What's the difference between the Aluminum Ribbon Super Tweeter and the Planar Magnetic Super Tweeter?
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, while the Planar Ribbon reaches up to 33 kHz
The weight of the Aluminum Ribbon is less than the Planar Ribbon, making its dynamic and transient response much quicker
The Aluminum Ribbon has a transformer in the signal chain, preventing the direct electrical current from causing damage to the Aluminum Ribbon. This transformer can reach 60 kHz and requires two peices of extremely strong neodymium magnets to create the linear magnetic field, allowing for less harmonic distortion than the Planar Ribbon
The sonic detail created by the Aluminum Ribbon is much more delicate, enhancing the high range without any harshness and excels strings, piano and upper frequency registered instruments performance
Will adding a Super Tweeter cause phase issues?
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.
What kind of speakers will the Super Tweeter work with?
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.
How do I connect the Super Tweeter speaker to my passive 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).
Can I use the Super Tweeter speaker with my active (powered) or Bluetooth speakers?
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.
Will the Super Tweeter work with my electrostatic, full range, or professional audio speakers?
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.
How much will the Super Tweeter change the treble response?
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.
What speaker wire is best for the Super Tweeter speaker?
Answer: As with all cable, we recommend at least 14 gauge to minimize any loss of electrical current.
What’s the highest frequency the Super Tweeter will reach?
Answer: The Aperion Audio Aluminum Ribbon Super Tweeter can reach up to 40 kHz.
Can you adjust the crossover frequency while music is playing?
Answer: Yes, in fact this is highly recommended to experiment with, so you can find the sound that works best for you.
What length of speaker cable do I need?
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.
Can I buy an odd number of Super Tweeter speakers?
Answer: Yes, just give us a call to make this request.