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Old 07-14-2002, 05:53 PM   #1
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Are separates better than coaxials? ..

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3.2 Are component/separates any better than fullrange or coaxials? [JSC, DK]
Usually, yes. Using separates allows you to position the drivers independently and more carefully, which will give you greater control over your imaging. For best results, try to keep the mid and tweeter as close together as possible -- this will make the two drivers act more like a single point source (which is ideal).

For rear fill applications, however, coaxial speakers will perform fine, as imaging is not a primary concern. However, it is very common to use a low pass crossover with the rear speakers (at 2500 Hz) since rear-fill is intended to produce "ambiance," and high frequencies (> 2500 Hz) can confuse the soundstage, making it appear that music is originating behind you.


CAF comment: The quality of the components used in building a "separates" system and an "integrated" or "coaxial" system are drawn from all levels. There are "separates" that use low quality parts, as well as "coaxials" that use high quality parts. Just because a speaker system is built using a "separates" design, does not mean it is better by default than a speaker that integrates the tweeter into the midrange ("coax").
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