What Makes One Speaker System Sound Better Than Another?

Factor #1: exotic or uncolored drivers.

The finished system cannot sound better than the drivers at their best. You can usually recognize an exotic because it is made of ceramic, ribbon, or works in an entirely different way than the everyday cones and domes of paper and plastic.

If you put $100. worth of drivers in a box, then sell it for $10,000 (which is what many high end manufacturers do, as you can see if you just look at the ordinary drivers in their boxes), then your speaker will, to a large degree, still sound like $100. worth of drivers in a box, regardless of this alesis dm6 review will help you make the decision how finely tuned the system is. To get true realism in sound, you must begin with the best drivers available, even though they are much more expensive for the manufacturer to buy.

Factor #2: usually the crossover and filter.

This circuit must be designed both by computer analysis and modeling, then refined over and over in extensive listening tests with trained musicians who are experienced at identifying subtle inaccuracies, and who can determine how to correct them.

Factor #3: Usually the cabinet.

Attention must be paid to the construction. The walls must not vibrate, and care must be taken to minimize diffraction (peaks and dips in the response curve caused by the shape). A particular shape can actually be used to control and improve the response curve. Cylinders (and rounded edges) have many advantages in both the above areas.

Finally, a system can only sound as good as the drivers. A driver with higher internal coloration and distortion will always sound artificial compared to an exotic driver, no matter how good the crossover, mating with the cabinet, and other details are realized. So we have taken a different approach than best electronic drum kit for recording most companies. We start with the most accurate (which means most expensive) drivers available anywhere, and then our staff of engineers and musicians don’t approve the final version until the speaker measures and sounds as good as theoretically possible with the drivers. Will we make as much money as our competitors? Only if we sell more speakers. Will you get far better sound with our speakers than from the same priced models of our competitors? Yes, because you are getting better drivers. We invite you to compare.

Exotic Drivers: What Makes A True Exotic?

Exotic Driver: one with very low coloration, or sound of it’s own, added to the sound the driver is reproducing.

How is this achieved?

Either a perfectly stiff material, or alternately a totally flexible material driven linearly across it’s surface, but not anything in-between. This requires rare and unusual construction methods and materials with “space-age” properties.

A “motor assembly” (voice coil and magnet) coupled to a cone  focusrite scarlett 212 review material that will start and stop on a dime, without any motion (continued vibration or “ringing”) after the signal or sound stops. This is harder to achieve, and thus more rare, than you would at first believe. Measuring the various types of distortion that you never see mentioned does a far better job of describing a speaker’s sound than the superficial “20 – 20,000 Hz.” claims that are often made. (How often do you see published specs that show speaker waterfall plots, the picture of their time domain response, or harmonic distortion? Most speakers perform so abysmally there that the manufacturer would never want you to know.) In the final analysis, a good pair of ears is the best judge. However, you can recognize a potential exotic with your eyes.

Traditional drivers

The drivers used in virtually all mid-priced speakers, and indeed nearly all high priced speakers, are merely small variations on the same principles and primitive construction. They are usually made of paper, hard plastic, or cloth. Most use dome tweeters, which may be either hard or soft, but are far too heavy and flexible for the rapid start-and-stop vibration required for high frequency reproduction. They cannot follow accurately the high frequency electrical signal from the amplifier, and “mush out”, causing many forms dynamic studio of distortion. The usual paper or plastic mid-range drivers also bend and contort due to excursion requirements, adding their own chorus of (surprising loud) off-key sounds to your music. And they all tend to honk and bray at one or several resonant frequencies, making matters worse.

Various types of exotics

Ceramic drivers are very rigid. They will not bend at all, unlike standard paper or plastic cones, to distort the signal. They have a clarity and transparency, a “sweet” sound, which is immediately recognizable. Once you hear these drivers in a well designed system, you will be able to quickly recognize the dull sound of traditional drivers in other speakers.

Ribbon tweeters have only a tiny fraction of the weight (moving mass) of dome tweeters. They are therefore much better at following the high frequency nuances, and capturing the detail of a musical performance. They are fast, detailed, yet totally without the edginess or resonant problems of metal domes. Our ribbon is flat to 35 K with no resonant peak.