**The Official Chane Music and Cinema owner's thread**
Originally Posted by Soulburner
Drivers will interfere with each other. In the case of 3 drivers in a line, the outside drivers will interfere with the inside driver and lead to holes in the sound field as experienced by listeners as they move their head.
For a vertical speaker, the inconsistencies will be evident when standing up and sitting back down. If you lay that speaker on its side, the dispersion pattern will follow, and the inconsistencies will be evident as a listener moves their head side to side.
This can be alleviated by giving the tweeter an offset.
Some crossover design techniques can also mitigate the effect, but not completely.
Eh. Crossover strategy plays a simply enormous role. Phase and time behavior rule the day here.
Done right, and the nulls become so subtle that an inexperienced listener likely won't notice them. As in the maximum null is 5dB or less at 20+ degrees off axis. That's a 40 degree arc. Which is typically the entire couch for the average 7-14ft listening distance.
Vertical is preferred. But, especially for center use, horizontal is very usable.
Oh and I'll stake my flag in the ground right now on this point: as long as the acoustical driver center to center spacing is acceptable, the arrangement of the drivers on the baffle in the X/Y axes isn't nearly as important as gaining physical offset and time alignment through driver depth offset (Z axis) in terms of really nailing a crossover.
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Last edited by BufordTJustice; 06-03-2019 at 06:52 PM.