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post #9721 of 9727 Old 07-12-2016, 12:07 PM
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Gorgeous as usual...

Do the woofer drivers come with a wooden plug in the woofer?
Guessing it drops the low frequency corner but does it increase distortion?
Is it going to come flying off in 10 years?

Did you have to tweak the crossover to work with the RAAL and did it change the overall FR and/or sensitivity significantly?

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Gorgeous as usual...

Do the woofer drivers come with a wooden plug in the woofer?
Yes, they do.

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Guessing it drops the low frequency corner but does it increase distortion?
It is a phase plug to improve the performance of the driver. It is like phase plugs made of any other material. Seas makes extensive use of phase plugs in their high-end drivers.

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Is it going to come flying off in 10 years?
It is no more apt to "fly off" than any other phase plug. It is bolted on from the rear of the driver. I doubt it would ever fly off, but if it did, you could simply re-attach it. No problem.

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Did you have to tweak the crossover to work with the RAAL and did it change the overall FR and/or sensitivity significantly?

Curious - Don
Any driver change requires a new crossover. So, yes, we had to re-work the crossover to accommodate the RAAL.

As for the sensitivity, that is controlled by the woofer, not the tweeter. As long as you are using the same woofer, the sensitivity of the design would not change at all. You can pad down a tweeter that it too sensitive, but you can't normally pad down a woofer to lower its sensitivity.

The only change you would notice is a more extended and transparent top end (as one would expect with a RAAL ribbon tweeter).

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Thanks Jim, those were mostly tongue in cheek questions, hope I didn't offend! I had read in the primordial past about heavy phase plugs increasing distortion but nothing recently. Not my field. I was wondering about the crossover since you said the tweeter was "sensitive enough" so I was curious. I have rarely seen a woofer padded but figured the ribbon was less sensitive than the T35.

Bet (hope!) that jumpstarts orders for more Exotica RAAL models.

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Thanks Jim, those were mostly tongue in cheek questions, hope I didn't offend! I had read in the primordial past about heavy phase plugs increasing distortion but nothing recently. Not my field. I was wondering about the crossover since you said the tweeter was "sensitive enough" so I was curious. I have rarely seen a woofer padded but figured the ribbon was less sensitive than the T35.

Bet (hope!) that jumpstarts orders for more Exotica RAAL models.
No problem. The RAAL and the T35 are about the same in terms of sensitivity. They are typically padded down quite a bit in our other designs.

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Well I am finally joining the family. I just bought a used pair of HT2-TL's. I have been looking on and off for quite sometime and finally landed on a pair. I had talked to Jim years ago and I was going to buy a pair of HT3's but winded up going a different direction, but they were always in the back of my mind and knew I would have a pair someday. These actually were a surprise as I just stumbled on to a classified and there they were. I had talked to Nuance years ago as I had read his write up on the SongBirds and I probably drove him nuts bugging him about Salks LOL. Anyway, looking forward to joining the family.

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