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6th Order Bandpass Systems

last updated: 13 June, 2011

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The 6th order bandpass system is similar to the 4th order bandpass system , except in this case both the front and the rear volumes are tuned via vents. The power handling of the 6th order bandpass system ranges from excellent within its passband to poor for frequencies lower than its passband.

The transient performance of 6th order bandpass systems is usually worse than the sealed, ported and 4th order bandpass systems, making it more suitable for sound reinforcement, multimedia and other less critical applications, rather than high-end audio. Like ported systems, the driver becomes unloaded at frequencies lower than the passband.

As all of the output of the 6th order bandpass system is via the two ports, the largest port diameter possible for each volume should be used in order to minimize port noises.

As with the 4th order system, the 6th order bandpass system rarely exhibits a perfect bandpass response - there is usually some out-of-band noise present in its output. A simple notch filter can be used to reduce this noise if it is audible. Alternatively, a low-pass filter may be used, but the in-band performance may be affected.