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2way, 3way, 4way, whats it all mean?

 

Bronze Member
Username: James_the_god

Doncaster, South Yorkshire England

Post Number: 19
Registered: Jan-05
Does anyone know what all these 'way' terminology meanings are in terms of speakers. Im guessing that the more 'ways' there are the better the speaker, but tecnhincally i havn't a clue.
Anyone?
 

J. Vigne
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The more points there are in the division of the frequencies a speaker handles will determine how many "ways" it is. One bass and one tweeter make a two way; where one bass, one mid and one tweeter make a three way. There's a bit more to it than this, but, that's the basics. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. There is no simple answer as to which is better.


 

Silver Member
Username: Kano

Post Number: 251
Registered: Oct-04
An important distinction to J. Vigne's answer is it's the division of the frequencies that determines how many ways it is. You can have more than one tweeter/driver/woofer devoted to the same frequencies but that doesn't increase how many ways it is. M&K S150 are two way, yet they have 3 tweeters and 2 drivers

http://www.mksound.com/images/speakers/mains/S-150_THX/s150_150x166.jpg

Another good example is the Bose Acoustimass speakers. According to www.intellexual.net, the Bose speakers are 1 way, since they appear to use a split crossover running both the paper cones in the speakers.
 

Bronze Member
Username: James_the_god

Doncaster, South Yorkshire England

Post Number: 22
Registered: Jan-05
K, thanks guys, them MKS look sweet!
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