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Speakers with Ribbon Tweeters

Updated on June 4, 2011

I love the sound of ribbon tweeters

As I explore new headphones, new speakers, and new music, I keep finding new things I like.... My latest find is a pair of speakers with ribbon tweeters. We set them up in our bedroom and have spent hours listening to them. It's not the first time I've heard ribbon tweeters - Awhile back we listened to some ESS tweeters, which are like the ultimate ribbon tweeter. But this time I'm hooked on ribbon tweeters. I think I can hear sounds that other tweeters don't reproduce, or at least not in the same way.

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Studio Monitor Speakers with 2" Ribbon Tweeters


If you are looking to buy a set of speakers with ribbon tweeters, this may be your most affordable option. Reviewers compare their sound to speakers costing 5 times as much.


Is this all hype, or do ribbon tweeters really sound better? - Let me know what you think.

Which type of tweeter do you prefer?

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Build your own speaker with ribbon tweeters - because it's fun! - Here are a few ribbon tweeters to choose from.

The ESS Tweeter is the Ultimate Ribbon Tweeter

In my opinion...

The sound coming from ESS tweeters is often described as magical. The ESS speaker is an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) invented by Dr. Oskar Heil. The air moves out of these tweeters so fast, that in most speaker designs the woofer is placed horizontally to compensate for the difference in the speed that the sound travels. For more information on the Heil ESS tweeter design, check out this wikipedia article.

Buy the ESS Tweeter on Ebay - the best place to get a deal on these!

On Ebay, you can often buy the ESS tweeter for less than the retail price of about $350 per tweeter. If you prefer to buy them new, sometimes they are available at Parts Express.

Is the Planar Tweeter a ribbon tweeter? - I would say so - it's certainly not a dome!

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