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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 04:54 PM
I lost a woofer in one of my trusty old speakers that I had for 20 years yesterday.

Denza recomended some Infinitys but the Beta50s, 40s and the primus 360s are not in stock at any store here.

I have a 100 watt Marantz receiver. And the room isn't very big. Any suggestions?

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 05:06 PM
Fast43,

If you like your speakers, and the reason the woofers went were because of "speaker rot", which is when the foam around your speaker goes, then PM me, because for about $25 or $30 dollars I can give you some links to companies that sell the foam kit. Replace the foam, and it's a pretty simple thing to do, and your speakers will sound like the day you bought them, and it's a helluva lot cheaper than going out and buying new speakers. Give me a shout and I'll help you out.

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 05:20 PM
No question, I would buy Cambridge Soundworks. They are great speakers for the price - Consumer Reports has rated their models highly, one of them as a "Best Buy". For a room that isn't too big check out their bookshelf speakers. Just make sure you have them up on speaker stands or actually have them on a shelf (not the floor). I have the M60's among some other models from C.S. I also have a Marantz receiver, and they sound great! Free shipping from these guys.

If you do decide to purchase from these guys MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE that you Google "Cambridge Soundworks coupon code". It may take a few trys to get a good (non-expired) code, but when you check out it will save you 10% or more. Happy searching! Shoot me a PM if you want more info.

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=spk_bookshel f

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 05:27 PM
Here are some coupon code links for Cambridge Soundworks. This works for all kinds of stores if you buy online. Just type in "___ coupon code" and search around through the results.

http://www.edealinfo.com/Coupons/cambridgesoundworks.shtml

http://www.techbargains.com/vendor_detail.cfm/53

http://www.couponcabin.com/coupons/cambridge-soundworks/

http://www.xpbargains.com/st_deals.php/Cambridge_SoundWorks_coupons.htm

http://coupons.quicktoclick.com/cambridge-soundworks.asp

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 05:36 PM
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If you like your speakers, and the reason the woofers went were because of "speaker rot", which is when the foam around your speaker goes, then PM me, because for about $25 or $30 dollars I can give you some links to companies that sell the foam kit. Replace the foam, and it's a pretty simple thing to do, and your speakers will sound like the day you bought them, and it's a helluva lot cheaper than going out and buying new speakers. Give me a shout and I'll help you out.



Crap, and I took two speakers out of a Quad Reverb and replaced my stereo woofers wiht them and pitched the two original woofers !

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 06:09 PM
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Fast43,

If you like your speakers, and the reason the woofers went were because of "speaker rot", which is when the foam around your speaker goes, then PM me, because for about $25 or $30 dollars I can give you some links to companies that sell the foam kit. Replace the foam, and it's a pretty simple thing to do, and your speakers will sound like the day you bought them, and it's a helluva lot cheaper than going out and buying new speakers. Give me a shout and I'll help you out.

Later,
Fred B.


Hey would you mind posting the links? I'm interested in how this stuff works. Thanks!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 08:30 PM
How much do ya wanna spend ?

Are ya looking for bookshelf or towers ?

whats the room size ?

just don't buy Bose.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 08:59 PM
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just don't buy Bose.


Thank you for saying that. Not that Bose are bad speakers, but I think that with almost all well known brands there is a publicity factor that affects consumer's perception. Bose are good, but they are most certainly not the best. At least not the best bang for your buck.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 09:04 PM
I don't see how you can go wrong with Bose but that said, for my money, JBL speakers are a great choice. I've had a small book shelf pair of JBL control 1s for about 10 years and they really sound great.


 

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I don't see how you can go wrong with Bose but that said, for my money, JBL speakers are a great choice. I've had a small book shelf pair of JBL control 1s for about 10 years and they really sound great.




Again Bose is not a bad brand, but look at these links and decide for yourself. Think in terms of economics; if they CAN charge more they will!

http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=wrcd_w ave_index

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=aud_radio&it em=c174rczzz

 

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I don't see how you can go wrong with Bose but that said, for my money, JBL speakers are a great choice. I've had a small book shelf pair of JBL control 1s for about 10 years and they really sound great.




Again Bose is not a bad brand, but look at these links and decide for yourself. Think in terms of economics; if they CAN charge more they will! This is almost a direct comparison of products - apples to apples.

http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=wrcd_w ave_index

http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=aud_radio&it em=c174rczzz

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 09:30 PM
Hello,
...For a good replacement speaker , Try Pile Drivers....One of the BEST replacement speakers around...bar none.


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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 10:13 PM
iTS ALL A MATTER OF WHAT YOU CAN SPEND AND WHAT SOUNDS GOOD TO YOU

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 10:23 PM
Ya know what Bose is great at MARKETING !

You can't possibly fit all the necessary woofers,tweeters,crossovers etc.... into a Bose "cube" .
Bose is just like Monster Cables , great marketing but nothing special as far as product.

The saying goes ---->> NO HIGHS , NO LOWS , IT MUST BE BOSE .

Bose is great for the homeowner who doesn't care about the sound, but wants ease of use and non obtrusive looking speakers.

There are lots of internet direct companies out there now that let you try the speakers out for 30 days, most of them YOU pay the return shipping.

