Integra point-source speaker designs are one of many technologies synonymous with the Morel brand. Found on the Hybrid Integra, Tempo Ultra Integra and in the new Virtus Nano Integra shallow-mount speakers, the Integra design provides audible acoustical benefits and unsurpassed installation flexibility. Let’s look at how the unique point-source design benefits music enthusiasts of all genres.
The Point-Source Speaker Philosophy
In a conventional coaxial speaker design, the tweeter sits an inch or more above the base of the woofer cone. This distance results in sound from each driver reaching your ears at different times. Though minute, this mismatch in arrival time causes phase issues and unpredictable frequency response around the crossover point where both speakers are reproducing music. Coaxial speaker systems that do not have a low-pass filter on the woofer exaggerate this unwanted instability even further.
The Integra design places the tweeter at the base of the woofer cone, rather than above it. Sound radiates from both sources simultaneously. The result is smooth and natural frequency response through the crossover frequency region.
The Physical Benefits of Integra
In most installations, technicians mount new speakers in factory locations. These locations require that the speaker balance mounting depth requirements with woofer excursion capability. Likewise, speakers with front-mounted tweeters often interfere with the factory grille. The Integra design eliminates the forward protrusion of the tweeter to make installations easier in OEM locations.
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