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I have been using AER's md3B drivers in front loaded horn setup for years now. I am very happy with it using le cleach horn and Onken altec 416 for the bass. It is now foam replacement time for the aer. I wonder what replacement foam to use. Looking forward to your inputs/advice guys. TIA
had to replace my surrounds on my AER MD3's... found (2) that would fit and ordered both...the second one below has measurements so you can compare... used the $90 as it really was better quality... I think he is the Zenwood audio guy...
follow these videos on how to...take your time...BE CAREFUL - the magnet is very strong and can pull your tools through the cone... use non-magnetic tools...I remember too AER wanted well over $2000
looking at zenwoodaudio now as possible foam replacement.
Anyone have experience with them? TIA again
I recently purchased the replacement foam surrounds and spider from Zenwood audio for my Lowther DX4s, per a recommendation by Jon ver Halen formerly of Lowther America. Jon thought that the replacement foam was maybe better than the origals, and more durable. Soundwise, I think that they are at least as good, if not better, than the originals, but my DX4s were in storage for a while as I completed a house renovation project, so I may be a poor judge.
Zenwood sent me the foam surrounds/spider pronto, and their youtube video provides great info about how to do it.
I think that Zenwood would do the work for you for something like $200/driver, if you want them to do it. It is tedious work, but if you have the time, it is rewarding and saves some $.
There's at least two things here: One is the size, the other is the compliance/resistance. I replaced the foam surrounds on my Dynaudio 8" drivers several year ago, with neoprene "rubber" surrounds. They do sound different, but it's ok - I just EQ it a little differently.
Get a hold of Meniscus Audio in Michigan. They might be able to help you.
Looks like a standard genaric foam in the images I looked at.
If you can't get them from mfr., should be no problem finding some.
Voxativ are the only source of foams to my knowledge nowadays
What's wrong with going straight to Filip Keller at AER themselves?
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
Thanks but AER does not sell the foam alone - one must get the fill service/upgrade and it is way too expensive imo.
cboy168, I hope you don't mind me asking, but how old are your AERs. I use AER MD-3s in Oris 150 front horns. I love the drivers, but I would not be using drivers with foam surrounds if I thought anything else would sound as good. My BD-3s are about twelve years old. Should I dread foam replacement headaches in the near future?
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