Disconnect Terminal/Crimp Connector FAIL! Should I re-crimp? Should I just solder?
On account of removing the mid/bass driver in my B&W 686 to figure out an issue that turned out to be tinsel slap, I came across a different problem.
The disconnect terminals/crimp connectors (used inside the speaker to connect the wires from the crossover to the driver) are failing quite catastrophically: in one speaker, the connection had absolutely no friction, and the connector was bent wide open. I guess it *was* making contact, so I had sound coming out of the speaker, but was lucky it hasn't been moved in a long while. On the other unit, I had the same, just not as bent-out-of-shape.
Inspecting both of these connectors and trying to "close" them a bit by hand, at the slightest pressure, made the things break. Photos attached.
Is this normal? I'm now thinking of examining my remaining B&W speakers to check for the same problem.
The real question though is about the best way to go about repairing the issue.
a) Find replacement crimp-on disconnect terminals? If so, should I be on the lookout for any specific type/material? What about the crimping tool?
b) Forget the crimping and just solder the wires directly to the speaker terminals. Again, if going this route, what should I lookout for?
Thanks in advance for your inputs!
B&W 68X Theatre
BKElec XLS200-DF Sub
Dali Alteco C-1 Atmos