Originally Posted by Frankhenrylee
I'm guessing you may not be a fan of horns. Horns seem to be popular in HT, but not so much for music. Of course I would like some speakers that do both pretty well. I don't know if a horn tweeter is going to be what I'm looking for, but it seems to be the only option with high sensitivity speakers. Some of the Tekton Design speakers seem to handle this problem by adding more dome tweeters in a mini line array. I've never built a crossover so not going to attempt something complex like that.
The Line Array's I was looking at are the plans from Bill Fitzmaurice, but he recommends his "David" design for music. The smaller Line Arrays don't go very deep, so they pretty much require a sub. Not a huge problem as I'll be getting a sub anyway, but kind of makes them worthless by themselves if I wanted to use them somewhere else one day.
Not familiar with the David design you speak of, but take your word for it they're not you ticket.
Yea, not a big fan of horns for mids and highs at all, awesome for bass, just not my cup of tea above that, but yes lots of folks like horns for their high sensitivity.
An alternative for decent sensitivity and low distortion are the AMT mid/tweeters, like the AMTPRO-4s that Parts Express offer. They are 94dB 1w/1m SPL, and will handle lots of power if crossed over above, say, 1.8-2.5k. They fall off slightly above 10k, but they take eq very well.
Compared to using horns though, not going to approach SPL that is well over 100dB, how loud is loud enough for you though? Might be a question to ask yourself..dunno..
I actually have a pair of the AMTs that I was going to use, but because I'm a picky sob and they didn't sound quite as good as my ESLs, I've decided to sell them and go through the very time consuming task of building another set of ESLs and associated electronics, which will take me months to get everything right. (completely from scratch)
I'd buy a pair, but don't have 10k lying around..lol, plus this newer type of segmented design in ESLs isn't even available commercially anywhere, at any price.
Oh, happy day and lucky me..haha..