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One speaker has much lower volume than the other

I have been powering my Soliloquy 5.0s with the Conrad Johnson MF2500A, a 240 watts/ch amp for a few years now. I have done this with care since I should have used much lower powered amp for these bookshelves. This evening, there was an accident, as I was trying to lower the volume via the remote and all of a sudden, a loud blast occurred and I smelled something burning. One of the speakers now has a much lower volume and muffled sound. Have I burned the voice-coil or something like that? I may have no choice but ship that one speaker to Soliloquy for repair. Please advise.

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  • coopmv Dec 13, 2008

    After I have swapped the speakers between the two channels, the bad speaker continues to sound bad while the good speaker continues to sound fine. I think my amp is fine (it is a CJ amp after all) and the bad speaker is probably fried, though it is not completely silent. It plays at a real low volume with a muffled sound. What is its problem then? A burned voice coil. Is it still repairable?

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem.
    It is something wrong with the speaker apprantly as the other works fine no matter channel.

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No i beleave you blew out a channel ...move the good speaker to the other jack that way you can tell if it the amp or the speaker (speakers dont smoke or smell when blown ..AMPS do!
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