Just an update Ö some before and after pictures. I tried to match the original stain to the new veneer but couldnít, so I just decided to paint them black. Overall, it wasnít too hard to re-veneer the top. I also put new cloth sides on one speaker (that was actually harder to do than the veneer)
Comparing my SDA 3.1ís to 2bís, - 3.1ís sound better, especially in the mid-range (I did upgrade the xoverís/ tweeters on the 3.1ís). I was a little surprise on the bass response on 2bís, not too far behind the 3.1ís, I think the bass will improve on the 3.1ís once I have more burn-in time (hopefully - around 150hrs now). The SDA effect is a little more pronounced on the 2bís, but my room is probably setup better for a smaller speaker (11x15 Ė using 11' wall). The tweeters on the 2bís are brighter than the 3.1ís but not so bright that itís displeasing. Overall, I like the 2bís and they will be by backup speakers when Iím doing more upgrades on the 3.1ís
The question now is, do I want to upgrade the crossovers on the 2bís (maybe tweeters also)? If I do, it will have to be on the cheap. I know the 3.1ís sound better and will be my primary speakers. What is the best low cost solution I can use for this upgrade? I went with Sonicaps for my 3.1ís, which were pretty pricey. Is it worth doing verses just keeping them stock?
I have one other question about speaker phase. The speakers were missing the red and black caps on the poles, so I just followed the diagram on the back of the speakers to determine the positive and negative. I did the SDA Quick Troubleshooting testing and it seem like theyíre in phase. Is there a better way to test this?