The audio industry is constantly striving for new and different methods with which to improve the sound quality and performance of components in the signal chain. In many cases however, insufficient evidence is provided for the benefit of so-called improvements. This paper presents the results of a scientific study to analyze the effectiveness of applying vapor-deposited diamond-like-carbon, chromium, and chromium nitride coatings to aluminum and titanium hard dome tweeters. Careful attention was paid during the processing, assembly, and measurement of the tweeters to ensure a control and equal influence of other factors such that a robust analysis could be made. The objective results were supplemented with listening tests between the objectively most significant change and the control.
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