I ended up with 2 left SDA SRS 2.3's from craigslist, now what?

Hi Everyone,

I found a mint pair of SRS 2.3's on craigslist brought them home and found out they are both left speakers? Am I screwed or can I still use them and will they still good? I have not hooked a cable between them because I'm concerned it may damage something in my amp or the speakers. Really bummed, I was totally looking forward to enjoying these for years to come. Any advise is appreciated.

John
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,736
    I hope you got a heck of a deal. :D
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,887
    John, not good. Sell the components on the bay.
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    Thanks for the reply, sucks
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,736
    John, not good. Sell the components on the bay.

    What if he flips one upside down. :o
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,715
    Sell me the passives
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    Oof. I'm sorry man.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    Yep, not cool....anyone know if I can use these? Are they the same inside and should I use a cable between them?
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,715
    edited September 1
    It will not work correctly for SDA with two of the same sides. As for plain stereo speakers it may work ok but still not ideal. Plugging in the cable the amp may see a direct short and let the magic smoke out.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    It would take a serious commitment, but you could make a new front baffle for one of them I suppose... I have zero experience in doing that kind of work, so take that advice with a large grain of salt...
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    Part them out.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    Why would a new baffle not work Jesse?
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,082
    It would take a serious commitment, but you could make a new front baffle for one of them I suppose... I have zero experience in doing that kind of work, so take that advice with a large grain of salt...

    Good idea... or just start scouring the country for the person with 2 right ones! :p
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    So, if I understand you would not use the cable to connect the 2 speakers? But it may be OK, to use them like regular speakers? I was hoping the internals are all the same and it was just the layout of the drivers? This I can live with. But I really wanted to try the SDA Cable
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    John312 wrote: »
    So, if I understand you would not use the cable to connect the 2 speakers? But it may be OK, to use them like regular speakers? I was hoping the internals are all the same and it was just the layout of the drivers? This I can live with. But I really wanted to try the SDA Cable

    You'll never obtain a balanced soundstage.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "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."


    President of Club Polk

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    Why would a new baffle not work Jesse?

    It would....after you destroy the cabinet trying to take it apart.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "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."


    President of Club Polk

  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,180
    Did you try to return them?
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  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    I'm trying to contact the seller now, but no reply, I've been looking for some of these for a while and was very, very excited to try them, This is my first leap into vintage speakers and vintage Polk. I had no idea there was a left and right util I got home. Expensive lesson for sure. Is it safe to hook them to my amp? is it safe to connect a wire between them? I would like try and give a listen.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,887
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Did you try to return them?

    Craigslist has a return policy?
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    edited September 1
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Did you try to return them?

    Maybe the seller will be understanding. Probably not but there are good people out there. Maybe he had two pairs in storage and wasn't paying attention either. Maybe he'll refund you. Maybe he knew all along and he'll ignore you. Find out.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    Flip upside down and hoop a wire between them? Or just run a normal stereo speakers without connecting them together with the SDA cable?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    edited September 1
    One of the cabinets would need to be rewired as a right side before trying anything with the SDA, so no. If these are hard to come by in your neighborhood, I would seriously consider reworking one of them to be a right side. If you do not have the skills to do so, a competent cabinet builder should be able to pull it off.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    I hope the seller is cool, trying to reach him now, but no luck.
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    Thanks everyone for the input. Is it just moving the drivers? Or do I have to worry about the guts, crossovers and all the internal's? I'm worried about damaging the speakers or my amp...last thing I need is smoke and fire
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    I would not worry about anything right now until you get the front baffle squared away. You will not be able to get anything that sounds like what they should until the speakers are mirror-imaged. After that, you can rewire the drivers.

    This is going to be a big commitment in time and money to get sorted, but it will be a rewarding experience and be worth it in the end.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,736
    Depending on what you paid for them, it might be wise to part them out like previously suggested and try to recoup your investment. If you paid a prince ransom for them the last thing you want to do is to get deeper into them by paying for the skills of a professional. On the other hand if you got them for a hundred bucks then what do you have to lose, start cutting away.
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    It's a shame, they are in very, very good condition and I'm embarrassed to say I paid a almost full price. Lets just say far north of $500....crap
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,501
    edited September 1
    Were you planning on doing any upgrades to them at all? Hopefully the seller will be a stand-up guy and at least give you some of your money back, if not a full refund. Where are you located?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    I hope so, I asked for a partial refund and got nothing....Crickets
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,379
    So let's back up here a second. Are you SURE they are both the same channel? One should have two drivers on the right and one should have two on the left. If that's not the case then John has a point that you could possibly have the opposite channel have two holes filled and two drilled (if done right) The crossovers and internal wiring (albiet on the wrong side) are the same so you shouldn't have magic smoke if you connect an interconnect as long as you are running a common ground amp.

    As for Jesse's comment about imaging symmetry... well, no one knows for sure what the impact would be but there is always that possibility. IF you want to pursue this further there are a few here that could help with proper repair (including Jesse...).
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  • John312John312 Posts: 31
    Thank you Audioluvr and everyone! And I think I will try the baffle mod. Both speakers are labelled "left" on the rear and both have 2 drivers on the left side. If the internals are the same I will move 2 drivers and fill 2 drivers as suggested. Not sure how to fill them so they look good but I may try. they look so darn good without the grills on.
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