Passive Full-Range Loudspeakers finder
  • in stock items only
  • compare products
Customer Comments
  • on 25.01.2012

    un­known: "Probably the easiest purchase I've ever made. Thank you."

  • on 26.09.2012

    xxxxn­ntrxxxone1@talk­talk.n et: "Second time I have purchased from this great retailer. I was so impressed with the speed and standard of service."

  • on 25.07.2013

    danxxx@livexxx.uk: "I bought four guitars from you,fast and speedy delivery.all sounding great.hopefull I might buy more from you."

Thomann's Cool Online Guides: PA Speakers

2. Overview

There is a bewildering variety of speakers to choose from. Each manufacturer produces ranges to suit all kinds of uses and budgets, including
ActiveDescribes an instrument or speaker system that has its own electronic functions built-in, as opposed to requiring external devices. Active speakers have their own amplifiers built-in, while an active instrument such as a guitar or bass will have electronic controls or a pre-amplifier.
active
speaker systems with built-in amplification,
PassiveA device which does not include any amplification in its circuitry and therefore (at least in the purest sense of the term) does not require power. Examples include some DI boxes, old EQ designs, and most electric guitars/basses.
passive
Monitor1) Recording studio loudspeaker. 2) Stage loudspeaker, usually wedge-shaped, facing the performers so that they may hear themselves. 3) Computer display screen.
monitors
, and huge horns. All speakers, however, apply the same
DiapasonOne of the three main categories of organ pipes that gives it the characteristic pipe organ sound. Also known as the principles along with the other sets reed, flute and strings.
principles
in their basic function.

A typical driver

Probably the most familiar type of speaker is the cone
DriverComputer software that provides a specific communication link between the operating system and a hardware device such as a sound card or MIDI interface, Steinberg's ASIO driver and Windows' Multimedia drivers being common examples. The driver may need to be installed from a CD included with the device or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
driver
, in which a cone-shaped
DiaphragmIn a microphone the diaphragm is a thin membrane up to 1" in diameter that converts sound waves into electrical current. A loudspeaker diaphragm does exactly the reverse.
diaphragm
is attached to a voice
CoilA length of wire wound around a core to create an inductor or electromagnet. Used in electric guitar pickups where fine enamelled copper wire is wound a few thousand times around a magnetic core. Vibrating strings induce an alternating current in the coil as they modulate the magnetic flux.
coil
with a magnet hanging behind it. The electrical signals reaching the
DriverComputer software that provides a specific communication link between the operating system and a hardware device such as a sound card or MIDI interface, Steinberg's ASIO driver and Windows' Multimedia drivers being common examples. The driver may need to be installed from a CD included with the device or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
driver
cause the
CoilA length of wire wound around a core to create an inductor or electromagnet. Used in electric guitar pickups where fine enamelled copper wire is wound a few thousand times around a magnetic core. Vibrating strings induce an alternating current in the coil as they modulate the magnetic flux.
coil
to move backwards and forwards through the magnetic field, in turn causing the cone to push sound waves through the
AIRSome artists and producers believe that AIR - Always In Record - is a valuable technique, because it can capture moments of musical magic that may otherwise go unrecorded. It simply means that the tape or hard drive never stops running during a session.
air
.

DriverComputer software that provides a specific communication link between the operating system and a hardware device such as a sound card or MIDI interface, Steinberg's ASIO driver and Windows' Multimedia drivers being common examples. The driver may need to be installed from a CD included with the device or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
Drivers
like these are generally measured by their diameter, the rule being that the larger the diameter of the
DriverComputer software that provides a specific communication link between the operating system and a hardware device such as a sound card or MIDI interface, Steinberg's ASIO driver and Windows' Multimedia drivers being common examples. The driver may need to be installed from a CD included with the device or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
driver
, the more low frequency tones it will produce. Small speakers are therefore used for high frequencies, mid-sized speakers handle the mid-range sound, and large speakers deliver the
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
. We’re in the realm of applied physics here - the lower the frequency, the longer the sound wave, and the harder it is to push the sound through the
AIRSome artists and producers believe that AIR - Always In Record - is a valuable technique, because it can capture moments of musical magic that may otherwise go unrecorded. It simply means that the tape or hard drive never stops running during a session.
air
. Just as you need a big paddle to move a large boat, you need a big cone to move a big sound.

How big?

Generally, speaker diameters are measured in inches. The most widely used sizes are 12" (30 cm), 15" (38 cm), and 18” (46 cm). In practice, the dimensions used when installing a speaker may be different, but most standard specifications refer to the maximum diameter of the
DriverComputer software that provides a specific communication link between the operating system and a hardware device such as a sound card or MIDI interface, Steinberg's ASIO driver and Windows' Multimedia drivers being common examples. The driver may need to be installed from a CD included with the device or downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
driver
.

Some speakers feature a bonded second cone which adds strength for high and mid-range frequencies. These are often used for multiple speaker systems and stage
Monitor1) Recording studio loudspeaker. 2) Stage loudspeaker, usually wedge-shaped, facing the performers so that they may hear themselves. 3) Computer display screen.
monitors
because they can handle a broader range of frequencies.

Share