HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter

Brand:|Model: RT1C-A
The vibrating element of a planer tweeter is almost weightless in comparison to a dome tweeter. It provides an immediate and precise response to any transients in the original signal.
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Part # 297-400
  • Kapton film diaphragm for immediate, precise response
  • Controlled vertical dispersion minimizes ceiling and floor bounce
  • Wide horizontal dispersion

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HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter

The vibrating element of a planer tweeter is almost weightless in comparison to a dome tweeter. The element consists of Kapton film with a pattern of aluminum conductors which is placed precisely between two Neodymium bar magnets. It provides an immediate and precise response to any transients in the original signal. These drivers are magnetically shielded and feature a linear phase response which provides time coherent reproduction resulting in accurate musical rhythm and imaging. Unlike other conventional tweeters and electrostatic speakers, the RT1C and RT2a have an extremely wide sound dispersion in the horizontal plane. At the same time, they have a well controlled sound dispersion in the vertical plane. This helps to avoid disturbing floor and ceiling reflections in a home environment thus enhancing clarity and imaging accuracy. The RT1C features a radiating area of 50 x 13mm and a round cast aluminum face plate. Although designed to be used with either the F5 or F6 bass/midrange drivers in a small 2-way system, it is also well suited for 3-way applications. Recommended second order crossover cut-off frequency - from 3kHz.

Product Specifications
  • Tweeter TypePlanar
  • Impedance5 ohms
  • Power Handling (RMS)20 Watts
  • Frequency Response3,000 to 21,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity93 dB 1W/1m
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • DC Resistance (Re)4.80 ohms
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter4.72"
  • Cutout Diameter3" W x 3.625"
  • Depth0.39"
HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter
  • BrandHiVi
  • ModelRT1C-A
  • Part Number297-400
  • UPC844632021244
  • Product CategoryTweeters
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (18 Reviews)
  • Weight0.56 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter
HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, great valueHiVi's RT1C is a stellar example of "pay a little more, get a lot more." I've got it paired with a Peerless 6 1/2" "sandwich cone" woofer, crossed over at 3000 to 3300 Hz, second order high pass and first order low pass, polarity reversed.This has been the easiest system I've put together to have sound great right from the start. While playing with different padding levels, it still sounded good a tad bright and also a tad subdued. Great high frequency extension without a hint of harshness.Stellar sound and ease of integration deserve a five-star rating. The required precisely made rectangular cutout and narrow vertical pattern lower the overall to four stars. I've made a pattern for routering the cutout. The narrow vertical pattern fits some applications very well. I do want to use the RT1C again -- it's nearly impossible to find fault with the end result.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome tweeters!Being a big fan of ribbons as I have Carver amazings that I love, I purchased these to replace the dome tweeters in my vintage jbl 4401 speakers. I am driving them with a 20 watt tube amp & tube preamp & buy is this ever a match made in heaven!! much more clarity & extended highs & the soundstage is awesome!! highy recommended!!
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgrade in BIC Venturi DV62clr-sGot these as an upgrade for my BIC Venturi center that I am using for my front channels..... Did not order any x-over components because I wanted to take measurements. Well sitting around after surgery, I got bored and decided to just give them a little test run. After enlarging the holes and hooking to the stock x-over and listening for a few minutes....... These were good, REALLY good sounding. Went ahead and ran Audessey 32 xt on my Denon 2000x . It was unbelievable!These tweets hooked to the factory BIC x-overs were almost perfectly flat. We are talking a couple of places that needed a 2 db cut (3db cut @ 20k) The stock tweets were all over the place requiring 6-8 db boost over most of the range, then a 8+db cut between 9-16k and another +8 @ 18-20k. The factory tweets were just a mess, the most pleasant sounding I could find, but still a mess.Once the equalization program had been run, all three speakers were within 2 db of each other above about 3500 (without EQ). Simply amazing. What luck.Listening was exactly what you would expect. Vertical dispersion is on par with the 3/4" soft domes. Horizontal dispersion is phenomenal. Way broader than the soft dome. Every adjective that can be used for detail, impact and clarity, at the sametime being extremely smooth, applies here. Instead of having three distinct speakers up front, it became an enveloping soundstage. Far smoother and clearer than the soft dome.What is amazing is how a speaker that is as good "out of the box" as the BIC has been transformed by some damping, and new tweets
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good SoundReplaced a broken tweeter and evened out the one I replaced last year.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid performerI have these in a pair of MTMs that I keep in the garage. They are exposed to the elemements on occation, intil I can wheel them inside. Humidity is crazy in Baltimore.I have them matched up to HiVi aluminum mids and twin dayton QT-305s. It rocks. People laugh and say, "Your garage system sounds better than my living room"These tweeters do work quite well in a large soundstage, outside even.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PROVEN FOR 13 YEARSI built an DIY version of the Swans M1 using this driver with the F5. The combination is greater than the sum of it's parts. The M1 has been in production for 13 years, and at $850/pair demonstrates the quality and popularity of the two drivers. On its own the RT1C tweeter is very accurate and not always mentioned, very low distortion. For the price their isn't any other tweeter that comes close. When I built my speaker I crossed over at 4000 Hz, but I think you can be safe at 3500.
Date published: 2011-07-29
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HiVi RT1C-A Planar Isodynamic Tweeter

Could these be used as replacements in a set of Infinity RS-6's with EMIT ribbon tweeters, circa early 80's? I'm more concerned about physical size.

Asked by: hammytechnoid
Unfortunately we do not have a direct cross reference for this. These have been used as Emit replacements in the past but we do not know if this required any kind of cabinet modification.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-07

Can ANYONE tell me the correct size hole to mount these tweeter? There is NO WAY it will go into an 89.5mm (3.53") hole. The minimum size needed is 4-1/25" for the gasket to seal. Is it necessary to take the driver apart? Please include instructions.

Asked by: sportyinc02
This tweeter requires a rectangular cutout that needs to be 3" wide and 3-5/8" high, with rounded corners. The radius of the corners are roughly 3/8".
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-05
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