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Square Speakers?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jondog, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Car audio subs come in square designs now, why not bass and other MI speakers?
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Because there's no advantage to it. Auto sound manufacturers do so because their average customers are even worse than musicians when it comes to buying gear based purely on looks. :eyebrow:
  3. zillo


    Jun 5, 2003
    :DNow that's funny!
  4. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    OK, is there any disadvantage to it?
  5. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    The only real disadvantage is that it's hard to get the entire band with all their gear to play a gig in your car.:D
  6. username1


    Dec 28, 2005
    alberta canada
    Yamaha had a guitar amp out in the late 60s that had a big square speaker in it.
  7. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Seems to me that square speakers would introduce a structural weakness, however slight, into the operation of a driver. Tight corners are more likely to fatigue and tear than the consistent, continuous line of a circle.
  8. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    You might also expect some weird dispersion patterns.
  9. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    That, and they wouldn't be as strong as round cones. If square cones made sense they'd be common. They don't, so they aren't.
  10. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    I have a pair of Sony "Super Acoustic Turbo" monitor spekers in front of me with a 3 way set of square drivers, just a novelty factor i'm sure.

    I have had this long time fantasy of designing a sub woofer using a 1200 x 2400mm sheet of MDF panel driven by 4 PWM controlled hydralic rams with a 500mm excursion.
    That one is filed along side my floorshaker thoughts on using Silo bin shakers (electric motor with ecentric offset weights) using frequency-to-speed control for 1~20 Hz
  11. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Check fan woofers: Rotary woofer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  12. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I built a guy a car subwoofer box for one of these once---


    Sounded pretty impressive.....zero worth for MI use though. In that application, it's pretty much just a big piston. 10" square has more area than a 10" circle.
  13. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    A mate of mine has one of those, really awesome clean sound.
  14. for somthing to take over from its main rival it has to be better in every aspect not just in 1 or 2
  15. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    I would expect that a circular design would be structurally stronger than a square. That seems to be the case. I expect that this is why you don't see more square drivers.
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Not quite square! :D
  17. Drop a pebble in a pond. When you begin to see the waves go out in a square pattern, you'll begin to see square speakers.
  18. will33


    May 22, 2006

    Some pretty bizarre stuff, man. I'd be tempted to get one of those just because it's not like the other ones.:p



  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    They make square speakers.

    Kicker Solo-Baric. There is a picture a few posts above.
  20. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Looks like those light bulbs made the cab too hot and melted the speakers out of shape.


    Also it looks like a TV cabinet from the 1960's

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