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Hi all. I have a set of Infinity SM-80 bookshelf speakers. I've had this pair for quite some time, and, as happens to all speakers given time, they have become cracked. Both in the polypropylene cones and the foam. I replaced both the polycell tweeters a few years back. They may not be the best, but I really enjoy the tone of the set.
I need to get some new woofers for them, and I doubt I can get the exact same replacements parts. Even if I can, I assume it's possible that something different might sound even better.
Note: These speakers do NOT need a refoam kit. I need to replace them in their entirety.
Please suggest something!
Another note: I'm not dropping a pair of $500 cones in these cabs. I just don't have that kind of money. My budget will probably be around $80-110 per speaker, but I'd rather not go even that high. I understand these speakers for what they are, and just want to restore them to a decent sound. I'll also be building replica cabs for them in the future with decent wood, as they are a bit banged up over the near 20 years I've had them.
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A few months ago I had to replace one of the woofers for my dad's Fisher speakers.

I went with the Swans/Hivi M8a 8" woofer. It sounds pretty good for a $55 woofer. Sounds better than the originals on the Fishers.
    
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Thanks for the suggestion. I recently re-clothed my grills in a light "clay" sort of brown color. The copper cones of the Swans would go very well with the scheme!
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You really should try to get the matching drivers.
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Would do that, but they are no longer available outside of eBay, and then only by buying a complete set of the speakers themselves. The replacements may not be dynamically matched, but I have a feeling that the sound quality will not disappoint.
I'm not a complete adherent to speaker matching either. In high end expensive systems it makes sense, but the amount of real testing done in sub $1000 speakers doesn't quite jibe to me. Right now I'm using the SM80's as fronts, a pair of RS 2000.3 as rears, an Athena C1 LCR center, and a reconditioned RCA powered sub enclosure. It's mismatched, but the various components seem to complement one another...at least to my ears.
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