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For testing, the wire polarity doesn’t matter because speakers receive an AC signal. Remove the crossover (probably attached to the binding post bracket) and inspect for any broken wires or solder joints. Inspect for any burnt or missing PCB traces or leaking capacitors. If everything looks copasetic, order a new tweeter and install it in the same configuration as the original. Highly doubtful it’s the crossover.
The polarity DOES matter - because you could connect the tweeter out of phase with the main driver - then it would really mess with the phase of the other speaker and they would never sound right.
So make sure you record which wire goes to which terminal.
You could attach the tweeter from the other speaker - that will tell you if the x-over is still functioning correctly or not.
They're soldered instead of clipped on. Which is why I didn't really want to take the other one off the other speaker to test.
Thus why I'm asking if I can just hook up another small bookshelf speaker (at speaker inputs) to test the tweeter connection.
Will that tell me if there is power thru there (from crossover) or shouldn't I hook up a whole speaker to the tweeter only wires?
Easy to test the tweeter. Get a multimeter and set it for driver resistance. Place one meter lead to one side of the tweeter and the other meter lead the to remaining tweeter terminal. Measure the ohms/resistance across the driver. If 3-8 ohms all is good. If you get no reading, then the tweeter is bad.
You must disconnect st least one lead from the crossover to the driver for the test to be accurate.
Since the connections are all soldered, I haven't undone the connections yet. I did pull a tweeter out of an old, small Polk bookshelf speaker and ran leads from the Revel connectors on it's tweeter (but they're still connected /soldered to wires going to it's crossover) to the Polk tweeter itself.
Turned on a source to test and No sound from the Polk speaker..... Is that a "true" test without unsoldering connections yet? I would have expected the tweeter to make sound. Since it didn't I'm not sure it's the tweeter?
I have done a tiny bit of soldering (and unsoldering) before, but since I'm not great at it, I wanted to try to test somehow without unsoldering the nicely done solders from the factory.
Boy do I feel stupid .... the tweeter I tried from the Polk doesn't work even in it's own enclosure. They are a set my son used and I didn't test them before I used them for testing. He must have blown them or something.
Regardless, I pulled the 5.25 inch driver out of the Polk (that is working!) and ran leads to the Revel tweeter connectors and YES, there was sound coming from the 5.25 inch speaker ..... so there is "sound" coming from the tweeter wires of the Revel .... so I would think that tells me the crossover is working?
So, since I believe this tells me the crossover is fine, I will unsolder and then put the meter on the speaker itself and see if it reads anything .... as a double-check. I will let you know what I see.
As I'm certainly not someone on here often, or very educated about working thru audio issues, I am sure grateful for the input and help you all have provided. You are a wealth of information. Appreciate It!
I'll get back on the meter test.
Sounds like you have it sussed out- the tweeter is blown and the crossover is good.
The tweeter blew because the amplifier used to drive the speaker was clipping (same as in your son's speakers). If you don't plan to go to a more powerful amp, install a fuse in series with the tweeter so that it blows instead of the tweeter. Fuses are a lot less expensive! I'd put the fuse holder right by the tweeter.
Regarding the amplifier clipping, I really don't think that was the cause. I have an old Llano 200watt (400 into 4) amplifier driving the speakers only down to 80hz where the subs take over. It's a pretty solid amp and I don't really listen that loudly .... lot of jazz.
Guess I didn't mention (and you had no way of knowing) that I have a Bel Canto PrePro everything is hooked thru and something just happened to it. It literally went dead ... no sound from any source or any of the 5 channels. Although I didn't hear anything, and the other speaker is fine, I'm thinking this did it. Happened pretty much at same time as tweeter. I'm trying to contact Bel Canto, but having a hard time getting a response.
Sucks!!! Blown tweeter and PrePro..... no listening for awhile!