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Passive Radiator

Passive Radiator History

Harry Olson is credited as the inventor of the Passive Radiator. Although he first mentioned the concept in 1935, passive radiators didn't find their way into consumers' hands until JBL began offering user-tunable models in the late 1960s.

Synonyms for Passive Radiator Speakers

1. Drone Cone (original name coined by Harry Olson)

2. Assisted-Bass Resonator

3. Passive Cone

Please see "All About Speakers", for more details on how speakers work.


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Close-up of a Passive Radiator
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