Current speaker design technologies have run their course. The best of today’s box, panel and horn speakers are awfully good, but all fall short of reproducing the sound of a rock band, jazz trio or symphony orchestra as we hear them in real life. But what will it take to get them there?
My guess: Speakers need to be closer to the size of instruments in order to produce life-size sound. In other words, much bigger.
Expecting a 1-inch (28mm) dome tweeter to fully reproduce a Zildjian cymbal’s crash is expecting too much. Same for expecting a 6-inch (152mm) woofer to create the sound of a bass drum beat. It’s mission impossible.
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