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Old 27th June 2004, 06:32 AM   #11
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Sell them.. you should be able to get a decent amount of money..
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Old 27th June 2004, 09:59 AM   #12
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So the Bose are out the door, but I still have to put together a speaker of similar size that will make my friend turn his back on his pair and neverlook back.

So given that the bose are so bad, that should be easy on a modest budget.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 27th June 2004, 11:12 AM   #13
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In the UK drivers and components are not cheap compared
to the sort of prices available in the USA, and quality budget
speakers is not an easy task.

The only source of cheap drivers is Maplins Audax range
which are now being sold off and won't be around for long.

The budget method of choice in the UK is a Richer Sounds
special which you then beef up / tune up somewhat, usually
you can't buy the drivers for the cost of an RSS, so you
effectively get the cabinets and hardware thrown in.

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Old 28th June 2004, 10:44 AM   #14
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Sounds a bit like polishing to me. I wouldn't be that much happier with most of the Richer sounds offerings than the Bose and building the cabinets isn't the problem.
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Old 28th June 2004, 12:18 PM   #15
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Fine. The designs at Humble Homemade HiFi IMO are your
best bet but the site is down for some reason at the moment.

I'd checkout the PeeCreek here but consider using a Seas
tweeter as a substitution for the north Creek tweeter.

http://www.speakerbuilder.net/web_fi...k/pcrkmain.htm

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Old 28th June 2004, 12:43 PM   #16
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That great, thanks for the pointers.
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Old 12th October 2004, 03:09 PM   #17
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I'm not proud but I did go ahead and do some polishing and just for completeness I thought I'd list the changes I made in order of positive effect.

1. Rewire - using 6 strands of CAT5 lszh networking cable for positive, 6 for negative for the bass, and 4 each for the tweeters. The CAT5 replaced wire that looked like galvanised fencing wire and made a vast difference to the sound.

2. Dammar - two coats for the main bass cone and 4 for the dust cap, one coat for the tweeters applied very thinly. This treatment removed the cardboard edge to the sound and improved clarity.

3. Attached two layer bubble wrap to the metal behind the bass drivers cone with double sided tape. Sounds a little smoother now.

4. Applied bluetack/rope claulk to the back of the bass driver. Marginal difference.

5. Stuck a couple of maplins WF55K tweeters on top crossed high.
This filled in the top end cheaply and surprisingly well.

All in all they sound much better and it took very little time to do. I wouldn't advise anyone to rush out and buy a pair but if you a stuck with a pair for any length of time these mods are better done sooner than later.
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Old 12th October 2004, 11:56 PM   #18
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3. Attached two layer bubble wrap to the metal behind the bass drivers cone with double sided tape. Sounds a little smoother now.
And this sounds better?

Man, I always new there was something you could do to make a Bose sound better.

But bubble wrap? Isn't that for shipping things? Hmmm...

Glad to hear you got some things done cyteen.

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But bubble wrap?
Also used in the Hammer Synamics Super 12 (w packing peanuts too). I bet a thick piece of woolfelt would work better.

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Old 13th October 2004, 04:27 AM   #20
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Ah Bose... My dad had some old Bose speakers that I fixed up when I was 12 or so. They still sound pretty decent to this day! However, my new Bose Center was terrible. Pretty disapointing when you are young and blow $200 on a speaker. Luckily I was able to ebay it recently and get $30 less than I paid... amazing

Bose's best quality - resale value
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