Coaxial drivers can be effective,but they have their own flaws too. There is on magic answer.
Originally Posted by Kingdaddy
I think it's pretty well known among designers (or agreed upon) that any frequency dividing network is a degradation to making natural organic music. The best crossover is NO crossover, but current speaker limitations lead most to a dividing network. If I have my pick of putting a wad of reactive components between the amp signal and driver (destroying impulse and control), OR a hand full of grungy op-amps, I'll take the grunge over the decoupling any day. Grunge can be overridden or tamed. However, the loss of dampening makes micro dynamics and phase alignment nearly improbable IMO.
Ofcourse theres many ways to go,its like going out for a meal.You could go to mcdonalds and be happy for 5minutes and feel sick later,or you could go get some italian or whatever and enjoy the quality and flavour.The driver itself is reactive !
Can a resistor or reactive component,add a distortion where as the driver itself doesnt? I mean the electrical part alone of the driver. I know that many people do think that resistors and capacitors can be heard. I think that those people are pretty much doomed in audio. Theres only so much you can achieve without electrical components
Its a design choice with its own pros and cons to go crossoverless. People often add a 'supertweeter'with a capacitor approximating a 1st order filter. But then the DI is mucked up since the single driver is beaming into a tight acoustic pattern while the tweeter is behaving in an omnidirectional way.
Many do enjoy single drivers,like fostex. Usualy- little- girl -with -guitar- music - no offence intended,they often state this themselves.
For dynamics people tend to go with more efficient/higher power handling systems.
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