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    My Dad's JBL's & ring radiator diaphragms

    For years I wanted speakers like Dad’s JBL’s. One day I inherited them. They are C38 cabinets with D131 woofers (flatbacks), 075 tweeters, and N2400 crossovers. They are all original and sound fine. Of course they never had much bass. When they came here they were paired with a Velodyne ULD-12 sub. It’s a good combination.

    I wondered how old they really are. The flat back D131’s are 1954 or earlier. I think the 075 tweeters were introduced in 1955. I definitely remember the cabinets from 1955. My sister thinks earlier.

    I had some crossover issues and the left tweeter would go off and on every time Jet, a sable Burmese cat, walked behind the cabinet. It turned out to be a loose screw inside the crossover. Of course once that was fixed the right tweeter had the same problem. That’s how I discovered the D131’s are flatbacks. I shined a flashlight through the opening and they did not look like the JBL’s I’d seen. The Lansing Heritage website has been very helpful in helping me sort out my questions.

    Long before Dad’s JBL’s came home to me, a neighbor had JBL L65 Jubals. They were great, but the tweeter, a 077, was a complete mystery. I had no idea what a ring radiator is, how it works, or that the 077’s cousin was sitting inside Dad’s old speaker cabinets.

    With respect to ring radiators I really appreciate the thread here:

    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...or-Comparisons

    Great information… I know that 075/2402 diaphragms are thicker and heavier than 077/2405 diaphragms. There was also mention that the 076/2403 was in between. Recently I found this:

    http://www.jblproservice.com/pdf/Goe...02014-2015.pdf

    The third page notes the D16R2405 s the correct diaphragm for the 2404, 2405, and variants. The fourth page notes the D8R075 as the “closest substitute available" for 075/2402 variants. The D8R076 is for the 2403.


    Just to wrap things up, when I was a kid, our property was next to Roy Marquardt’s estate. I played a lot with his son Bruce. We knew Roy was a whiz with ramjets, but I never knew about his association, albeit briefly, with JBL. Small world…


    Paul Haussler

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    Looks like you've done a good bit of research, just beware the aftermarket ring radiator diaphragms. I can't recall ever seeing a post where somebody bought a pair and they performed as intended. And even now it seems like the actual JBL parts can be hit or miss, quality-wise, but still worth the gamble IMHO.

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    Thank you. Good to know... The speakers have been in my family for about 64 years. I plan to leave them alone and enjoy them as long as we can. I have a local speaker repair guy who used to work at Orange County Speaker. He said D131's are no problem. Personally, I do not want to replace a perfectly good diaphragm. Mr. Lansing and Mr. Thomas knew what they were doing. The 075's are fine. They sound great with great recordings and just awful with not so great recordings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
    Looks like you've done a good bit of research, just beware the aftermarket ring radiator diaphragms. I can't recall ever seeing a post where somebody bought a pair and they performed as intended. And even now it seems like the actual JBL parts can be hit or miss, quality-wise, but still worth the gamble IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
    Looks like you've done a good bit of research, just beware the aftermarket ring radiator diaphragms. I can't recall ever seeing a post where somebody bought a pair and they performed as intended. And even now it seems like the actual JBL parts can be hit or miss, quality-wise, but still worth the gamble IMHO.
    When one goes for aftermarket ring radiator diaphragms, do they perform similar to 075 or to 077? Or somewhere in between? Probably they are the same no matter what they are specified (075 or 077). I guess they would show 075 like behaviour and I would prefer 077 behaviour.
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    thomann.de has original JBL D16R2405
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    Almost 450 euro for a pair. Huh...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoD View Post
    When one goes for aftermarket ring radiator diaphragms, do they perform similar to 075 or to 077? Or somewhere in between? Probably they are the same no matter what they are specified (075 or 077). I guess they would show 075 like behaviour and I would prefer 077 behaviour.
    They appear to perform like neither. Frequency response and sensitivity are both pretty far off. This is from posts made by others who bought them, I have never actually owned any.

    Simply speakers carries them but appear to be out of stock right now..

    https://www.simplyspeakers.com/jbl-2...-d16r2405.html

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    My Dad's JBL's

    I think Simply Speakers also carries the D8R075. Personally, I'll stick with the original diaphragms. I'm upstairs, but can still hear jazz violin coming up from the first floor. And yes, Simply speakers has them: https://www.simplyspeakers.com/jbl-r...gm-d8r075.html

    Paul Haussler

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
    They appear to perform like neither. Frequency response and sensitivity are both pretty far off. This is from posts made by others who bought them, I have never actually owned any.

    Simply speakers carries them but appear to be out of stock right now..

    https://www.simplyspeakers.com/jbl-2...-d16r2405.html

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