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Topic # 25324 18-Aug-2008 18:30
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I have 4 JBL MR25 bookshelf monitor speakers from the old HT setup and two control-9's all of which which have the famous JBL perished foam.

Has anyone had speakers repaird before and can recommend the company? Better still a source to buy just the butyl rubber or replacement foam surrounds?

I saw a "resurround" job the other day and it was a real mess, the person whom did the job should have just used some insulation tape, I'm sure it would have looked and sounded better and not had a massive gap at the seam.

The guy could not remember the crowd whom did the repair though.

I have heard Axent audio have a good reputation though I would prefer Wellington based at present.

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  Reply # 157806 18-Aug-2008 20:05
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A few years ago (quite a few now that I think about it) I got a pair of Energy 4.1e floorstanding speakers from the ChCh police auction for $100. Once home I found that the coils in one speaker were fried, and contacted a mate who worked in an audio store (now the Listening Post) about getting the repaired. He actually steered me away from the usual sources, as he said they would charge an arm and a leg and just replace the entire driver. Instead, he put me in conact with Matt Simmons who made his own speakers (Arvus). As a builder of speakers he just hand wound some new coils for me and charged $80 including picking up and delivering them back. Now, I'm not sure if Matt would still do this sort of thing (he seems to be involved in other things), but i would try and track down someone of similar ilk who builds thier own high end boxes. They will have access to the right tools and materials, and should also be able to custom fit older gear like yours.




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  Reply # 157839 18-Aug-2008 21:59
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Surrounds are a lot easier to deal to then a cooked coil however.

Axent are who my mate (who goes thru speakers like I go thru mach-3 blades) uses to get repairs on the "good sounding" speakers he buys off trademe, and they seem alright.

Bit slow on picking up their phone tho so keep on trying.




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  Reply # 158024 19-Aug-2008 15:42
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Arvus, wow. the resulting speakers are superb, had the delight of listening to some the other day.
I possibly think that he might not be repairing speakers any longer, I could always try!

I now use 6 speakers called pioneer "linear power" which have a dual set of spiders and a piston type arrangement with no surrounds to fail (or cause harmonics as Pioneer rattle on about). They sound superb for their size with a very deep chunky bass response and I got 8 of them for $160 but they look like they came with a cheap $399 boom-blaster stereo.

6 in the lounge on the homemade LM3886 chipamp and 2 on the PC with the plinius3100, the chunky Plinius also makes a great monitor stand!

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  Reply # 158050 19-Aug-2008 17:07
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If you can get the surrounds its easy to do yourself, I have some thumping great 4x  12inch Dynaudios that the rubber surrounds had worn (UV damage before building covers for them) I got the bits I needed from these guys in Melbourne Aussie. I am sure they can supply you a kit.

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  Reply # 158057 19-Aug-2008 17:20
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I have speakers that are some 25 years old but still sound great but have deterioating surrounds. I have been eyeing this place for the replacements

Speaker Repair

Haven't pulled the trigger yet but am considering it




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  Reply # 158060 19-Aug-2008 17:26
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lchiu7: I have speakers that are some 25 years old but still sound great but have deterioating surrounds. I have been eyeing this place for the replacements

Speaker Repair

Haven't pulled the trigger yet but am considering it


Excellent site!



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  Reply # 158117 19-Aug-2008 20:21
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I still cannot seem to get any form of postage estimate from either site though, I have been gouged on postage a number of times from some international websites so I'm extra careful
I'd almost be keen to bring in a bulk lot of 2 or so of the foam surrounds for the JBL control series as they are almost always perished.

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  Reply # 158204 20-Aug-2008 04:57
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paradoxsm: I still cannot seem to get any form of postage estimate from either site though, I have been gouged on postage a number of times from some international websites so I'm extra careful
I'd almost be keen to bring in a bulk lot of 2 or so of the foam surrounds for the JBL control series as they are almost always perished.


???? Go to the US site, pick an item, add to cart, checkout, where it says shipping rates, add your country (New Zealand probably) Region, Waikickamoocow or whereever and post code whatever. There is a drop down box to select your postal preference, for the item I chose it was either US$3.39 for standard airmail, or US$25 for priority.

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  Reply # 158225 20-Aug-2008 08:59
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I've always used Axent audio in New Lynn, Auckland. They have been repairing speakers and Hi-Fi gear for years and provide excellent service.

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  Reply # 858515 18-Jul-2013 11:03
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Bump for 2013!

Any good desktop speaker repair places in Waitakere or Auckland?

I've a Logitech 2.1 system; one of the speakers no longer works.

Tried ringing Axent but their phone gives me an error tone.

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  Reply # 858518 18-Jul-2013 11:11
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WOW a 5 year bump

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  Reply # 858530 18-Jul-2013 11:28
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I just called axent and the phone rang at the other end... maybe just try again?  They've been in the business for ever and have a great rep.

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  Reply # 858538 18-Jul-2013 11:36
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Ah weird, yep their phone's working now, thanks for checking haha.

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