More than 2 years ago we started thinking about making a new and better bass unit that would excel everything else of this range on the market. Here are some of the key features:
We started with the basket design, eliminating any compression effects and resonance characteristics of the basket itself. We used multiple, slightly bent spokes with 4 different curvatures to provide just this. The backside of the dome is 100% vented and as a nice benefit offering improved safe handling of the unit. Look at our first picture here.
Within the reasonable working range, the motor system should be extremely linear. This can be achieved with a thick top plate and a quasi-symmetric underhung geometry plus a low inductance voice coil, unfortunately imposing the need for lots of steel and neodymium. The FE simulation in picture 2 shows the extremely linear flux profile within the gap.
The force of the voice coil must be transferred to the dome with maximum accuracy, which implies the need for a voice coil former with high internal speed of sound and special stiffness. As aluminum would add severe eddy currents to the system, titanium is the material of choice here.
For the membrane, we used our recently invented sandwich cone, a structure that is extremely stiff in the middle section where the voice coil is attached and equipped with a higher damping section at the outer rim, exactly where it is needed.
The entirely new designed high excursion surround is higher than wide and provides a piston area that is up to 20% larger as comparable bass units. It combines a large mechanical excursion limit with a unique narrow shape and very low distortion.
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