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    Default SDA-SRS polarity ?

    In the schematic for my speakers ( SDA-SRS2 )I see where the large blade from one is POS. and when you plug the other end into the other channel, the schematic says it should be NEG..

    I had this question before and I guess I just gave up and soldered POS. wires to each large blade connector when I replaced the sockets.

    Anybody know about this schematic in this sticky why it says one is POS and the other end is NEG.?

    Wouldn't that be a short for the amplifier outputs?
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    with my 1c's,, the neg from the socket goes to the neg binding post. Is that what you are talking about?
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    No.

    Just the interconnecting sockets.

    In the diagram, large on one is Positive and the other channel the small is Positive.

    I just went and looked at other models and it looks like that is the way it was designed.

    How does it not short out..
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    I had this question before and I guess I just gave up and soldered POS. wires to each large blade connector when I replaced the sockets.
    That is incorrect. The positive (blue wire) on the right channel should be soldered to the large blade. The positive (black wire) on the left channel should soldered to the small blade. You must also have the negative wires connected to the SDA sockets and you have to run two wires from speaker to speaker. Large to large and small to small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by george daniel View Post
    with my 1c's,, the neg from the socket goes to the neg binding post. Is that what you are talking about?
    I just went and looked at your schematic.

    You only have a Neg. connecting cable on that model and it doesn't show to connect the other end to the Pos side anywhere on the schematic.

    My model and another I looked at clearly shows and says to flip one sockets polarity from the other channels'. I wondered why one of my sockets was upside down from the other when I had to replace my older ones about a year ago. Maybe I have to take the sockets back out and check my polarity again. I thought I had great sound from these and all might be ok after all. I'll find out soon enough. And any other insight would be appreciated.
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    Thanks Jessie.
    I always knew mine needed 2 wires to work the interconnecting path.
    That's what the schematic shows. I have to look at what I did again for sure!

    Why doesn't the flipping short something out?
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    I believe that is explained in Matt Polk's white papers, but I'm not looking it up. :)
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    The SDA 1.2's had/have the tweeters wired out of phase. Mine were not the only ones like that, The neg wires on the crossovers went to the pos on the tweeter. If not for Ben doing tl upgrades we might still not know it. Not sure if all 1.2 models were wired this way but there were 3 sets here in club Polk wired that way.
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    I must have wired it back right or else I might have shorted something. I'm really curious though.

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    I'm feeling better in these last 4 months and I can do more things and checking the full wireing layout of my SRS2s is also going to happen when I go to put your rings inside the cabinets.

    That will be a perfect time since all will be disconnected and will have to be labeled.

    They sound so good, they have to still be wired right I would assume.;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony millard View Post
    I must have wired it back right or else I might have shorted something. I'm really curious though.
    It won't cause a short, it will cause the signal to be out of phase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony millard View Post
    In the schematic for my speakers ( SDA-SRS2 )I see where the large blade from one is POS. and when you plug the other end into the other channel, the schematic says it should be NEG..

    I had this question before and I guess I just gave up and soldered POS. wires to each large blade connector when I replaced the sockets.

    Anybody know about this schematic in this sticky why it says one is POS and the other end is NEG.?

    Wouldn't that be a short for the amplifier outputs?
    Blade/Blade SRS 2?

    Wired just like the SDA 1B.

    The full-range electrical signal from one speaker is routed through a big capacitor pair (185 uF in the 1B, the same or similar in the SRS 2) to trim the bandwidth, and is then applied to the ground circuit of the SDA drivers ahead of the inductor. The signal from one channel therefore cancels or reinforces the signal from the other channel by acting on the ground path of the SDA drivers. Thus the need for TWO conductors in the SDA cable--each conductor carries a signal from one speaker to the ground side of the other speaker.

    Applying some electrical signal from one speaker to the ground path of the other speaker is part of the reason the impedance of these SDA speakers tends to be on the low side; and it's why common-ground amps are required--the electrons split from one speaker/channel have to find their way "home" through the other channel's ground path.

    This wiring system is NOT shared by ALL the "SDA" speakers. Polk used at least three different wiring methods to generate the SDA signal. Another method is to just tie the ground side of the SDA drivers together. I have a hunch--unproven at this point--that tying the ground sides together works but not as "dramatically" as the 1B/SRS 2 method. That's fodder for another post.
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    Thanks Shurkey

    What an idea they had and how they came about it without shorting the amps is amazing.
    Thanks for explaining it as simply as you did.

    I just have to learn more about crossovers to FULLY understand. That I plan to do. It's on my bucket list..;):D
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