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Originally Posted by Vahid Jamali
I had a question regarding the new unifi as well as the elac b6 and their use of the softdome tweeter vs the ribbon tweeter/kapton/folded ribbon. The ribbon tweeters allow for more higher range before rolling off than softdomes as andrew said in one of those videos but they he said that the soft dome he made can get to that level.
Is the reason he used soft dome vs ribbon tweeters a cost saving measure, or is it difference of opinion on what sounds better in a speaker? Would his speakers be even better with ribbon tweeters and is he not going that route due to wanted another line in the future that puts them in there at a higher price point?
Just curious. I'm choosing between a Elac B6, vs a HTD L3 at the moment. So I'm very curious.
A lot of so called ribbon tweeters are in name only, they are not true ribbon tweeters, it's a compromised design and the result is they often have even greater mass than a good quality, well designed dome tweeters
Actually, a high quality dome tweeters will easily outperform the low-end fake ribbon tweeters and one common complain you hear from those low-end ribbons are harsh and fatiguing sound
A pair of true ribbon tweeters will cost at least a couple hundred dollars and you are not going to find them on the entry level speakers..
Originally Posted by crenca
I think what Andrew and others (who are honest) are saying is at this price point, you can make a soft dome that sounds quite good OR you can make a ribbon that does not sound so good. You need to spend more money on Ribbon's before their inherent design characteristics start to show through.
Agree, it is just not realistic to expect high quality true ribbon at this price point, but you can still make quality speakers with good dome tweeters!
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