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12.13 How can I replace/re-cone my old speakers?




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This article is from the rec.audio.* FAQ, by with numerous contributions by Bob Neidorff others.

12.13 How can I replace/re-cone my old speakers?

The best chance of success is to buy an identical replacement
speaker driver from the manufacturer of the system.

Second choice is to buy the exact same driver from a
distributor. This is sometimes difficult because it is hard to
learn exactly what driver the manufacturer used. In addition,
EVEN IF the manufacturer used stock speakers, they might have
used matched pairs or selected speakers by hand for an exact set
of specific characteristics.

There are companies that rebuild drivers, but they charge quite
a bit. I have heard $75 per driver. This is rarely done for
anything but very expensive commercial drivers. Speaker
manufacturers will often sell owners the materials that they
need to repair a speaker. If you are handy with delicate
things, it is worth a try.

In addition to speaker manufacturers, there are companies which
sells rebuild kits for approximately $30 per pair, containing
new foam, a special glue, and instructions. If you have a blown
or distorted voice coil, this still won't help. A few netters
have used rebuild kits from this company successfully. Contact:
Stepp Audio Technologies
PO Box 1088
Flat Rock NC 38731 USA
800-747-3692

Two other vendors of speaker repair parts are:
Parts Express (sells 8", 10", 12", & 15" repair kits)
340 E First St
Dayton OH 45402-1257 USA
513-222-0173

Simply Speakers
P. O. Box 22673
St. Petersburg FL 33742 USA
800-767-4041 or 813-571-1245

Also check out: http://www.decware.com/surround.htm and
http://www.les.safety.net/stepp.html for directions on
replacing speaker foam.

Some speaker manufacturers have very good warranties.
Electro-Voice warranties all professional products for life.
KEF has a similarly broad warranty on their speakers. Contact
the manufacturer first.

 

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