I've been trying to get a video shoot with a pair near me. I'll work on it this year. I love that room in Gary's pic, and I love the purpose of the system... to make music. That to me, is the reason for the high-end.
Whenever I speak to an owner of a speaker of this vintage, one of the first things I would ask them to do is to go to a good local electronics tech and have all the power supply electrolytic caps replaced. It's good insurance especially since the old Genesis Technologies servo-bass amplifiers run HOT!
Would you make the same recommendation for the newer servo-amp (the taller one with the rounded front)? Doesn't seem to run all that hot, and i have only had it shut down due to excess heat once. Does seem that if one is going to have issues with the older sepakers, that the amp is the most likely suspect.
The taller one with the rounded front is much less of a problem. Also because they use higher temperature rated capacitors. Nevertheless, you are right that with the older speakers, the servo-amp is the most likely suspect if there are bass issues. Second would be the old 30ft servo-bass cables.
OK, thanks for the reply. I bought my speakers during the transition from 200 to 201 - they have the BG midrange/crossover, the tall/round front amp but the older brown woofers, and had the 30ft audioquest cables (which I switched out for your updated, shorter ones). Should woofer problems arise at some point, can they be swapped out for the newer aluminum ones individually (both accelerometer version and regular), or would they all need to be replaced at the same time.
How much does it cost to upgrade my Genesis 2?A happy customer with a completely upgraded Genesis II - woofers, servo-bass amps, cables, internal wiring, crossover, midrange, tweeters. The speakers are so old that the veneer is bleached by direct exposure to the sun, but the cabinets are still in superb condition.
We had to make the woofer holes bigger, drill new holes for re-wiring, but the 17 year old loudspeakers are now better than new!!
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There is a range of options from changing the 48-inch midrange ribbons to my new design, all the way to completely replacing everything except the cabinets. You would get an almost new loudspeaker without the modern materials in the cabinet. It would virtually be a new set of Quartets.
The Genesis II would be at least 23 years old by now. The last pair was made in 1996. Please contact my customer service team and you can explore your options.
Can you recommend what brand, type of capacitors to replace the REL-CAPS in the crossovers with?? It seems that the top end is rolled off quite a bit at this time.
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