mountain2012
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Check out these Alnico bass speakers that Weber Speakers is thinking about producing:

Weber Alnico Bass Speakers

For those unfamiliar with Alnico, it is a kind of magnet used to make speakers and pickups. Most modern bass speakers are made from ceramic, which can sound lifeless and stale, and when pushed hard go from clean to unpleasant harsh distortion very quickly.

With Alnico, the speaker gradually distorts in a warm and pleasant way as you turn up the amp's volume. They are much more pleasant to the ear.

If you want these speakers to be produced, please go to the bottom of this Weber Speaker suggestion page linked below and request the speakers with the link above:

http://www.tedweber.com/status/cj.htm
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Last edited by mountain2012 at May 1, 2013,
Phil Starr
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This seems like a gimmick, unless it is in response to the world wide shortage of neodymium. The distortions you speak of are nothing to do with the magnetic material but are linked to the strength and shape of the magnetic field, the geometry of magnet and coil and the properties of the cone and suspension. If these are all the same the speakers will sound the same. There's nothing wrong with Alnico but it doesn't have magic properties of smoothness, that's all in the design.
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Quote by Phil Starr
This seems like a gimmick, unless it is in response to the world wide shortage of neodymium. The distortions you speak of are nothing to do with the magnetic material but are linked to the strength and shape of the magnetic field, the geometry of magnet and coil and the properties of the cone and suspension. If these are all the same the speakers will sound the same. There's nothing wrong with Alnico but it doesn't have magic properties of smoothness, that's all in the design.


Then why do Alnico speakers generally break up more gradually and smoother than ceramic?
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Phil Starr
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There is no evidence they do. Make two speakers with the same field geometry, coil, suspension and cone and they will sound the same whatever the magnet material. the rest is just advertising.
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Do we really want our speakers distorting? The last thing I want from a cabinet is uncontrollable distortion from the drivers. I want my distortion controllable and from a preamp/power amp, not from a speaker. I want the speaker to stay as clean as possible for as long as possible!
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mountain2012
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Yes, I do want SOME break up from my speakers. Just a touch would be nice when I crank the amp.
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Oh, wow. Looks like they took down the link. I am told that they still intend to produce these speakers, so please click the second link in my origianl post and ask they make alnico bass speakers.
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I can only imagine how good these would sound played with a nice, tube bass amp!
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Don't care for tube amps.
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They don't.
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Closing this down, it's getting spammy/product-peddling-y.
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