Are questions about speaker design allowed?

I have always wanted to post a question asking what the major differences were between a PA speaker, a guitar cab, mixing speakers coaxial speakers, etc.

I could see this being a stretch as it more relates to equipment and less theory and practice, however, I feel a lot of people would benefit/appreciate this kind of question as we all listen to music through speakers.

  • Have a quick look at Sound Design Stack Exchange, although I think this may be marginal there. sound.stackexchange.com
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 19:33
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    @DrMayhem In my opinion, this should be considered on-topic here. Me personally, I'm for questions about stage equipment and stuff. However, asking about "major differences between" doesn't make a perfect SE question, does it?
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 1:44
  • It doesn't look like this question really belongs anywhere. Got shot down real quick: meta.sound.stackexchange.com/questions/1284/…
    – piofusco
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 3:14
  • I want to understand how these speaker designs affect the sound before they reach our ears. Obviously, each design has a huge effect on our perceivable EQ.
    – piofusco
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 3:20
  • I have often wondered this myself. In experimenting with my own equipment once I plugged a bass cab with a 15" speaker rater for 200 Watts into my PA cranking out 600 watts and it emitted sound for about two seconds before the speaker was reduced to tattered shards. I learned that guitar cabinet speakers are not designed to withstand the high spl levels produced by higher wattage PA systems. I have also tried lower powered PA amps with high watt rated stereo speakers that sound great with my receiver but distorted through the PA amp. But I would love to know more about the whys. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 4:20
  • Isn't there an equipment tag? This would fall under sound reinforcement for musicians and be kind of in the same vein of asking about amplifiers and microphones which I see many questions about. So I am inclined to want to see it allowed. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 4:22
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    To me your question is not about speaker design (as in how to design speakers), but about equipment differences. It is 100% on topic here. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 5:41
  • piofusco - while there are some ways to word the question that would be on topic here (although more on topic over on sound design!) you may need to work it a bit
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 12:21


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