Do you find that you have to turn the volume of your amp up pretty high to get a decent volume, or that the dsp sets the gain high on those speakers? My Prodigy speakers got to where they were down almost 10db, and one was down more than the other. Russ Knotts tested mine and was going to replace them. I ended up just buying all new panels. Mine were made in 2000, and redone in 2021, so over 20 years old. They were original panels. I was just the 2nd owner.
My old panels never popped, but had lost some of their higher end. I thought they sounded great too, but once I got the new panels I was stunned at how much better they sounded. The Audyssey dsp was able to make the speakers sound good, but it was cutting down on the lower frequencies of my speakers to compensate for the loss in the high end. Much better volume too, and didn't have to drive the amp so hard.
Not sure if that Simple Green is safe to use on those, since there is a special liquid applied to the film inside the panels and Im afraid that the cleaner might have washed off some of that. I hope it worked. I never tried it.
I wasnt aware Simple Green had no solvents. I figured it was full of them. I use it to clean my electrostatic air cleaner. The water coming off is black. I dilute it quite a bit.Well I don't think anything is really listed as "safe" to use, that includes water. A few other people have used it without issue as it is a natural cleaner and contains no solvents.
The panels are 20 years old and half working, I don't have a whole lot to lose really. Using hot water alone will remove dust but if you have any oils on the panel it won't do anything. The amount of grey water that came out of the bottoms was pretty bad, they were really dirty.
Well, thats great. You saved a lot of $$. So it sounds like the Simple Green did not take off the coating. Do you have more volume now too?Well well well... Look who's back from the dead.
A good shower cleaning with some simple green and distilled water did wonders! I thought my records were just really dirty, turns out the speaker was instead, I have zero pops and cracks anymore.
The only thing I'd be extra careful of is how bad the ESL panels want to split apart, I used zip ties to hold mine together as most of the tape around the sides wasn't really doing anything. The top and bottom were still very well adhered though so not the end of the world. The wood trim actually clamps the 2 stators together anyway.
This was an overwhelming success. Another thing people should check while you have the speakers apart is how sealed the woofer cabinet is. My woofer isn't sealed up at all and is super spongy, fixing this should also clean up the bass department.
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Well, thats great. You saved a lot of $$. So it sounds like the Simple Green did not take off the coating. Do you have more volume now too?
Glad I kept my old Prodigy panels. Always good to have a backup. If needed, I could try washing them.No harm done whatsoever, they even look a lot more transparent. I'm sure I picked up some volume after the wash, I'll have to do a better test when I hook them back up to my big tube amps this week.
Glad I kept my old Prodigy panels. Always good to have a backup. If needed, I could try washing them.
What dilution of Simple Green did you use?
It would be odd that washing the panels caused buzzing.
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