Audax Break-In

This design was born from the cheap availability of Audax AP100Z0 drivers. A Maplin close-out saw these 4" drivers sell for 4.98 each (1/3 of their usual price), which begged to be taken advantage of.

I bought six drivers with the tweeter undecided.


Audax AP100Z0



This 4" bass/midrange speaker has been designed to a high specification and manufactured to exceptional quality. It features a non-resonant high impact polymer chassis, a high temperature voice coil and a built in cosmetic ring designed for front-rear and recessed mounting. It also has a fully shielded magnet system making it ideal for all audio video applications. This speaker features an HDA (High Definition Aerogel) cone with high loss rubber surround.


To measure the drivers, they are fixed to my dedicated measuring clamp and the impedance plot is taken with the aid of Speaker Workshop (SW) and the Wallin Jig II. VAS is calculated using the added mass method with 3.56g (weighed against a 1p coin) of blu-tac stuck to the dustcap.


The following parameters are provided:

Parameter Value Source
Re 5.7 ohms DMM
Sd 52 cm2 Audax
Sens. 84.7 db W/M Audax
Pe 30 W Audax
xmax 2.7 mm Audax

Breaking the drivers in



The following shows the average T/S parameters from the measured drivers calculated after different periods of breaking-in, and compared to the specs provided by Audax. Breaking-in is done using 15Hz and 20Hz test tones running the drivers to xmax or mechanical excursion.

Run-in period Fs Vas Qms Qes Qts Le L1 R1
0 Hours 92.5 2.18 2.93 0.95 0.71 0.16 0.29 14.1
30 Hours 85.4 2.52 2.84 0.86 0.66 0.16 0.29 13.9
50 Hours 79.8 2.81 2.63 0.83 0.63 0.16 0.30 14.2
70 Hours 79.6 2.85 2.63 0.81 0.62 0.16 0.30 14.2
Audax 64.0 4.72 2.16 0.63 0.49 0.45
Difference * 20% 40% 18% 22% 21% 64%

* between break-in results and manufacturer specs. Note figures are rounded.

At first glance the results show a large difference between measured and manufacturer specs. A look at the most important specs: Fs, VAS and Qts, shows that VAS is the only parameter outside an acceptable 30% tolerance.


Break-in Results
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