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    Default Vintage Polk Monitor 5 questions...

    I have a pair of polk monitors. On the back they say "5" on the stamp under where it says "monitor", however upon investigation on this page

    http://clubpolk.polkaudio.com/servic...?model=monitor

    I'm thinking I have the monitor 5b's. Now, granted as I've been reading around many of you guys have even better models, these are by far the best sounding speakers I've ever heard...until I blew one of the tweeters, that is.

    Here's the lowdown. I took one of them apart, and I have the SL2000 tweeter, the MW6502 midrange, and the SW83 passive radiator. The only thing I can't verify for sure is if I have the BE0500-A crossover or not because I couldn't find a model number anywhere in my investigating.

    Given that, my question before you is, what should I do for a replacement tweeter for this (apparently) Monitor 5b? I've already read around the forums quite a bit and saw mention of a RD0194-1 as being the replacement to get over another SL2000 because it has a silk dome and is of course smoother as a result. If I do this though, would I need to change the crossover?

    And, while I'm speaking of the crossover, is it recommended to upgrade the crossover for this speaker model? Or will just dropping the RD0194-1 into place do the trick.

    Oh yeah, and lastly does anyone know, if I buy the RD0194-1 for the monitor 5b will I have to modify anything or should it just drop-in to replace a SL2000?

    Thanks.

    EDIT: also, how do I get the "club price" on replacement parts? Just by signing up for the forum? or is there another step I need to take?

    EDIT: and lastly, I promise last edit! - what's the power rating then, on these speakers? On polk's site it says the monitor 5 will handle 20-125w/per channel, seen here, and just to double check - this is my amplifier (yes, I know its not that great but I'm on a really tight budget and it was better than my old one)
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    Call polk C S and mention that you are a member and you will receive the discount,it would be helpful if you have the sn# of the speaks,if possible,thereplacement should be a drop in, careful not to discard the gasket,you will need it,also pay attention to the wiring,I have replaced tweets in 11t's and 1c's and they were drop ins,for me it was very easy, I'm sure others will chime in,welcome to the machine :)

    EDIT;--your amp should be fine, just don't overdrive it (clip),I prefer seperates, I just sold a pair of 5jr's and they were powered by an amp that had 200 watts/ch and they sounded great,just give 'em good clean power,as for the crossover wait until you replace the tweets,then decide,there are plenty of threads on this subject(use the search function) and also plenty of folks,including myself that can/will give you some advice. That being said, let us know how they sound after you replace the tweets,and I do not know of many/any that have done so and not been pleased with the newer ones. Hope this helps :) Again, welcome
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    Thanks for your input, I didn't know if the serial numbers would have been helpful or not, so given your request for them, here they are:

    it says "monitor series" then underneath:

    5 60264 and
    5 60210 respectively.

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    george pretty well nailed it.

    Sax,
    If you want an SL2000, they're around. If not you'll need to replace both tweeters with the silk domes. The RD0194-1 are drop ins for the 2000's, and no cross-over changes are needed.

    Many folks have upgraded cross-overs in their older Polks, but mostly in the higher value models, e.g., the SDA's. It's not that you couldn't upgrade your 5', or that they might not benefit from being upgraded, it's more a question a speakers value. Monitor 5's are essentially $100, if in very nice shape. Most x-over mod's are being done in speakers worth several times more.

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    I ordered my RD0194-1's monday... its thursday and I haven't gotten them yet... I was wondering about how long has it taken for you guys to get yours on average?

    Also...they were more expensive than I thought they were... the total for two came to about $100... does anyone know why they're not listed on the price list?

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    The mail is kinda busy this time of year.

    Did you mention that you are a forum member and get the discount?
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    yes I did... I believe. What's the price? after discount do you know?

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    I remember in the 40's with free shipping, but that's fairly old. It's possible the price has increased.

    You can always give Helen a call and double check.
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    $103.92 total, :'( but they'll be worth it :). I was thinking they'd be a lot cheaper than that because I was going off the prices on the price list... which was saying like $16 or something for a standard replacement driver.... but the RD0194-1 wasn't even listed but I figured it wouldn't but *much* more. However I can't even verify now that I was looking at the right list because the prices do in fact seem to have been updated, and the prices seemingly higher.

