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Everything posted by kipman725

  1. Any experience of the fan noise of the Linea Research amps? I don't think you can buy an X8 even if you have the money at the moment as the electronics parts shortage hit Powersoft hard and they prioritized install. Powersoft give the following spec: fan Noise - 1/8 Maximum Output Power @ 8 Ω (1m) 40 dBA SPL, so if idle could go <35dBA at idle that would be fine I think to use at home.
  2. Another idea would be to use amp modules to make my own amplifier. It looks like I could fit 8 channels of this: https://icepoweraudio.com/buy/as-series/2000as2hv/ in 3U (needs space for heatsink on base). Hypex also sell high power modules: https://www.hypex.nl/product/nc2k-oem/79 At a lower cost I could also try and find who makes these modules and devise a cooling system for them: https://www.bluearan.co.uk/index.php?id=JMSQ10M#
  3. looking to reduce the size of my amp rack. Currently use 3*P7000S and 1*P5000S (Yamaha) which are silent when not operating at high output. Ideally looking for 4 channels in 2U that can do 2000W/ch 8ohm but as I also use this rack at home with low fan noise when at low output. With modern technology this should be quite easy! but it seems like the minimum fan speed on most amps is programed relatively high. So far I have heard the Labgruppen C series is quite quiet so that's a possibility. I wonder if anyone else knows of quieter amps? The other idea would be to just get a load of 1/2U EXTRON xpa amps and have a low power 'b' rack hidden away at home, replacing my current Yamaha amps with something like Gisen K21x4 which we already have been using two of for a year on a larger system and been impressed with its performance for the price but is quite noisy.
  4. I suspected that level of pricing, makes it pointless for me as I could get the eminence nsw6021-6 which presents a better load for my amps for that price. Practically however I will go with the B&C 21ds115-4 when we have the funds because in almost all our use cases its better to have more subs to form arrays than fewer slightly higher output subs.
  5. https://audioxpress.com/news/lavoce-launches-powersoft-ipalmod-compatible-18-and-21-subwoofers http://www.lavocespeakers.com/lavoce/assets/datasheets/1636475255_LAVOCE_SAN216.00iP_21in_SUBWOOFER_E.a.pdf Bl^2/RE = 378
  6. Interesting the comments about USB protocol delay been additive to the number you see in the driver, would make using very small buffers quite pointless. Ethernet should be much better but you might require small frame lengths to achieve the best possible latency. For live sound I would say around 50mS would be acceptable for FOH but perhaps as low as 10-20mS for any monitoring system. For FIR filters for speaker correction 512-1024 taps @ 48KHz would seem to be OK for live sound. I notice the Linea research ASC48 has 768 tap filters @ 96kHz correction filters (~4mS delay). If you get your DSP software running on ARM you could also potentially use something like Xilinx Zynq to accelerate FIR filters.
  7. I've seen various PC based crossover/DSP software on DIYAudio and had assumed that the delays would be too great for live audio. What kind of delay do you get SME? It should be easy to temperature limit sub woofers as the thermal overload is slow usually over hours and the voice coil is aluminum or copper for which we know the thermal coefficient. The amplifier should be able to use a low frequency excitation of low amplitude (say 5Hz) to sense the voice coil resistance and by comparison with the cold resistance at a known temperature sense the voice coil temperature (using the thermal coefficient). This way you wouldn't even need to have an impedance plot of the cab. For high frequency drivers however this wouldn't be suitable and we would have to do some kind of model fitting to extract the Re term from live impedance plots obtained via dual channel FFT analysis. It's not going to happen but the ideal platform for this would be if Powersoft just opened up the FPGA or DSP chip that they presumably have inside their amps which must already have ADCs monitoring output voltage and current....
  8. My limiter on the input is a simple compressor not multiband its more like a system volume limit, if I want to restrict the maximum volume I just reduce the threshold. The outline newton might be able to implement your setup? I haven't used one (out of my price range...): https://www.production-partner.de/test/outline-newton-audio-dsp-prozessor/
  9. The maximum peak SPL spec is essentially meaningless but I can tell you from comparing the SKRAM to FANE 18XB reflex subwoofers in simulation 4 SKRAM with B&C 21DS115-4 will surpass the output 10 40Hz tuned 18XB loaded reflex boxes. So to surpass the output of your 4 single 18" subs I would expect you to need two SKRAM.
  10. I run peak and 'RMS' (longer time constant) limiters, usually the system is over provisioned and we are controlling output level through the mixing desk though so they are not activating. I also have a compressor on the input with a long attack and release and medium knee that is adjusted with pink noise to engage when the output limiters are starting to engage such that its impossible to activate the output limiters constantly with music signals (the compressor effectively turns everything down if that happens). Perhaps its just our priorities with the speakers we bring but I find the most demanding content is live bands on the tweeters where we have observed limiting and once lost a diaphragm. Its pretty easy to bring the connectors out to patch panels, I use Symetrix 8x8 DSP + DIGIO and wouldn't go back to fixed signal flow.
  11. Symetrix or QSC or BIAMP DSPs do arbitrary signal processing with a flow graph approach. You can download the software and design site files offline to see if it will work for you. The Symetrix limiters accept side chain input which could simplify your signal flow. Powersoft amps can limit on real power input to the driver. I'm not quite sure why no one has developed an amp that senses real time voice coil temp from the copper/alu thermal coefficient yet but that should be possible (and guarantee driver survival from thermal failure). A low frequency small amplitude excitation could be used to sense DCR.
