I hope this email could find you well.
First of all, I would like to thank you for showing your valuable
speaker plans for DIY hi-fi fans all over the world. Recently, I
followed your plan of Jenzen Illuminator to build a 3-way speaker. I
chose the vented version and used exact crossover components you listed.
Everything goes well except the treble. According to my listening, there
is too much treble and the sound is so bright and a little bit harsh. I
noticed that the tweeter attenuation used to be three levels possible
(R1011=3R9, 4R7 and 5R6) and you finally decided as 2R7, 3R3 and 3R9. I
try to adjust R1011 for many times, and I finally found R1011=7R2
(3R9+3R3) to be suitable for my system. The sound became balanced.
So, my question is: it this normal to set the tweeter attenuation as
7R2, which is quite different from your design. Do I need to adjust
other component? Do you have any better plan to reduce the treble? Thank
you so much!
I hope I can explain the situation well since my English is just entry
level, I'm afraid.
Hello Heisi. 7R2 is indeed an extreme attenuation as the treble range
will be some 6 dB below the midrange. I suggest checking the crossover
once more - or try out different equipment to hear if this is persistent
condition. There must something wrong.
Very nice cabinets, by the way! Best regards, Troels
Thank you so much for your reply.
I checked the wiring of the crossover and found nothing wrong. I think
it might be my own problem of taste and listening habit. I like the
so-called ‘analogue sound’, which is warm, ‘rich’ and ‘juicy’ in the
midrange (NOT sure whether I am using the right words to describe it). I
feel tired easily after hearing ‘bright sound’.
Plus, I am using a single-ended 211-tube amplifier, which is the best I
have currently. It’s a very nice product by a personal workshop, using
5N OCC in all transformers. You know, tubes provide lots of
opportunities or uncertain elements to the sound. All tubes I am using
are NOS ones including GE211, Valvo E182CC, Brimar 6SN7, etc. NOS tubes
give me a sound of darker, softer and smoother treble comparing with
those modern tubes. That’s why I got confused with Jenzen Illuminator’s
treble. Anyway, I feel so satisfied with it now and enjoy the sound,
The cabinets were produced by a personal workshop located in northeast
China. Production period was 9 months. I chose the red wood cover and
piano coated. It costs me nearly 1,000 USD, which I think, is expensive
Well, it’s not bi or tri-amp. I just put the crossover in the bass
cabinet, using speaker cables to connect the upper cabinet. Just leave
the possibility of toning by changing the cable, and it does sound
different when they are changed.
For the source, I’m using a FAS (file as source) player and DAC
converter. I have a CDPro2 transporter, but files are more convenient.
Please see attached. Best, Weisi