Frugal wrote:I think the phase problem you speak of is diffraction caused by driver spacing. That is a very real problem because an ideal line source has a maximum driver spacing and line length for every frequency.
That's freq. combing related to interference at high freq.s due to the summing of wavelengths that are full developed (shorter in length and emitting the full wavelength). As the freq.s go lower they get longer and don't cause this problem unless the physical distance between the two drivers/sources is to long. (..diffraction of sound is when sound moves around an object.)
It's not really much of a problem though, subjectively it gives that electrostatic sound - usually an increased level of clarity: mostly because the brain/ear hears the sound as higher than the average (ie. hears the freq. response near the top of those "spikes").
There are also modal problems with drivers when they are operating as bending-wave at higher freq.s because of the shape of the driver, damping of the surround, membrane profile, etc.. When displaying the freq. response of a single driver (like fullrange drivers) at higher freq.s you'll see something similar to combing effects as long as you don't display the freq. response with much (if any) smoothing applied. Similar effect though.