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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2021 at 6:22pm
Clipping mullimeter leads onto the top of R670 and bottom of R673 allows you to measure the dc millivolts across 1 ohm, which translates into the bias current in milliamps with no music playing. In fact I shorted the input before this. As I wrote earlier the amp should be allowed to warm up before the measurement and then R665 can be used carefully to set the bias current flowing through the output stage.

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Last weekend I used REW to take some readings from my RH544's using calibrated microphone. I don't want to measure the pleasure out of my old speakers like a certain science project forum. However the responses were pretty flat, the waterfall graphs showed subtle room modes not driver or cabinet resonances, and the THD plots were pretty good. And the sounds are realistic with detail, good instrument positioning and space.

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More listening to the natural sound, good stereo instrument positioning and depth. I tested the Philips drivers this morning using a Proprius amp, REW and my Majestic dac. I was surprised how low the squawker and tweeter distortion came out, about 0.25% for 90dB at 1 metre. Both are domed units. The woofer distorts more, 1 or 2% below 60 Hz, but it sounds solid and warm. And comes with 30 Hz extension thanks to the MFB design.



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I downloaded a Philips catalogue with their range of 1970's drivers and realised the tweeters in my RH544's are not the AD0160 stated in the service manual. Instead they are the AD0140 model. They are shallower and I checked their backs too. Curious but both models of driver have polycarbonate 'mylar' domes and the FR curves are close. Even so I am tempted to try a modern 25mm dome tweeter to hear the difference. It will have to be 8 ohms nominal impedance so the crossover frequency is unchanged and of similar sensitivity. Hmm...

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I have been going through lots of music and enjoying the sound of these old speakers. They are a real contrast with my GX300's with their clarity and presence. Today I thought the Dunedin Consort's Brandenburg Concertos were great through the RH544's, themusicians set back a bit like moving the microphones away or drawing the curtains in the recording venue.

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