how to test a speaker without actually hooking it to a receiver?

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  1. orestes

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    I'd like to know if there is a way to test a speaker to see if it functions properly without actually hooking it to a receiver. Is there a speaker test device which will do this?

    Thanks, and sorry for the stupid question.

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    orestes
     
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  3. Greg-ST

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    I don't believe there's any tester for a finished speaker (including the crossover). Parts Express sells a woofer tester, but it's designed to test the bare speaker by itself.
     
  4. orestes

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    BTW, I am asking this question because I bought a pair of used speakers from ebay (due to arrive tomorrow), and I want to test them.

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  5. RichardH

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    I've seen a deviced that home theater installers use that just emits a beep, beep across speaker wire. They use this to identify which speaker is which as they install a bunch of wires. I suppose if you could find one of those, it could be a test. But, it might sound the same even if a woofer is blown, so I don't think that's a good way to test a speaker for the purposes of buying it.
     
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    "I've seen a deviced that home theater installers use that just emits a beep, beep across speaker wire. They use this to identify which speaker is which as they install a bunch of wires."

    This can be done with a battery by simply touching the speaker wires on the positive and minus of the battery. This will create a sound allowing you to identify speakers but as was said before you cannot tell if a speaker is totally sound without hearing it as intended.
     
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    Dry cells thru' the speaker cables but I don't think it will show anything except that the driver is still working.

    Not much help here.

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    David
     
  8. DaveHo

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    I'm guessing you are looking for a way to test so that if they are damaged you do not harm your receiver? If so, I would use a multi meter to check that there is not a direct short across the input terminals. Assuming that checks out OK, anything else that might be wrong with them would be unlikely to damage your receiver.

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  9. David Payne

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    Depending on what you want to check out, using a signal generator to input test tones to the speaker might be a good idea. I'm not sure how much they cost though.
     

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