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I have two 35-year old Realistic floor speakers. They still look good and basically work fine. But the subs (four total) are all blown out from age & abuse. I am trying to find replacements, but since I'm not an audiophile, I hesitate to order replacement speakers without some advice from someone who knows more than me (likely just about everyone here, haha). I am looking for basic inexpensive replacement speakers, nothing fancy. The speakers hardly ever get used. I have included pics below.

The depth of each speaker is 3.75". The diameter of the hole in the speaker cabinet is 9".

If someone can point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated. Thanks! Dave F. ;)
 

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16 ohms – those are somewhat unusual speakers. Your best bet would be to get a surround refoam repair kit from a vender like Parts Express. It’s relatively easy to do. The kit comes with new center cones – usually no need to replace those.

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Wayne A. Pflughaupt
 

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Hello Dave, can you take a picture of these columns, I mean the cabinets? I want to know if it's worth upgrading them,35-year old Realistic floor speakers are a serious age-fact! .
 

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Thanks Wayne, the re-foam idea is probably the way to go. The speakers are Optimus T-200's. They worked really good for a lot of years and are all I'll ever need or use. I found a re-foam kit on eBay, so I'll try that.

Many thanks!!!!! Dave F.
 

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My only concern is the comment that the speakers have been abused. The drivers clearly need new surrounds, but if the voice coils are damaged, you may be out of luck on a fix for that. You can re-coil them yourself.
 

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My only concern is the comment that the speakers have been abused. The drivers clearly need new surrounds, but if the voice coils are damaged, you may be out of luck on a fix for that. You can re-coil them yourself.
John..... Interesting, is there any way to test the voice coils? Thank you
 

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When the surrounds are completely shot, I'm not sure there's any easy way to determine that. If you have a multi-meter, you can connect it to the speaker terminals to see if there's any continuity, but that's not usually going to tell you.

You generally tell when you play the speakers. It can have something like a scraping sound, especially at certain frequencies. Or by carefully pushing the driver straight back. A fried coil will tend to give a distinct scraping sound.
 

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