Tweeter question.

A ribbon tweeter is a metallic or metalised plastic membrane vibrating in a magnetic field. A conventional tweeter is pushing and pulling (or blowing and sucking!) just like a woofer, but is much smaller and hence faster.

Ribbons were delicate but are becoming tougher. Domes are more versatile and cheaper to produce.

I haven't heard a decent ribbon set-up at any length, though they have a dedicated, if small, following. Cannot express a meaningful preference, though having heard some amazing domes they are my default choice as there is such variety.


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Aug 21, 2009
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Very enlightening response by Nopiano. It is also my belief that they can go higher than other standerd types (though I stand to be corrected). I also think it's hard to implement - it can sound bright and nasty.