View Full Version : Tweeters !!!!!!


DVjorge
07-19-2011, 11:09 PM
Hi guys,
I would like to open this thread to know what kind of tweeters do you prefer between aluminum, titanium, silk, beryllium, paper, etc.
So, what are the best sounding tweeters to your ears ??

Thanks.

vincei
07-19-2011, 11:19 PM
ribbons or panels for me. :music:

derekva
07-19-2011, 11:26 PM
Hmmm...how about horn-loaded with titanium diaphragms?

-D

mythless
07-19-2011, 11:29 PM
From what I've heard so far, which isn't a whole lot, inverted dome.

LPD
07-19-2011, 11:34 PM
Inverted kevlar focal tweeters are very special to me :D

PioneerGuy75
07-20-2011, 12:24 AM
EMIT or JBL titanium dome.

Or perhaps a nice smoooooooooth silk dome...:scratch2:

Big Tuna
07-20-2011, 12:38 AM
I am quite fond of the soft dome tweeters/titanium dome supers in my Model Seven Kenwoods, and I am very partial to Ed May's Linear Polyester Film Domes used in his Marantz High Definition/ Design Series Speakers. Runners up are the cones used in the LS-408B Kenwoods, and the Graphite coned HPM Pioneers.

srinath
07-20-2011, 12:40 AM
Emit all the way for me.
I also like ceramic and Ti domes.
Then beryllium comes a close third.

The worst IMHO that went into what was considered decent speakers - is the mylar and poly cell ... Infinity replaced the emits with polycells and decided that people wont really notice ... WTF, if you had ears made of stone ...

Paper is awful too, but most paper tweets went in trash like thrusters or other pulp trash.

Cool.
Srinath.

sealy
07-20-2011, 01:30 AM
Silk or aluminum, two of the smoothest. The Allison dual-convex dome tweeter is also one of my favourites. It's made of paper. The renowned Celestion 1300 is also a paper tweeter. Titanium? Many good qualities, but tends toward brightness. Beryllium domes are also on the too bright, too analytical side of the spectrum, unless absolutely top-quality ancillaries are used. Also very costly to replace. Emits are nice tweeters but I've heard better. Ribbons, of which I've owned several, are too placement sensitive and usually have narrow listening windows due to dispersion problems. The Heil is one of my favourites, but again, is placement sensitive and is difficult to blend with many drivers. My favourite tweeter is the Walsh "ice-cream cone" tweeter. It seems to do everything well and radiates in a 360 degree dispersion pattern.

1973BuickGS
07-20-2011, 01:56 AM
I love the melinex T27 tweeters in my KEF 104aB, but I also really like the EMIT tweeters in my Infinity RS 6b.

Renzor213
07-20-2011, 04:57 AM
My current set up runs two soft dome's with a ribbon super tweeter crossed over high. I like it.

ARIYAHOOR
07-20-2011, 05:38 AM
Horn-loaded is the best IMHO

Machineghost
07-20-2011, 06:57 AM
B&W metal dome tweeters

Machineghost
07-20-2011, 06:58 AM
and TAD beryllium diaphragm compression drivers.

elnaldo
07-22-2011, 07:14 PM
EMIT tweeters #1 to me.

I've heard some AR titanium tweeters that I don't like at all.

Turnergande
07-22-2011, 09:11 PM
I have and have listened to many of the soft & hard dome types, a few EMITs, Heil AMT, a ribbon or two plus a few 'lowly' old fashioned paper cones such as CTS phenolic dome & JBL's LE-26, etc. Most sound fine to me if properly implemented. Anyhow, please don't toss those better paper cone CTS & JBL tweeters in the trash! They will get snatched up fast on eBay at the right price and the CTS in particular make for great DIY vintage speaker projects.

Renzor213
07-22-2011, 11:51 PM
I have and have listened to many of the soft & hard dome types, a few EMITs, Heil AMT, a ribbon or two plus a few 'lowly' old fashioned paper cones such as CTS phenolic dome & JBL's LE-26, etc. Most sound fine to me if properly implemented. Anyhow, please don't toss those better paper cone CTS & JBL tweeters in the trash! They will get snatched up fast on eBay at the right price and the CTS in particular make for great DIY vintage speaker projects.You got that right, as sold off 8 aluminum cone Bozak Zc tweeters a few years ago, and youd've thought they were made of gold.

automojo
07-23-2011, 01:47 AM
A vintage AMT Heil for sure is tops for me. I agree-the CTS phenolic dome is a nice smooth tweeter, and still sounds good today-DLK made good use of them. Not a extended response unit-but it suprises me every time I listen to my DLK 1 1/2's that lowly tweeter aint' half bad.
The Peerless dome plate tweeter was a nice detailed and smooth tweeter as well. Air spring tweeter as well-still remember the first time I heard one.
I agree-just because a tweeter is made of pulp (or any driver for that matter) doesn't mean it's trash. Personally as far as woofers go, I prefer a paper cone.

