With every music lover, owning a good stereo system in the house is more than a mission, it is the way you show people your love with music. However, most of the devices are quite expensive not mentioning the amount of money you have to spend for maintenance. That’s the reason why not so many people can afford for something good from the beginning.
But don’t worry; there is always a solution for every problem! If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy a brand new loudspeaker, why don’t you make things cheaper by purchasing an old one and make some adjustments? With some simple DIY steps, everything would be in very good condition ready to make your house a world of high-quality music.
This guide is not the one which guides you to anywhere selling good stuff or showing some commercials about stereo markets. It is exactly the thing you need to make your old things good again and be a good replacement of your current loudspeaker with the cheapest price ever!
It takes you several steps after purchasing a “new” old loudspeaker, so follow them carefully and see how it goes:
Step 1: Find The Problem
First things first, you have to check the whole product and see what are the problems of your loudspeaker. To do so, you have to have a look inside the speaker by removing the cloth section in front of it. It is called “speaker grill”. It can be removed easily with your hand, but make sure you can do it gently so that no damaged might be caused by the edges.
After that, play a music track to test the ability of this loudspeaker. You can use many types of sound, but music is the best way because the frequency is varied and there are several frequencies played at the same time. All the flaws will be revealed after some songs and you can see the drivers that don’t go well with others. Another important thing you should know is the type of equalizer the loudspeaker is. There are some common ones:
- Tweeter: the trebles are focused more and the system increases the treble sounds
- Mid – range: mid settings can be improved by adjusting the system a little bit
- Woofer: boost the bass sounds by changing the settings of the loudspeaker
With the high volume (but not too high), you have to run the test through these 3 settings with several tracks of different music genres to find out some problems. Since this device is quite old, you should make some changes to some certain parts of the drivers which don’t go well anymore.
Step 2: Remove The Old Driver
Now you have spotted the problem. All your need to do is unscrew it and make sure this part is completely removed from the speaker. There is a thing you need to notice before working: the electric source. Make sure the speaker is not plugged in and the old driver is removed from any sources of power as well. Unscrew the driver slowly and make sure nothing is attached anymore. The last screw should be removed with care so it won’t fall off and pull out any types of wires inside. You can also apply this way to fix your PC speakers since they all share the same structure.
Step 3: Detachment
Once the screws are removed and you can see what is the driver, quickly locate the main wires. They are colored black and red in most cases. These wires are the signal way from the receiver to the driver.
In several models, you can detach it easily since they are connected to the driver via the detachable clip. If not, you need to remove the wires as well so as to make sure nothing bad is going to happen when replacing new driver using old wires. The wires for a new driver can be bought easily online or in the music stores locally.
Be careful with the magnet of the old driver since it can be a risk for other electronic and digital devices near it. That’s why you should put it in a safe place waiting for throwing away.
The next thing you need to do is measurement. Use the measuring tape to check the exact diameter of the driver so that you can replace the right one which fits the whole loudspeaker.
Step 4: Find the Best Product for Replacement
Now you already know that the installation is just going to take you less than 20 minutes, so what you have to deal with is the replacement for your old driver. It might take you such a long time because you can even choose one from countless of products on market. Apart from the right size, there are also other factors that decide a good audio quality.
If you don’t need any serious upgrade and just need to substitute the broken one, it would be so easy since you just need to look for the manufacturer of the old loudspeaker and look for some kinds of replacement. Don’t forget to provide precise information so that you can find the right product faster without having to concern much about the quality.
Or else, I think you might need to invest more time and money so as to make things better. First of all are the specifications. You should write down all the essential numbers such as diameter, energy consumption, type of driver and compatibility. That won’t take much time, but finding a good product that can satisfy all those factors is such a hard work for you. But don’t worry because you can always find something interesting. The owner’s manual book can help a lot in this case.
Finally when you have found the right one for the replacement, do the previous steps backward, remember to attach the right wires and screw tightly. The best thing is when you test your loudspeaker with your own music and see the hard work paid off.
Good luck with your home stereo system!