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    Shipping isn't free to everyone, apparently.

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    They should've been $48/tweeter. When I ordered my mw6503 drivers, they were also $48/driver, and the total charge was $101.76.
    Ludicrous gibs!

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    Seems right... and I remember now that they have to charge tax.
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    oh, man, these kick ass. My monitor 5's sound every bit as good as some of the new polks I've auditioned over at tweeter. I'm digging these tweeters... I wonder, would these benefit from new drivers? Or should I just look around for some monitor 7's or 10's? I'd like some monitor 12's even but the pair I found on ebay was local pickup-only and out of my price range anyhow. Cuz well, I'm broke at the moment so these 5b's will be lasting me a while

    edit: and to think, these tweeters aren't even broken in yet ;)

    edit: or maybe now that I think of it, its RTA 11T wouldn't be bad either, it looks happy. I want something for my next pair that will do me for a long time for my two-channel set up. big speakers are cool. Having a small bookshelf that sounds really good is one thing but something about the vintage polks when they're 6' tall that makes a statement :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sax
    oh, man, these kick ass. My monitor 5's sound every bit as good as some of the new polks I've auditioned over at tweeter. I'm digging these tweeters... I wonder, would these benefit from new drivers? Or should I just look around for some monitor 7's or 10's? I'd like some monitor 12's even but the pair I found on ebay was local pickup-only and out of my price range anyhow. Cuz well, I'm broke at the moment so these 5b's will be lasting me a while

    edit: and to think, these tweeters aren't even broken in yet ;)

    edit: or maybe now that I think of it, its RTA 11T wouldn't be bad either, it looks happy. I want something for my next pair that will do me for a long time for my two-channel set up. big speakers are cool. Having a small bookshelf that sounds really good is one thing but something about the vintage polks when they're 6' tall that makes a statement :)
    My first pair of Polks were a pair of 5b's. I now (for the last 19 years) have RTA-11t's. They really are just larger versions of the 5b's. Atleast that's why I bought them so many years ago. I've always been impressed with the large sound of the 5b's and that's what turned me onto to Polk 20+ years ago.

    Good luck on you quest for larger Polks, and SDA's will even sound better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sax
    I'm digging these tweeters... I wonder, would these benefit from new drivers?
    No, not unless they are not working or have a problem. Stick with the tweeters.

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    +1...

    It would be worth keeping an eye out for 7's or 10's. The Mon 12's aren't all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sax
    I have a pair of polk monitors. On the back they say "5" on the stamp under where it says "monitor", however upon investigation on this page

    http://clubpolk.polkaudio.com/servic...?model=monitor

    I'm thinking I have the monitor 5b's. Now, granted as I've been reading around many of you guys have even better models, these are by far the best sounding speakers I've ever heard...until I blew one of the tweeters, that is.

    Here's the lowdown. I took one of them apart, and I have the SL2000 tweeter, the MW6502 midrange, and the SW83 passive radiator. The only thing I can't verify for sure is if I have the BE0500-A crossover or not because I couldn't find a model number anywhere in my investigating.

    Given that, my question before you is, what should I do for a replacement tweeter for this (apparently) Monitor 5b? I've already read around the forums quite a bit and saw mention of a RD0194-1 as being the replacement to get over another SL2000 because it has a silk dome and is of course smoother as a result. If I do this though, would I need to change the crossover?

    And, while I'm speaking of the crossover, is it recommended to upgrade the crossover for this speaker model? Or will just dropping the RD0194-1 into place do the trick.

    Oh yeah, and lastly does anyone know, if I buy the RD0194-1 for the monitor 5b will I have to modify anything or should it just drop-in to replace a SL2000?

    Thanks.

    EDIT: also, how do I get the "club price" on replacement parts? Just by signing up for the forum? or is there another step I need to take?

    EDIT: and lastly, I promise last edit! - what's the power rating then, on these speakers? On polk's site it says the monitor 5 will handle 20-125w/per channel, seen here, and just to double check - this is my amplifier (yes, I know its not that great but I'm on a really tight budget and it was better than my old one)
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    Saw those... Just sad to see every single part from a pair listed.

    mlhm5,
    Might want to edit your quotes a bit...
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