My introduction. I tend to ramble, so bear with me.
Just picked up a pair of later Monitor 10s in a thrift shop for $65. Date Seems to be 89/90 from what I can tell. SL2000 tweeters. I'm English - been here 20 years now and am an older codger - was brought up on Leak, Misson, Wharfdale, Kef etc. Modern speakers baffle me - I have auditioned many over the last 10 years and think that they all seem to have some sort of upper midrange "shout", which even hurts my now upper frequency challenged ears. How can they measure flat in the specs the same as older era speakers which measured flat also and sound so different? About 10 years ago I bought pair of Monitor Audio Silver 8i's which sounded good on audition (as they played only exemplary recordings I guess), but make over half of my LP/CD collection sound like cr*p. Tired of them. Shouty, shouty.
Problem is, my ever loving and I both quit the corporate nuthouse and started our own small business, which is great but money challenged, so whatever I come up with as a replacement has got to be super thrifty. Back to the Monitor 10s at last. Plan to veneer the cabinets with great trepidation as I have zero experience with veneer, damp them with mass loaded vinyl, damp drivers with same (cheapest option), glue magnets, do SL upgrade with Solen caps and Mills resistors (Sonicaps outwith budget) - much more confident with the elecrtnic stuff, but still need a class in how to solder pretty!
First question is how much are RD0-198's going for these days from Polk, if they are still available?
Second question is more complex (maybe). I've seen a couple of posts here from people that have removed the capacitor that is in parallel with the resistor in front of the tweeter when doing crossover upgrades. This is appealing to me to save a few bucks. However, this would seem to me to make a fairly significant difference in the overall circuit resistance to the tweeter (goes up). Any thoughts?