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john dozier 7th April 2011 01:59 AM

Distortion in Orb speakers
I have set up a new computer based system using an Asus G73SW into an Anedio Dac (via USB) into an Acurus amp and on to Orb2s. I am hearing hash (even at low levels) and particularly on choral music. Do I have damaged speakers? That is what it sounds like to me, but I am not accustomed to full range drivers. It is a harsh sound that follows the music but is volume independent. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

norman bates 10th April 2011 02:16 PM

um, you are listening to a pair of 3" drivers a side in a tiny enclosure without any baffle step. 3" drivers have around 30cm2 each while 4" drivers have around 57cm2. I'd expect a lack of midbass (under 500hz). But maybe one is run as baffle step, I don't know.

Seems people like them better in a 5.1 setup than stereo or 2.1

Run wide open sitting more than 5' away, yea, well, don't expect much. But run on a theater receiver crossing at 200hz, now you are getting somewhere.

Hash at low levels? what about solo voice ? You could have a rubbing voice coil (damage). A good way to check that is to lightly evenly press on the cone (meaning slowly push it in) and pull hand away. If you hear a scratching sound, then yea, the driver is damaged.

I not responsible if you damage to cone by touching it.


aptquark 10th April 2011 02:51 PM

You have to make sure that the pressure exerted on the cone is symetrical. You could get a false scratch sound if not. Use an empty toilet paper roll to push with. Or something like that.

I also am not responcible for any damage that may occure if you accidentally use the speaker for toilet paper. Confusion sets in when troubleshooting sometimes.

john dozier 10th April 2011 03:35 PM

I think the speakers were damaged by a small amp that was clipping and sending out either a square wave or DC. I cannot remove the grills so I am unable to test the drivers. I am expecting new speakers next week and these will go in the shot put category. Thanks for the response. Regards John Dozier

18Hurts 10th April 2011 03:43 PM

You can ohm them out with a multimeter

If they are damaged, their resistance readings will be different from each other by quite a bit.

picowallspeaker 10th April 2011 04:01 PM

i pulled out from a tv a pair of elliptic speakers , and when later i was listening to them ,they were polluting the sound . That never happened , I mean ,you can find inexpensive speakers that may sound acceptable ,and knowing their limits,they can serve the duty .
It's a matter of a very bad construction , lazy cones and magnets .
Now I use some elliptic speakers with a very little magnet (shielded) and simple pleated paper suspensions. Those are fantastic !!:rolleyes:

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