Not-so-good Polk Monitor 10's

I picked up a set of Polk Monitor 10's for $50 the other weekend. They looked in rough shape in pictures but the drivers looked clean. So I figured I'd at least have some spare drivers. First thing I noticed was that the fuses were blown, so replaced those and plugged them in and surprisingly they sounded great.

Then I examined closer and noticed one of the SL-1000 tweeters was blown. When I pulled it out I noticed only one had a gasket (first hint). Then I noticed that the bottom of the speakers both had water damage (second hint). Not horrible, they still seem structurally sound so I decided to remove the ugly old peeling veneer, order new wood veneer instead of vinyl, and take a chance on some used peerless tweeters. My thinking at this point is that I'll have a sweet customized pair of 10's.

But to remove the veneer I pulled the rest of the drivers and crossover. The crossover matches the first / oldest schematic on the sticky thread in this forum. Looking up replacement caps I decided to check that the MW drivers are correct (though at this point I don't even know what "correct" is for these speakers). And sure enough they are mw 6600X which as far as I can tell are supposed to be in RTA 12b's.

At this point I'm trying to decide what to do, I could :

A ) Trash the cabinets and sell the drivers and crossovers on ebay for a small profit
B ) Trash the cabinets and buy a set of RTA 12b's. This way I'll have an extra set of mw's.
C ) Invest in the correct drivers and continue refinishing the cabinets to have an accurate set of 10's
D ) Do a ghetto refinish with spray paint, put the wrong drivers and the peerless back in, and have fun messing around with them to see what I can do with a hybrid 10.

A) no fun B) i still wouldn't know what 10's sound like C) Might as well buy a clean set for $300 and sell these drivers to pay part of it D) it did sound awesome to me at first, with a rebuilt xo, 6600x, and peerless maybe i'll have an unusual gem.

Any other thoughts? FWIW - The same weekend I bought a mint set of Monitor 7's for $125 so overall I still feel like a came out ahead :)

Comments

  • xschopxschop Posts: 1,505
    edited June 12
    I find it funny that they sounded great without the SL1000 working.

    I vote mod them into SDA-10s....

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/129598/has-anyone-tried-this-before-sda-crs-10/p1
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    Congrats on the 7's. Part out the 10's & dont buy other 10's. Spend your money elsewhere (give the 7's crossovers a refresh). Enjoy
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • jkvwjkvw Posts: 7
    xschop wrote: »
    I find it funny that they sounded great without the SL1000 working.

    I vote mod them into SDA-10s....

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/129598/has-anyone-tried-this-before-sda-crs-10/p1

    I should say they had great potential. When I first listened to them the fuses were blown so I knew they'd be missing highs, but even with mids/bass only they had a certain impact and presence that I liked. Then I put in the fuses and I think hearing any high end at all made it sound "great". Until I noticed it was unbalanced and started pulling drivers. In hindsight they probably sounded pretty crappy. Especially after I heard the 7's.

    I'm very tempted by the SDA-10 idea. Though I'd have to find an sda crossover and by new drivers anyway. I almost bid on a pair of sda crs speakers over the weekend. Not a cheap route though.
    Congrats on the 7's. Part out the 10's & dont buy other 10's. Spend your money elsewhere (give the 7's crossovers a refresh). Enjoy

    I figured that would be a common sentiment. But how do I know I like 7's better than 10's if I've never heard 10's?

    So far I've decided to use them as woodworking and veneer practice. If nothing else I'll put them back together with the 6600x and see what they sound like.


  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,063
    Nope they never made em in maple. It's a nice clean look and congratulations on resurrecting something good. So how do you compare the sound of the 7's vs the 10's? What drivers do your 7's have? Mine are the Danish Peerless and MW6500.
    Someone with the same crossover as you can weigh in on what the proper MW driver is. Don't forget to glue the magnets on both edges. There's lots more mods to be done so get used to them sounding better with each mod!
    George / NJ

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  • jkvwjkvw Posts: 7
    edited July 26
    The 7's have 6502 mw, sl-2500 tweeters, jantzen caps. The 10's 6600x mw, peerless tweeters, and solen caps. As people say the 7's do have a more transparent open soundstage but really "in your face" which I think is due to the 2500 tweets. The 10's have a very big rich warm sound but i can see how people think it might be kind of muddy in the mids and more narrow soundstage.

    I find myself listening to the 10's more fwiw. More fun sound. Not sure if you could draw a conclusion between 7s and 10s from my xp because neither is particularly stock.

    According to the schematic for my xo I should have 6501 mw in the 10s. I have ordered 2 used from e bay. I plan to put both in one speaker to start. Will be interesting to hear if there is a difference between 6501 and 6600x. I may also try putting one in each to see what happens.

    Magnets were glued while I did the restore. Wasnt actually sure if 6600 series woofers needed it but why not.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,820
    Most of us talk about the original Monitor 7 not the series 2, which is a very different animal. The original 7 is anything but in your face.
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  • jkvwjkvw Posts: 7
    Interesting, what is the difference between series i and ii, hardware wise.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,820
    The original uses the Peerless tweeter and a completely different crossover.
    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."


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  • jkvwjkvw Posts: 7
    Ah, well I'm not averse to replacing the tweeter with peerless but dont want to toss my freshly rebuilt xo. I see the 098 is an "upgrade" for the 2500 so maybe i will try that.

    I guess I will add series i 7's to my search. Is series one synonymous with 7a?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,820
    You can't use the Peerless in the series 2.

    7A, B and C are all series 1, but each is different.
    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

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