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JBL 4645
12-26-2007, 07:11 AM
While reading the "Sam I am" thread I realized something, what is the (horizontal and vertical) dispersion of the JBL control 5 and control 1?

So I would like to know please what widest horizontal dispersion is and the narrowest Vertical dispersion is?



12-27-2007, 01:38 PM
What do the specs say?

Generally, dome tweeter = no control.

JBL 4645
12-27-2007, 02:58 PM
What do the specs say?

Generally, dome tweeter = no control.


The specifications don’t say anything, I was hoping someone, might have some insider information on this? Thanks.:)

12-27-2007, 06:29 PM
Zilch The specifications don’t say anything,
I was hoping someone might have some insider information on this? Thanks.:)

No no - Zilch was pretty clear -

Generally, dome tweeter = no control.

Thats pretty straight-forward; when there is no structure around a dome, sound will generally travel the same in all directions. Think of a pebble tossed in a open pond - rings travelling outward equally.
When there is controlled dispersion, usually there is some kind of shaped horn or structural device. Think of the 2405/077 Slot tweeters, or the SAM horns array - each of them is tall and skinny, that slot-funnel shape is going to limit the expansion of the sound waves more in one dimension than in the other.

JBL 4645
12-28-2007, 06:05 AM
I never thought of that ripples in water thanks Heather :), so if I had a 18” ball of concrete and dropped into a lake, the ripples will be large is that what you’re saying??

01-01-2008, 07:26 PM
Went to Alaska and watched the glaciers calving, nice ripples when the big chunks dropped.

01-04-2008, 08:30 AM
These folks seem to disagree about dispersion characteristics on dome tweeters. It appears as though they claim they can control it through the crossover. Personally, I thought the suggestion kind of odd when I first read it. Or is "acoustic radiation pattern" not the same as dispersion?

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01-04-2008, 01:07 PM
... probably a D'Appolito-like crossover for vertical use and a different
topology for horizontal. Modifying the FR and phase of the two mid/bass
drivers can certainly change how they interact/interfere, and therefore the
radiation pattern. ... and likely less to do with the dome tweeter itself, but I'd
be interested to hear otherwise. -grumpy