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ESS Tempest LS5

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by zvardanian, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. zvardanian

    zvardanian New Member

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    I picked up a pair of these at an estate sale. Cheap.

    Anyone know anything about them? It looks like there is a large hole in the back of them, radiator perhaps? I haven't tested them and can't seem to find a lot of info about them. Tweeters look to be in good shape...woofers need to be refoamed I believe.

    I'm not sure I can use them...is it worth having them refurbished? (not by me...I haven't the skill).
     
  2. MarkAnderson

    MarkAnderson Addicted Member

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    I have a pair of LS-4's of the same lineage. The hole in the back is indeed for a passive radiator. Replacement diaphragms can be had from Simply Speakers or eBay, FWIW. I like mine, but I wouldn't exactly call them the epitome of accuracy. I'd guess your looking at $100-150 to have a pro refoam the woofers and replace the passives. I'm not sure I'd put that much in them, but I'm cheap.
     
  3. Sir.Byrd

    Sir.Byrd Lunatic Member

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    I think they would be worth fixing. Refoaming will only take about 1 hour of work or less, and around $20 or less. Passive radiators are sold for cheap from Simplyspeakers.com which used to be ESSspeakers.com
     
  4. titanstats

    titanstats Go Habs Go!

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    Totally worth fixing, especially if you got them cheap. Go the DIY route to fix the surrounds (it's easy!); you'll only have to spend about $20 bucks, and you'll have yourself a nice pair of speaks. The tweets on those sound wonderful.
     
  5. zvardanian

    zvardanian New Member

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    I only paid 10 bucks for them. :)

    I'll search and see what I can find.

    Thanks Everyone!
     
  6. zvardanian

    zvardanian New Member

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    Actually, I went to Simplyspeakers.com and can't seem to find the radiator...can anyone link? Am I totally missing this?
     
  7. MarkAnderson

    MarkAnderson Addicted Member

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  8. Sir.Byrd

    Sir.Byrd Lunatic Member

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  9. zvardanian

    zvardanian New Member

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    ahh, there we go. thanks! :)
     

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