Skip to main content


I am having some issues with some studio monitors and have been lying around and I am trying to use them again.

One of them creates no sound at all, the front light still illuminates though.
The other appears to only play sound from the tweeter and not the sub.

I have tried different inputs and different input devices with the same result.

I will be trying to get them repaired, I am just wondering if anyone has encountered this before, as I'd hope they are not ruined.


DonnyThompson Sun, 06/11/2017 - 05:16

Boswell, post: 450924, member: 29034 wrote: Ruined? Not at all! You could replace the drive units and amplifiers in both monitors and they would work as well as they ever did.

What make and model of monitors are they?

Per Boswell's suggestion, pretty much anything can be repaired; it's just a question of whether the price of the repair (parts, service) is going to be worth it, relative to what the monitors cost (and are worth, both in terms of price and quality ) versus replacing them by buying something else.
It could be that the speaker in the one is fine but a particular component connected to it has failed, and in the other, it sounds like perhaps it could be a power amp that needs fixed ... everything is a just a guess without us being able to get into it and actually see the problems or testing components to nail down the problem(s).
Please provide make and model of your monitors. They may indeed be worth repairing, or, you might end up being better off to put that money towards replacing them with something else instead.
We can't say until we know what you have.

DonnyThompson Mon, 06/12/2017 - 04:16

I'm seeing these being priced (new) at around $150 per monitor.
With that in mind, you can determine whether or not it's worth to have them repaired based on the estimates for repair (parts, service, bench fee) that you receive.
Obviously, if you are getting estimates of $100 or more (a piece) to repair, then you'd probably be better off to just order a new pair of these (or similarly priced models) that will come with a factory warranty.
If you find you can get the parts for both that you'll need for a decent price, and are confident in your ability to repair them yourself, then that's also an option that might save you money.

DonnyThompson Sun, 11/26/2017 - 08:14

If I'm understanding your question correctly, the monitors wouldn't be clipping the audio interface, it would be the other way around, and this would likely be that his DAW's master buss was too hot( loud) in it's output level, or that the Audio interface (the Scarlett) was pushing volume that was set too high.
This would be an understandable concern, though, if the seller frequently sent clipping signals to the monitors...
When you listened to the monitors, did you notice any decreased high frequencies that could be caused by a damaged or blown tweeter? Have you tested them at lower speaker volumes with music that you are familiar check for any distortion in the speakers?
If this seller has been sending levels over time on a regular basis that have been clipping, or that have been passing any distortion, there could be serious wear on the speakers.
You need to check these speakers at unity gain, making sure that neither the DAW or the interface is clipping the audio stage, or the converters, with music you are familiar with.