SO, NOW YOU KNOW: Distorted speakers

PAULMCGOWAN ...

Ever wonder why speaker manufacturers don’t list distortion as one of their measured parameters? Me too.

To my knowledge, there’s not even a standard by which to suggest acceptable distortion. Yet, try that with the electronics that drive those speakers and howls of protest drift up through the rafters.

Do we not care what level of distortion our speakers make?

As we work to build the new PS loudspeakers we are in constant communication with the driver manufacturer. Each of our drivers is designed from the ground up to our specs which include maximum loudness as a function of distortion. I am guessing we are not the only engineering company to request these numbers but apparently, by the head scratching on the other end of those requests, it is a rare one.

Maybe because we’re electronic designers we look at the world of sound reproduction differently than engineers whose careers have been spent designing speakers.

Maybe it’s time for a fresh look.

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