A somewhat larger bookshelf format, these simple 2-way speakers had the right components to bring a lot more to the soundfield than their price and size suggested. As such, they were a huge hit. Cabinet condition obviously impacts the aesthetic experience, and many speakers feature beautiful woods, metals, and in some cases even luxurious leathers e.
But cabinet condition is very important for sound, too, because a cabinet needs to be as inert as possible for the drivers to do their job efficiently. Any speaker that has structural problems with the cabinet should be avoided, full stop. It may be hard to determine if a speaker cabinet has issues. Crossovers are typically passive electronic networks that divide the audio signal into different frequency ranges and send those signals to the appropriate driver in the speaker.
Sometimes the electrical components need to be replaced, especially capacitors. However, and surprisingly often, crossovers work fine after 50 years or more. There is no one answer here, as every speaker is a bit different, as is its usage history. Also, make sure that if electrical components have been replaced that the replacements are as close to original spec as possible so that the sound stays close to original. Note, however, that most sellers do not address the crossover condition.
A driver's frame is the stamped or cast metal structure that holds everything. Tweeters are a little different than other drivers, but the basic concepts are the same. Forces are minimal in tweeters, so less structural strength is required. The frames are sometimes plastic, and can be very small. The voice coil is a mechanism with a strong and often very heavy magnet that the small end of the cone, often wrapped in copper wire, fits into.
Your amp sends voltage to the magnet, which causes the wire coil and thus the whole cone to move. That movement of the cone generates the sound waves we hear. Voice coils stop working properly when the coiled wires begin to touch the magnet.
To test a voice coil, gently push the cone in using all five fingers of one hand spread out and then allow the suspension to move it back to the neutral position. You want to bounce the cone in and out, replicating normal travel of the voice coil. There should be zero scraping sounds, and zero rough sensations in your fingertips. Voice coil restoration is possible, but you'll probably be better off replacing the driver entirely if possible.
With tweeters, replacing the whole unit is the norm. A speaker's conical membrane, typically paper in vintage speakers but sometimes aluminum, hemp, kevlar, or sandwiched foams, is glued to the frame around the large circle at the very front of the speaker.
The spider — an accordion-folded piece of paper or other material that secures the narrow end of the cone to the frame — is also glued to the frame, as is the dust cover in the center of the speaker. Reglued cones and spiders are fine, provided the work was done well.
Replaced speaker cones are fine, but you'll want to make sure they're the right type. Sometimes, however, the cone itself is falling apart or has been damaged. This often happens where foams are used on the outer suspension a.
Along with a slew of other companies in England, Rogers won the coveted BBC contract and began building for their studios. The BBC designs are still heralded by audiophiles, still built today and often cost quite a lot, e. Harbeth , and often imitated alas, often poorly.
The Rogers "house sound" is articulate, especially in the mid range. Zero harshness or frying-pan sizzle from the tweeters. Bass feels integrated into the overall soundstage, rather than feeling like a separate phenomenon like many modern speakers.
Rogers put these out when they realized that the home stereo market was hungry for BBC designs. The LS6A is a lowly speaker by reputation, but a hell of a deal if you can find a clear pair. Expect to pay in the mid to low hundreds for these simple but enjoyable mid-sized 2-way units. Charles Mingus. Chee Shimizu. Chet Baker. City Pop. Classic Album Sundays. Coctueau Twins. Compass Point. Condesa Electronics. Conny Plank. Contemporary Jazz. Cosmic Disco. Cosmic Folk. Cult Classic.
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