  12. https://www.china-sanway.com/D20KQ-4-Channel-Class-D-Digital-DSP-Amplifier-16000W-for-Subwoofer-pd49629476.html I suspect the latest Sanway amps are at least a development on the original LG designs as the power levels are beyond the amplifiers that they are meant to be a clone of: https://www.prosoundnetwork.com/gear-and-technology/labgruppen-fp-series-amplifiers
  13. Very useful data. I'm impressed you tested close to 130dB I have tested at ~115dB before and also experienced this tactile HF sensation. Under 10% HD in the 22.5V test of the AXI2050 on K402 is impressive. Its a shame the Klipsch charge so much for this horn. I did consider buying a pair of 2360A until I heard a them in a club in Berlin (more of a listening room). Initially I the sound was very impressive but after a while I noticed an unreal kind of cupped nature to the midrange which would have annoyed me if I had bought some.
  14. Did some quick tests on the TASCAM US-2X2HR similar the the Fireface at 4V loopback THD+N = -98.5dB
  15. The COSMOS ADC is amazing I have been tempted to get one myself but I recently got a TASCAM US HR 2X2 which I have measured loop back ~103 dB SINAD so I shall see how far this takes me. The TASCAM MIC EIN is specified as -128dBu or lower so I should be able to measure low noise levels with it as well. With the fireface loopback measurements you have a THD+N vs level graph, is this from REW? how do you do this? I like the graphs, preference to the data table I also like SMEs idea of referencing everything to the 1kHz result. I don't know if your interested in adding more tests but amps like the Powersoft X4 are very thermaly compromised for their peak power output and can only sustain full output in the long term with high crest factor signals (I can't full recall but around 14dB?). There are tests in production partner showing output collapsing over the course of minutes. This gets into long term power testing though which you have already shown is risky.
  16. The level seems quite low. I would expect the noise to be constant with level so SNR should improve if a larger signal is used. The Fireface UC is spec: THD+N AD: < -98 dB (< 0.0012 %), THD+N DA: -96 dB (0.0015 %) so you're getting pretty close.* *didn't see your last post I think optimal level for the Fireface will be around 4V from your results.
  17. I did some loopback tests of a presonus firebox, they are ~7dB worse than your results for noise and distortion. However your distortion is much lower. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/presonus-firebox-24bit-96khz-loopback-measurments.24565/#post-828710 should be more than adequate for PA amplifier characterization.
  18. Hi @Ricci have you tried any horns with exponential throat sections with these mid-range drivers? my understanding is that any horn which doesn't have collapsing HF directivity (conic or OS) will have poor loading at low frequency which (I hope) is what makes them sound bad when run low. I am planning a horn that is used in PA down to 400Hz but it only needs to get to 4kHz so I am basically designing a CE horn (using M200 drivers): http://www.xlrtechs.com/dbkeele.com/PDF/Keele (1975-05 AES Preprint) - Whats So Sacred Exp Horns.pdf There are some nice loading graphs on page two of this: https://www.grc.com/acoustics/An-Introduction-to-Horn-Theory.pdf
  19. Also Klipsch are building a very similar speaker as there new flagship: The lense that they add to the AXI2050 looks interesting!
  20. If you have a lot of money you can purchase the K402 from Klipsch as a cinema replacement part with a driver attached. The K402 isn't actually that fancy a horn though its basically a huge conical horn with a mouth flare. A dual slope conic that is typically used in unity horn designs of the same size will approximate its behavior. This a spreadsheet that can design a horn for you: http://www.libinst.com/SynergyCalc/Synergy Calc V5.pdf This person built a more complex replica incorporating the mouth flare: https://www.stereonet.com/forums/topic/232459-klipsch-k402-replica-build/ I've been designing mid-range horns recently and would caution though that conic horns like the K402 do not provide good loading to throat mounted compression drivers low in frequency compared to there size. This may mean that it might not sound nice crossing at 300Hz, although the AXI2050 has huge surface area compared to a typical comp and may be OK.
  21. Impressive ports. The 15DS should be one of the very best 15" drivers. The best way to find tuning is to measure the impedance of the box W.R.T frequency where it will be at the minimum value between the two peaks. If you only have a microphone you could also try looking for a notch in the near field of the woofer response and peak in the port response but this may be complicated by their close proximity.
  22. successfully used this tool to do some tricky alignments like a 100-400Hz horn with a cluster of 100-400Hz horns of different length. With a decent initial guess (tape measure) you can easily see what delay gives the best result.
  23. Yes all of your results make sense. The basic issue is that your using a driver with relatively low xmax in a low tuned box and as such its excursion limited rather than power limited. There exist drivers with 15-20mm of linear excursion capability that would be able to get much louder in a low tuned box. The Hornresp simulation assumes linear behavior whereas in real life increasing the drive voltage beyond which causes xmax will result in less than the predicted excursion. So when you observe 13mm peak excursion its unlikely the driver would get that far and may be undamaged, it probably won't sound great though. The xmech for this driver is listed as 16.5 mm but it might be almost impossible to reach as the coil will be far beyond the magnetic gap and thus subject to little force before excursion reaches this point. In this thread I measure the excursion capability of a driver, you can see on the scope screen that the driver position measurement starts to 'flat top', increasing drive beyond this point just doesn't result in anymore excursion, just more heating in the voice coil.
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