This Super Tweeter is a planar-magnetic, flat-ribbon tweeter consisting of Kapton film with a pattern of aluminum conductors. The crossover network used non-inductive resistors, and use film semiconductor capacitors. A linear phase response provides time coherent sound reproduction, allowing for an accurate sound stage.
What is a Super Tweeter speaker? Put simply, it’s an additional tweeter unit which covers a wide and extended high-frequency response, beyond that of your existing loudspeaker’s integrated tweeters.
Many loud speaker systems have poor high frequency performance. A Super Tweeter specializes in ultra-high frequencies and is used in conjunction with a bookshelf or tower speaker. Its purpose is to create a more realistic sound field, often characterized as "airiness," that enhances the listening experience. Super Tweeters are sometimes found in high fidelity speaker systems and home theater systems. They are used to supplement the sound of tweeters by reproducing frequencies which the existing tweeter may produce only with a narrow polar output, or perhaps with distortion. A Super Tweeter speaker provides auxiliary high frequency effect, detail, density and texture that can enhance your existing system’s sound field with width, depth and enhanced timbre.
A Super Tweeter is generally intended to respond well into ultra-high frequencies over 20 kHz, the commonly accepted upper frequency limit of human hearing. Super Tweeters are ideal for taking advantage extended-range audio formats such as vinyl, SACD, FLAC, UHD Bluray and other high-fidelity products.
Too much of a good thing? Use the treble adjust to reduce the output of the Super Tweeter. Just flip the switch and adjust to taste, up to -5 dB.
The Super Tweeter shares the same binding posts as the speaker you're pairing it with. It feeds off the power your main speaker is already receiving, so no need to connect directly to an amplifier.
Graph showing the extended frequency response of our Planar-Magnetic Flat Ribbon Super Tweeter on the 14 kHz and
16 kHz settings when paired with a bookshelf speaker:
|Product Weight||1.65 lbs/0.75 Kg per each|
|Frequency Response||8 kHz - 40 kHz|
|Crossover Points||8K, 10K, 12K, 14K, 16K & off|
|Crossover Slope||6 dB/octave|
|Recommended Power||10 - 100 Watts|
|Direct Power Handling||20 Watts|
|Tweeter||Planar-magnetic "Flat Ribbon" Tweeter|
|Product Dimensions||5.27" x 4" x 5" / 134 x 102 x 127 (HxWxD)|
|Product Family||Super Tweeter|
|Placement Location||On top of speakers|
|Shipping Weight||4.5 lbs/ 2 Kg per pair|
|Shipping Dimensions||7" x 12" x 8"/180 x 302 x 206mm (LxWxH)|
This is not your normal tweeter. While most tweeters max out at around 20K, the Planar Ribbon Super Tweeter extends another 20,000+ Hertz above that.
The crossover knob allows you to activate the Super Tweeter at 8K, 10K, 12K, 14K, 16K or shut it off. The crossover slope is 6 dB/octave. This gives you maximum flexibility when incorporating these into your system. You can have more or less overlap with your existing tweeter to help brighten the sound at the 8K/10K crossover point, or have the Super Tweeter just fill the void above at the 14K/16K setting.
If you love your Super Tweeter, but want a little less output, you can reduce the output by 0dB, -1dB, -2dB, -3dB, -4dB or -5dB by re-positioning the Knob.
Answer: Overall, the treble range is more smooth across the high frequency range. The impedance of the Aluminum Ribbon is almost constant, so there is an excellent frequency response curve up through 40 kHz, but our recent upgrades also allow the Planar Ribbon to reach up to 40 kHz.
Answer: While adding any type of additional speaker to a signal chain has the potential to cause phasing within a room, our 1-step crossover design mitigates any phase issues. This 1-step design is not to save cost and space because if we were to add multi-step crossovers into the chain, it would cause a major phase effect and the sound test results would not sound good.
Answer: Most passive bookshelf or tower speakers are great candidates for the Super Tweeter. But, you can also use them with center channel speakers and surround speakers.
Answer: The Super Tweeter connects directly to the binding posts on the speaker you are pairing it with (not to the amplifier!). This parallel connection allows the Super Tweeter to feed off the same signal as your main speaker.Since the Super Tweeter will most likely be sharing the binding posts with your amplifier connection, using wire with spade or ring connections will allow both sets of wires to easily connect to the same binding posts. If your speakers are bi-ampable, you can use one set of binding posts for the Super Tweeter and the other for the amplifier (making sure to keep the jumpers in place).
Answer: If it’s a sealed box, or portable type of Bluetooth speaker, you most likely will not be able to use a Super Tweeter with this speaker.
Answer: We advise you to check the sensitivity level and frequency response of your current speakers. A speaker that has a higher sensitivity level rating than the Super Tweeter might not be a good fit. However, the we've received feedback that the Super Tweeter works great with Bose 901's, Quad Electrostatic 2805, and other full range and electrostatic speakers.
Answer: The crossover setting will have the most effect on the treble sound. If your regular speaker doesn’t produce frequencies above 14 kHz very well, then that would be a good starting point for your crossover. Generally setting the crossover to 14 kHz or 16 kHz will add a nice touch to the treble response.
Answer: As with all cable, we recommend at least 14 gauge to minimize any loss of electrical current.
Answer: The Aperion Audio Planar Ribbon Super Tweeter can reach up to 33 kHz.
Answer: Yes, in fact this is highly recommended to experiment with, so you can find the sound that works best for you.
Answer: You shouldn’t need more than a few feet, but it depends on the distance from your bookshelf or tower speakers binding post inputs to the Super Tweeter inputs.
Answer: Yes, just give us a call to make this request.