Roland Posted August 11, 2016 Report Share Posted August 11, 2016 Hi As suggested I am reposting my original inquiry..Where I have already received encouraging feedback. .... have inherited a pair of AR-4x that have been in the family for years and I am interested in rebuilding. I am a total speaker neophyte. They sound a bit flat, that is, not much sparkle or depth and when the volume is turned way up on my 110 Watt/channel receiver they do distort. Is it a given that I must change the tweeter and woofer? Attaching photos. Both speakers woofer and tweeter seems to be in the same condition. Thanks for any advice. ... I am now including bits of the replies the original thread received. ... member: ra.ra. snip ...your speakers look totally original and possibly have never been opened or received any sort of maintenance in the past. This might very well explain the "flat" sound you describe, which might indicate that the capacitors require replacement or the tweeter controls (known as potentiometers, or "pots") require cleaning or replacement. You are basically not hearing the tweeters. As long as you can confirm that all drivers (both tweeters, both woofers) are operational, there is no need to replace them. Most likely, the bulk of the restoration work is inside the cabinet, and there are many, many threads here about the AR-4x. /snip Thanks for that ra.ra. Yes I would agree they have never been opened.. member: owlsplace snip ... You have removed the grills successfully so you are of to a good start. This speaker model is iconic and yours appear to be in great shape. /snip Prying with two small screw drivers. Though I did indent just a bit the edges of the box in some places. At first start I did not realize the staples showing on top of the fabric went through the framing into the speaker wood. member:stupidhead snip ... as others have said unlikely you will need any new drivers. Plenty of guidance here to restore these to new condition. Intrigued by the pattern of what I assume to be mold on the cone of the woofer. What do the grilles look like? /snip The other cone also has the same "mold". I am inserting a photo of the panels and close up of the woofer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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