Sunday, August 7, 2011

What is the Function of Capacitor on Tweeter?

I have been receiving a lot of questions on use of capacitor on tweeter. What is the use of capacitor? How can that improve the quality of sound? What is the value to use? How to connect to tweeter?

I found a very good website below that explain the use of capacitor in speaker and how to select the good value.

Anyway, I will try to breifly explain what is the use of capacitor on tweeters.

1. Function of capacitor - it act as a high pass filter which means it will block low freq components and let the high freq components pass through. Capacitor will attenuate the low freq at 6dB/Octave.

2. How to improve the sound quality - birds sound freq around 1KHz to 16KHz. With the right value of capacitor, the low freq components < 1KHz will be filtered off to give clear birds sound.

3. What value to use? - That depend on what type of tweeter you use. For Magnetic Tweeter, the nominal impendance is around 4ohm to 8 ohm. Assume 8ohm impendance is used and the cut-off freq is 900Hz, so you need to use around 22uF capacitor.

For Piezo tweeter, theoritically no cap is needed as piezo itself is capacitance in natural. It has around 0.12uF. If you refers to its impedance chart, the value from 100ohm at 20Hz to around 25ohm at 20KHz. That means it itself will block most of the low freq components. But if you insist to use capacitor, you can use 4.7uF to 10uF value.

4. What type of capacitor? - Use non polar, 100V capacitor.

5. How to connect? - Solder in series in positive terminal.

Hope the information help.


  1. This is what I am saying, don't simple install capasitor withiout knowing it. I am in a right path ^^

  2. Yen Yen ...good job , thx for the info...

  3. Wow, that's very high , 22 micro farad.
    Most ppl now used only, 3.3 and 4.7.
    What do you use,22?

  4. depend on what tweeter you use. if Magnetic tweeter with 8ohm impedance, you need 22uF.