Originally Posted by basshead81
No aluminum dome tweeter is capable of reference level without some form of compression.
Interesting, I'll look into that -- but still, I think it is a bit too general a statement. I mean technically, if I'm getting, say, 93 dB SPL without compressing 12 ft away from my aluminum dome tweeter, then I'd get 99 dB SPL 6 ft away, and 105 dB SPL 3 ft away. So there is a distance at which the speakers can produce reference level without compressing.
Now I have no idea, as I said before, if I'm compressing or not, but it seems to me that in a small room, not too far from the speakers, reference level should be relatively easily attainable with mid-end gear, regardless of the technology.
I agree that in a larger room, further from the MLP, you quickly need way more in terms of equipment (after all, the difference between 100 W and 1000 W fed to a speaker that can take it, is 10 dB, which is only twice as loud to the ear).
So if I wanted to verify this, compression sweeps are the same in the highs than for a sub right? I might have to purchase hearing protection for this