My first real speakers

Hello everyone,

I've just picked up a pair of monitors from Craigslist for the sweet irresistible price of 25 dollars. Can you help me identify them? It seems the tweeters are SL2500, based on the label on the back.

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I'd also appreciate any advice you could give in regards to refurbishing and repairing them. One of them only operates from the tweeter, though there is some vibration in the other two speakers. Probably due to a bad capacitor.

Thanks!
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,322
    I think those are Monitor 5’s.
    The magnet in the speaker that doesn’t play has probably slipped (google, and you’ll find that it’s a very common issue), so the first thing I would do I say pull the other driver and put glue (don’t remember which kind is recommended by most here) around the magnets so it doesn’t slip. Then, go and gently push on both sides of the cone with your thumb, and see if it moves easily. If it doesn’t immediately move, then don’t force it, and hopefully someone else will chime in on how to fix it.

    Also, the big driver on the bottom is a passive radiator, in case you didn’t already know. The only active drivers in these speakers are the tweeter and midwoofer, the bottom only is pushed by the air of the midwoofer.
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,322
    Almost forgot to mention, welcome to Club Polk!!
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,608
    Monitor 5 Series 2.

    The mid-driver's magnet has slipped. Tough to repair. You should be able to find a replacement on eBay.
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,966
    F1nut wrote: »
    Monitor 5 Series 2.

    The mid-driver's magnet has slipped. Tough to repair. You should be able to find a replacement on eBay.

    Or you can get in contact with @lawdogg, he's a member here that will fix it for you free of charge. You'll just have to pay for shipping both ways. Easy peasy.
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  • xschopxschop Posts: 875
    Your first pic is the passive radiator.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,966
    That's good to know @FestYboy.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    Thanks for the welcome everyone! The non-operational driver cone is wobbly and loose. So this is due to a slipped magnet? Can anyone help me understand more? I'd like to attempt the repair myself, if that's feasible.
  • verbverb Posts: 3,983
    FestYboy wrote: »
    I can do the same if @lawdogg is unable, and for the same deal.

    I haven't made this public knowledge only due to the fact that I only obtained my weekends last Sunday. But I officially have some free time to help the community now.

    Very nice gesture sir!
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  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    Should the cone be firmly connected to the voice coil? I suspect there is something more wrong here. The dust cap is effectively destroyed, so I just pulled off the crumbling bits.
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    Sorry for the double post, somehow I don't have editing permissions on my last post.
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    As you can see, the voice coil has totally burned away from the spider and the cone. The dust cap just crumbled away when I touched it. Is this repairable, or should I just search for a replacement driver?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,542
    A replacement will be your best bet IMHO...
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,322
    Woah, never seen anything like that for a Polk driver.
    Find a used replacement on eBay or something, and maybe try to fix that one as a spare?
    Did you use a multimeter to test the resistance?
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    I've got 0.3 ohms across the terminals. How on earth would I even go about repairing this? The cone might be usable but the spider seems fubar. Are replacement parts available?
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,322
    cyrial wrote: »
    I've got 0.3 ohms across the terminals. How on earth would I even go about repairing this? The cone might be usable but the spider seems fubar. Are replacement parts available?

    If it’s reads 0.3 ohms, you’re toast. The driver is garbage, although don’t toss it in case a magnet slips on another speaker, and during repair it is dropped and it cracks or something. Or maybe I’m preparing you for something that’ll never happen.
    Once you get these working, you will quickly find yourself sucked into the rabbit hole, destined for the rest of your life to be hunting for deals on Craigslist and at garage sales, and endlessly tweaking and testing and tweaking again. :wink:
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    I fear I'm already down the rabbit hole, and this is merely the latest branch of the tunnel
  • With that much damage to a driver I would check everything electronic very carefully. Including replacing the caps and resistors, almost looks like that burned driver was hit with Direct Current.
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  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,166
    Driver is toast. MW6502s are plentiful on fleabay. Just make sure the seller wraps it properly to prevent damage during shipping
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  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    Thanks for the model number @westmassguy
  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 290
    edited September 6
    Bummer! Yes used drivers are plentiful. In fact, I have a re-centered and epoxied 6502 right here that you're welcome to if you can cover shipping. Even the dust cap has never been pushed in. :smiley:
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    It's my lucky day! Do you do this for fun, lawdogg? I'm not sure how to send messages on this forum, but I certainly am interested. Thank you :)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,542
    lawdogg wrote: »
    Bummer! Yes used drivers are plentiful. In fact, I have a re-centered and epoxied 6502 right here that you're welcome to if you can cover shipping. Even the dust cap has never been pushed in. :smiley:

    Club Polk.... it’s how we roll. Good on you Lawdogg.
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  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 290
    cyrial wrote: »
    It's my lucky day! Do you do this for fun, lawdogg? I'm not sure how to send messages on this forum, but I certainly am interested. Thank you :)

    Yep just for fun and to help people out who need it! I'll send you a message about the shipping.
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,530
    tonyb wrote: »
    Very nice of you Lawdogg, you get the club Polk smiley sticker today . :)
    I think there's a button and a trophy for that.
    Seriously, way to go man.
    Indeed! Hear, hear! :)

  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 290
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I think there's a button and a trophy for that.

    Nothing will ever top the cookie I got from Jesse. :blush:
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,608
    That made me burst out laughing :D
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    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 290
    Well his driver's en route so hopefully we get some good news from him on Monday!
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • cyrialcyrial Posts: 10
    Woohoo! I'll be sure to let you all know just how good it sounds. These speakers are awesome, without so much bass that I disturb the neighbors. Gonna be great for doing homework...
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,166
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-600, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver C-500

    dhsspeakerservice.com/
    Exclusive Distributor of Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
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