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Tweeter Diagnostics

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I have a set of floor standing Paradigm speakers. They have been sitting in storage for a long time. I got them out today and the tweeter on both units do not play sound. I checked the wiring connection by wiring up another spare speaker I have real quick and they both played sound through my spare speaker so I am assuming the tweeters are toast. I have contacted Paradigm for replacement tweeters but they want me to purchase a diaphragm because they do not offer the whole tweeter unit. Is there anyway to find out for sure that the diaphragm is the part I need? I wish I could just purchase a whole tweeter and replace it but that is not possible, I am just afraid I will purchase the diaphragm (which is $30 each) and replace them and still have broken tweeters.
post #2 of 4
the diaphragm is what breaks, the magnet should be fine ,you can unplug the tweeter and touch the speaker wires to the tweeter connections with the bass and volume turned low. If it works then send the crossover to paradigm for a rebuild.
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Originally Posted by chatanika View Post

the diaphragm is what breaks, the magnet should be fine ,you can unplug the tweeter and touch the speaker wires to the tweeter connections with the bass and volume turned low. If it works then send the crossover to paradigm for a rebuild.

Hi chatanika,

thank you for your help with this. I am unsure what you mean by unplugging the tweeter and touching the speaker wires to the tweeter connections? Wouldn't this be the same as just leaving the tweeter plugged in? Or are you taling about different wires? My tweeters dont play any sound at all, completely dead silent. I have a car speaker (a 4x6 with a tweeter in the middle) which I hooked up just to test the speaker wires going to the tweeter and this speaker will play music. So it must be the tweeters that are shot right? Now I'm just trying to figure out if I buy a diaphragm that this will indeed fix my tweeters.
post #4 of 4
I'm no tech by any means, don't even own an ohm meter. what happened with me was I bought a pair of paradigm 100's recently for 400 . The guy said he blew the tweeters so I bought new tweets and still no sound, so I bypassed the crossover by hooking the speaker wires directly to the tweeter and they worked. I then pulled out the crossover which is located behind one of the 8 inch drivers not the one behind the speaker wire binding posts. When looking at the tweeter side of the crossover I found cracked and ruptured caps. I sent the crossovers to paradigm and had them back in about a week and was up and running for something like twenty dollars per speaker. The reason it's not the same as having the tweeter hooked up normally is because if the tweeter crossover is damaged the signal stops there.
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