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I just blew one of the speakers in my 10 year old paradigm center channel... the foamy stuff that connects to the foam completely separated all the way around.


In any case do you guys think it pays to buy a replacement speaker @$40+shipping or is it time to just rebuy?
 

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$40 is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a new center channel. If you're happy with it definitely replace the blown speaker.


For $40 its a no brainer to me.
 

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whew... i failed math...


I guess more what i'm asking is along the lines of do i need to ever worry about the age of my speakers? My Paradigm titans and cc150 center are all at least 10 years old
 

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Speakers can last 20-30 years if you take good care of them. I gave a friend of mine a set of JBL bookshelf speakers from the mid-late 80's a couple of years ago. They're still going strong!


Unless you have some strong desire to replace your speakers, I would just fix the center channel.
 

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Same thing happened to my CC-150 this summer. I looked up how to refoam it and bought a refoaming kit online for what I think was $16-20. It sounds as good as before. It's also really easy to do. I'd definitely suggest doing that over buying a new speaker.



 

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Originally Posted by Canadian Eh! /forum/post/19163527


I know this is a few months old but...Where did you get the kit? Do you still have the part number and maker?

You can get replacement foam surrounds from any large electronics parts supply warehouse. Where are you located? Maybe a fellow AVSer can point you to a good supply shop (I know a few in Mississauga, for example.)


The foam surrounds are about $5 each. Make sure you measure for what size you need. If possible bring the driver or whole speaker with you and test-fit.


I used liquid contact/rubber cement to reglue - about $3 for a jar. No specialty tools needed, as long as you can scrape off the old dead foam from the frame with a flat-head screwdriver or similar scraping device, and carefully scrub the old foam off the driver using your fingers/thumb.


I replaced the surrounds in both my Mirage mains (really old model, don't remember model #), as well as all four of my current HT mains (even older Sears LXI 12" 3-way - don't laugh, they sound fine!) and a friend's pair of mains (don't remember the brand).


Once you get the hang of it the process is fairly straight-forward. Just a little awkward.


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My CC-150 just blew a couple weeks ago. The exact same problem. The foam separated from the driver diaphragm at the adhesive.


However, my foam rim was still intact, so I just used Krazy glue, and it worked. However, I wouldn't necessarily recommend using Krazy glue, as I think it may cause the foam to dissolve if you use too much. See my post here .
 
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