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It's been more than 15 years since I've done a Revelator 2-way like this. This was the Sliced-Paper-95, and going through the files it is clear I would make it differently today. Gone is the elaborate 4th order crossover and in comes a better and simpler LR2 filter and proper time-alignment.
Furthermore a new 18W/4531G01 is available, albeit the 18W/4531G00 is still available. The difference is primarily the cone, where the -G01 has some wood pulp mixed into the cone material. TS data are almost the same and I wanted to try out this change in cone composition.
The Revelator series of drivers are unquestionably among the easiest drivers on the market when it comes to crossovers. Smooth frequency response all the way and no apparent cone break-ups due to the sliced paper cone. I've seen the skilled ladies at ScanSpeak fill the cuts with special glue. It takes time to do it right and apply the correct amount of glue to each side of the cone.
I'm not sure when these Revelator drivers were introduced, but I guess they are close to having a 20 years anniversary. I like products that are well designed and stand the test of time. If it works, don't change it unless some revolutionary technology pops up. Lately the D2008 and D2010 tweeters had an update with neo magnets and new housing, yet the same product as introduced some 50 years ago.

 

 

Basics:
3-driver speaker.
Dimensions: 24 x 33.5 x 50 cm, WxDxH.
System sensitivity: ~87 dB/2.8V/1 meter.
Impedance: 4-8 Ohms.
Power requirement: 20+ watts/channel.
Power handling: 100 watts.
Please also read: http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/power-handling.htm, and remember any burned driver is a misused driver.

Useful links (Please read before writing!):
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/tips.htm
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/crossovers.htm
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/LCR-RC.htm
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/Inverted-Polarity.htm

FAQ (Please read before writing!):
You cannot change cabinet front panel dimensions and drivers' placement without needing a new crossover - and I cannot help.
You cannot use any other drivers with the crossover specified.
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/crossovers.htm
http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/choices.htm

 

 

I'd forgotten how good an 18W Revelator is for the saxophone! My goodness it goes loud without distressing to the ear and at the same time doing deep bass and smooth upper-mid before it hands over to the tweeter. I guess the lack of break-up modes higher up the treble range is responsible for the overall smooth sound. This 18W driver is truly the easiest 7" on the marked when it comes to crossover. And this not at the expense of resolution! As can be seen a simple 2nd order topology with no notch filters or anything to correct irregularities in frequency response. The same thing as seen for the 15M/8631G00 use in my Revelator-851s.
I'd forgotten the sound of the Illuminator-71, which is almost identical to this one except for midbass driver, but I suspect this Rev-66 equals the sound - and at some 300 EUR less. For the size, deep bass, and I suspect the use of the not so cheap 70 mm largely flared port, the same used in the Illuminator-71, is responsible for the great bass.
This stand-mount truly finishes my ambition of having a wide range of Revelator based speakers from small stand-mounts to large 3-ways.
I liked my Illuminator-71s so much I'm going to build another pair to keep. When done I'll come back to comparison with this Revelator-66. I suspect the differences to be small - if any more than taste and preoccupation. 


DRIVERS
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D3004/6600000 tweeter.

18W/4531G01 midbass driver.

 

Download specs here:  D3004/660000   18W/4531G01


CROSSOVER
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The crossover is a straight 2nd order LR2 topology. We need to linearise the impedance of the tweeter, hence R4+C2/3+L2 to do so. Otherwise no special ingredients. Tweaking the ratio of R1 and R3 for attenuation was part of the job. I matters where we add most of the necessary tweeter attenuation to reach target roll-off.


CABINET
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Cabinets were made from 20 mm Baltic birch. The lower brace only makes a little more than half the width allowing placement of crossover at bottom of cabinet through the midbass driver hole.
The midbass front panel was chamfered 30 deg. to the sides and 20 deg. to the top. Chamfering the midbass panel is optional, but I do at least suggest rounding the edge towards the tweeter, say r = 5-6 mm.
Cut straight port tube to 150 mm. Assemble port with Superfix.


Workshop pics
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Well, not a whole lot to show here. The cabs are basically the same as Illuminator-71, so look here.


Cabinets in the rough after gluing.


Gluing front panels.


Making the tweeter panel.


Routing for tweeter and testing drivers in final rebates.


Routing front panel for midbass. Chamfer rear slightly, 45 deg. to some 5-7 mm depth.

 


With speaker like these I add lacquer to the tweeter section before gluing the midbass panel. Just easier than doing it after.

