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should I bother refoaming these? Infinity Sterling bookshelf and towers

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I found a pair of bookshelfs and towers. The bookshelf's have no surrounds and one of the towers has no surround. BTW the voice coils seem fine, there is no scraping when I push in on the cone. the cones are not damaged in any way.

I need to know if it is worth spending the money on a refoam kit.

Infinity Sterling ss2001 bookshelfs
Infinity Sterling ss2004 towers.

They're still in the cart. $30. I need some support here plz. :undecided:
Edited by aweir - 1/5/11 at 12:43am
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yes they are.

ive got the bookshelfs and they sound phenomonal.

just blew the surround in one tonite.

make sure you take lots of measurements before you order, and get the ANGLE mount surrounds.

you can go with either foam or rubber, foam will not last as long, but is the choice of audiophiles, which most of us are not.

rubber will last much longer and be more durable.

do it.
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I've never been a fan of re-foaming or any sort of speaker driver repair myself. You can generally buy a new whole speaker, often better than the previous option, for a similar time and cost when it's all factored in. Also, with re-foaming and repairs comes the risk of alignment issues which can throw off the original performance or cause scraping.

My approach is generally to take a moment to investigate the speaker impedance, crossover and the approximate box volume and venting design. Then just work backwards in a program like winISD to find appropriate driver characteristics and start searching around on partsexpress for options. If the crossover network includes impedance correction for the woofer (rare except on very high end stuff) then you might have to modify the crossover for optimal performance but otherwise, in most cases, a full woofer replacement can actually be a better choice. You may be able to select a driver that extends the capabilities of the speaker, either in bottom end extension or mid-bass flatness or a combination of many positive characteristics.

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