Speaker Loudness?

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  1. Walt H

    Walt H Stunt Coordinator

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    What determines a speaker's loudness? Does "sensitivity rating" determine the loudness? Example: at the same volume level, would a speaker with a 92db sensitivity rating be louder than a speaker with an 89db sensitivity rating?
     
  2. RicP

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    Yes, that's essentially it.
    The Sensitivity rating determines how loud a speaker can play when fed with 2.83 volts and measured from 1Meter away.
    A speaker with high sensitivity needs less amplifier power to reach a higher db level.
    There are other factors of course, but you've basically got it. [​IMG]
     
  3. Walt H

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    Will a speaker with a lower sensitivity rating give better bass than one with a higher sensitivity rating? Is there a trade off...i.e. you can't have high efficiency (with a high sensitivity rating) plus good bass?
     
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    I don't think there is any such direct correlation between bass and sensitivity, but I could be wrong. Bass can be roughly determined from the frequency response figures. I can see what you're saying, and I think it would be easier to build a higher sensitivity speaker if it didn't have to go down too low, but as far as specs go, I think they are pretty much two independent parameters.
     

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