It just depends on how you look at what is called "design".
Hmmmm ..."The design was based on a block of four, but they work fine one at a time or two at a time. Using fewer than four does not change the shape of the response, so the same processor settings will work no matter how you stack them.Dave Gunness(designer of BH760)"http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=2376.10
Peter,As you know, Dave also designed an asymetrical "line array" the EV MT4 system.Anyone that has deployed those systems, or the more current EV asymetrical line arrays,knows, or should know if not set up "mirror image", you will be stuck with a response that sounds quite different from one end of a centered mix riser to the other.Greg Huber was experiencing that problem at the Minneapolis First Avenue night club,the installers had not mirror imaged the cabinets, he dropped and re-hung, instant "success",the system now has the same different sound on either side of dead center ;^).Art
Art you make an interesting point - here is the frequency response plots of the T12 I mentioned above. You can see the results of the asymmetric design. The T12 is actually an excellent design. It should be noted that there are big problems trying to produce good horizontal patterns with a symmetric design. Often the drivers are spaced too far apart either side of the HF horn to achieve good summation and horizontal pattern control.
Excellent design other than the 8 to 10 dB off-axis suck-out at 2000 Hz ;^)
Peter and Art,What would be cuasing the 10dB cut at 2k? Is that calculation model accurate? It looks like your Listener Position is no where near the 100˙ pattern edge.
The T12 uses LR filters between the Mid and HF – because of the spacing between the MF and HF there is a parallax time error that causes cancellation off axis as Ivan said. This happens with most “standard” designs.
Peter - would FIR filters (steeper slope) fix most of this issue at the xover point?
A steeper slope narrows the bandwidth of the "hole", but won't change the cabinet layout, there will always be an off axis dip if the spacing of drivers is not within 1/4 wavelength at the crossover frequency.
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