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How to Replace Super Tweeters

As you may be aware, tweeters are an essential part of any car audio system in order to really get the most out of your music’s high frequencies. The great thing about some super tweeters, is that they are fully rebuildable. Therefore, if something happens to your super tweeter -instead of throwing away the whole thing, you can just buy a rebuild kit! This rebuild process is extremely easy, and today we are going to show you exactly how to rebuild your super tweeter, while using the Audiopipe ATR4421 heavy duty super tweeter as an example.

 

1Get Your Super Tweeter Rebuild Kit

Before you begin rebuilding your tweeter, you will need a voice coil rebuild kit – such as the Audiopipe ATV4421 tweeter rebuild kit. Once you have this replacement voice coil kit, you can start rebuilding your super tweeter!

 

2Taking Apart the Tweeter

To start, remove the three philips head screws from the top of the tweeter and the one philips head screw from the bottom of the tweeter. Once you have removed all of the screws, you can remove the phase plug off of the top of the voice coil and place it somewhere safe until it is time to put your tweeter back together.

3Replace the Voice Coil

The next step is to replace the voice coil. Simply remove the defective voice coil off the top of the magnet and replace it with the new replacement voice coil.

4Put the Super Tweeters Back Together

Once the new voice coil is in place, the next step is to place the phase plug on top of the voice coil. Once the phase plug is in place, flip over the tweeter to replace the bottom screw. This will make sure the phase plug is in place. Next, you will turn the tweeter back over, take your tweeter’s top plate, and place it on top of the tweeter. Lastly, take the three screws you removed from the top of the tweeter earlier, and put those back in the tweeter’s top plate so that the top plate is firmly secured to your new voice coil.

And that’s it! This is a incredibly easy process which will ensure that your heavy duty super tweeter lasts a long time. Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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Car Audio 101: Car Speakers

After upgrading to an aftermarket car stereo, your next move is to upgrade your factory speakers. Factory speakers are made from cheap, flimsy materials and are not designed for quality sound reproduction. Because of their low quality construction, factory speakers don’t tend to last very long. Factory speakers also do not always have a tweeter. Without a tweeter, your factory speakers will struggle to reproduce the highs in your music which results in mediocre (at best) sound quality. Aftermarket speakers on the other hand are built from much higher quality materials and feature a much more efficient design. These allow aftermarket speakers to offer greater power handling capabilities, overall sound quality as well as a greatly improved lifespan over your old factory speakers.

To go along with their better overall design and construction, aftermarket speakers also include a tweeter. Aftermarket speakers are most commonly available in either component or coaxial design. A coaxial speaker has the tweeter built into the frame of the speaker whereas with a component speaker the tweeter is a separate unit. Component speakers also include an external crossover network. Because component speakers have the tweeter as a separate unit, you can install the tweeter in a separate location from the speaker which allows for better overall sound quality.

Before you buy a set of aftermarket speakers, it is important to look in your car to see what kind of setup your car is configured for. Different cars come with different sound systems, different speakers types and even different speaker sizes.

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Understanding Tweeter Design and Construction

Understanding Tweeters

Dome Style TweeterThere are many considerations when upgrading the audio system in a car, and one of the most overlooked aspects is the tweeter. The way a tweeter is shaped and the material with which it is constructed plays a large role in how the music will sound. The tweeter is the part of the speaker that reproduces the high-frequency sounds in music, namely the guitars, vocals and horns. Tweeters also help to give audio more body, so the sounds are not trapped near floor level, where they can be difficult to hear and enjoy.

Several factors are considered in the choice of a tweeter for any particular speaker, namely cost and the quality of sound that is produced. The challenge lies in keeping the tweeter lightweight without compromising its ability to hold up under high-volume conditions. A tweeter also needs to have good damping, which means it quits vibrating quickly when the music stops playing. To achieve these goals, tweeters can have varying shapes and be made from different materials, the details of which are explained below.

