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Hello Community, This is my first post and I'm hoping I can use your collective knowledge. I have a pair of Klipsch XF-48s and they are quite phenomenal still after 10 years. I've been moving around a lot over the past years and it's possible I did some unwitting damage to one of the RCA plugs. Long story short, I was running speaker wire (speaker level) to the speakers from a Pioneer Elite receiver, IMO they sounded better than being plugged in via RCA but I digress. Now, I've purchased a new preamplifier Schiit Freya+ and was going to let the speakers power themselves and be fed via RCA cables. One of the speakers is fine, the other had a loose plug (last time I checked that was not the case but again I digress), I was quite alarmed and hoped this is not massive damage. Good thing is that sound still comes through good and clear no hum through RCA on the speaker in question. I called Klipsch via telephone and was told I should try to take off the faceplate via the front screws to access a nut that would tighten the RCA plug from the backside. Not being able to remove the faceplate made think of different solutions. I double checked the RCA plug and saw there was some travel but would not travel beyond say 2mm at that point it was very secure. I thought perhaps to get a plastic or rubber washer between the RCA plug and make it secure. Nothing like that was available so, I thought I'd use an old credit card and see if it fits beneath the RCA plug and between the speaker housing, it did. So, I cut two thin strips and had one layer on both sides but it was not snug, I was without too much effort to double it up and the RCA plug is almost as secure as the "good" speaker. Is this a good DIY fix or am I putting undue stress on the plug or the internal wiring? Should I have superglued the plug to the back? I'd like to hear from the community and hopefully find an elegant but most importantly a good solution. Looking forward to your responses, thank you.
I haven't seen anything posted here about Paul Johnston and The Loudspeaker Store, so want let forum members know about a great resource: I'd been looking at vintage speakers and noticed Paul's ads on Craigslist for speaker repairs. I called him up and learned that he uses OEM parts or parts which have been tested to ensure they match original spec parts sonically. He is actually the one who turned me on to Klipsch in the first place; he worked for Klipsch for a time and was exposed to the brand early as his grandfather was PWK's first manufacturer's rep in the Seattle area. Paul is a fount of knowledge on Klipsch speakers. I've discussed pro's and con's of various models - Belle vs. LaScala, Forté I vs. Forté II, KG series, etc. He has been generous with his time and insights, steering me well on my purchases. He did great work recently on a pair Cornwall I's I bought where both woofers had been blown. I sent him pics and he quoted for repairs, plus assured me the cabinets would clean up well. The Cornwalls came out sounding gorgeous and the repaired speakers cost about half what I would have spent otherwise. He also replaced the fuse assembly on one of my Heresy HIP speakers, which went to center channel duty. I now have a killer 5-channel Heritage setup, plus the added peace of mind knowing he repairs things the way Klipsch would do it themselves. (They also work on Speakerlab, Altec, ADS, Infinity, and many other brands.) If you're local you can drop off speakers at two locations; they also do a lot of work with folks who live outside the area and just ship their drivers. For more info: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-loudspeaker-store-kent-2 https://www.facebook.com/loudspeakerstore/