What are horn tweeters?


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Username: Mikeycaldarone

North Providence, Rhide Island United States

Post Number: 21
Registered: Sep-04
My friend said that horn tweeters go outside your car so the people outside have a clearer hearing of the song. Is that true? If it is what kind of horn tweeters are good?

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Username: _andrew_

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-04
Horn tweeters are essentially a different kind of speaker. I don't think that they are specifically designed to go outside of the car ... what would the point in that be? It's your audio system, afterall.

A loudspeaker is an example of a horn tweeter, or compression driver.
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Username: Jonathan_f


Post Number: 2697
Registered: May-04
Horn tweeters, aka compression horns, are basically a waveguide horn. In short, it is a tweeter that has lower range (usually down to 600 hz-1khz) and uses a waveguide horn shape to direct soundwaves. I'm personally not a huge fan of them, but some people love them. It's all in what you like. They offer more dynamics (louder off of less power) and less distortion. They also allow you to use less drivers, such as an 8" midbass, the compression horn, and whatever sub(s) you choose. They are also designed to provide a strong center image, but they have to be set up VERY well to provide it. They usually need some EQing to make them sound "normal", so keep that in mind.

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 6161
Registered: Dec-03
and to continue that, horns are NOT for outside the car.
nobody else gives a sh*t about your music.
keep it in your car, please.
Then, go slap your friend.

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 6162
Registered: Dec-03
Horn Loaded Compression Drivers

Also known as compression horns and wave guides, HLCDs represent what could be the biggest waste of money in car audio. The only benefits of HLCD are good dynamics, high efficiency and better imaging. However, the disadvantages are numerous. HLCD have frequency response from approximately 1kHz to 20kHz. Thus they are essentially large tweeters with very good low frequency extension. However, they cost anywhere from $300 to over $1000 for a pair. So by themselves, the HLCDs already cost as much or significantly more than most competition quality component speaker systems. You will also have to purchase a separate set of mid bass drivers to cover the frequencies below 1kHz. A pair of quality mid bass drivers start at about $150, adding more to the cost. Installation of HLCDs are very costly and time consuming. Labor quotes can exceed $1000 just for the installation and setup of a pair of HLCDs. The installation location of HLCD is usually under the dash. Even though this position allows for a more focused image, the overall sound stage is much narrower than conventional tweeters mounted on the doors. The tradeoff for high efficiency is poor transient response, tonal accuracy and overall frequency response. There are mid-bass drivers that have better transient response than HLCDs. The frequency response and tonal accuracy of HLCD are so bad that it's generally accepted that in order to make a pair of HLCD listenable, one would need 30 band 1/3 octave equalizers, which cost no less than $300. And even then, the sound quality of the HLCD are not even comparable to a pair of good conventional tweeters. In summary, HLCDs are expensive and they exhibit all the characteristics that we do NOT want in a tweeter, especially one that would require the owner to spend thousands just to get mediocre results.
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