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Help with Infinity Kappa 6.1 home speakers

by msanmiguel89 / June 4, 2012 7:44 AM PDT

Hi, I have just been given a used pair of Infinity Kappa 6.1 home speakers. The woofers robber rim is gone...

Presently, I have a pair of medium-sized Altec-Lansing, powered by a TX-SR304 5.1 Dolby surround Onkyo receiver.

Are these Infinity speakers worth fixing. Read they need LOTS of power...

Any help here is greatly appreciated.


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First get a quote on what it would cost to fix them
by Pepe7 / June 4, 2012 10:42 AM PDT

Compare that to buying new speakers outright, and how much of a premium you would pay a such, or if it's worth your hassle repairing them yourself if you can get the replacement parts.

My question to you is, why don't you simply buy proper 5.1 surrounds/sub for your Onkyo(?)

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Question clarified.
by msanmiguel89 / June 4, 2012 4:20 PM PDT

I DO have a nice 5.1 system; with two Altec-Lansing 3-way speakers up front. Also have a good 10-inch Sub-woofer. I was just presented with two Infinity Kappa 6.1 main speakers.

The question, if I may clarify, is: Would these DAMAGED Infinity speakers be an upgrade over my A/L's ... considering the cost of replacing the woofers on the Kappas? Remember; these are NOT the series 9 Kappas!

Thanks, for replying.

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The ball's still in your court
by Pepe7 / June 5, 2012 12:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Question clarified.

You have to weigh the marginal improvement in sound with only the fronts vs the cost/hassle in repairing used speakers. I don't see you making the (all around) jump to audiophile equipment here, so it's a really slim performance gain IMO.

Hint: let your ears do the listening to be certain Wink

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Repair Them
by jose.sifontes / September 7, 2012 11:42 PM PDT

The woofer surround is not hard to replace and a fun project. I did a pait just this week. Buy the kit from Simply Speakers ($24.98) and watch the instructional video a couple of times. The sounds pretty darn good.

Another option - part the mids and the tweeters out and sell them on ebay. They are expensive to find so they sell well. Even the woofer will sell fine without surrounds for someone else to repair.

Chat me if you need help.


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by diesel0081 / October 30, 2012 2:49 AM PDT

Fix them, you can repair the woofer or find a replacement.... Easy enough to do yourself. You should a major difference between the Kappa's and the other speakers. No they are not the 9's, but still a high quality speaker. This was the hay day of Infinity, they never made another speaker that would compare to the Kappas, unfortunately. All that I know about Altec-Lansing, is they specialize in computer speakers and have for years. I've never heard any of their regular speakers. I would say the choice is obvious. Those speakers will be comparable to a paradigm monitor 5 or 7. As far as power goes, if you are pushing at least 100 watts per channel, you should be alright. If it were any of the other higher Kappa's, I would say you need more but you should be fine.... If not sell them on Ebay, I would buy them in a heartbeat for backups....

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