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Compact Ribbon Tweeter/Midrange Loudspeaker

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The differences between ribbon loudspeakers and conventional electrodynamic loudspeakers are outlined. A survey is given of some characteristic properties of modern ribbon tweeters. The operating principle can be described with the aid of a simple model based on a stretched membrane loaded with an air spring. From the model, design rules can be derived. In this way it is possible to give prescriptions for building a compact midrange/tweeter driver that has an extended frequency range compared with earlier ribbon tweeters. Measurements on recently developed midrange/tweeter units show a frequency range of about 800-30,000 Hz, low distortion, good sensitivity, and good transient response.

JAES Volume 36 Issue 10 pp. 776-787; October 1988
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