Shapes of Tweeters

  • A tweeter’s shape determines the efficiency of high-frequency response. A variety of shapes are used to obtain the best results when compared to cost.Dome Style Tweeter
  • The cone type tweeter is the cheapest to manufacture and is the design found most often in car audio systems. Most standard tweeters of this type are “whizzers”, which are tweeters that are placed inside the woofers to maximize high-frequency response. The drawbacks of this type include an inefficiency to properly distribute sound, and poor overall audio quality.
  • The semi-dome type tweeter, also known as a balanced-type, is a cone-shaped tweeter with a dome built inside of it. Both parts are about the same size and are found in lower-end speakers. The materials used for this type of tweeter are softer and provide a lower profile, which limits damage through improper mounting or poor handling. This tweeter type is found mostly in coaxial speakers, although it is also seen rarely in component speakers as well.
  • A dome tweeter offers the best dispersion of high-frequency sound and a wider range with which to work when setting the system up. The details of the speaker will include the dome’s size. Larger dome tweeters require higher levels of power to operate properly and deliver the best results.

Tweeter Materials

The materials used in the construction of tweeters can include aluminum, silk, titanium and beryllium. The majority of materials fall into three basic categories.

  • Synthetic films are light in weight and tolerant to humidity, which is a must in a car interior. They require minimal power to operate and are often found in low-cost audio system speakers. Unfortunately, tweeters made from films have limited damping capabilities and do not produce high-quality sound output.
  • Silk is a textile material used in tweeter construction. It offers the advantage of a more refined, lifelike sound result and is often used in home audio systems. High-power silk tweeters are reinforced with other synthetics to provide superior damping results, allowing for high volume, accuracy and smoothness.
  • Tweeters built with blended metals output loud and crisp high-frequency sound. Aluminum is most commonly used for this purpose, as it will produce highs that can be distinguished from bass and noise from the road. Another approach is titanium, which is extremely lightweight and produces very accurate highs without the roughness that can occur with aluminum tweeters. It is expected that manufacturers will expand into more exotic combinations of metals and ceramics as time goes on.

Making the Right Choice

When it comes down to making a choice between silk and metal, the type of car and driving style makes a difference. For example, if the car is driven mostly with the windows open allowing in a lot of road noise, metal tweeters are the better choice. A quiet auto interior calls for silk tweeters to produce the most natural-sounding audio.

Separates and Coaxials

Tweeters can be separate from the speaker‘s woofer or completely integrated. This can be a crucial difference when placing speakers inside of a car, as the higher the tweeter’s position, the more efficiently it can disperse the sound. It is important to note that a cheap tweeter is not going to provide quality sound output regardless of where it is placed.

Some types of speakers, such as three-way and four-way models, have multiple tweeters, which further separates sonic sound frequencies. In the case of a three-way speaker, there can be a driver for the mid-range, which gives the music a warmer quality, or a supertweeter, which offers superior response in the high-frequency range.

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The Car Speaker Buying Guide

New Speakers Can Transform Your Car's Sound

Buying the right set of speakers for your car is a critical step of building your dream sound system. However, buying a set of speakers is not nearly as simple as finding a speaker design you like and plugging it in. For starters, the speaker mount locations in your car limit your choices to speakers that will physically fit. You will also need to know whether you want a coaxial speaker set or a component set with tweeters and crossovers. We like to make car audio easier to understand here at Sonic Electronix so we wrote this speaker buying guide to help you with everything you need to know before buying a pair of speaker. This way you pick the right speakers the first time.

What Size Speakers Do You Need?

Car Speaker Sizes
3-1/2″ Speakers
4″ Speakers
4×10″ Speakers
4×6″ Speakers
5×7″ Speakers
5.25″ Speakers
6″ Speakers
6×8″ Speakers
6×9″ Speakers
6.5″ Speakers
6.75″ Speakers

First and foremost you will need to find out what kind of speakers fit in your vehicle. Knowing what size speakers your car requires is the most important step in buying your speakers, because if you buy speakers that are too big or too small, they won’t fit and you’ll either have to return them for a set the right size or get very creative with your installation. Another critical specification to be aware of is the mounting depth of the speakers versus the depth you have in your vehicle. Some vehicles have incredibly limited door space and require shallow mount speakers.

