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Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm

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Repair your Peavey Versarray speakers, or build a set of high output speakers with Peavey's RD 1.6 ribbon tweeter. The high, 97 dB (@2.83V) sensitivity keeps up with many professional audio drivers. A stackable design also makes this a great choice for line arrays. Parts Express exclusive buyout!
  • Peavey Versarray ribbon tweeter
  • 8 mm wide by 120 mm high reinforced ribbon diaphragm
  • High output for a true ribbon tweeter, 97 dB
  • Extremely fast transient response, wide frequency response, and high sensitivity
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Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm

Peavey used the RD 1.6 ribbon tweeter in their acclaimed Versarray™ series of line array speakers to set a new benchmark for high fidelity, in sound reinforcement applications, while retaining high sensitivity and wide dispersion.

A 4.72" high by 0.31" wide sandwiched-aluminum diaphragm is immersed in magnetic flux from the neodymium magnet, and a built-in, step-up transformer keeps the impedance at a benign 7 ohm load for simple crossover calculation while maximizing output for a high 97 dB sensitivity at 2.83V. 

The natural planar wavefront of the RD 1.6 minimizes vertical off-axis dispersion, making this tweeter conducive to a stacked line array design with minimal comb filtering effects. Horizontal off-axis dispersion remains nearly flat to 45° from the high-pass crossover point (2,500 Hz @ 18 dB/octave is recommended) out to 40,000 Hz. This increases the sweet spot, for life-like imaging across a wider sound stage.

Save on the Peavey RD 1.6 planar ribbon tweeter through this Parts Express exclusive buyout. Quantities are limited.

Product Specifications
  • Tweeter TypeRibbon
  • Impedance7 ohms
  • Power Handling (RMS)20 Watts
  • Frequency Response1,200 to 40,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity97.0 dB 1W/1m
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • DC Resistance (Re)0.02 ohms
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter6.50 x 3.35"
  • Cutout Diameter4.88 x 2.40"
  • Depth2.90"
Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm
  • BrandPeavey
  • ModelRD 1.6
  • Part Number299-465
  • UPC848864007816
  • Product CategoryTweeters
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (9 Reviews)
  • Weight2.2000 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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Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm is rated 4.8889 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effortless highs, ultra-smooth, delicate sound. A+I'm accustomed to chambered vifa and morel silk domes -- generally my tweeters of choice. My preference is for natural highs and I absolutely hate metallic, harsh, or sharp characteristics of many tweeters. These ribbons are incredible. Whether listening at extremely low volume of blasting a symphony through the neighborhood, these just produce effortless highs that sound natural and true and never harsh. After getting used to these, I now find my very soft and natural silk dome builds to actually be harsh and hard to listen to in comparison...I truly never expected that. I've been using a pair of these in a great project for a month and just ordered 6 more to expand the vertical sound field for sitting and standing listening in my girlfriends living room. The vertical field is super narrow with these elegant/simple ribbons but the horizontal dispersion is superb. I believe the limited vertical dispersion really helps keep the sound wave pure on it's way to your ear and this concept seems analogous to a polarizing lens on a camera. For those that are worried about 20 watts power handling, that's really a non-issue as even with sensitive midranges or mid-basses you will be padding these down a few decibels or more. I dropped them almost 10 db with an lpad circuit for the right balance which means means these only see 1 watt for every 10 watts delivered by the amp! Thus, I would need at least a 200 watt/channel amplifier to put these in the red with a proper crossover network (and some really high-frequency music tracks). Third party testing shows these fountek ribbons are extremely accurate and offer very low distortion above 4000hz, but don't perform as well as higher end ribbons between 2000-4000hz. Thus, I crossed mine over with a dayton pre-built 4.5khz second order network with a zobel on the midbass and padding on the tweeter (see pic). If you go below 3.5khz I would strongly recommend a third order network and clean midbass driver. The fountek fe83 I used offer very good performance at this high crossover transition and wonderful bass to blend with a subwoofer with solid in-room performance down to about 50hz in a proper enclosure (I didn't expect this at all, and this is coming from a builder that has used 15" woofers in bookshelf speakers...). I wish that fountek built these with metal faceplates for peavey (like they do for most of their lineup), but the plastic has a nice texture and doesn't look cheap but it doesn't loop top-tier either. I resisted ribbons for over a decade of I want to test many more....
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic clear high end, smooth & dynamicI used this in a bi-amped 2-way system. Woofer was a Morel MW1075. Very pleased with the performance - extremely transparent sound, bandwidth goes far above 20K (the top octave is actually better than indicated by my graph) and it's highly sensitive. I used a 20 watt vintage tube amp and got great dynamic range. Used a MiniDSP crossover and this tweeter is very easy to work with. Beware that vertical dispersion is extremely narrow, so you should use this in a design where that works to your advantage.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent tweeter for very reasonable price.I installed the peavey versarray in a modded EV three way floor monitor that I am using as my center channel. The db closely matches the mid and woofer's output. It sounds fantastic with music and there is a lot more detail in HT audio. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice!I'm part way through a journey of replacing drivers in my old disco era three way systems. The box has two ten inch woofers (!) so I needed 96db sensitivity of tweeter to match the mid and bass. I used this ribbon tweeter instead of the original two dome configuration and they really do the trick. I get a lot more high range detail, I really like their sound. I believe these Peavey ribbons are white labelled Fountek neoCD2.0. Good buy!
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Car AudioThese are in use in my 08 Mazda MX5. They are installed in custom fiberglass kick panels actively crossed over @ 1.6k 3rd order. Their ability to image and stage are phenomenal.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tweetersI just added them to my DIY line array as super tweeters from 16k and up.They are still not broken in but they still sound fine. Very clean sound. Highly recommended
Date published: 2014-03-07
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Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm

Which Fountek ribbon model is closest in design/specification to the Peavey-branded rb-1.6 ribbon? Thank you in advance.

Asked by: Joel Grant
The closest option would be the Neo X 3.0:
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-02

How does one design a passive crossover for this device, given its very low DC resistance? Is the -3dB point in a first-order network where Xc = R? (I realize that a first-order network shouldn't be used. I can figure out the rest based on your answer.)

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The integrated transformer coupling these fountek (peavey branded) ribbon tweeters possess is supposed to create a stable 7ohm impedance from 1000hz to 40,000hz. Thus, the stable impedance means stable passive crossover networks resulting in cleaner actual reproduction of the sound spectrum with less shift in crossover points with frequency change. So, just build your crossovers for a 7ohm Re at the tweeter and you should be good (8ohm assembled crossovers will work just fine).
Answered by: Joel Grant
Date published: 2015-02-02

Please I need 6 pairs Of peavey versarray ribbon in Nigeria and soon can I get them. Regards

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Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-22

What resistors will I need to drop this to 84db? In another question the answer to drop to 86db was 5.1ohm series and 2.7ohm parallel, but I figured if I am going that far I would ask and get the correct resistors for 84db. I am a bit of a n

Asked by: psmith
A 5.6 ohm in series and a 2 ohm in parallel will drop the output to about 84 dB.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-09

(Matt?) If I add a 1 ohm resister to these, what will the reduction in sensitivity be? Also, if you can, please give L-pad resistor specs for bring this down to 86db 1w/1m AND having a network impedance of 8ohms for the crossover. Thank you very much.

Asked by: Joel Grant
Adding a 1 ohm resistor in series will drop the sensitivity about 1 dB, so not much. Dropping the level to 86 dB will require a 5.1 ohm resistor in series and a 2.7 ohm in parallel.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-30

Have Bozak Concert Grands. Thinking of taking two Bozak b200y tweeters out of each side and installing the Peavey 1.6's. I understand they will fit. Will it work with the Bozak crossover?

Asked by: ricpan
It's unlikely that any speakers will work better with your speakers' factory crossover than the ones they came with from the factory. If you are set on purchasing these ribbon tweeters and using them as you suggest, then you will need to simulate them using computerized crossover design software to determine what the effect on performance will be. This is a more complex undertaking than it seems on the surface.
Answered by: DaytonAudio_Rory
Date published: 2015-01-30
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