DaWoofer
07-23-2011, 01:54 AM
Kevlar

pioneerSRV
07-23-2011, 01:57 AM
Fried eggs :D

Turnergande
07-23-2011, 02:04 AM
Ah yes...the Bozak aluminum (Dural) cone tweeters, often mounted in an array, sometimes mounted in front of the woofer I have those with a Bozak LS-400 3-way cabinets. Very sweet sounding system by the way. The LS series apparently were post Rudy Bozak but the initial LS-400 still used his original speakers. I guess the alu cone (Dural) tweeters were phased out with the LS-400A which used a single soft dome.

Some of the early brands of dome tweeters apparently were not stellar performers and unfortunately I have some of those too.

Not sure if already mentioned but the Peerless square frame soft dome tweeters used in some of the earlier Polk Monitor series seem to have very good reviews.

I also have had good luck with a Morel DMS 37 semi horn soft dome tweeter in a DIY 3-way project.

budgetaudio6
07-23-2011, 02:14 AM
emits and Tannoy Dual Concentrics!

Illusions
07-23-2011, 02:17 AM
Klipsch Horns, or my AudioSource's Mylar Tweeter, or JBL Titanium Tweeter.

I like pretty much anything besides Aluminum or paper

kneeOhFight
07-23-2011, 02:18 AM
make mine EMIT and Heil AMT

Ski
07-23-2011, 04:50 AM
Plasma. Other than that, I believe that there are great examples of any given material and bad examples of the same or "better" material. A well designed and executed dome tweeter can sound better than a cheap ribbon.

gdwrench
07-23-2011, 07:02 AM
Plasma. Other than that, I believe that there are great examples of any given material and bad examples of the same or "better" material. A well designed and executed dome tweeter can sound better than a cheap ribbon.

This pretty much sum's it up ......:thmbsp:

Adda
07-23-2011, 07:48 AM
True ribbon tweeters, and don't look back ;)

dc270
07-23-2011, 09:24 AM
If you have ever heard a Morel MDT 30 soft dome tweeter you will mot soon forget them!!
DC

xpert54
07-23-2011, 09:27 AM
Soft dome and horn tweeters work for me so far.

Tom Brennan
07-23-2011, 10:29 AM
I've heard most types sounding both good and bad.

Right now I'm using one set with electrostatic tweeters and another with aluminum domes but I claim no superiority for either type of tweeter.

PioneerGuy75
07-23-2011, 02:38 PM
Emit all the way for me.
I also like ceramic and Ti domes.
Then beryllium comes a close third.

The worst IMHO that went into what was considered decent speakers - is the mylar and poly cell ... Srinath.

:thmbsp::thmbsp:

Chrisssssssss
08-06-2011, 07:03 PM
Heils and MB Quart Titanium Domes

Celt
08-06-2011, 07:06 PM
I've heard and owned very good sounding paper tweeters, but can think of examples of all materials that are both good and bad.

trusound
08-06-2011, 07:26 PM
1st. Infinity emit kappas 2nd Celestion SL600 copper domes, and 3rd Focal kevlar inverted domes

mhardy6647
08-06-2011, 08:06 PM
Umm... well... let's see... I like the Peerless silk domes, I like the Roy Allison paper dome (more like nipple-shaped) tweeters. I like the ads soft domes, I like the vintage Altec compression drivers with aluminum diaphragms, I like the Philips polycarbonate domes. I like the Peerless paper cone AlNiCo tweeters, and several of the fairly generic paper cone tweeters use by Henry Kloss at various companies. I like the EPI/Genesis inverted domes. I like the JVC and Radio Shack planar tweeters, and I like the Quad ESL-57 electrostatic tweeter panels. Probably plenty of others, too, that are slipping my mind right now.

nick12345
08-06-2011, 08:22 PM
Of what I've heard, paper.

VolvoHeretic
08-06-2011, 10:11 PM
The sixteen Radio Shack 3" Piezo super tweeters on my Altec A7's sound pretty good to me.

JoeESP9
08-06-2011, 10:22 PM
Of what I've heard, plasma is hands down the best. Electrostatic and (real) ribbons are a very close second. Planar such as EMIT's and Quasi Ribbon's are third.