Bennybee wrote:I loved my Advent Heritage speakers enough to buy two replacement woofers recently because the foam surrounds rotted away. I still had two original boxed woofers that the friendly people from Recoton sent me for free some years ago. So now all four low/mid speakers have been replaced. I know the Advents will not get much respect either, but I like them. I suspect that something better will blow my budget and I hesitate to buy small speakers on stands - I prefer something more substantial, floor standing.
I had old Advent Legacy (floor standing) speakers and I did a couple simple mods that really improved them. I used them for MANY years until I got Vandersteen model 1's (which I have replaced with Thiel 2.2's).
1) If the speakers are identical (as mine were) yet the tweeter dome is not in the center line of the cabinet (as mine was not), 'flip' one of the tweeters over and the image will snap into sharper focus. Placement (toe-in etc.) was critical with these too.
2) make sure the tweeters are at ear level. Even though these were 'floor standing' I used high-tech milk crates for mine. Non-resonant plastic ones...
3) replace all internal wire with silver. Worth the money.
4) replace all crossover caps. I used Wondercaps which I think are no longer available. The original ones were really poor. This made the sound quite a bit more pleasant!
5) if you haven't already, ditch the grille cloth and frame! The plastic can resonate and it does no favors in the imaging department when not resonating.
They sound good stock, and are rather efficient too. With these mods, you could be happy for another decade or two with them, and for not a lot of money!