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Impulse and Radiation Field Measurements for Single Exciter versus Exciter Array Flat-Panel Loudspeakers

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Flat-panel loudspeakers with single exciters exhibit significant directivity shifts and many discrete resonances in frequency regions of low modal density. These phenomena are demonstrated through mechanical and acoustic measurements on an acrylic and a glass prototype panel, both with single exciters. The measurements are repeated for the acrylic panel using an array of exciters where the force magnitude of each exciter is specified to actuate only the lowest-index bending mode. The mechanical measurements demonstrate that no modes in the array-addressable frequency region above the first mode are actuated. Acoustically, measurements show omnidirectional radiation with a single low-frequency resonance, showing how the exciter array enables the flat panel to behave similarly to a conventional loudspeaker within the array-addressable frequency region.

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