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    Default Identifying your vintage tweeters

    As we all know, the tweeter tells a lot about how old or what model your vintage Polk speakers are. The concept of this thread is for people to post detailed pics of their SL 1k/2k/2.5k tweeters, and what speaker they are from.

    I'll start. This is an original SL1000 tweeter from a Monitor 5jr speaker, dated Feb 23, 1984-





    When I bought the speakers, there was also one that had a warranty sticker on it. The front looked exactly the same, and the back had this sticker-



    Anyone else? I'll take a pic of my SL2500's in my Monitor 10 Series 2's when I get home.
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    nadams,
    Great idea considering this question has been asked and answered many times but always with a bit of confusion. The tweeter with the yellowish dome is the SL2000 and the tweeter with the black dome is the RD0194-1. The RD0194 is the Polk replacement tweeter for the SL2000.
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    Uh, it only let me attach one pic? Heres the SL2000.
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    Default Polk Sl1000 & SL2000 tweeters

    I don't have a pic to add since I have four SL1000's in a pair of 1984 SDA-ll's. As for the RD0194-1, here is a quote from the instructions that come with it.

    "You are receiving a replacement tweeter with the part number of RD0194-1, which is engineered to be the equivalent of the SL1000 and the SL2000, 1" dome tweeter's found on many of our Monitor, RTA and SDA series of speakers. The mechanical and electrical characteristics are the same, however there might be some relatively minor physical differences which can easily be dealt with."

    The mounting instructions go on to say the original screw mounting holes might not line up exactly. As for my early SDA's, since the SL1000 is a smaller size tweeter, I will have to slightly enlarge the tweeter mounting cutout area. and relocate the mounting screw holes.

    I know this topic has been covered to death, but I thought this post might help clear up any confusion as to what the RD0194-1
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    Okay, here are some additional pics.

    First, two shots of the Peerless replacements for the SL1000's. These replacement tweeters are no longer made (click here for a link to a datasheet for these Peerless replacements) . For reference, I purchased these from Parts Express when I first bought my 5jr's (check my joined date, that's when I bought them).





    Now, here are the SL2500s in my Monitor 10 Series 2 Speakers. These tweeters have a manufacturing date of 1991 on them, and I'm convinced that these are the original drives from a late run of Monitor 10s. All of the drivers in both speakers, including the passive radiators, have the same dates on them.





    Sorry about the blurriness of the pics. I'm shooting in low-light and my camera doesn't like that.
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    nadams,
    Man, your SL2500's sure look an awful lot like my RD0194-1's. Are you sure that's the SL2500? Here we go again?
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    It's an SL2500. The dead giveaway is the foam ring around the dome....the RD0194 does not have this feature.

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    The foam ring is a good delineator. Also, the RD0194-1 is the replacement for the SL2000, my tweeters are marked SL2500 on the back.

    Also, my speakers must've been in a high humidity environment at some point to make those screws rust like that. They've been like that since I bought the speakers in July.
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    Thanks guys, I didn't notice the foam ring the first time I looked at the pic's.

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    Question new tweeter

    After reading this, I pulled my tweeters from my 5jr's,, they are stamped on the back ,,SL 2500, should I, could I (Sam I am) replace them with the newer Sl 2000's ?

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    Originally posted by george daniel
    After reading this, I pulled my tweeters from my 5jr's,, they are stamped on the back ,,SL 2500, should I, could I (Sam I am) replace them with the newer Sl 2000's ?
    http://clubpolk.polkaudio.com/servic...?model=monitor

    There were a few versions of the 5jr's made with the sl2500 tweeter. I have one 5jr+ pair with sl2000's and another 5jr+ pair with sl2500's.

    If yours originally came with the sl2500 then your crossover would be matched with the sl2500/sl3000 replacement tweeter RD0198-1 not RD0194-1 which is the sl2000 replacement tweeter.

    Gently unscrew your crossover and while holding the crossover in your hand look for a white label with a part number. Hopefully there is a part number that matches the chart on the above page.

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    There is nothing wrong with the SL-2500 tweeter. No need to replace them at all unless they're dead.
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    I say replace them!

    The new RD0194-1's & RD0198-1's are awesome tweeters, much better than the tweeters they replace!

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    .... why?

    You doing some late-night drunken searches again, sal?
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    Someone else posted a "can you identify this tweeter" thread and someone linked this to it for reference. Very handy.

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    Yep, IMO this should probably be a sticky... But then, I might just be partial to seeing my name at the top of the forum list :p
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    Default tweeter

    Were can i find or buy this tweeter. Mines cooked

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilingassasins View Post
    Were can i find or buy this tweeter. Mines cooked
    There's a Ph.# for Polk at the top of this page, call em.;)

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    What would you say the differences in sound quality are between the sl2500 and the rdo194?

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    The 198 is the replacement for the 2500. Not the 194.
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    What tweeters are these? They're out of my 5Jrs teamed up with MW6502s.
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    That looks like a polycarbonate dome to me? Not sure who made it--that can't be original can it--seems too recent! What kind of speaker is that--because that does not look like any Polk dome I've seen?

    Also, how about some shots of the SL-3000s, anyone???

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    The motorboard appears to have been cut out specifically for this tweeter. Gasket fits cutout and tweeter both. Screw holes appear to be unfazed so I presume it's an original.

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    Those appear to be monitor 4a's - http://polksda.com/monitor4a.shtml

    I believe that's the sl1500 tweeter. Not used for very long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    The 198 is the replacement for the 2500. Not the 194.
    Yes I know, what are the differences in sound between the sl2500 and the replacement for the sl2000(rdo-194).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadams View Post
    Those appear to be monitor 4a's - http://polksda.com/monitor4a.shtml

    I believe that's the sl1500 tweeter. Not used for very long.
    I've got 5jr's and 4.5's identical with same tweeters and clearly marked 5Jr and 4.5 on crossovers. Both cabinets are also same exact dimensions. Are these the same speaker with different labeling/numbering system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    I say replace them!

    The new RD0194-1's & RD0198-1's are awesome tweeters, much better than the tweeters they replace!

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    I could use a pair of 2500's. I put some in my SDA2's. My Finicky Phase Linear 700 delights in destroying sl1000's but last time I checked my 2500's are still working and not because they haven't been clipped 20 times.

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    Those look like the tweets in my monitor 4's also.


    Quote Originally Posted by HB27 View Post
    What tweeters are these? They're out of my 5Jrs teamed up with MW6502s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallies View Post
    I could use a pair of 2500's. I put some in my SDA2's. My Finicky Phase Linear 700 delights in destroying sl1000's but last time I checked my 2500's are still working and not because they haven't been clipped 20 times.
    Smallies, best to post a "Wanted" tread, you'll get better response. They Do show up from time to time. HOWEVER, the SL2500's are not a drop in replacement for the SL1000's, if that is what is original to your your speakers.
    You might be better off getting some RDO-194's from Polk CS, rather than all the work to upgrade your Xover so you can use the SL-2500's.
    Just my 2 cents.

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