Selenium ST200 Super Tweeter Review


Selenium ST200 Super Tweeter

The ST200 is a $20 budget super tweeter by Selenium. As in all Selenium products, it’s intended for the pro sound market. According to their specs, the ST200 is rated at 140W Musical Program when crossed at 5,000Hz (12dB/oct). The Frequency Response at -6dB is from 2kHz~20kHz. Dispersion pattern is 40° conical and comes with a phenolic diaphragm.

SELENIUM ST200 IMPEDANCE PLOTFig 1 – Selenium ST200 Impedance

Fig 1 is the Impedance sweep of the Selenium ST200. Resonant frequency (Fs) is a rather high 3kHz. The impedance peak at Fs looks well damped which is an advantage. Lowest impedance is 7Ω at 5kHz. 

SELENIUM ST200 FRFig 2 – Selenium ST200 RAW Frequency Response.

Fig 2 shows a fairly flat frequency response from 3kHz~10kHz. After that, it dies off quite rapidly.

Even though Selenium recommends crossing at 5kHz at 12dB/oct, I think it’ll be fine at 4kHz with 18dB/oct. If one wants to push it, it can go to 3kHz at 24dB/oct. Below 3kHz, the horn cuts off.

SELENIUM ST200 WATERFALLFig 3. REW Waterfall of Selenium ST200. Rise Time = 0.10 msec. Window = 1.3 msec ( 769Hz ). Time Range = 1.0 msec

The highly magnified (1ms) Waterfall plot in Fig 3 shows minimal artifacts from 5kHz onwards. It looks like a very “clean” tweeter. 

SELENIUM ST200 TES Fig 4 – Toneburst Energy Storage of Selenium ST200

The Toneburst Energy Storage plot In Fig 4 shows stored energy (light blue slices) from 3kHz~6kHz. It’s not critical because they last for only 10 cycles at most.

SELENIUM ST200 SPECTROGRAMFig 5 – Spectrogram of Selenium ST200

The Spectrogram in Fig 5 gives us a better idea of the stored energy. It is at 3kHz where the stored energy is most. However, it last for less than 3ms. The Violet patch is  -30dB below the fundamental. From 4kHz upwards, the artifacts seen in the waterfall do not last even 1ms. 

In Conclusion

On paper, the Selenium ST200 looks good but on closer examination, I am not too comfortable with the bandwidth.

Working from 4kHz~10kHz is rather awkward. I dislike crossing a tweeter at 4kHz but perhaps with the right woofer, the speaker may still sound good. It would have been so much better if the ST200 has a bandwidth of 2.5kHz~15kHz but for a mere $20, it is already a great bargain. 

Note: All measurements were made with the mic at 1m, tweeter axis. Impulse Window=5ms. No smoothing applied.