Welcome to the ISHTEK Speaker Design Page

    Thiele-Small based speaker design.
      This page kindly supplied by Electroacoustic Creations (Australia). 
      Last Updated 29/1/2006
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The applet referenced via this page is copyrighted and comes with no warranty. It is intended for demonstration purposes only. There is no warranty express or implied for this applet. Use of the applet is granted for personal use only. Designs produced by the applet may not be sold commercially without permission from the authors. 

The speaker design program which you can access via this page uses Thiele-Small parameters for a speaker, and allows you to calculate various designs. The two primary style of speaker designs handled by the program are horn-loaded cabinets and vented cabinets. 

The designs produced may be used to construct high efficiency horn-loaded cabinets for PA and sound-reinforcement use. Horn flares may be conical or exponential. Exponential flares have the best efficiency/distortion tradeoff of all flares. However, conical flares are easy to build. A conical flare is commonly seen as the mid-range cabinet in large PA systems (a Roy box perhaps?). Other flare types (hyperbolic, parabolic) are not implemented. 

Hi-fi cabinets would most likely be designed using vented cabinets. As a social consideration, we do not include any design ability for band-pass designs used for cars that go thump-thump-thump. Similarly, closed cabinets are almost always outperformed by vented cabinets, so they have been omitted as well. 

N.B. All units used by the program are metric. 

To use the program, first enter the speaker parameters using the 'Choose Speaker' option. Next, choose either 'Vented Design' or 'Horn Design' to select features for your design. 

If you are doing a horn-loaded design, you then go to the 'Horn Response' section to plot speaker capabilities, horn impedances, and system response. 

Note, that for horn designs, the compliance volume (the air volume between the diaphragm and the throat of the horn) affects the high frequency response of the horn. Hence, a real design will show high-end rolloff unless a 'phase-plug' is used. If you specify a compliance volume, you will see high frequency roll-off when plotting the frequency response of horn designs. The compliance volume is specified in cubic metres, so, for example, with a typical 15" driver, the volume displaced by the driver is approximately 4 litres, and the compliance volume is roughly 3 litres, or 0.003 cubic metres. 

When doing a horn design, the 'Speaker Limits' graph shows what the defined loudspeaker is capable of when different diaphragm to throat ratios (Sd/St) are used. 
When doing a vented design, the following definitions are used: