JBL L5 - Frozen Voice Coil (Woofer)


Looking for some advice on why I currently have a frozen 8" woofer voice coil on my JBL L5s. I'm not sure if there's an electrical/impedance issue with my amp or if I just pushed them too hard, or if something like this can happen just due to age?

I have a fairly new Luxman L-509X integrated amp and my main speakers are Klipsch La Scala IIs. Short version is I sent a burst of digital noise through the La Scalas a couple weeks ago and blew a tweeter diaphragm. 

While waiting for Klipsch warranty repair (they are 5 months old), I bought a used pair of JBL L5s off Craigslist. At $400 they were a good deal and up until tonight were enough to get me by until the La Scala IIs were back in the game.

BUT tonight I discovered there's a frozen voice coil on the right JBL bottom woofer. No sound, the woofer is just frozen and stuck out. 

I am guessing on a 25 year old pair of speakers like these, I'm just out of luck when it comes to repair. My bigger concern is what may have caused this. They were working fine, have not been dropped or otherwise mishandled. 

I am using a vintage Luxman CL40 valve preamp occasionally in front of the L-509X (using the HT bypass function). Is it possible some kind of DC is leaking somewhere and fried the voice coil on the speaker? I'm not even sure what that means but it sounds scary and detrimental to my $$$ gear. 

OR is it possible I just overpowered the JBLs with the Luxman gear? I have been listening to some bass-heavy music recently at about 102 dB, so at the JBL's rated 90 dB sensitivity at most I guess I was pushing 50 watts into the speakers? 

If the JBL is toast, so be it (I don't want to put any more money into them), but I am very concerned about any power issues once I get the La Scala IIs repaired.  
jsqt
Too much power at bass frequencies damaged the voice coil. Overheating!
Thanks, the JBLs I think are rated up to 300 watts and I couldn't have been sending more than 50 watts tops. I did hear some crackling during kick drums earlier on in the week, that could have been what did the woofer in.

But I am starting to think that this incident was due more to the age of the speaker (at least 20 years old?) than anything else.

My biggest concern is that I have something set up incorrectly between my preamp, integrated amp, and speaker system that could be damaging speakers and in the long run, components.

You mentioned, the woofer is, "stuck out". How far out? It’s possible that the voice coil left the magnet gap, got non-linear and caught the gap’s edge. Remove the driver, from the cabinet. Reach around the frame, with a finger and thumb on opposite sides and see if the cone/coil can be moved. If so- realign it and it might go back in the gap. It’s also possible, that when/if you exceeded the woofer’s max excursion(same scenario) you crushed the end of the voice coil. In that case, you’re SOL and in need of reconing. The noise you heard, was likely the voice coil hitting the magnet structure(possibly bottoming out). If it’s stuck and in the gap, roberjerman’s correct.  Are you running with your bass boosted?
Use a multi meter to check the DC offset at the speaker output terminals on the amp. DC will weld a voice coil quicker than my cat will tear up a sofa.
I suspect it could definitely be the 35 year old CL40 valve preamp that is the culprit more so than my 9 month old Luxman L-509X integrated amp. When the service guy comes over on Friday to replace my La Scala II tweeter, I'll ask him to measure the dc on the CL40 and the 509X. 

The CL40 was totally restored (including new tubes) in 2013, but I think that's a much more likely scenario than the 509X.