Any audiophile knows that quality sound isn’t just the product of a quality brand name or an expensive purchase—the superiority of your sounds relies heavily on the construction and calibration of the equipment you’re using. In no component is this truer than your tweeter in Chicago.
Tweeters are one aspect of high end audio that’s subject to a tremendous amount of scrutiny, preference and favoritism, simply because the number of unique constructions and variations in theory have produced a long line of options for high end audio consumers to pick from. Each has its own unique attributes and in turn, each affects the audio its producing in a subtle, yet noticeable way.
Take a look at some of the more popular tweeter design styles and why you might prefer one versus another, based on how the design affects the audio:
- Cone tweeters: Cone tweeters are the least expensive to produce thanks to the ability to uniformly and accurately replicate a precise cone design across a factory assembly. The most common cone tweeter design is called the “whizzer” cone, which mimics a paper megaphone built into a woofer, with the goal of increasing treble production. In all, not too many high end systems utilize the cone design because it’s considered one of the weaker options, however great results have still been achieve with this design when high quality materials are incorporated.
- Balanced dome tweeters: This design incorporates a dome that’s nested in a cone, which are uniform in size. Because of this more refined design, softer materials can be safely used to create the dome, which means a more refined sound quality that’s produced during operation. This design is great, but almost exclusively used with coaxial speakers.
- Dome tweeter: The final frontier in the dome tweeter design, this model supports a full dome that disseminates sound much more effectively and across a wider range than the balanced dome design. This design also allows for more of a tailored listening experience when it comes to equalization and calibration, since the optimal audial range is expanded by the dome. The only downside to this style of tweeter in Chicago is that it draws more power when in use.
Now, the above might be the big three when it comes to talking about tweeter design, but they’re infinitely expanded depending on the materials used to construct them. In this way, a cone tweeter can achieve a level of quality reserved for dome-style tweeters when crafted with high-end materials, just as the quality of a dome tweeter can drop off if constructed with poor materials. Take a look at some of the material options that can define sound quality:
- Synthetic films: Mylar, polymers, PET plastics.
- Textiles and fabrics: Silk, synthetic fabric blends.
- Metals and alloys: Aluminum, titanium, other exotic metals.
Because the composition of the tweeter itself and the material it’s manufactured from can both impact the sound subtly, the range of sound quality, crispness, affect and more are all on a sliding scale that’s nearly infinite in its possibilities. The only way to truly find a sound that speaks to you in the world of high end tweeters in Chicago, is to experiment with several of the most popular variables and delve deeper from there!