New Audio Speakers – after 15 years or more

I’m getting a new pair of hi-fi audio speakers.

After more than 15 years, my Audio Research AR9 speakers are toast. Actually the speakers are fine, the only problem is that the urethane driver baffle has rotted out. Of course all speakers of this age do that. I’ve replaced the baffle a while ago on my Infinity Powered 10″ Subwoofer. It turns out that you can buy the baffles on the web for any size driver and glue them on yourself. But it’s a pain in the behind to do this for 1 driver, let alone 4 drivers, so I’m going to retire my old AR9’s in favor of a pair of new Polk Audio Monitor 60’s.

Here is the AR9 that bit the dust. Took me a while to figure out how to pull its pants down, so to speak, so I could see the drivers.

Notice that the lower driver’s baffle has completely rotted away. Apparently the oxygen gets to the urethane and turns it into mush.

Here are some closeups.

and a normal driver – rotted but not yet completely fragged.

And here is what the whole setup looks like:

Not sure yet whether I’ll put the Polks on the top of the plywood boxes or not.

– windy