Just bought a pair of these of Ebay for £6. The bass rubbers are perished, but I've been told these can be replaced, the cabinets look ok. Does anybody have any info or owned these before. Thanks all.
You got a bargain.Heybrook HB1s were designed originally by Peter Comeau, a well renowned name in the speaker design game. Classic British speaker, still much loved, check out the World Designs forum (which Peter frequents as I understand it) for advice on suitable parts.£6? Nice snag!
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If they can be restored, you're looking at a classic, yup. They were the 'five star' step up after the next step up after AR18BXs back when I was a student, if I remember rightly.
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The speaker have just arrived this morning, the cabinets are like new, just the knackered rubbers to replace, or try and get a pair of bass units. They were £6.43 + £20 p+p. ebay
You'll treble that by buying the repair kit though (presuming that's the right one)
Oh rollocks, I ordered the sponge ones, are they they the same.
No, but cancel the order, go to Wilmslow audio or look up your speaker model on the net, i have Heybrook speakers and there is a wealth of knowledge about this marquee, i will look into this tomorrow, bit out of me head now, might just go to bed.
HB1s are really great speakers! They were very highly rated in the 80s and mine sound great; they were my father's and I was so impressed with the sound that when he upgraded I wouldn't let him part exchange the speakers. They aren't the most attractive, but they sound fantastic. They go against the trend to have melodramatic, over-egged sound and just give good, accurate reproduction. Crystal clear, decent midrange. The foam surrounds perish - don't worry about them. If you want to resurrect your speakers, Wilmslow Audio are good, but IMHO the best is Guy Sergeant, who I think used to work for Heybrook; he certainly sells the correct VIFA bass drivers and can give you any other advice on the speaker. Check out his webpage:
Guy' s been quite active on some of the forums, or you can email him - he know Heybrook HB1s like noone else.
Got a pair of Heybrooks for £15 on ebay. Replaced the foam surrounds myself and my god do they sound magical. Bass and Treble are extremely accurate. I think to be honest they really do sound better than my AE Evo 3 speakers (which I had to sell). Got them hooked up to a Arcam Alpha 9 Amp and a Sony XB930 (UK Edition) CD Player. I remember these speakers when I was teenager and the sound they produced never left my memory. At first I was a little worried that I had made a very bad judgement but once they warmed up my worries were lifted away. I will say this though dont partner with bright sounding equipment or rubbish speaker cable as these speakers wont thank you and will have no problems letting you know about it. Was thinking about modding these speakers to make them more presentable but I think a classic should never be tamperd with.
The foam surrounds are the correct ones, Spent a day double and triple checking this. Not sure what the result is wih rubber ones?
You have gained a pair of speakers which shame those costing thousands. Do not be a cheapskate, buy two new bass speakers. That way you can have a look inside. What you should find is a crossover stuck on the plastic cover on the back. Its a good idea to change the capacitors for those Maplins sell. This will mean you will need to place the crossover outside the cabinet so true bi-wiring is possible. Other than the crossover there should be some acoustic wool, not a lot, but it makes a big difference. Each side should be lined with a foam block which fits tight inside the cabinet. On the back there should be a sheet of acoustic deadening material which is tacky to the touch.
Fitting new speakers is real easy.
Listening to Heybrook HB 1s is a true pleasure. No amount of money spent on the amp and other stuff wont be wasted.
My beloved HB1s were for many years the only speakers I had - powered by an Arcam Alpha+ and a Harmon Kardon T70 record deck. A few years ago, I upgraded everything and established a half decent stereo system which also doubled as part of a home cinema set up.
The main speakers are Monitor Audio G20s and I moved the Heybrooks to be the rear surround sound pair. They are now showing their age with the foam grill falling to pieces and the surrounding material of the cones showing holes.
But instead of replacing them with a new pair of £50 speakers from Richer Sounds, I thought I'd look into the value of repairing them. Very glad I did and glad I found this thread (and hope someone will read this...)
So my question is: would I need to replace the foam arround the cones, or spend a lot more on new driver units? Or would a cost effective solution be to replace them with cheaper new speakers? As they only operate as the rears in a surround sound system, I'm not sure it's worth spending a lot on them. In use, I have to say I haven't really noticed the fact that the foams are holed - the sound doesn't seem to be affected that much.
Or maybe I should sell them on to a home where they'd be the main sound source and better appreciated than I am able to?
The HB1's were the first really serious loudspeaker I owned... got burgled whilst on honeymoon- all wedding presents were taken, but worst of all the speakers were trashed!
The foam fronts are audibly transparrent, so you won't notice any diference in SQ from that point of view, but aesthethically not too nice... these speakers deserve the best.
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Thanks, macspur. It isn't the foam grill covers I'm so bothered about, it's the foam rings attached to the cones. I've been quoted £72 each for brand new drivers, and I've seen a refoaming kit on eBay for £16 or so to repair the foam around the cones.
I guess the refoaming kit, being so much cheaper is the better option.
OK. If you feel confident about DIY go for the kit... it'll be worth it.
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