If you're just looking for a decent pair of inexpensive speakers,that you can find at a local Best Buy type store try JBL,or Klipsch. If you wanna venture into the internet speakers try theses.

www.av123.com
www.axiomaudio.com

also, take a look at this forum, people are very friendly and willing to guide you.based on your needs.
www.avsforum.com

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 11:18 PM
I'm buying a set of Infinity Speakers, 5.1 surround sound.
http://www.infinitysystems.com/homeaudio/product_detail.aspx?prod=TSS-1100C HR


I got a Denon AVR 1906. I'll let you know how they sound. From what I've heard, JBL, Yamaha, and Infinity are some of the best mfg's out there. I heard Bose is wayyy over priced, unless your going to buy the 11 speaker setup.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2006 at 11:27 PM
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just don't buy Bose.


I use to work for a company that did PA systems. Our audio guys favorite saying was

No highs, no lows, they must be Bose

 

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 08:02 AM
I've always had JBL's.

Love 'em.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 09:03 AM
I recentyl purchased a pair of Polk bookshelf speakers and I am very happy with them. Great sound and the best customer service I have ever dealt with.

But I would go with Fred the cleaneduphippy's suggestion and refoam them. One less piece in the landfill and spend the savings on some headphones.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 09:14 AM
I like my polks alot... they are a smaller series but they sound good... and they put my pops bose to shame...

... I would refoam to if thats an option... once you find a pair of speakers you really like, it'll be hell trying to find something equal to your tastes (unless of course the originals were white westinghouse or some such nonsense)...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 10:50 AM
I'm on my 3rd set of Bose 901's, started in the late '70's, no complaints. They get all the highs and lows my ears can hear, you have to use the equalizer of course. There's definitely a fall-off in quality in cheaper models. As a side note, I have several friends that formerly were in the retail business. They report Bose requires lower markups than other manufacturers in order to sell their products, and many retailers have an interest in badmouthing their stuff. I've been told twice that no retailer will ever show you Bose unless you ask because of the lower markups.

Now, as to the reason for my post: Couple years back, I had the foam breakdown problem too. When I emailed Bose for assistance in analyzing the problem, they offered a new top-line set at cost if I would ship back my old ones, which I did. Cost me $700 for a set of Series 6.

Check with your manufactrurer. They may have a similar program.

 
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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 12:14 PM
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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 01:12 PM
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Couple years back, I had the foam breakdown problem too. When I emailed Bose for assistance in analyzing the problem, they offered a new top-line set at cost if I would ship back my old ones, which I did. Cost me $700 for a set of Series 6.




Hate to say it, Buppalo, but I think Bose took you for a ride. You could have gotten a 901 re-foaming kit along with new dust caps for all 18 speakers for less than $80. Hell, even if you decided to re-cone (which shouldn't be necessary) all 18 speakers that would have only set you back $450 and either way from a sonic standpoint, you would have had a new set of 901's. Hope the Series 6 cabinets are nice, because that's what you paid $700 for. btw, did Bose send you a new EQ and hopefully they did. Reason I ask is that depending on what series of 901's you own you might have a compatablity issue is the wrong EQ is used. Anyway here's an aricle that explains what I'm talking about.

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Bose 901 Equalizer Compatibility:

Undoubtedly as you read this review, someone is selling a Series IV 901 with a Series VI eq or a Series II eq with a Series III speaker and will result in total dissatisfaction with the product on the buyer's end.

On the earlier models Series I and II, a tremendous boost in the lower frequencies was required. To a lesser degree...the highs were also boosted. This placed quite a demand on one's amplifier! The fact that the basic principle of the design was Acoustic Suspension which required large movements of the drivers to produce enough air movement for bass didn't help either...but it was a great sounding system as long as you had a 200 watt/ch. or more amplifier! On later models...the boost was considerably milder as each series progressed. Later models used a form of vented design...Acoustic Marix that required much less equalization.

My point in telling you all this is that if you use a Series VI E.Q. with a Series I speaker, the sound will not be correct and sound limited. Conversely, a Series I E.Q. with a Series VI speaker will render a bright and bassy coloration. There is something to be said for using the correct E.Q. for each series 901 speaker!

Therefore...Series I & II {1968 to 1976} are compatible when it comes to mix and matching speakers and E.Q.'s.
Series III & IV {1976 to 1983} are compatible.
Series V & VI {1983 to Present Day} are compatible.

Notice that compatibility for Bose 901's are in Series pairs...I & II...III & IV...V & VI. DO NOT deviate from these guidelines as the sound will be most incorrect and you will be most frustrated!

You need a Bose 901 E.Q. with your Bose 901 speaker system otherwise forget it! You'll have sub par sound. Don't even try to substitute your top notch private E.Q. for the 901's E.Q. as it will cause the sound to be incorrect. You cannot equal the basic curve that Amar Bose has incorporated into the 901 E.Q.



btw, here's a link to whole article:

http://www.epinions.com/content_4064256132

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 01:31 PM
I had this very same problem with a pair of ESS Studio Monitors. I was looking around on Ebay to see about a set of replacement woofers & I found the repairs kits that Fred mentioned. That got me researching my problem & after consulting with some friends who are in the business, I bought the repair kit, which included everything I needed to fix mine. That was about a 2 years ago & all is still sounding good. Cost me less than $50.00 for my kit but the most important thing is I kept my orginal woofers. I bought mine from a company selling them on Ebay...search for "speaker edge kit", if you're interested.

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  posted on 1/30/2006 at 01:35 PM
I just ordered the kit, so we'llee how that works out.

Thanks for all the help

 

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