It should be relatively easy to find the speaker size your car can use in your vehicle manual. Another great place to start is on our Car Speakers page here you’ll be able to find out what size speakers fit in your vehicle.

What Kind of Sound Do You Want?

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Knowing what you want to get out of your sound is another major step towards buying the correct set of speakers. Gearing your sound towards your taste of music will ensure you get the most enjoyment possible out of your system. Are you looking for natural sound reproduction, or more of an enhanced sound with accented bass and highs? The type of vehicle you own is also another detail to be aware of. Are you going to install these speakers into a vehicle with a lot of outside noise, such as a convertible or motorcycle? Or maybe you’re looking to install a sound system into a more conventional vehicle like a sedan or SUV. These types of questions help you decide what type of speaker and tweeter material you should look for. We’ll explain what types of materials make what kind of sounds a little further down in the article under the “Cones” section.

Full-Range Car Speakers vs. Component Systems
Our full-range car speakers are available in many shapes and sizes. Most have a woofer and tweeter molded into the speaker. Some also have midrange drivers. In contrast, component systems feature separate woofers and tweeters. This allows you to mount the tweeters in an optimal location for generating a more realistic sound. They also have midranges and external crossovers, which send separate frequencies to the woofer and the tweeter for a more efficient and cleaner reproduction.

How Are You Powering Your Speakers?

Speakers require power and they receive power via the speaker leads that they’re connected to. This power is provided by some type of amplifier, whether it be a head unit or an actual external amplifier. Head units (or stereos) have limited power they can supply to speakers. Standard factory head units usually provide a very low amount of wattage to each speaker, around 5-10W RMS per speaker. Aftermarket head units not only gives you about twice the power, but they also open up a lot more options for your sound system. An aftermarket head unit will improve the dynamic range of the sound system, and provide you with superior sound processing components. An aftermarket head unit paired with an external amplifier will truly maximize the potential of your speakers. You’ll get a larger sound stage, deeper bass, punchier mids and crisper highs due to the more effective power transfer from source to speakers.

What Else Should You Know?

Sensitivity Rating
The sensitivity rating is a very important aspect to consider when gauging a speaker’s quality. An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the sensitivity rating, the more efficient the speaker, and the louder it will play given a set amount of input power. An efficient car speaker helps you maximize your available power.

Cone Material
Cone and Surround Material Are Important Pieces of Your Speakers

There are three main components of a speaker that decide what kind of sound it produces: the cone, the surround, and the tweeter composition. The cone can be assembled using three different materials – paper, plastic, and woven fiber. These materials can go by many different names, but it all boils down to those components. Paper cones provide you with the most natural sound reproduction, and are more associated with Sound Quality (SQ) installs than with SPL installs since paper cones less durable and rigid than other cones. This can open the door for potential distortion if you aren’t careful when tuning your system. Plastic cones such a polypropylene are the most commonly used in car speakers because of their overall good balance between natural sound reproduction and durability. Finally, woven fiber cones are typically found on higher-end speakers. They can be composed of glass, Kevlar, and other components. These typically can display the best blend of quality sound reproduction, intense detail capturing, accurate imaging and optimal rigidity.

Tweeter Material
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Tweeter material can change the way vocals are heard. Aluminum tweeters are very helpful for vehicles that have a lot of road noise, like convertibles or motorcycles. This is because they are built with a “brighter” sounding material that can be a bit louder than a neutral silk dome tweeter or other soft domes. The tweeter material is also important to consider when you go back to “What type of sound do you want?” Metallic tweeters tend to sound louder, while soft textile dome tweeters tend to sound more neutral and smooth.

Buying Speakers at SonicElectronix

Remember we’re always here to help make sure you get the right setup for your vehicle. If you still have questions – give us a call at 1-877-289-7664. We’re glad to help make sure that you get everything you need to make sure your buying experience is easy and seamless.

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