Originally Posted by bigjsd
""The speaker surround has been changed to a coated fabric impregnated with dilute Bakelite, in order to improve edge absorption for a smoother response and longer life than pure rubber can provide. I should also remind you that the speakers are covered by an 8-year warranty.""
Is anyone aware of how long ago they implemented this change? @j_matthews29 is there a chance you could post pictures of this newer version so we can see the difference in the new woofer and how it looks?
I can tomorrow if you'd like. I don't think the woofers look different than any I've seen in images taken by other PL-89 owners. The woofers do
look different than the ones in the BIC, and Acoustic Sound Design web site advert images, however ( in those images they look more like the Klipsch metallic woofers).
In one of the first images posted in this thread, of a set of HT-88s, the woofers look pretty much the same. Doesn't appear the material has changed, since that's what my woofers look like, too. But what do I know? The material could have seen a few successive changes since it's introduction. How is one to know?
I honestly can't complain about the sound that comes out of them. Much broader frequency range, and better sounding, more detailed than my old L/R Sonys, I believe. I especially noticed they sound better since I've turned off any "effects" or "enhancements" in Windows 7 (all audio, music and movies, gets played on my HTPC, which is connected to my Denon AVR via HDMI). I've also noticed a distinct difference between my high quality rips and those at lower bit rates. CDs sound much better still. So, source quality makes a huge difference. I set them up with Audyssey (six positions, the max for my AVR) and they sound fine. My Boz Skaggs live recordings never sounded better
Movie sound is by far superior than the old speakers. This is especially noticeable with DTS Master and Dolby HD soundtracks.
With an eight year ( ! ) warranty on parts and labor, I have quite a bit of confidence in these (eight years... who does
that!?). Shoot, the Sony's I had were still working quite well, and without issue, after over 15 years and I'm not certain their warranty was over one
year. I'll be clear; I don't feel as though I've been "taken" or cheated, nor do I believe anything was maliciously misrepresented (Fred's response had sort of a defensive "tone" to it, if you couldn't tell... Ha!) by either company. There is a difference between the woofer image and the actual item, however .
I just plan on enjoying them.