Klipsch speakers with horns instead of tweeters....What's better?

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  1. Anthony Chiu

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    I've never heard the sound of speakers with horns instead of tweeters. I see that the Klipsch speakers in have them.

    Are there any advantages/disadvantages to having horn tweeters?
     
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  3. Manuel Delaflor

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    They have tweeters, just like other speakers, but they use the mechanical amplification of the horn to make the job of the tweeter a lot less stressful.

    Some people think that this is not an advantage, but I disagree. I hardly like a speaker that do not use horns. The sound is IMO more real and palpable.
     
  4. Anthony Chiu

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    You do realize that I ask because the mid-priced Klipsch-lineup uses horn tweeters.

    I like what I'm hearing from Klipsch. I'm just not sure what sized speakers I need.
    The quintets are "cute", but my room is 16x15.
    Any suggestions?
     
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    I like even the smallest Synergy bookshelves better than the Quintets. I would say only do quintets if you are doing a 7.1 system and get the Synergy bookshelves for the front two channels, or only do the Quintets in a 5.1 system if you want to hang them from the walls.
     
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    Just be aware that there are two varities of "horn" tweeters. A traditional (and best sound/quality) one will make use of a compression driver to drive the horn. The lower end Kilpsch and a lot of others use a conventional dome tweeter driver in back of a horn. This arrangement does not have nearly the efficiency or all the advantages of a compression driver. When they do this, the "horn" is really more of a "waveguide" than a horn. The higher end Klipsch speakers use actual compression drivers, as do all professional horn systems.
     

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