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Am I becoming too domesticated?
#2818707 02/22/19 09:18 AM
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I recently bought a pair of Adam monitors.
These are my first monitors and I have concerns over the exposed drivers. I wanted to cover them somehow.

So I bought a yard of sheer cloth ("chiffon" says the lady).
I cut a section a bit wider than the front of the monitor (and with the cloth doubled-over), and a bit taller than the monitor.
I had wifey stitch the three sides and I added some velcro patches. She made two of these.
I attached one to the front of each monitor and they now have protection. (You can't be too careful today, eh?) smile

So ... was I being overly paranoid about potential damage to exposed drivers?
Or is the cloth "adornment" of the monitors just a sign that I'm becoming too domesticated?

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I / my wife did this with my stereo speakers, so you're in good company. wink


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I do not really get why to cover drivers???

Since 15 or more years I had different speakers all with exposed drivers. Many of the audiophile stuf is also exposed and nothing bad is happening to them.

Besides pure aescethics there is no point to do that.

Also you have to buy acoustically transparent material, and not any cloth that you like.

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I think I'm safe in saying, covering drivers is as necessary as this thread. frown smile

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac

So I bought a yard of sheer cloth ("chiffon" says the lady).


For some reason this conservation played out in my mind:

Mac: I'd like to buy this cloth.
Lady: Oh that's a lovely bolt of chiffon, our best!
Mac: Please don't call it that.
Lady: Excuse me?
Mac: Don't say that word.
Lady: Chiffon? Wh
Mac: Argh, I just said not to say it!
Lady: ....
Mac: I like bolt though, that's a good word. These are for speakers. Really manly speakers. Maybe we can call it....thundercloth?
Lady: But thunder doesn't come down in bolts, sir.
Mac: I'll allow it for today.


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The preceding model line of of Adam A5(without the "x") monitor speakears had a protective metal grille. (The A7 didnt.)
This prooved very helpful against little children with pens and animals in the house, and for both you really need metal.
Nowadys it is considered sound distoring to place anyting in front of the drivers.

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Originally Posted by MrKaramba
I do not really get why to cover drivers???

Since 15 or more years I had different speakers all with exposed drivers. Many of the audiophile stuf is also exposed and nothing bad is happening to them.

Besides pure aescethics there is no point to do that.

You do not have cats, right?

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Originally Posted by MrKaramba
I do not really get why to cover drivers???

Since 15 or more years I had different speakers all with exposed drivers. Many of the audiophile stuf is also exposed and nothing bad is happening to them.

Besides pure aescethics there is no point to do that.

You do not have cats, right?

Actually I had one for 14 years and he was never interested in drivers, but in cloth covers very much

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Originally Posted by Gombessa
Mac: I'd like to buy this cloth.
Lady: Oh that's a lovely bolt of chiffon, our best!
Mac: Please don't call it that.
Lady: Excuse me?
Mac: Don't say that word.
Lady: Chiffon? Wh
Mac: Argh, I just said not to say it!
Lady: ....
Mac: I like bolt though, that's a good word. These are for speakers. Really manly speakers. Maybe we can call it....thundercloth?
Lady: But thunder doesn't come down in bolts, sir.
Mac: I'll allow it for today.

Fantastic dialogue Gombessa!

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I always found that no matter how tight you pulled the cloth, it still went saggy and looked naff. So I left them uncovered. Inevitably, in a band situation, damage occurred to the cone which was of an 18" speaker. Usually mic stands were involved.
It was easily fixed with Kellogg's Cornflakes packets and Bostik. And it looked quite novel . . .You could do the same if you liked. But a rather lighter grade of card would be called for.


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[quote=peterws]I always found that no matter how tight you pulled the cloth, it still went saggy and looked naff. So I left them uncovered. Inevitably, in a band situation, damage occurred to the cone which was of an 18" speaker. Usually mic stands were involved./quote]

And a drunk singer ...

I covered my stereo speakers primarily for aesthetic reasons, secondarily to keep cat hair out of them (damn, that stuff gets into EVERYTHING), but they're mounted high in the corners of the room, so I'm less worried about direct physical damage.


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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
So ... was I being overly paranoid about potential damage to exposed drivers?
Or is the cloth "adornment" of the monitors just a sign that I'm becoming too domesticated?


I think it depends on whether you have some ghastly kids roaming around your house, poking their filthy little fingers into speaker drivers (and anything else). Kids are death to speaker drivers. I know this because as an infant I ruined many a speaker with my destructive curiosity!


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Originally Posted by EssBrace
I know this because as an infant I ruined many a speaker with my destructive curiosity!

and I didn't need to be an infant to do the same shocked


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I've had the centre driver dust caps pushed in by children on two pairs of monitors. They just look too much like buttons that need to be pushed.

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Originally Posted by Smaug
I've had the centre driver dust caps pushed in by children on two pairs of monitors. They just look too much like buttons that need to be pushed.


There are ways to "unpress" them right? I've heard a pin with a dab of superglue is what some people use (though I imagine it would leave some residue).


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Unpressing...commonly referred to as pulling...Hoover. Cautiously brought into sufficient proximity to pull it. Possibly with something for a better seal...if necessary.
Never tried it, so don't come running to thickfingers if it all goes "Aaaaagh!!"

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It's not always pulling to get the dust cap back in shape wink some times it's wedging, or some other action entirely!


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Originally Posted by Smaug
I've had the centre driver dust caps pushed in by children on two pairs of monitors. They just look too much like buttons that need to be pushed.

Yes! cry cry


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