 


Felt damping added. Leave open area at bottom for placement of crossover.
I used 0.67 m^2.  0.75 m^2 comes with kit.


Left: Fold one piece of 20 x 50 cm acoustilux and place at top behind tweeter.
Right: Ad one piece of 18 x 50 cm behind midbass driver.


Left: Fold one piece of 20 x 50 cm acoustilux and place at bottom above crossover.
Right: Just to show port in place. Disregard the blue tape, just a temporary arrangement before finally glued in place.(Cut straight port tube to 150 mm length)

 
D3004/660000 in place. Route to ~5.7 mm depth for flush mounting.

 
Left: For the 18W driver I make the rebate 6.5 mm to have the edge of the frame flush with the front panel.
Right: The photoshoot :-)

 


MEASUREMENTS
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A few comments on MEASUREMENTS before you start interpreting the readings below.
First of all, if we think measurements will tell us how a speaker sounds, we're wrong. The perception of sound is way too subjective to be reflected in any measurements we can perform. A loudspeaker system is meant to give us a satisfying idea of an acoustic event and for some people a pair of 5 USD ear-plugs are enough, others spend 200 kUSD on a truly full-range pair of speakers - and the latter may not be happier than the former.
Measurements may give us an idea of tonal balance of a system, i.e. too much or too little energy in certain areas, although dispersion characteristics play a vital role here. A two-way 7+1 and a three-way 7+4+1 may display similar horizontal dispersion, yet sound very different. Measurements may tell us about bass extension if far-field measurements are merged with near-field measurements. In addition to this, ports may contribute to bass extension. Most of we diy'ers do not have access to an anechoic room for full-range measurements from 20-20000 Hz.  
What cannot be seen is what kind of bass performance we get in a given room. Bass performance is highly dependent on in-room placement of your speaker and the same speaker can be boomy in one place and lean in another. Actual SPL level at 1 meter distance and 2.8V input is useful for en estimate of system sensitivity and combined with the impedance profile may give an idea of how powerful an amplifier is needed to drive the speaker to adequate levels.
What measurements do not tell is the very sound of the speaker unless displaying serious linear distortion. The level of transparency, the ability to resolve micro-details, the "speed" of the bass, etc., cannot be derived from these data. Distortion measurements rarely tell much unless seriously bad, and most modern drivers display low distortion within their specified operating range. 
Many people put way too much into these graphs and my comments here are only meant as warning against over-interpretation. There are more to good sound than what can be extracted from a few graphs. Every graph needs interpretation in terms of what it means sonically and how it impacts our choice of mating drivers, cabinet and crossover design.
What measurements certainly do not tell is the sonic signature of the speaker, because speaker cones made from polypropylene, aluminum, Kevlar, paper, glass fiber, carbon fiber, magnesium, ceramics or even diamonds all have their way of adding spices to the stew. Nor do measurements tell what impact the quality of the crossover components add to the sound, from state of the art components to the cheapest of coils and caps, they all measure the same if values are correct, yet sound very different.

 


Frequency response of 18W/4531G01 on actual baffle, merged with nearfield response at 250 Hz.
This calls for simple crossovers! Smooth all the way with no rubber surround resonances in the 800-1000 Hz range, so vital for the midrange.

 


System frequency response merged with woofer near-field response at 300 Hz. Port contribution not included.


Response at 0, 10, 20 and 30 deg. off axis, red/green/yellow and orange.

Final system impedance. Minimum 4 Ohms @ 37/150 Hz. Green: Electrical phase.

 


SPEAKER-KIT
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All kit and component prices may be subject to change and are always to be confirmed by Jantzen Audio Denmark.

Download Complete Kit Sale Presentations:

18W/4531G01 drivers will be ready for shipment from ScanSpeak ultimo August.
Until then kits can be bought without 18W drivers if you are able to source from other dealers.

All technical questions to troels.gravesen@hotmail.com

All questions regarding purchase of kits, please mail Jantzen Audio at contact@jantzen-audio.com


CROSSOVER-LAYOUT
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Check this out before making the crossovers:

http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/tips.htm#CONSTRUCTION_OF_CROSSOVERS

 

 


Crossover layout.

 

 

 


 



The crossover from various angles. Click images to view large.

 

 


Crossover placed at bottom of cabinet. Fasten with two screws.
Disregard double capacitor for C4. Prototype thing. One capacitor for C4 in kit.