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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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Weight: 2.2000 lbs.  
List Price$199.99
Regular Price$149.00
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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.

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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
    (8 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
Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm is rated 4.875 out of 5 by 8.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb value.This model is surprisingly good especially if you consider its price. Great sensitivity, smooth presentation, very well suited to high quality DC coupled class A low power amplifiers or even single ended tube amplifiers with the proper 8 ohm tap. Don't know how loud they can reach but that is not important to me.I am keeping these ...G. Iannuzzi
Date published: 2013-08-06

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Peavey RD 1.6 Versarray Ribbon Tweeter 7 Ohm

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: 2014-11-25

Can these be swapped with the fountek neocd3.0 in the 'Statement Monitors'?  The graphs look eerily similar, but these have slightly higher sensitivity. 

Asked by: Lithos
This would ultimately be up to the Statements designer since there will more than likely be crossover mods in order for it to work properly. I would recommend asking this question on our Tech Talk customer forum.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-28

Almost No Resistance?

I am most concerned about the load on an amplifier. I fully understand that a crossover must be used. Certain "legendary" ribbons and planar drivers put extremely difficult loads on the amplifiers, Apogee Divas and Infinity EMIT's/EMIM's come to mind. One reviewer mentions that they have "almost no resistance", this is my main concern. With their high efficiency, I am hoping to drive them with a relatively low powered (and not high current) amp.
Asked by: EKGajewski
These are 8 ohms and fairly consistent. A lot of the ones that were "hard to drive" are lower impedance. For example the diva was a 3 ohm speaker. These should be a very easy load for most amplifiers.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2013-11-15

Can this be used horizontally?

Asked by: Dalegriaeua
In its normal vertical orientation, the drivers dispersion up and down is very controlled. if used horizontally, it will not have much response off to the sides.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2013-11-12

Must be used with a capacitor?

I have read that the 7-ohm load is nearly flat (resistive) throughout the frequency range. Which makes it easy on an amplifier. However, one of the comments here says it has "almost no resistance" and requires a capacitor. I am looking to use these for the front 3 speakers of a home theater and want to make a decision soon.
Asked by: EKGajewski
It does need at least a capacitor as a high pass filter to keep the bass out. A true highpass at 12 db or higher would be best bet though.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2014-01-30

ribbon tweeter polarity

can you identify the right polarity there are not mark on it.. rd 1.6
Asked by: vacilon
The red terminal is positive.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-01-30

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