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Argh - speakers - children

I have a pair of Monitor Audio RX8 floorstanders.

My devil of a 2-year-old has pushed the port bungs (both speakers) so far into the rear ports (top of the cabinet) that they have dropped into the cabinet.

:wall:     |(

The speakers are completely closed units - the only thing that I can open up is the cable connector panel at the bottom of the speaker, and there's so much stuff in the cabinet that the port bungs cannot fall all the way to the bottom.  

I have no idea how to get them out.  What I really need is for my arm to be thin, long and flexible with a hand the size of a cat's paw...

Any bright ideas?  Separately, I think I might put an electric fence around my speakers...

Aaaarghgh

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RE: Argh - speakers - children

There's usually a way of getting in from the front by taking the drivers out.

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RE: Argh - speakers - children

could you turn your speakers upside down, then grab the bungs with some needle nose pliers?

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Chr1s_J wrote:

could you turn your speakers upside down, then grab the bungs with some needle nose pliers?

Or a pair of these?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saibashi

If not you probably need to remove a driver and go in through the front (or just leave it in there).

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RE: Argh - speakers - children

As MajorFubar says the normal (only) way is to go in from the front but I would only attempt this if confident as you could end up doing more damage than good.

As ID states why not just leave them in there? If you really do need the bungs in place for effect you should be able to order a replacement pair for not a great deal.

Oh and forget electric fence (it costs money to run), as has been suggested in other threads simply wall-mount the child.  Smile

Loads of second hand expensive kit!

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I think another lesson to be learned is not to let unsupervised toddlers loose round £1,000 speakers. I know I personally couldn't afford something which cost that much to be damaged by careless little fingers. And yes I know how difficult it is, we had twins: while you're trying to stop one kid destroying the living-room, the other one's toddled-off into the kitchen and emptied half the cupboards.

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The only way in is to remove the bass drivers.  You will have to undo the hex bolts on the back of the cabinet that hold the drivers in place on the front baffle.

How easy it is to fit them back again though is another question.

I use some (clean) rolled up socks in the back of my rx6 ports very tight so dont budge.

 

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MajorFubar wrote:
I think another lesson to be learned is not to let unsupervised toddlers loose round £1,000 speakers. I know I personally couldn't afford something which cost that much to be damaged by careless little fingers. And yes I know how difficult it is, we had twins: while you're trying to stop one kid destroying the living-room, the other one's toddled-off into the kitchen and emptied half the cupboards.
Ha Yes,a while ago now but snap  Wink
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:grin: lol yeah mine are 11 now so a bit easier in that respect, but the memory of it all doesn't go away...

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Good to hear various kid wrangling stories. Still trying to work out what to do with my kit before the little one gets mobile. Bedroom is a bit safer, but no guarantee. Considering packing it all up for a couple of years and doing a cheap setup with some cheap actives and a combined DAC/Preamp being fed from an iPod, or an M-CR603 and some old 2nd hand speakers.

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You could always buy some sensible equipment while you have a 2 year old........

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Its not necessary to get them out. Get a little foam and make new ones.

regards

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I know what you mean, which is why I have system setup as it is now. See pictures on Flickr from post below,

http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/my-squeezebox-touch-based-system

The Stands/speakers are safely upstairs and come down at night. Not ideal and planning on getting some small speakers to use with SBT for convenience listening.

The plastic used to protect the amp/dac works a treat and no problems for last 2 years!!! It was left over from stair guard but think similar available from homebase etc.

Good luck!

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RE: Argh - speakers - children

I feel your pain.

My mission 782's were damaged by my (at the time) 18 month old pushing them over.

More recently at 2 and a half he pushed his hot wheels cars into the rear port of my cm8's (also sealed).

Best way, is as per the other poster either remove the drivers then you can pick up the speaker and try and tip out the bung, or remove the back binding post section (if you can) where you can reach in.

One important tip though. Make sure you don't over tighten when you put the srivers / binding post section back in. In many speakers your screrwing directly into the wood and it is really really really really easy to thread the wood.

Good luck buddy!

PS: You still have to love 'em though don't you Smile

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RE: Argh - speakers - children

Turn speakers upside down...

Genius!  Why on earth did I not think of that?

With help from a pair of chopsticks (don't have needlenose pliers anywhere near long enough), port bungs now back in ports where they should be!

Thank you!

Thanks for all the other suggestions - very helpful to know how to get the drivers out - had not worked out what the bolts in the back were for.

I like the idea of keeping the kids away from the speakers, but they're stealthy little critters...  Easier said than done

 

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