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Old 11th December 2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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First post here, but I've been lurking in the shadows for a while now!

I recently bought a set of Grundig Fine arts BX3 MK II for ~£60.
Unfortunately they got quite damaged in transit.
paypal have offered me a full refund if I return the goods, but this would still set me back £25 in p&p.

These are how they originally should be :

Pictures of the damage can be seen here:
Speakers pictures by boreddave89 - Photobucket

I've looked around the internet and can't find much information on the drivers in the speakers. The original tweeters have been replaced with some unknown drivers, but the speakers also came with a pair of "vifa D26TF-05" tweeters as a replacement , would these actually be suitable... I have a feeling that the original owner just randomly picked some tweeters that they liked the look of.

So to sum up,
1) Can anyone suggest replacement woofers?
2) Would the provided tweeters be appropriate, if not, what should I use them for?
3) Is it worth repairing the speakers, or should I simply return them at a loss of £25 overall.

I actually think they sound pretty good as it is, they are still much better than my previous speakers. Bass can make an odd crackly noise when played particularly loud though.
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Old 11th December 2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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If i got sent something like that when i was expecting good quality i would return them fast. Even if i had to take them in my car to the guy i got them off and place them on his/her head. Were they supposed to be in good condition?
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Old 11th December 2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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The vifa tweeters would not be suitable, you would need to rework the crossover. Each crossover is designed for a specific woofer tweeter combination.

I agree with "littlerick" get your paypal refund and be done with them quick !!
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Old 12th December 2009, 01:23 PM   #4
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The thing is it will cost me £25 for a return and I'll have achieved nothing.
Is it not worth the extra £35 for the tweeters, the cabinets, and the one functioning tower ?
Either way I've lost out, but I'm just trying to make the most of a poor situation.
They were described as "in good condition".

What I suppose I mean is, could I really get better speakers and spair tweeters for £35?
I'm thinking no... because p&p was so high on them, I just think it might not be worth a return.

I can't seem to find specs on the woofers or tweeters. I was wondering if I could salvage the woofers from the functional speaker and combine them with the tweeters to make a DIY floor stander, but I'm not sure how you could do this.
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Old 13th December 2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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No suggestions?
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Old 13th December 2009, 09:27 PM   #6
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....perhaps peerless speakers that the bx series used.
Grundig Fine Arts BX 1 - Hifi-Wiki.de - die freie Gerätedatenbank
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Old 14th December 2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by mjf View Post
....perhaps peerless speakers that the bx series used.
Grundig Fine Arts BX 1 - Hifi-Wiki.de - die freie Gerätedatenbank
Thanks, thats useful to know.
The drivers do look very similar to something like:
Speaker City USA sells speakers, drivers, audiophile loud: 164 WR 33 102 NWP AL LS 8 OHM **
I'm guessing I couldn't source the exact drivers now though, so I would have to re-design the entire crossover.

Could I make a decent set of floor standers from these drivers? (e.g. the ones sourced from the original speakers). Sorry, very new to this.
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