8" woofers

The 8” woofers in the Tower and Monitor are built upon the same core fundamentals as the the 13.8” subwoofer, but with application specific details changed. The 8” cone does not have the glass fibre reinforcement of the 13.8” as it is already stiff enough and the base material’s inherent self-damping with its proprietary cone treatment is chief quality. An entirely bespoke design, the 8” mid-woofers are optimised to cover a very wide frequency range from 1500Hz, down to the lowest bass notes without a hint of cone resonance.

The use of an 8”, instead of smaller diameter drivers, provides a naturally improved bass response and efficiency, without working as hard to make it happen. Distortion is closely related to how far the cone and motor has to move for a given volume level. Size presents it’s own engineering challenges and the motor, suspension and diaphragm all must be delicately balanced to be able to cover the critical midrange frequencies without coloration.

We use:

  1. CCAW (Copper Clad Aluminium Wire) in the voice coil, balancing the lightness of aluminium, with the conductivity of copper.
  2. Multiple aluminum shorting rings to reduce inductance, increase frequency bandwidth and lower distortion, whilst benefiting from the greater heat dissipation of a larger voice coil.
  3. Suspension FEA analysed to deliver symmetrical travel, lowering non-linear distortion
  4. Klippel analysed, lightweight, long fiber pulp cones, treated with a custom formulation for inherent self damping, that remains pistonic through its operating range and beyond.
  5. Voice coil venting to reduce physical and thermal compression, maintaining a hugely dynamic response.

Multiple drive units are combined to further reduce Doppler distortions and augment bass output and power handling. The result is Clean, dynamic, high output capability, maintaining composure and subtle details.

After thorough optimization and testing (using FEA, Klippel and other methods) of multiple aluminum shorting rings with a focused field “T” pole piece design, the result is a linear magnetic field over a wide range of input levels, ultra-low distortion, low inductance, and very dynamic bass.

Symmetrical suspension consists of critical components such as the NBR surround, Connex spider, and integrated tinsel leads. All combine to create very high excursion capability with an exceptionally linear suspension. Again, this contributes to high output and low distortion at all operating frequencies..

Air flow venting underneath the dust cap (vents in cone body), spider (vents in the basket) and a vented pole piece are added for two very important reasons. Air heat from the voice coil is forced away with each stroke of the cone diaphragm. This continuous exchange of air mitigates thermal compression and increases the woofer’s overall power handling capability. Second, the airflow relieves asymmetric compliance and noises (ie, distortion) due to non-linear compression and rarefaction of air typically trapped under the dust cap and spider. Typical, vented pole designs will be limited in effectiveness due to the lack of airflow volume. Meaning, at the highest power and excursion where the airflow is needed most, the pole vent alone will not be sufficient.

Shielding is added to all drivers to avoid any problems with air shipping as UPS and other carriers have an upper Gauss (magnetic field) limit. As Arendal Sound are shipping world wide, we did not want to risk leaving anything behind at the airport just because we use such powerful motors in our drivers. We wanted your speakers to get the drivers you deserve!

1723 Series Comparison Subwoofers
Finish
Woofer 13.8"
13.8"
2 x 13.8" 2 x 13.8"
Enclosure High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
High Density Fiberboard (HDF) High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
Amplifier Avalanche 500DSP - 500W RMS
Avalanche 500DSP - 500W RMS
Avalanche 1000DSP - 1000W RMS
Avalanche 1000DSP - 1000W RMS
Design Sealed
Sealed / vented
Sealed Sealed / vented
Size
49.2H x 33.5W x 45D cm
63.7H x 45W x 55D cm 54.2H x 42W x 50D cm 71.2H x 50W x 60.9D cm
Weight 24.5 kg 48.1 kg 41.4 kg 60.1 kg