Electronic – Does a voice coil vibrate at the same frequency as the source sound file

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As a disclaimer I know very little about this so I'm probably describing this in a very imprecise way. Say you generated a sine wave on your computer at 800Hz and played it through a speaker. Would the speaker also vibrate at 800Hz?

Best Answer

I would expect so, assuming the speaker is capable of vibrating with the same speed.

As far as I know each speaker has a range in which it can vibrate (usefully). Mostly bigger speakers are better suited for vibrating at lower speeds (and having more 'pressure', more air that is moved), small speakers can resonate faster (thus higher frequencies).

That is why for lower frequencies you need bigger speakers, and for higher frequencies smaller speakers will do.