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Postby hickman.music » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:20 pm

I've had my Equator D5 monitor speakers (mk1) assessed and they are faulty/in need of some new parts but I'm fully aware that Equator Audio has shut down now so sourcing spares is proving a struggle :headbang:

It seems such a shame to have to dismiss my D5 speakers as they're great!

I'm told I'm in need of the following parts:
- Woofer
- Potentiometer (sensitivity controller)

If no luck finding Equator branded spare parts here (UK) or abroad I'm hoping that there are other audio companies that produce monitors which might have compatible parts?

Otherwise I'll be taking the plunge and going for the Neumann KH80 DSPs!

Any help very much appreciated.

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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby John Willett » Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:11 pm

hickman.music wrote:I've had my Equator D5 monitor speakers (mk1) assessed and they are faulty/in need of some new parts but I'm fully aware that Equator Audio has shut down now so sourcing spares is proving a struggle :headbang:

It seems such a shame to have to dismiss my D5 speakers as they're great!

I'm told I'm in need of the following parts:
- Woofer
- Potentiometer (sensitivity controller)

If no luck finding Equator branded spare parts here (UK) or abroad I'm hoping that there are other audio companies that produce monitors which might have compatible parts?

Otherwise I'll be taking the plunge and going for the Neumann KH80 DSPs!

The D5 were superb monitors for the price and it's a great shame they are now gone.

In your position, I'm afraid, I would bite the bullet now and go for the Neumann KH80 now.

If one woofer has gone, it is likely that the other soon will as well - and if you replace only one then the two monitors are likely to be unmatched and sound a little different.

So - instead of throwing good money after bad, I would get the KH80 now and use the remaining good D5 as a single monitor to check for mono compatibility. :thumbup:
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:30 pm

hickman.music wrote:I'm told I'm in need of the following parts:
- Woofer
- Potentiometer (sensitivity controller)

The potentiometer is almost certainly a standard component. All the relevant details are probably printed on the body somewhere and a suitable replacement should then be easy enouygh to locate. Removing the faulty unit and installing a new one might be more of a challenge, however... depending on your experience servicing electronic equipment.

The woofer in the D5 is actually an integrated coaxial unit, so you won't be able to replace just the woofer... and I believe it was the Dayton Audio CX150 (if you can remove it from the cabinet you'll be able to check the markings):

http://www.loudspeakerdatabase.com/Dayton/CX150-8

Unfortunately, I think that unit is no longer made, but you might find some new old stock around if you google it... And there are other similar coaxial drive units around as you'll see froim that web page above.

The potential problem you'll have, though, is matching the levels of the woofer/tweeter to maintain good stereo imaging with the second original speaker. And even if you find two replacement drive units to update both speakers they are unlikely to be perfectly matched, so some tweaking of the amp circuitry will be needed... and that requires specialist test gear, an anechoic test chamber, and a knowledge of the facilities provided inthe amp circuitry!

Otherwise I'll be taking the plunge and going for the Neumann KH80 DSPs!

To be honest, I think I'd agree with JW here and recommend that as the best course of action, either retaining hte functioning D5 as a mono check speaker, or sell it off to someone else who has a failed speaker!

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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby rggillespie » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:06 am

Sorry to hear about your D5s, I was a very happy user myself and decided to upgrade a couple of years ago. In retrospect I should have treated the room instead, but that's hindsight for you. I first tried some Neumann kh120s, as all their monitors get the thumbs up on this forum. I found surprisingly they really weren't for me at all, I much preferred the D5s. They aren't as revealing for sure, but there was dry clinical sound to the neumanns that I just didn't enjoy. They went back and I ended up with Pmc speakers that are revealing but also easy to listen too for long stretches. Nothing wrong with the neumanns its just a personal taste thing I'm sure. I still have the working pair of D5s with boxes, and they aren't being used now, so if you're interested let me know. Happy to do a good deal for another forum user, and I'm overdue a clear-out.
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby hickman.music » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:06 pm

Hugh and John,

Thank you for those replies, very helpful! Unfortunate but reality is will likely be a futile search to replace broken parts with ones made by other companies - you're exactly right - I could end up with an unbalanced set of Frankenstein D5s which sadly wouldn't perform as they once did.

