is measured or observed are left out.

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