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  Measuring Loudspeakers (analog)

It's possible to get most of the Thiele-Small parameters from a loudspeaker by just accurately measuring the impedance versus frequency. If this is done twice, one with the driver in open air and one with an added (known) mass it should be fairly easy to calculate the fs, Vas and Qt.

What you need:

is a sine wave generator with good, stable frequency. You'll need an AC voltmeter that is also flat over the indented range (15..200Hz) and has the needed sensitivity. A amplifier is useful.
A frequency counter is also useful, since the frequency calibration of most oscillators is pretty awful. You'll need an accurate means of measuring DC resistanceas well. Add to that a precision 8-10 ohm resistor for calibration purposes, and a 1 kOhm resistor to turn your frequency generator into a virtual current source.

How to proceed:

Using either an 8 ohm precision resistor (or accurately measuring the resistance of the "calibration" resistor), turn your generator/AC voltmeter into an impedometer by driving the calibrated resistor from the generator through the 1 kOhm resistor, and adjust the output of the generator until you get a convenient voltage across the resistor. For example, if the calibration resistor is 8 ohms, you might adjust the output so that you measure 8 mV across it. Basically you make the current 1 mA so that on the mV scale on your voltmeter the reading is effectively both mV and Ohms.

Your setup will look like this:

Driver measurement

The 1 kohm resistor turns the oscillator into a constant-current source.
Measure the DC resistance of the driver to test. This gives you Re. [Let's say it's 6.5 ohms]
Replace the calibration resistor with the driver to test.

Do not change the voltage from the generator or amplifier!

Adjust the frequency in the region of the specified resonance until the voltage across the driver is at a MAXIMUM. Record the frequency. This is Fs, the resonant frequency [let's say it's 32 Hz].
Also, measure the voltage across the driver. This is defined by Re+Res. [let's say voltage is 42 mV which means Re+Res is 42 ohms]. (using an oscilloscope set for phase measurement, Fs will also be where the phase is 0).
Calculate the ratio between the DC resistance (Re) and the maximum impedance (Re+Res), call it Rc. [In this case, it will be 42/6.5 or 6.46] Find the two frequencies on either side of the resonant frequency f1 and f2 where the impedance is Re * sqrt(Rc) [in this example, that impedance will be 6.5 * sqrt(6.46) = 16.5 ohms, and let's say that occurs at f1 = 22.6 Hz and f2 = 45.3 Hz].

Calculate Qms as:
Qms = Fs sqrt(Rc) / f2 - f1

in the example, it will be:
Qms = 32 * sqrt(6.46) / 45.3 - 22.6 = 32 * 2.54 / 22.7 = 81.3 / 22.7 = 3.58

Calculate Qes as:
Qes = Qms / (Rc -1)

in this example, it will be: Qes = 3.58 / 6.46 -1 = 3.48 / 5.46 = 0.66

Calculate Qts as:
Qts = Qes * Qms / Qes / Qms

here, it would be: Qts = 0.66 * 3.58 / 0.66 + 3.58 = 2.36 / 4.24 = 0.56

So, now you have Fs, Res, Qms, Qes, Qts for the driver.

Calculate Vas with Mass:
With the speaker facing upward, place small weights evenly around the dust cap in the center. With the added mass on the speaker, find the shifted resonant frequency using the same method you used before to determine the free air resonant frequency.

The formule is: Vas = 1.42 * 105 x Sd2 * Cms

Sd = Conearea

In our example, Mass = 30 grams, shifted resonant frequency = 13 Hz, VAS is 58.5 Liter.

Now you have Fs, Re, Qms, Qes, Qts and Vas.

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