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    Is it possibe to repair a speaker?

    I have a pair of JB HLS-610s I'd like to sell (or maybe keep for one of the kids) but one of the woofers has a tear/rip in it. The replacement speaker is hard to find, and apparently there is 1 place that sells it for $170 (I was only asking $45 for the pair). So is there a way to fix the crack in the speaker cone? Maybe finger nail polish or something to this effect? If not, is it possible to replace both woofers with maybe some other brand that would work well enough? Any ideas of speaker replacement I could use? SOmething from PartsExpress for example? Thanks. irg

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    www.madisound.com is a good place for replacement drivers. I would think that having both woofers new and looking alike would make them more sellable. I would not buy a speaker with mismatched woofers or tweeters for that matter. Other members might know of other sites for replacement drivers.
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    How about posting a photo?

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    Temporay fix....

    I had a rip in one of the 8's in my ADS 1290's. I consulted some folks I trust they suggested I use some of the cement sent in surround repair kits I'd used in the past. Has worked pretty well thus far but I've a replacement driver waiting in the wings. Give it a try if it's just a rip and not a tear.

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    Thanks guys. I'll try and post a pic later today.

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    You should have no trouble finding a suitable replacement driver (provided you follow T/S parametrs). You might weigh the cost/benefit of sinking any more money into them though, if you do decide to sell them.
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    simpley speakers sells recone kits,or u can send it 2 them.i did a 5q midbase like new in 1 day not 2 harde 2 do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worf101
    I had a rip in one of the 8's in my ADS 1290's. I consulted some folks I trust they suggested I use some of the cement sent in surround repair kits I'd used in the past. Has worked pretty well thus far but I've a replacement driver waiting in the wings. Give it a try if it's just a rip and not a tear.

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    Works for me. Back in the day I used a bead of rubber cement to the rear of the paper cone to repair some old speakers without any problems. I wouldn't try this on expensive units tho.

    Do surround repair kits use rubber cement?
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    The kits I've used have included a white glue that looks about like Elmer's.

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    Here's a pic of the tear in the speaker. Best way to approach this?

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    My first thought is Loctite Super Glue Gel (cyanoacrylate) applied to the edges by pushing the applicator nozzle into the crack. What do you think of that? My second thought is a rubber-adhesive polypropylene tape applied from the back.

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    Well....

    In that we're talking a plastic cone and not paper, I go with audio's suggestion. I'd lean towards tape first.

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    So I take the speaker out of the cabinet, and apply the tape to the backside of it then. Is there a specific brand of tape I should look for? Places like Home Depot sell it?

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    You can probably find a superior replacement at Parts Express for little money. Some folks replace with a full ranger sans crossover with great results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    You can probably find a superior replacement at Parts Express for little money. Some folks replace with a full ranger sans crossover with great results.
    I might go this route, then use these speakers for my kids system or something like that. Selling them for $25 isn't going to happen, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IRG
    So I take the speaker out of the cabinet, and apply the tape to the backside of it then. Is there a specific brand of tape I should look for? Places like Home Depot sell it?
    I'd be tempted to try carton-sealing tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultrygeist
    You can probably find a superior replacement at Parts Express for little money. Some folks replace with a full ranger sans crossover with great results.
    Problem with that is you can't simply swap drivers, because each driver requires to some extent a specific enclosure (volume, tuning frequency if ported etc..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio amateur
    Problem with that is you can't simply swap drivers, because each driver requires to some extent a specific enclosure (volume, tuning frequency if ported etc..)
    Is there a way that someone like PartsExpress can figure this out? I wish JBL would just sell a direct replacement for a real price. Maybe taping is the way to go. I think a decent/budget set of speakers should work for its intended purpose though, i.e. kids and non critical listening. Or will it be off to the extent it won't be very listenable?

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    Newer drivers also reqiure more ohms than old ones. If it has an amp in it will burn it up

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