So, something bothers me about open baffle speakers and I haven't really read much on it or really have experience with it to know how much of an issue it is/could be.
With my current understanding on the theory of open baffle speakers it seems beneficial primarily to low frequency drivers that typically emit omni directional sound. However when I picture the setup in my head for higher frequency drivers I have a pretty big hesitation when it comes to reflections off of the rear wall. Wouldn't sound emit by the rear of a driver once reflected off of the rear wall and travel back to the front of the baffle end up creating positive and negative interference depending on distances and frequency? Would it not be better to capture/collect these waves? Perhaps not a full enclosure, but a partial enclosure where the driver can breathe freely and all higher frequency emissions from the rear of the driver can be mitigated.
I was thinking about combining the same geometry that is used for cones in anechoic chambers to trap tones not low enough to be omni directional. So I came up with a few potential semi open enclosure layouts and wanted peoples opinions.
The first one is rear ported and has a bias to one side and will emit 2nd order or greater reflections.
The second one is side ported and I believe will not reflect any sound out.
And the third is front ported and does not have a bias to either side.