Investigation of Current Driven Loudspeakers

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Current driven loudspeakers have previously been investigated but the literature is limited and the advantages and disadvantages are yet to be fully identified. This paper makes use of a non-linear loudspeaker model to analyse loudspeakers with distinct non-linear characteristics under voltage and current drive. A multi tone test signal is used in the evaluation of the driving schemes since it resembles audio signals to a higher degree than the signals used in total harmonic distortion and intermodulation distortion test methods. It is found that current drive is superior over voltage drive in a 5” woofer where a copper ring in the pole piece has not been implemented to compensate for eddy currents. However the drive method seems to be irrelevant for a 5” woofer where the compliance, force factor as well as the voice coil inductance has been optimized for linearity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Number of pages7
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Publication date2015
Article number9292
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event138th Audio Engineering Society Convention - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 7 May 201510 May 2015
Conference number: 138


Conference138th Audio Engineering Society Convention


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