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Old 12th May 2004, 10:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Need help on a Leak Speaker 2020 i have just brought

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I have just brought myself a Leak speaker 2020 and did not realise that you could not plug any speakers cable because the speakers comes with its own cable attached with a socket at the end of it which will not fit my Marantz amp model 1072.

What shoud i do?

This is my first time using any sort of vintage gear and i am puzzled at what this socket is and how it can be connected to a modern amp.

I thought about cutting the socket of and just wire it to my amp?

If any of you here own the same type of speaker, please help...


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Old 13th May 2004, 03:09 AM   #2
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Cutting it will always work, unless there's a built-in DAC in it?
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Old 13th May 2004, 11:09 AM   #3
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Presumably its a DIN plug which you should amputate forthwith.

Or fit binding posts to the speakers - which is not a bad idea if you
also replace the bipolars in the crossover and rewire the internals.

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Old 13th May 2004, 12:23 PM   #4
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It's easy. Remove the 6.5" bass unit (it's nice aluminium/foam polystyrene sandwich unit). You can then access the input lead through the hole. I suggest that you drill a couple of holes and put standard connection posts in.

BTW, although the bass/mid unit in the Leak 2020 is nice, the tweeter is nothing to write home about.
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Old 13th May 2004, 05:30 PM   #5
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Many thanks for all the replies. But as a total beginner in audio gears. I am still a lttile puzzled. However, i want to change the socket without having to open the speakers as i don't want to damage them.

I think cutting the socket is the easiest method without damaging the speakers. But it this advisable?

To make my message clearer to you all. I have supplied some images of the Leak speaker and the socket used (see below). Sorry the images might mot be so clear but i hope you all can work it out.

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Old 13th May 2004, 08:23 PM   #6
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Its a DIN plug which you should simply remove and use bare wire.

You could tin the ends, or solder on 4mm plugs, or solder / crimp
spades, depending on the easiest connection to the amplifier.

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Old 13th May 2004, 08:34 PM   #7
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What happened to the good old bare-wire connection?
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Old 13th May 2004, 08:49 PM   #8
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Thank to everyone for helping...

I shall cut of the sockets and test it out. Can't wait to hear them. If have aren't up to what all the reviewers have raved about this speaker as being 'one of the Best of British speakers', then i shall attempt some DIY work- changing the drivers. Maybe something by Bose or JBL (1970's ones). Any other suggestions about which drivers to use for treble, mid and bass.

I probably need more help! You guys are great!...

Cheers!
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That actually isn't a DIN plug. It has the same size and dimensions, however, it has only two pins, which are in the center of the plug.

It is a european plug as far as I know, and many of my older pieces of Fisher gear have it for speaker connections. I also see that plug a lot on european radios. For example, my Grundig console and my Telefunken Opus I believe have that connection for extra speakers.

Cutting the cable will do it absolutely no harm. Simple cut the wire, and perhaps keep the plug if you wish, cause you may run into something that uses it. After you cut the wire, just strip and use, or attach a different connector if you need to.
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Cutting the cable will do it absolutely no harm. Simple cut the wire, and perhaps keep the plug if you wish, cause you may run into something that uses it. After you cut the wire, just strip and use, or attach a different connector if you need to.

Excellent! it's that simple... Just out of curiosity, if you were to buy a pair of speaker which brand would you choose as the all time classic 70's speaker? This question is for everyone else too!

And again, thanks you all for being ever so helpful.
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