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Time for a new set of speakers? - My Adire setup - the good, the bad, and the ugly!

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Thread Starter 
I built the Adire Kit281 and LCC several years ago....

The good: Great sounding speaker, very pleased

The bad: We moved, and currently the HT room is acoustically junk and very small. In addition, I never purchased/built the surrounds (currently using some throw-away speakers)

The Ugly: The rubber surrounds on one of the 281's is cracked in a few places, almost like there was an interaction between a coating on the mounting screws and the rubber (cracking in localized to the areas of the screws).

My Shiva based sonosub will be remade into a smaller 'box' - probably sealed due to space limitations for the lower frequency duties.

So I have to build something new... looking for ideas - the low budget kind, and no Insignias
post #2 of 6
The more ugly situation is that Adire provides no support for servicing any drivers other than their current large XBL^2 woofers. And they no longer carry the 8"s used in the 281. So you're on your own to create a fix, find a reconing service that can fabricate a new surround or enjoy the new paperweight.

You might try painting on some "Amazing Goop", they offer several formulas that remain flexible.

If that doesn't work and you can't find a reconer, take the woofer out of the center, use it in the mains then build a new center.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Good idea on the Goop - I was racking my brain for ideas... I think that will be the immediate solution (i.e. knee surgery in a couple of days - so lots of football and movies this weekend )

I planned on making a couple of John "Zaph" Krutke Hi-Vi B3S to see how they sounded...if they are OK - make lots more; several for the computers and kitchen plus 7 for the 'less than ideal HT' I have now. I'd put the shiva under the screen dead center (or there-abouts) to offset the high x-over point needed.
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Originally Posted by two-rocks View Post

The Ugly: The rubber surrounds on one of the 281's is cracked in a few places, almost like there was an interaction between a coating on the mounting screws and the rubber (cracking in localized to the areas of the screws).

Could it have been that the screws were torqued just a bit harder than they should have been, causing a slight dimple in the frame at the screw locations? Although still an unnaceptable reason for failure, if this is the case then the surround may have been "stretched" a little bit more in those areas.
post #5 of 6
I have a pair of AV8s (actually a complete pair of KIT81s) which I could part with. I will also keep Extremis, Shiva and Tempest stock for warranty support.

Bob

creativesound.ca
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Thread Starter 
Stevdart - I considered that (screw torque), but ruled it out based on a couple of things... I just switched out the two suspect drivers with ones from the LCC and none of the screws were over torqued. Additionally, I noticed the adhesive starting to break loose on one surround from the LCC speakers.

Add to that the cracking resembles aging rubber (spider), and has lost a significant amount of flexibility.

This is after 5 years of service, with all bass going through the sub. My 20 year old ADS's that survived college abuse don't show any sign of age.... hmmmm
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