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Old 7th August 2017, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Monsoon Planars Failing

My trusty Monsoon planar speakers are failing/cutting in and out. I've used them for quite a while and moved them to a few different offices, so I knew they wouldn't last forever. I might try opening them up (don't know if that;ll break them further) to see if it's a loose wire or something, but I'm also considering a replacement.

Are there small (4"x6" ish) planar replacements I could build/add? I'm running the system off a Teac DAC/Integrated amp and have a subwoofer crossed at about 150hz, but I'm just so impressed with these little speakers that I can't go back to any traditional drivers, especially for the size!
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Before you blame the speakers, check them on another amp. There are many issues with the connection of the controller at the woofer./amo which give the same symptoms.

That said, i should still have some spares of the satellites.

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Old 7th August 2017, 09:14 PM   #3
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Ya, I already ditched the original amp and controller years ago when they broke and run the sats with a Teac integrated amp and Focal 8" subwoofer.
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Different problem (buzzing) in this thread, but lots of pics to discourage you from opening them up!
Which model do you have, Zcables?

I fixed buzz in Sonigistix Monsoon planar magnetic drivers
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Old 7th August 2017, 09:56 PM   #5
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I had the Media 14 system and the claimed model number on the sats is Level 9 PFT100?
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Can you show a pic, as I had not heard of that one?
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Old 7th August 2017, 10:53 PM   #7
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It's ugly from a few fixes, but has worked many late nights with me.
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Looks like a PM-9. I have a pair of those!

Greebster opened up his and showed us:
I fixed buzz in Sonigistix Monsoon planar magnetic drivers

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Old 7th August 2017, 11:12 PM   #9
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That looks like them and I won't open them up.

I don't know the differences with the various Monsoon planar sats, but it looks like there were a few different designs.
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Old 7th August 2017, 11:22 PM   #10
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PM-9 is one of the later models and despite what I said earlier, is actually fairly straightforward to open up as it has screws and not rivets holding it together. You'll need strong hands to keep things aligned due to the strong magnetic forces, but I think you can handle it?
I opened one of mine and got it back together and still playing....
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