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PSB Alpha B, needs repair
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lesson learned.

Reputable internet sellers will advise whether or not units were in a smoke free environment. Ask before you buy. If the item is misrepresented you have recourse on eBay and AudiogoN. AudiogoN is a good place to do internet audio shopping.

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jackfish wrote:

lesson learned.

Reputable internet sellers will advise whether or not units were in a smoke free environment. Ask before you buy. If the item is misrepresented you have recourse on eBay and AudiogoN. AudiogoN is a good place to do internet audio shopping.

Thanks, my problem is that I live in a remote area so availability to view products in person is scarce. I'll dump these and take the 200 dollar hit, shitty nonetheless.

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Clean them with bleach or ammonia based Windex.  If they are vinyl covered, which I suspect they are, wipe them down with an automotive vinyl protectant when you are done.  If they are wood, immediately treat them with some form of oil.  I'd use a tung oil followed by a coat automotive paste wax the nest day.  Regardless of what anyone tells you, you can get the smell of smoke out of wood and doing so will also rejuvinate the wood.  And smoke doesn't affect the sound of the speakers.  Don't get all silly season over nothing.

Regarding the sound, make sure the lead wires are either secured to the frame or pulled away significantly to not be rattling against the cone, creating a buzz.  I've had this happen and it was a quick fix.

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jgossman wrote:

Clean them with bleach or ammonia based Windex.  If they are vinyl covered, which I suspect they are, wipe them down with an automotive vinyl protectant when you are done.  If they are wood, immediately treat them with some form of oil.  I'd use a tung oil followed by a coat automotive paste wax the nest day.  Regardless of what anyone tells you, you can get the smell of smoke out of wood and doing so will also rejuvinate the wood.  And smoke doesn't affect the sound of the speakers.  Don't get all silly season over nothing.

Regarding the sound, make sure the lead wires are either secured to the frame or pulled away significantly to not be rattling against the cone, creating a buzz.  I've had this happen and it was a quick fix.

I took a few minutes to look for any other signs of damage, I suspect the buzz is due to the spider seperating from the housing as seen here: http://ubuntuone.com/5HSzzTnfkkaba12sfJvsyH

I'm waiting to call the PSB distributor on Monday to see about pricing out a woofer replacement.

As for your comment about getting silly over nothing, I'm pretty sure I didn't imply the smell had anything to do with the performance of the speaker, or was that just your inference? I was tired, and perhaps the contexts were blurred; in any event they are two seperate issues.

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I am having the exact same problem with my speakers right now: the spider has separated from the housing. What did you do to solve the problem? I can't figure out where to buy a replacement woofer.

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bfrisch12 wrote:

I am having the exact same problem with my speakers right now: the spider has separated from the housing. What did you do to solve the problem? I can't figure out where to buy a replacement woofer.

You didn't say what brand your loudspeaker was. The first step would be to contact the dealer from whom you purchased it, then the manufacturer. Unless the loudspeaker is very old, the manufacturer should have replacement units.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

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