Why not just replace the ailing driver?
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Dan, you may wish to either replace the drivers per Socrates' suggestion or have them repaired. Even if you decide to get new speakers, repairing/replacing the drivers on your old ones will fetch a higher price when you sell them. I had the driver paper and foam repaired on an old pair of AR's and the repairs lasted longer than the originals. Good luck.
Thanks for the info Ozfly and Socrates. I probably will have this done no matter what I decide about new speakers. I have been very impressed with these little boxes, but I think that I am ready for an upgrade. I just added the second amp in the last 6 months and I feel that I am starting to beat the crap out of the Rokks.
Do you suggest having this repair done by Totem or is there another place that can do the job righ?
The 7B is a very good speaker. I've heard on several occasions. Very recently I had the chance to hear the ACI Talisman. All I can say is, this is one terrific speaker. The fellow's listening setup was decent but not spectacular. The room was pretty live. Yet man did I hear music from those towers. The dynamics were very potent yet they were not harsh or in your face. Soundstage was as good as I've heard anywhere. They are my dream system.
Dan, normally I would do a bit of research prior to responding but I have a house full of guests so ...
Anyway, for a speaker repair, you do not have to go to the manufacturer. Check the yellow pages under "speakers". If you can't find anything in your area, check two things: 1) The back pages of any Stereophile magazine (lots of good ads back there) and/or 2) Go to yahoo.com and click on "advanced search" then type in "speaker repair" and start hunting (actually, you can do the same with threads here on Audiogon). Sorry I can't give a more precise answer, but I have to hurry. Good luck.
After searching the forums and checking with the ads I am wondering if the Martin Logan Aerius I's might be worth checking into. I think my rotel monoblocks should put out plenty, 350+ watts/chan, or I could horizontally bi-amp (my original post is wrong, currently vertically bi-amped) and use the rotels in their 120watts/chan config. If needed the Paradigm sub could add punch to the bottom. They might also work better for times I am moving around in the room, like shooting pool, and not sitting in the very localized sweet spot of the Rokks.
I understand that the ML's are sensitive to the room environment. Does anyone have experience with ML's for rock? I would guess that they don't have the punch of some other "rock" speakers, but I never got that from the Totems and actually prefer a little less "in your face punch". Anther question, how do the Aerius match up with analog music?
You may well hate ML's for rock music, the woofers are a joke, the panel is made for lightweight music and can't handle large dynamics without breaking up very audibley. I highly suggest that you demo those speakers before buying, I know many folks not at all impressed with them (myself included) or not happy owning them after hearing less expensive speakers eat them alive.
Absolutely. I don't buy anything I haven't heard. I am trying to find places within my home area, southern N.H., to audition the speakers I am interested in. Some makes are easier to find than others. I have heard Thiel, Revel, Aerial, and the Aerials easily won that round. I've listened alittle to Martin Logans but only with light jazz and a female vocalist. I'm looking for places to demo ACI, Vandersteen, and Totems.
Socrates, it's quite UNlikely that a replacement driver will match sufficiently in sensitivity to provide excellent imaging. Dynaudio et al sell their mid-spec runs to OE manufacturers and sell the production "tails" to hobbyists, etc. I guess you could use a RS meter afterwards, and retweak the cross-over with a driver pad if necessary. But what a chore....