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June 05, 2006

[4.6.06] hands that hurt, pens that cry, loudspeakers that say no more...

Hello all,

I've just finished marking 80-odd first year music assignments and my left hand has been rendered completely useless. Aside from this, I f****d up really bad this afternoon when I attempted to run a sub-sonic sine tone (5 hz for those of you playing at home) through one of my vintage Kenwood hi-fi speakers. It's dead, as I can't get any voltage response from it whatsoever. I'm a bit pissed off as it was over 30 years old and sounded beautiful ... tell me what you think of my temporary alternative high fidelity set-up:















depressing, non?

As for the stars over the curse word, I will not condone filth.

2 comments:

Jake Morris said...

hey man,
i killed the speakers in my room last week also, with a little too much overzealous Reason experimenting. what is it exactly that kills the speakers? i guess the fact that you used a sub phonic sine wave could have been playing so loud and you wouldn't have been able to notice. is it this that distorts and ruins the speakers? im pretty interested to find out what it is kills the speakers, so that i don't go and ruin more...

when a set of speakers die it is a very sad day indeed. prehaps around the 6/6/6 date satan decided to get one back on music technologists.
laters

Tristan Louth-Robins said...

Thanks for the thoughts, I think speakers (esp. old ones) can be killed off by high voltage impulses. If you want to amplify a sub sonic tone, it takes a hell of a amplitude and this was probably the fact the cone couldn't handle it...I would advise either a cone with a very high tolerance - such as a public address or megaphone cone. Maybe even a guitar OR bass amp cone, though I would consult a specialist beforehand before another unwanted death. cheers

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