Audiofrog GB40 4 inch Midrange

  • Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
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Up for test is AudioFrog’s GB40 4″ Midrange. These drivers – as well as the others from the AudioFrog GB series speakers – include a LOT of installation hardware to make installs quicker and easier. I simply don’t have the time right now to really delve in to the facets of this here.



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GB40

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Small Signal Parameters



Results as measured via Dayton’s DATs measurement tool.

  • f(s)= 105.60 Hz
  • R(e)= 3.30 Ohms
  • Z(max)= 12.93 Ohms
  • Q(ms)= 2.654
  • Q(es)= 0.908
  • Q(ts)= 0.676
  • V(as)= 2.332 liters (0.082 cubic feet)
  • L(e)= 0.34 mH
  • n(0)= 0.29 %
  • SPL= 86.70 1W/1m
  • M(ms)= 4.81 grams
  • C(ms)= 0.47 mm/N
  • BL= 3.40

GB40_impedance



Frequency Response



Frequency Response and the following Harmonic Distortion measurements were taken using Dayton’s OmniMic measurement system. For this test, the driver was surface mounted (not flush mounted) on the baffle. The backside of the driver cutout was chamfered to allow for the driver to ‘breathe’ better, as is often recommended for such small drivers.

The frequency response measurements below are on-axis (0 degrees) and off-axis (15, 30, 60 degrees), measured at 2.83v/1m.

  • Black = 0 degrees
  • Blue = 15 degrees
  • Red = 30 degrees
  • Green = 60 degrees

GB40_FR03060



Harmonic Distortion



The following HD graphs are done in the nearfield, emulating 90dB at 1 meter as well as 96dB and 102dB at 1 meter, respectively. Note: The bump in HD around 400hz is due to a loose part on the test baffle and should be ignored (verified through multiple tests and accelerometer placement).



GB40_HD90



GB40_HD96



Thoughts



Frequency response indicates average sensitivity in the 85dB @ 2.83v/1m ballpark. There’s an upward climb on-axis above 2khz, which is similar to what I measured with the JL Audio C5-400cm here and the ScanSpeak 10f I measured here. Seems to indicate this may be better placed off-axis. There’s a fairly small breakup at 6.7kHz that doesn’t bother me much, but does show up in all axes. That said, this peaking is about 2 octaves above the nominal low-pass crossover and so benign it will be mitigated by the crossover anyway.

Harmonic Distortion: Note: The bump in HD around 400hz is due to a loose part on the test baffle and should be ignored (verified through multiple tests and accelerometer placement). The THD at 96dB overall is quite low. It breaks down as follows: 3% THD is met at approximately 100hz. At 200hz the THD measured is approximately 1.25%. At 300hz the THD is approximately 0.60% and above 500hz the THD is below 0.50% and as low as 0.30% in some places. Very good distortion measurements

Given the upper frequency crossover is determined by the beaming point, with a 4″ driver you can expect to cross this driver on the high end at about 3khz (give or take depending on the slope). The low end crossover is typically driven by the amount of distortion you get. I’d say, if you pay attention to the trend the appropriate crossover for this driver would be in the 200-250hz ballpark which would provide you plenty of output at low distortion. I used this in my own car for about a year from about 300hz to 5khz mated to an itty-bitty Dayton ND16FA-6 tweeter and was really happy with the level of output overall and how ‘stealth’ it made my car audio install. Also this provides the ability to cross this lower than I typically recommend for drivers of this size (like the ScanSpeak 10f Fullrange which one of my go-to suggestions). The mid 80’s sensitivity is likely due to the tradeoff of low frequency extension. In other words, if the sensitivity were higher, distortion would be higher, lower in frequency meaning you may have to cross at 300hz rather than 200hz to achieve the same level of THD.

Cliffs: Very low distortion. Nice usable range from 200/300hz to 3khz (low end depending on output; 200hz shouldn’t be an issue for most, though but 300hz is easily doable for really high output-minded folks).

… Speaking of the 10f comparison, the below pictures show the difference in size between the newer, smaller neo magnet version of the 10f:

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GB40



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