Infinity Kappa 9 Rebuild?


Is there anyone in California, Arizona or Nevada that does a re-build of the Infinity Kappa 9 speaker?

These speakers are now 30 years old.
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Please let me know what you hear.

I just bought a pair of 9's and they sound horrible. I have 7's and 8's and love them...

Please let me know your thoughts.

thnx!
Brett...What type of amp and preamp are you using?
I am using a Sonic Frontiers Line 2 Preamp and right now a Crown XLS1500 Class D amp.  
I also have a Carver Signature Sunfire that needs some work.
I can help you with most questions that you might have about a re build. Not volunteering at this point, but I've been an avid speaker builder for 35 years and have looked kappa 9's over many times and understand them well. 
Timlub you’re my only hope!

ok so one of my Kappa 8’s is blowing up expensive amps.  After the third amp I knew....should known better after the second. 

How do i trouble shoot this?  Is it the crossover or one of the drivers or both?

This time the speaker made a squeak-like sound twice over a thirty second period, then the amp right channel died.

Also, how do I check the phase of the polydomes using the battery trick without blowing up the tweeters?

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Brett,
    I'll post this part for everyone.  You'll need to pull the crossover and disconnect the lead from the domes without the crossover attached. Use a simple 1.5v battery,  if you don't get enough movement, you can go up to a 9v. Connect the negative on both ends, attach the positive to the battery, now just tap the positive on the positive to the speaker. When polarity is correct, your cone will move outward. 
Brett,A couple of thoughts to your issues:
If you are trying to verify the polarity of the Polydomes I would recommend you pull the Polydomes first, note and mark how they are wired, disconnect them and put a DMM on the wires to see if they are wired correctly when speaker is powered. The Polydomes are slip off tab connections and one side is marked red for +. Only pull the crossover if you find a problem with the wiring.
Regarding your Kappa 8’s, you have a bad part or short in there, likely an old electrolytic cap that is now shorting. Was it ever working or did you buy them that way? Hopefully they were working at one time otherwise it could be anything including someone screwing with the internals.

I completely refurbished both a pair of K8’s and K9’s. It is cost prohibitive to pay someone to do it even if you could find someone willing AND capable to do it. Restoring vintage Infinities is a labor of love like refurbishing a vintage classic car. If you can’t or don’t want to do it yourself I would suggest you not go down that path. But at least pull the K8 xover to see if you find something obvious like an electrolytic cap that is bulging or split.

The K9’s are almost impossible to drive due to the woofers dropping below 1 ohm at certain frequency. What I did with good results is wire the woofers direct to the speaker posts, by passing the xover completely and used my Crown XLS in Low Pass mode to push them in a horizontal bi-amp config. So I converted the woofers from passive config to active. The mids and highs of the K9’s are easy to drive. So bi-amping is the way to go with the K9’s. It is a very easy rewire the woofers to make them active and bypass the xover. Wiring the speakers active raises the lowest Ohm drop up to 6 ohms which is a huge difference.

The Crown XLS amps are not musical enough to drive the high ends, they sound awful pushing the top end. But they are adequate to push woofers to good results. Your XLS1500 should be able to handle it. I have two XLS2500's running bridged in low pass mode with each driving one speaker.I actually have to turn them down or there is too much bass.








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You should go do some research and post questions regarding Infinity speaker in the Infinity Forum on Audiokarma. Lots of experts there willing to help. I used to be active on that forum and posted rebuild threads on the K8 and K9. My handle is MiamiBoy.
Hi 1exreme.  I just sent you a private note.  Please check it when you have a minute.

Thanks.