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7 Comments on Dipole vs Bipole Speakers: What’s the Difference?

  1. haley Avatar

    Are you getting bipole and dipole mixed up in

    “You get the simplest bipole speaker by mounting a driver onto an open baffle”
    and
    “In a dipole configuration, the central area of the speaker gets a diffuse sound caused by the off-axis summed response of the two in-phase drivers”

  2. Fernando Sierra - PR Avatar

    What about combining Dipole and Bipole Speakers on a 7.1 System…..? Lets say Dipoles on the Sides and Bipole on Back? Is that a good combination or they all should be the same? I hear a lot of 2-ch Stereo music mostly on a 2.1 setup, but like to watch Concerts on a 7.1 setup.

  3. Mike Avatar

    I really like Clint’s common sense approach to this home theatre stuff. There is an awful lot of overpriced nonsense out there, but for good advice I end up here.

  4. George Meier Avatar

    In the sentence “In a dipole configuration, the central area of the speaker gets a diffuse sound caused by the off-axis summed response of the two in-phase drivers” shouldn’t it say “In a bipole configuration, …?

  5. Mike Curnutt Avatar

    “How to Remember the Difference Between Dipole vs Bipole Speakers: With a bipole speaker “b”oth driver pairs are firing in-phase with each other. With a dipole speaker, the drivers are firing in “d”ifferent phase from each other. Dipole speakers are more “d”iffuse because they create a null at the listening position. If that doesn’t help you remember, nothing will!”

    In a dipole configuration, because the two drivers are 180° out of phase with each other, the two opposites cancel each other in the center of the listening area. That’s why the diffuse effect is more dramatic.

  6. Jürgen Wahlen Avatar

    Hi,

    I have the Kef Reference 206/2ds, I always thought looking at the documents that they are dipools but problem is placing them correct. Know there should be a switch that makes them bipools witch should easier to install and use them. But is there a switch on the back of the Kef Reference 206/2ds?

    Regards,

    Jürgen

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