The underlying philosophy of the towers vs bookshelves is that at an X amount of dollars, more often than not, you'll find a bookshelf that performs better than a tower in the >80hz frequencies.
Originally Posted by FMW
From where did this opinion arise. There is no logic to it all. .
There is if you're an engineer. As I already noted drivers may be optimized to work within specific band widths. A driver that works as well as possible to well below 80Hz won't work as well above 80Hz as a driver designed to work as well as possible above 80Hz.
Of course there are exceptions.
True, when the manufacturer doesn't use drivers so optimized. When that is the case it's usually in the lower price/performance range.
Actually, if you look at the klipsch spec, the towers of the same size woofer will have a lower F3 then the bookshelves
The area of a woofer cone (Sd) is one Theile/Small spec. There are over a dozen specs that determine performance. If you do use the same woofer in a bookshelf versus tower the size of the tower in and of itself will result in a lower f3. But if you do that means you're not using drivers optimized for the pass band in which they're operating, and performance will suffer as a result. Like the proverbial Jack of All Trades a driver used in both bookshelves and towers is a Master in neither.
Bill, in the HSU HB-1 and HC-1 example, one being MTM and the other just MT, of the same line and assuming same components, what would be the main difference in SQ? Is it just SP Levels?
The dual woofer version will have 6dB higher output capability than the single woofer version, while having the dual woofers vertically aligned will more than halve the vertical dispersion angle, putting more sound at the listening position, while reducing early reflections off the ceiling and floor. The tweeter/crossover components would have to be adjusted so that the tweeter sensitivity matches the woofers sensitivity, but that's a very simple affair.
Expect better bass and dynamics.
That expectation would not be realized.Edited by Bill Fitzmaurice - 10/6/13 at 1:37pm