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High displacement at low frequencies

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  • High displacement at low frequencies

    Hi to everybody.

    I have a question that I would like to submit to the people in the forum:

    I have a pair of montior 30.1 connected to a Naim Supernait2 amplifier. This system works for pure music reproduction and is also part of 5.1 AV systems in which the supernait works as power amplifier for the left and right channels of the surround system.

    Watching a movie, during a scene with an explosion, I have noticed a huge displacement of the woofers of the speakers, I think in the subsonic frequency range. I'm not able to quantify the displacement but I think of the order of a centimeter. The motion has gone ahead only for some seconds.

    I would like to know if, in your opinion, this event could have damaged the membrane of the woofer, or modified their frequency response. I have the impression that, after this episode the sound is a little bit less precise and defined in the medium frequency range, but I'm really not sure of this...

    Thanks for your answers and comments.


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    I believe that most mains L/R in 5.1 receive a full range signal. Depending on the volume you were watching, those woofers could have seen a decent level at sub 30Hz.


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      Originally posted by The Fall View Post
      I believe that most mains L/R in 5.1 receive a full range signal. Depending on the volume you were watching, those woofers could have seen a decent level at sub 30Hz.
      Yes I think so. Since I have no sub-woofer in my systems, all the low frequencies tracks are sent to the left and right channels. Now I have added a software filter using the AV amplifier to reduce the amount of low frequencies...What I would like to understand, if possible, is if this signal could have created troubles to the woofer of my Harbeth....