Originally Posted by goonstopher
I know this has been discussed but there seems to be little adoption or clear "how-to" for both horn damping (mass loading the rear) or foam inserts.
I just made a set of seos speakers and my ears must be sensitive (I find all metal domes and all klipsch speakers unlistenable) because the "honk" is just too much for me to handle.
It sounds like the waveguide difracting or somehow "vibrating" - It's hard to put into words but its like reverb of harshness that you don't want reverb-ed.
Long post short:
Are there any (simple) resources on how to dampen/mass load waveguides and what foam to try in them?
Is there some reason these practices are not more widely discussed/used?
While I respect your ambition and open mindedness, I think you may be searching for a solution that doesn't exist or at least will not be sufficient for you. I of course also hope to be wrong, for your sake.
I've auditioned (and owned) dozens of horn loaded speakers and have since arrived at the conclusion that their sound isn't for me...and apparently not for the vast, vast, majority of loudspeaker manufacturers and consumers for one reason or another. I (perhaps naively so) think the loudspeaker manufacturers are in the business of producing loudspeakers that sound good as to produce sales and a profit, so it behooves them to do so...never mind the fact that many of them have spent decades and millions of dollars R&D'ing to improve upon previous iterations.
That doesn't mean they all sound bad
, some of them have actually sounded quite good
, it's just that there appears to me to be many more comparably-priced options that sound better
. Of course I'm always open to any new design/adaptation.
Because of their remarkable efficiency and (potentially insane) output, it's not surprising to me that they are wildly popular with the DIY set, I just feel there are superior options out there for most.
Sounds like you may be one of them. No big deal, we have plenty of options.
Good luck with any mods, please report back.