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Rook_Woodworks
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08/07/2019 1:06 pm  

Hello All,

I've got an opportunity in front of me that I'm having a hard time justifying. Not too far away from where I live, there is a set of Marantz HD-880s  that are for sale. These, from what research I've done, are up there in the "impressive speakers" category.

Two Issues I have.

1. (I'm sure is the same for most) is space. You guys can't really help me here, This is going to be between me and the missus... I'm just scared that if she agrees I'm going to have to consent to her getting a drum set (which REALLY doesn't fit in the house).

2. The surround is has a hole in it on one of the 12" woofers (just the smallest shade at the 11 o'clock position in the image). This is where I need help. I understand it is an economic fix, but, the how is something I've never experienced or done before. what is the margin of error on something like this?Should I dare attempt my first one on this particular scenario?

<img src=" removed link " alt="Marantz HD-880" />

This would be, by far, the largest set of speakers I've ever owned. Even with the intent of "fixing and selling" I can imagine having a hard time letting them go if they live up to what I've read online (taken with a grain of salt of course). Keeping these would open up to other issues, like finding an amp that can properly drive something of this magnitude. Personally, I think they just look stunning, but the size would scare the shit out of me once I got up close and personal.

Regards,

Rook


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08/07/2019 1:30 pm  

First of all!  Awesome find!  Those were some of the better four ways of that era.  Really cool you could find some.  Assuming all the speakers are original and the only issue is  a small hole in the surround, this could be a very easy fix.  You could resurround the whole woofer, which you might want to with the age.  However, if you want to just get by for the time being.  You can pick up some Black silicone adhesive like this.  They sell this at your local Automotive store or just order it off Amazon.  The fix is really easy.  You just wear some gloves and apply it to both sides of the hole.  Just make sure to put it on thin and even.  It really is an easy fix and the way a lot of people fix subwoofers when their screwdriver/drill slips when screwing them in.  I've used this trick many a times and it hasn't failed yet.  If you need to re-surround it, it is a little more complicated, but not too bad.  Just take your time to align it. Does it have to be perfect? No.  Btt it should be as close as you can get it. 


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08/07/2019 1:55 pm  

Re: resurround or refoam

You are quite in luck. XrayTonyB (on YouTube) has just released a video on doing that. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few videos and instructions out there. 

As to the pros/cons, well, I have a number of larger speakers and really like how well they play.   And the fact that what you are looking at has the "specs", it'd be hard to not get them. Especially if you have mostly smaller stuff. 

Sorry guys, bookshelf speakers are good, but a good floorstander usually has much more. At least that's been my experience.

-Charlie


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09/07/2019 1:58 am  

@tvor-ceasar I am in complete agreement with you.  I love floor standing speakers.  My newest build, the Uglies actually has a bass boost in the 100hz and below.  I really enjoy it.  Of course, these are design with movies in mind, where most people want a nice little bass boost. 


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09/07/2019 8:54 am  
Posted by: Rook_Woodworks

... I'm just scared that if she agrees I'm going to have to consent to her getting a drum set (which REALLY doesn't fit in the house).

 

Tell her that if you get the speakers, she can have a digital drum set. They are usually much less than a standard acoustic drum set, and she can do all the practicing she wants with the headphones on. Plus, it will give you the opportunity to design and build a "Drum-o-phile" speaker set up for when she wants to hear/feel the drums.

Plus, When she's done, they, for lack of a better term, "fold up" and store away or to the side much quicker / easier than a standard set.

Sounds like a win-win for all. 🙂

-Charlie


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09/07/2019 8:55 am  
Posted by: 123Toid

@tvor-ceasar I am in complete agreement with you.  I love floor standing speakers.  My newest build, the Uglies actually has a bass boost in the 100hz and below.  I really enjoy it.  Of course, these are design with movies in mind, where most people want a nice little bass boost. 

Thanks. Looking forward to an update on The Uglies.

-Charlie


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