The performance advantages of current-driving moving-coil loudspeakers is considered, thus avoiding thermal errors caused by voice-coil heating, nonlinear electromagnetic damping due to (Bl)2 variations, and high-frequency distortion from coil inductive effects, together with reduced interconnect errors. In exploring methods for maintaining system damping, motional feedback is seen as optimal for low-frequency applications, while other methods are considered. The case for current drive is backed by nonlinear computer simulations, measurements, and theoretical discussion. In addition, novel power amplifier topologies for current dirve are discussed, along with methods of drive-unit thermal protection.
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