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Old 8th March 2018, 11:00 PM
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Default B&O Failed speakers - Fixed. Cheaply :)

This is a pain point for me.

Every D3 I've ever bought with B&O has had faulty speakers. It makes me wonder how many people are out there driving them thinking that to spend 5k on this upgrade would be lunacy because it sounds awful. Sigh.

Anyway, this D3 I recently put on the road had 3 faulty speakers. The usual centre speaker, and it turns out, both lower bass speakers in the front doors.

Further annoyingly, the bass speakers are manufactured by 'ark' and don't seem to be available separately, so you have to buy the whole Audi unit which includes the mid range for the way wrong side of 300 each.

I came to this conclusion after dismantling both doors and disconnecting speakers in turn until the awful rattle disapeared.

And this is the crux of it. When a speaker 'blows' it usually goes fluffy and incapable, but in the D3 they just basically start resonating badly at certain frequencies ruining the sound completely.....

Now, I fixed my door speakers, but failed to take any photos, but when it came to change the center dash speaker it turns out to be exactly the same issue, which I did photograph. Annoying as in the past I've changed it for a new one and thrown the old away, as previously documented:



You see the orange membrane. Well, i strongly suspected that it shouldn't be loose. And in fact, if you tap the speaker, you get an awful metallic tapping sound much like the awful resonance.

So, I decided as I had nothing to lose, I'd superglue the orange membrane back to the metal chassis of the speaker, as I suspect it was supposed to be.



And the superglued result was perfection.... I let it dry then tested it, rather, ah hem, thoroughly, and its spot bloody on. 2.75 I paid for the loctite superglue off ebay, delivered to my doorstep (including VAT and delivery)

Bargain of the century. Now, my 5000 B&O sounds exactly how it should do, and I suspect will last longer than the factory replacement speakers which would have cost me the best part of a grand to replace. <gulp>

#veryhappybunny.

#ifslightlydeafnow

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Old 9th March 2018, 12:52 AM
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And that must be in the top 3 examples of why this forum exists!

Thank you
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Old 9th March 2018, 08:08 AM
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Great result Ian, a cheap fix is always an added bonus

Applying this knowledge it may explain why my sub woofer on the parcel shelf "rattles" whenever I get too enthusiastic with the loud button. It's got to be really loud and isn't noticeable at lower volumes so I'd like to see if the same has happened, and can it be fixed just as cheaply.

Anyone removed the parcel shelf from the D3?
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Old 9th March 2018, 11:19 AM
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Good, simple fix, Ian
Thank goodness I havent got B&O!
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That's a brilliant discovery Ian! This place is awesome!
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Cheap repairs are always a bonus
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Thanks! I definitely have a centre speaker problem so will give this a go.
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Old 24th March 2018, 09:15 AM
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My front centre does this and I was about the shell out for a new one, but I might try this first.

I thought it may have been the housing rather than the speaker, but this is a great tip. Thanks!
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I can confirm after ~1500 miles of selfless ear drum bashing in the name of testing and science, that this fix seems to be holding quite nicely....
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The First 20 Audis:

2001 D2 4.2 QS Silver,
1997 D2 S8 Silver,
1999 D2 4.2 Silver,
2002 D2 S8 Dolphin Grey,
2003 C5 RS6 Blue,
1998 D2 S8 Black,
2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue,
2003 D3 4.2 Ming Blue,
2005 B7 S4 Blue,
2006 D3 3.0 Tdi Black,
1999 D2 4.2 Silver,
2003 D3 4.2 LPG Crystal Blue,
2000 D2 S8 Silver,
2007 3.0 Tdi Q7 Black,
2009 B8 S4 Black,
1998 D2 S8 Agate Grey,
2006 D3 4.2 Tdi Blue,
2006 D3 S8,
2007 Q7 3.0 Tdi,
2006 C6 S6,

The Second 20 Audis:

2011 A7 Sline,
2001 A2 1.4 Tdi Black,
2002 A2 1.4 Tdi Silver,
2006 A8 4.2 Tdi Blue,
2007 4.2 Tdi Q7,
2006 S4 Cab Silver,
2010 RS6 Saloon Black ,
2007 TT Roadster,
2010 A8 D4 4.2 Silver,
2006 C6 A6 2.7 Tdi Quattro,
2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue (again),
2008 Q7 4.2 Black,
2009 C6 RS6 Saloon Daytona Grey,
2001 Fully Loaded A2 Tdi,
2006 Avant S6 Black,
2007 VW Caravelle Exec Black (almost an Audi)
2009 TT Roadster Daytona,
2015 Q7 4.2 tdi lava grey,
2002 GmbH D2 demonstrator,
2006 D3 A8 LWB 4.2 Tdi Black
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