Infinity Sterling SS 2003 Bookshelf Speakers

7 Oct

Yesterday I picked up some Infinity Sterling (model SS 2003) bookshelf speakers on Craigslist for $10. They had the rotten foam surrounds typical of nearly all Infinity speakers their age, so would obviously need some work there. The cabinets are quite heavy and very solid, but I don’t really want to pay for an overpriced woofer refoam kit online, nor do I really want to put a bunch of time into this project (I’ve already got plenty of others on the back-burner) but I think there may be another solution.

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It just so happens I had a couple of Dayton Audio RS255-8 8″ woofers I picked up on Parts Express a few years ago for a project that never came to fruition. That was money spent long ago, so in my mind they’re free woofers in this situation. The SS 2003 has a crossover point of 3khz, and these woofers are only “usable” to 2khz, but I’ll let my ears decide if that’s a big issue. Again, woofers I already had sitting around.

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The Daytons dropped right in with no cabinet modification required. They’re slightly bigger regarding basket diameter, so they sit on top of the baffle as apposed the the inset bevel of the original drivers, but a little mounting foam and a few screws later, they were seated nicely.

The woofers are pretty darn inefficient at 86.2 db versus the original Sterling system efficiency of 90 db, so the tweeter outruns the woofer a little bit, but its a pretty good sounding set of boxes for at total investment of $10 and 15 minutes of repair time. Of course the perfectionist in me always wants to restore speakers to their original condition, but there’s something to be said with working with what you already have on hand.

At the end of the day, it’s nice to have saved another set of speakers from the dump.

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