Each unit has one defect each I'm afraid. Potentiometer on one, woofer on the other. Just the way these things happen. Going to end my search I think.

Big thanks also rggillespie for the offer to sell your old D5s - my email is ewghickman@hotmail.co.uk so ping me what you'd be willing to part ways with them for and I can weigh it up (don't know how to direct message on SOS and don't want to clog up the thread).

Despite being a skinflint musician, I'm also in the process of a big upgrade at the moment (hand was forced by the faulty monitors) so I may still opt for the KH80s as tested them the other day and liked the truthfulness of their sound.

Look forward to hearing back anyway.

Thanks again all!

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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby ef37a » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:32 pm

Ii am also in the 'go new' camp. It is hard enough to get two speaker cones matched in production and I understand the best people select them for each pair?

A random speaker from who knows which production run could be all over the shop compared to the existing one.

Then of course, if you follow the 'burning in' philosophy you will be chasing your tail forever!

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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:17 pm

hickman.music wrote: (don't know how to direct message on SOS and don't want to clog up the thread).

Your first three posts are not published until they have been approved by a mod (anti-spam policy) and you are denied access to PMs at the same time. Once you have three posts approved you'll be able to PM as well as your posts being automatically approved.
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby John Willett » Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:42 pm

hickman.music wrote:Hugh and John,

Thank you for those replies, very helpful! Unfortunate but reality is will likely be a futile search to replace broken parts with ones made by other companies - you're exactly right - I could end up with an unbalanced set of Frankenstein D5s which sadly wouldn't perform as they once did.

Each unit has one defect each I'm afraid. Potentiometer on one, woofer on the other. Just the way these things happen. Going to end my search I think.

Big thanks also rggillespie for the offer to sell your old D5s - my email is ewghickman@hotmail.co.uk so ping me what you'd be willing to part ways with them for and I can weigh it up (don't know how to direct message on SOS and don't want to clog up the thread).

Despite being a skinflint musician, I'm also in the process of a big upgrade at the moment (hand was forced by the faulty monitors) so I may still opt for the KH80s as tested them the other day and liked the truthfulness of their sound.

Look forward to hearing back anyway.

Thanks again all!

Eddie

It looks like your best bet is to take rggillespie up on his offer - I agree.

You need to post a reply or two to enable you to access PMs - so reply to this post and hopefully PM will be activated and tyou can PM rggillespie (unless he has seen your e-mail and replied direct).

Good luck :thumbup:
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby hickman.music » Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:55 pm

OK thanks John ! Will try and access the PM to chat to rggillespie. Cheers
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby blinddrew » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:42 pm

Have a shufti at this thread first: https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 29&t=49547
The PM system is not the most intuitive of tools...
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby The Bunk » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:18 pm

....I'm not sure if this is within Forum Rules / etiquette but I can vouch for rggillespie as being a thoroughly reputable chap / bloke / geezer (I've known him for several years) so I'd +1 the suggestions to pursue his offer.
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby rggillespie » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:07 am

I've always been really grateful for the help and kindness other musicians and music lovers have given to me over the years, so it's nice to able to help out another musician in need. I'll contact Eddie and see what we can do. Makes me realise a studio clear out is overdue, you just seem to end up with things that are perfectly fine but no longer used. Thanks for the kind words Bunk, you're a top banana!
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:47 am

Regarding studio gear clear-outs, did the mods come to a conclusion on a thread for advertising cheap/free gear to forumites?
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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby ef37a » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:46 am

Sam Spoons wrote:Regarding studio gear clear-outs, did the mods come to a conclusion on a thread for advertising cheap/free gear to forumites?

Ah, so this is 'still in the mix' is it? I thought it had all been passed by.

I have a n ESI 1010e free to fetch if anyone wants it. There are it seems W10 drivers for it.

While I am here, does anyone have the original software disc for the M-Audio 2496 card please? Driver I have for W7 but want the old control panel back, a trial of W10 wiped it out never to be seen again.

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Re: Equator Audio Spare Parts

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:51 am

It's one for Ian rather than the Mods, Sam.... It was discussed a while back, and I thought the decision went against it... though I think the discussion tailed off as more immediately important matters emerged. Anyway, I've flagged your query up to Ian again, although I know he's pretty busy at the moment with year-end accounts and all that business jazz... ;)

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