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    Is Boom speaker deterioration inevitable ?

    Hello

    I've had my 2 beloved Booms pretty much since they came on the market, and both connected to subwoofers almost from day 1.

    They are used frequently (with significant proportion of bass-heavy music), but rarely above 50 on volume scale.

    I haven't noticed any deterioration in sound (but that doesn't mean there hasn't been to a more trained or sensitive ear).

    Will this definitely happen at some stage, and what should I be listening out for ?


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    Touch x 2, Booms x 2, Squeeze Cntrl on Samsung S5 (Duet Receiver + Controllers x 2 - semi-retired)

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    I doubt deterioration is to do with use level, more likely it's to do with heat cycling or exposure to moisture. So if it's left in the sun part of the day, or kept in a humid environment. There is a perception they all do it but I don't think that's true.


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    Quote Originally Posted by drmatt View Post
    I doubt deterioration is to do with use level, more likely it's to do with heat cycling or exposure to moisture. So if it's left in the sun part of the day, or kept in a humid environment. There is a perception they all do it but I don't think that's true.


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    They are not exposed to either of those factors to any significant degree (both are in shady, non-humid locations).
    Touch x 2, Booms x 2, Squeeze Cntrl on Samsung S5 (Duet Receiver + Controllers x 2 - semi-retired)

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    Is Boom speaker deterioration inevitable ?

    I have a Boom that was purchased on day one of their availability, is
    used heavily (12+ hours per day, most every day, at mostly around 40-50
    volume), has spent 90% of its life with a sub-woofer attached, and DOES
    NOT suffer from woofer surround separation. It is not in the direct
    sun, or in a humid environment.

    I'm guessing that use of an external sub-woofer is what's saving the
    speaker surrounds. The crossover is filtering out the deep bass signal,
    the drivers have an easier job to do, and the cones just aren't pumping
    with the same amount of energy. Less stress, less wear, and the
    surrounds have survived.

    Just a guess, but so far so good.


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    They are repairable
    SqueezeBoxes: 2x SB2 (Living room and study), 1x Radio (Kitchen), 1x Boom (Dining room), 1x piCorePlayer (jacuzzi), 1x piCorePlayer (Garden) 1x OSMC + Squeezelite (Movie room), 1x Touch (Bedroom)
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwin2006 View Post
    They are repairable
    I saw this:
    http://joes-tech-blog.blogspot.com/2...d-display.html

    all too much for me to do. I wonder if anyone does it professionally?
    Home: VortexBox 4TB (2.4) > LMS 7.9.1 > Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: VBA 3TB (2.4) > LMS 7.9.1 > Touch > Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (all ethernet except Radio)
    Office: Win8(64) > LMS 7.9.1 > Squeezelite
    Spares: Transporter, Touch(3), Radio(3), Boom, SB3, CONTROLLER
    Controllers: iPhone6 & iPadAir2 (iPeng & Squeezepad), CONTROLLER, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64) laptop
    Files: ripping: dbpoweramp > FLAC; post-rip: mp3tag, PerfectTunes; Streaming: Spotify

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    Is Boom speaker deterioration inevitable ?

    This Joe, author of the blog you linked, offers to replace those displays. His forum name here is JoeMuc2009.
    Last edited by karlek; 2017-08-27 at 16:30. Reason: Joes username corrected

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlek View Post
    This Joe, author of the blog you linked, offers to replace those displays. His forum name here is JoeMuc2009.
    Thanks. found it.
    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...ays&highlight=
    Home: VortexBox 4TB (2.4) > LMS 7.9.1 > Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: VBA 3TB (2.4) > LMS 7.9.1 > Touch > Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (all ethernet except Radio)
    Office: Win8(64) > LMS 7.9.1 > Squeezelite
    Spares: Transporter, Touch(3), Radio(3), Boom, SB3, CONTROLLER
    Controllers: iPhone6 & iPadAir2 (iPeng & Squeezepad), CONTROLLER, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64) laptop
    Files: ripping: dbpoweramp > FLAC; post-rip: mp3tag, PerfectTunes; Streaming: Spotify

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    Fwiw due to the DSP programming in the Boom and Radio the bass cone operates at close to full excursion almost all the time, even at modest volume levels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by drmatt View Post
    Fwiw due to the DSP programming in the Boom and Radio the bass cone operates at close to full excursion almost all the time, even at modest volume levels.


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    Even with subwoofer connected ?
    Touch x 2, Booms x 2, Squeeze Cntrl on Samsung S5 (Duet Receiver + Controllers x 2 - semi-retired)

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