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what exactly is used to DOPE speakers?

SW33THAND5

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is it something that you could pick up at a store? or is it a specialty product that must be ordered from...????

 

CADdrafter

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i thought that was just street lingo for a good speaker.

i.e.: "that speaker be soundin' dope, y'all!"
 

pickaguitar

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My question is...what's the point?
Why does a speaker need to be doped?
Why can't it come fully functional out of the box?
 

bluestarbass

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I think doping is done for various reasons, Webers site would probably have more info. It gets rid of overtones and ghost notes sometimes. It can change the frequency response on the speaker. Why does anyone change pickups out of a guitar? To alter the sound, thats why you dope a speaker.
 

stratzrus

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They use dope to dope speakers...similar to the stuff you bought at hobby shops as a kid to treat silk stretched over wooden frames when making model airplanes.
 

bluestarbass

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They use dope to dope speakers...similar to the stuff you bought at hobby shops as a kid to treat silk stretched over wooden frames when making model airplanes
Is this all it is? When I first heard the term thats what I figured, except the dope I used on model planes was clear kinda goopy stuff. The dope on my speakers is black and much more stiff, almost like a tape of some sort. It may just be a ton of coats or something. Id love to see how someone does it.
 

stratzrus

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Is this all it is? When I first heard the term thats what I figured, except the dope I used on model planes was clear kinda goopy stuff. The dope on my speakers is black and much more stiff, almost like a tape of some sort. It may just be a ton of coats or something. Id love to see how someone does it.
Not the exact same but the same type of stuff...basically a gooey liquid that attains a degree of stiffness and elasticity when it dries.
 

teleharmonium

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My question is...what's the point?
Why does a speaker need to be doped?
Why can't it come fully functional out of the box?
They are doped and fully functional out of the box, but some people like to add more, which restricts the travel and raises the power handling, or less, which lets the speaker travel more freely with less energy from the amp and lowers the power handling.
 

dorianadams

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They are doped and fully functional out of the box, but some people like to add more, which restricts the travel and raises the power handling, or less, which lets the speaker travel more freely with less energy from the amp and lowers the power handling.
And of course some people undope them as well
 

Steve Foley

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It seems like I remember some speakers being doped with rubber cement - but my memory is hazy, here..... :crazy

El Steve-0
 

AdmiralB

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raises the power handling, or less, which lets the speaker travel more freely with less energy from the amp and lowers the power handling.
Doping has nothing to do with power handling. That's purely a function of how much heat the motor can handle/dissipate before deforming or otherwise failing, cone characteristics don't enter the equation.

Doping *can* affect the breakup point, however.
 




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