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  1. Thanks, Fabrice! You too! Five way describes the general type of binding posts that everyone uses nowadays: You can attach cables to them five ways: (1) Spade connectors; (2) bare wires; (3) banana plugs; (4) pin connectors; and (5) dual banana plugs. 5-way binding post ? [Archive] - AudioKarma.org Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums
  2. Excellent! I bought mine used, too, but it's in perfect condition. I find that the 802s aren't very efficient and need a lot of power. I bypassed the APOCs a week ago, re-blacked the grill clothes, put new feet on the cabinets, installed five-way gold binding posts and gave the cabinets fresh oil and wax (they look terrific!) but until we take down our Christmas tree they're sitting in my garage, so I haven't listened to them yet. I'll report in when I do. Happy holidays!
  3. OK, I did the unsoldering and jumper last night; pretty easy. I did it on only one of the two speakers so I can play them against each other using a mono test tone, before and after. I'll use my iPhone dB meter to see if the levels change. Maybe this weekend?
  4. Wow; glad it was such an easy fix! I was afraid your connector had broken, which would have been a minor pain to replace. I took apart one of my heads yesterday just for fun. It was interesting to see how the tweeter is attached by a single bolt running into the head. I also oiled my veneer and used some spray-on fabric dye to re-black the grilles. It's really looking great now. And I did the APOC mod on one speaker: I unsoldered one end of each of the six diodes, and put a drop of Goop on the loose ends to keep them from vibrating. And I ran a small wire under the PC board to bypass
  5. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more likely it seems that the problem is your head-to-body connection. An APOC problem would be more likely to cut out the entire speaker, not just the mid and/or tweeter. I am using an NAD C272 stereo amplifier, which is about 150 WPC at 8 ohms. My source / DAC / preamp is a Sonos ZP90 Zoneplayer feeding off a 1 TB RAID NAS drive. For some reason, even though the Sonos will output up to 1.7 volts IIRC, and the NAD is supposed to see at least 1 volt (again, IIRC) I can't get the system to play as loud as I would expect at full volume (not that I norma
  6. Monkey, it SEEMS, per one Jerry S and this page, plus my amateur study of the PC board and schematic, that the ticket is to unsolder one end of each of the six diodes shown in orange below (I said three, but there are really six). This depowers the APOC circuit. You can do it without even removing the PC boards from the speakers. Optionally, you can also bypass the relay, too, but that isn't necessary. You would do it only if you worried about it someday losing continuity. I have studied it, and I can see that to bypass it, you would want to solder a jumper from the center lead of the
  7. I may be the only one posting in this thread, but that's OK; I think I found my answer, which is indeed, just to unsolder one end of each of the three diodes. (I also remembered that the little three-lead devices are transistors, which I used to know.) Optionally, I can also bypass the relay.
  8. Update: Per this page, all I need to do is cut out all the diodes. Looking at the PC board I see six diodes lying flat and a few more of the little tripod ones. Should I remove (or clip) them all? Thanks.
  9. OK, here's the schematic for my crossovers, including the APOC protection circuit (at the bottom), which is powered by my amp, and is not battery powered: http://www.bwgroup-support.com/downloads/techmanuals/bw/802-TM.pdf Photos of the crossover appear here: http://www.head-case.org/forums/do-yourself/9007-b-w-802-series-80-repair-5.html#post404176 and here: http://www.head-case.org/forums/do-yourself/9007-b-w-802-series-80-repair-3.html#post402352 and here: http://www.head-case.org/forums/do-yourself/9007-b-w-802-series-80-repair-5.html#post404221 I can see which point
  10. I would check both the head-to-body connecting cable and the APOC relay. Try switching heads first. If the problem moves with the head, look at the cable and plug. If it stays with the bodies, look at the socket for the connecting cable or the APOC relay. If you have to replace the cable or its socket, maybe you can find a substitute cable or socket at Parts Express. To check the APOC relay, remove the head and lay the body on its side or back and remove the bottom panel, which is held on with four Philips screws. The relay, located on the crossover board, has a plastic cover that
  11. Monkey, are you going to do this? I'm thinking seriously of pulling my boards out and at least lensing them in high res, with an eye toward replacing the caps with new electrolytics. Eric
  12. Thanks! That's a very generous offer and I do have a huge photo of the board. But (dammit) at the urging of some enthusiasts I put my camera into RAW mode so now, predictably, I can't open the files in Photoshop CS2, and the RAW plug-in (3.7) isn't helping. Shit. Sigh. Maybe I'll tear it open again and go back to shooting JPGs, as I've been doing quite happily for ten years now. It's super-easy to get at the crossovers, but the cabinets are really heavy to tip over and set right again safely.
  13. Thanks! I'm counting seven caps, and I can solder and identify a cap from a diode or resistor or transistor, but that's about the extent of my Mad electrical Skilz. Which is another way of saying I wouldn't know which caps to replace them with. Are the white rectangular units caps, too, along with the blue tubular ones? I guess I could send a high-res photo and this schematic to one of the Parts Express gurus and ask them to give me a parts list of comparable caps. I just don't want to run into the risks Monkey quoted here about screwing up the crossovers with the wrong replacements.
  14. Did you know that lefties are brain-damaged from birth and live five years shorter lives than righties? At least that's what I told my sinister sister-in-law. OK, this morning I popped mine open and but for the spider spunk it's the same as the Monkey's. November 82 is the date on the bass driver I pulled. I was pleased to see a lot of internal bracing (making them almost Matrices I guess) and some heavy sound damping boards stapled to the inner walls and inner base. My crossover (APOC, no battery) looks much like the one I showed on page 3 of this thread, but without the fucked-up
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