Reducing Diffraction to Ensure Maximum Intelligibility
Sound waves emanate out from a woofer or tweeter the way that ripples in a pond emanate away from the spot where you tossed in the pebble. But if you put something in the water near that spot—like the leg of a pier—when those ripples hit the obstruction, they’ll break up into many smaller waves and the smoothness of the original wave is gone. This effect breaks up sound, smearing the clarity of the original signal.
To counteract this, the drivers of the LCR2 (and also LCR3 and FS3) are mounted in a dense resonant-free mounting plate that sits proud of the speaker baffle. The result is that the drivers “see” a smooth local acoustic environment, so none of their sound diffracts off the blunt inner surface of the grille frame, the way it does on a conventional speaker. Instead of multiple “ripples” interfering with each other, the LCR3’s sound is always clear and unfettered, for maximum clarity and intelligibility.