Bartered, Modded 2.3TLs

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jevchance
jevchance Posts: 11
edited January 17 in Vintage Speakers
Hi everyone,
I just recently completed a barter and received some modded 2.3TLs. I'm just getting up to speed with SDAs and their benefits. When I received the speakers, I hooked them up and auditioned them and thought they sounded pretty good.

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After a few hours of breaking in, I decided to do the mono-SDA test, and it turns out the SDA feature wasn't working at all. I pulled apart the Speakon cable ends and, on both ends, one of the elements was disconnected.

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Next I did the mono test again, and it seemed like multiple drivers on the right side were not functioning. After pulling each 6.5" driver, I found 2 were disconnected and 1 was blown!

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Consequently, I'm looking for a replacement MW6510 if anyone knows where I can get one, please point me in the right direction!

As you can see, this unit appears to have upgraded tweeters, and has had the dynamat and JB weld mods. I also took a look at the crossovers, which have obviously been upgraded.

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For now, I'm enjoying listening to them as-is with a blown driver. I also intend to check all the drivers on the other side this weekend. My other set of speakers are Eosone RSF-1000s so I'm used to a bit more bass, but the SDAs have a much wider soundstage, even with the handicap. Speaking of my Eosones, I'm going to have a very difficult decision to make soon as I won't be able to keep both of these gigantic pairs of speakers and still keep my marriage.

Can anyone suggest your favorite track to show off the capability of these speakers? I've been hunting down the tracks from the original SDA literature, but would love any of your personal recommendations as well. Thanks for reading.

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  • jevchance
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    Also can anyone recommend an inexpensive spike to use with these? What is the thread size for the insert?
  • msg
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    Damn, that's dirty. Sorry to hear about your findings.
    What'd you trade for them?

    I think it's 1/4-20 for the spikes? Those with more experience will be on shortly.
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  • F1nut
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    Welcome to Club Polk. The thread size is 1/4-20. You should have plenty of real bass, not pumped up mid-bass that is commonly done to give the illusion of bass. Hard to tell from your pic how close they are to the wall, try 5 to 6 inches away with a half inch making or breaking the bass response.
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  • jevchance
    jevchance Posts: 11
    edited January 17
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    msg wrote: »
    Damn, that's dirty. Sorry to hear about your findings.
    What'd you trade for them?

    I think it's 1/4-20 for the spikes? Those with more experience will be on shortly.

    I bartered some auto body work for the 2.3TLs, and some Adcom gear (2 amplifiers, a preamp, a tuner, and a power conditioner). I'm currently powering the 2.3TLs with an Adcom GFA-555 II.

    I don't feel slighted at all! I believe the speakers became disconnected by vibrations during transport, the spade connectors inside were a bit loose. A quick squeeze with a pliers tightened them right up. I'm very happy with all the upgrades, a single driver shouldn't be too much trouble to make right. I hope.
  • jevchance
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    F1nut wrote: »
    Welcome to Club Polk. The thread size is 1/4-20. You should have plenty of real bass, not pumped up mid-bass that is commonly done to give the illusion of bass. Hard to tell from your pic how close they are to the wall, try 5 to 6 inches away with a half inch making or breaking the bass response.

    Thank you! I admit the bass got a lot better when I hooked up the two drivers that were missing from the equation! And I suspect it will get even better when I replace the blown driver. I would say the bass is very balanced and accurate, I like it I'm just not used to it.

    On your suggestion, I just moved both speakers to 5.5"! One was at about 4.75" and the other was at about 2.5".
  • msg
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    jevchance wrote: »
    msg wrote: »
    Damn, that's dirty. Sorry to hear about your findings.
    What'd you trade for them?

    I think it's 1/4-20 for the spikes? Those with more experience will be on shortly.
    I bartered some auto body work for the 2.3TLs, and some Adcom gear (2 amplifiers, a preamp, a tuner, and a power conditioner). I'm currently powering the 2.3TLs with an Adcom GFA-555 II.

    I don't feel slighted at all! I believe the speakers became disconnected by vibrations during transport, the spade connectors inside were a bit loose. A quick squeeze with a pliers tightened them right up. I'm very happy with all the upgrades, a single driver shouldn't be too much trouble to make right. I hope.

    ohhhhh! I thought you were saying you got them and the previous owner knew they were bad and so disconnected them just to sell/trade! I think your mention of the blown one threw me off.

    yeah, those spade connectors are a bit loose, anyway, but I thought they had a dimple in them to prevent coming off. some of the guys build new harnesses while rebuilding the crossovers along with new gold plated spades. you could likely do the same down the road once you get them cinched up if you wanted to.

    so... nice! congratulations and welcome to the community!
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  • jevchance
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    msg wrote: »
    jevchance wrote: »
    msg wrote: »
    Damn, that's dirty. Sorry to hear about your findings.
    What'd you trade for them?

    I think it's 1/4-20 for the spikes? Those with more experience will be on shortly.
    I bartered some auto body work for the 2.3TLs, and some Adcom gear (2 amplifiers, a preamp, a tuner, and a power conditioner). I'm currently powering the 2.3TLs with an Adcom GFA-555 II.

    I don't feel slighted at all! I believe the speakers became disconnected by vibrations during transport, the spade connectors inside were a bit loose. A quick squeeze with a pliers tightened them right up. I'm very happy with all the upgrades, a single driver shouldn't be too much trouble to make right. I hope.

    ohhhhh! I thought you were saying you got them and the previous owner knew they were bad and so disconnected them just to sell/trade! I think your mention of the blown one threw me off.

    yeah, those spade connectors are a bit loose, anyway, but I thought they had a dimple in them to prevent coming off. some of the guys build new harnesses while rebuilding the crossovers along with new gold plated spades. you could likely do the same down the road once you get them cinched up if you wanted to.

    so... nice! congratulations and welcome to the community!

    Thank you.
  • jevchance
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    Quick question, perhaps directed at @F1nut

    It appears the poles are reversed on the replacement speaker. I assume I should just take this at face value and hook up the blue wire to the red and ignore the fact that they are reversed?

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  • xschop
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    I'd confirm by using a AAA battery and connecting +end to +terminal. Cone should push forward/outward when voltage applied.
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  • F1nut
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    Interesting. Do as xschop instructed.
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  • pitdogg2
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    xschop wrote: »
    I'd confirm by using a AAA battery and connecting +end to +terminal. Cone should push forward/outward when voltage applied.

    Wouldn't you also need to use a small bit of wire to touch both + and - ?
  • xschop
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    An old set of clipped leads with fastons :)
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