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  1. Moving from a 2.1 setup (wharfdale 9.2 and Wharfdale sub) to using a set of original mk1 Paradigm 9se. A quick listen turned into the entire evening, finished off with Dark Side of the Moon. Closing my eyes it felt like i was in a large theatre and could place instruments and voices, thoroughly enjoyable and more musical than my previous 2.1 setup. I'm amazed at the performance these 30yr old speakers are able to put out, they're rated at 4-6 ohms 10-150w, the 40w Rotel did a fantastic job of driving them (not at huge volumes due to sleeping kids next door, but loud enough to enjoy). Keen to get home for some more listening, i need to get some stands to lower them about 10-15cm. otherwise this new setup is a definite step up. The bass is so much more musical and full.
  2. I recently purchased some +/- 30yr old speakers (Paradigm 9se). I'd like to open them up to take a look at the crossovers so i can work out if they might benefit from having the caps replaced. I removed the screws from the rear of the speaker, however the rear panel doesn't budge at all. Will i need to unscrew a driver and try to push the rear panel out from the inside or is there some other trick to it? Could the manufacturer have used glue?
  3. Ok, i've just plugged the newer wharfdale bookshelf speakers in and the distortion is still there in the same channel, and if i swap the speaker cables it goes to the other speaker, so it's distortion from one of the channels from the amp. I plugged the ipad directly to the amp and the distortion still appears the same as if the DAC's being used. And swapping the RCA inputs to the amp does not effect which channel the distortion comes from. Took me 8 days to work this out, i'm useless. Bit of a bummer as i picked up the amp as a stop gap to listen to music while my other amp's being repaired for a dropped channel. I also unscrewed the back panel of the Paradigms i picked up, however the panels weren't budging at all so i'm not sure how to get them off, ended up just putting the screws back in. Maybe i need to unscrew a driver from the front to look and potentially push the back panel out from the inside?
  4. Thanks Bruce. If the kids give me any time this weekend i might unscrew the backs and take some photos of the crossovers and notes to work out what i need to pick up to give them a re-cap.
  5. It appears I had the frequency output set too high for my DAC (24/96k). I reduced it to 24/44.1k and the distortion has disappeared. First time listening to this amp and speaker combo, the treble seems a bit strong for the mids and lows, there’s a bit of harshness in the higher frequencies, have to listen pretty hard to notice it though and mostly they just have a nice full sound. Looking forward to listening to the speakers a bit longer term and doing some comparisons with the Wharfdale 9.2+sub combo. Given the speakers are roughly 30 years old, would it be worth checking the crossovers, is it likely they’re not functioning as originally intended after all this time? Overall the speakers are enjoyable to listen to, they have a very musical and effortless base delivery I find pleasant.
  6. I've recently gotten my stereo working after being out of action for a while (approx 1yr) due to a dropped speaker channel. Music is played from source PC by USB cable --> DAC by 3.5mm to RCA cable --> Amp (40w into 4 ohm speakers). Both the speakers and amp in question i haven't used before, I have a 100W amp in for repair and was using 8 ohm rated bookshelves and an active sub. First off I was getting a weak sound from one speaker and crackling when higher frequencies were played, I cleaned out the sockets and plugs, slight improvement. The issue seeemed to improve with time, and then last night after listening for a couple of hours it became significantly worse, it's only on higher frequencies, the lows and mids sound good to me. I switched the L/R inputs into the amp to check if it were an amp-->speaker issue, it isn't as the issue moved to the other speaker. I sourced a different 3.5mm to RCA cable and played music, still getting same distortion. It's a bit difficult to determine if it's a cable issue or a DAC issue due to the DAC output being a 3.5mm jack and not an RCA out (which would allow me to test each channel). I'm using a 40w amp with a 4 ohm speaker at moderate volume (ie. kids asleep in the next room, door closed). The distortion appears to increase with volume, lower volumes i'm not noticing it as much however if i get up close to the tweeter i can still detect it. Could it be due to the speakers asking too much of the amp, I don't think it would due to the listening volume.. I have a new 50cm 3.5mm to RCA cable in the mail so i'll try it, I'll also do some more critical listening of each channel and swap the channels via the PC to see how each speaker performs. I guess if swapping the channel via the PC results in a change in distortion from one speaker to the other, then it appears my DAC is busted. Alternatively if the distortion remains it's either a speaker issue or a power issue from the amp? I plugged my headphones into the dac this morning and couldn't detect any distortion. Appreciate any problem solving advice people can give. If i had another DAC it would be easy to determine if this were the issue. As i write, i've realised maybe i need to try the headphone jack on the PC direct to the AMP, the audio quality will be worse however it will let me know if distortion is an issue with AMP/Speakers, or if no distortion present i will know the DAC is broken.
  7. Hi all, I recently picked up a pair of circa 1990 Paradigm 9se from another forum member which show 4 ohm impedance (min 10w - max 150w) on the terminal plate. I need new speaker wire, I'll be running 3m lengths. I found the following link which lists the cable thickness required for different lengths and different speaker resistance: http://faq.yamaha.com/us/en/article/live_sound/pa_systems/stagepas_300/2521/7034 - It indicates a 22 awg would be fine. I'm thinking cost wise i'll just go a 14 awg as they're a bit thicker and not too expensive. I've read in other online searches that i should use a 10 awg wire, however unsure on the length they were running and the link i found is for PA systems so i'm not sure if there's a difference between this and wire for music listening at home? Will 14 awg wire be fine for my application, or is there a reason to go thicker? Second question. The speaker specification says they're compatible with 8 ohms, however the back plate says impedance 4 ohms, amplifier power min 10w max 150w. My amp is an 100w @ 8 ohm Yamaha, I think a 4 ohm speaker is then going to draw double the wattage. So long as i'm not blasting them hard (we listen at no more than moderate volumes at home), will this be fine? My understanding is the speakers will take more than the Amp is rated for as 100 @ 8 is roughly equal to 50 @ 4? So am i correct in believing so long as i don't exceed 50% volume on my amp, technically I'll be keeping the amp within it's operating limit? Thanks
  8. Pm sent with intent to buy (if packaging for the first buyer doesn’t work out).
  9. I could be interested, however i’d like to see how it sits on the shoulder first. Any chance you can post a couple of photos, 80’s rock singlet and mullet preferred with the decks proudly raised high?
  10. The cabinet looks ok, it made a pretty solid “think” when it hit, nothing cracked on the outside anyway.
  11. just knocked one of my wharfdale bookshelf speakers off a 70cm stand onto the carpet (hard carpet). My amp's out of action until early next year when i will have it repaired. What are the chances i've damaged the speaker?
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