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What's the advantage of a 2 1/2 way design?


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I have noticed many speaker manufacturers going to a 2 1/2 way design and now it looks like Klipsch is with the new RF-5 and 7. If I understand it correctly, the top woofer plays bass and midrange frequencies and the bottom woofer only plays bass. I can see how that would make for a simpler crossover but is that the only advantage? Can dispersion characteristics be improved using this design? Any other benefits? Also, using a 1.7" tweeter in the RF-7 has obvious benefits by allowing mids and highs to originate from one point source. Will the RF-5 tweeter have a greater frequency response than the current RF-3 tweeter?

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