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Hello, all. I just got a set of Chorus IIs but the passive radiators don't match plus one is torn.

 

Any advice on how to approach them? Are these 1994s? The serials are consecutive. I got 2 Chinese made Synergy S2 with these Chorus IIs.

 

The intact one has a rubber surround, while the torn one has folded paper fiber surround.

EDIT: I pulled them and they're both marked KD16. The rubber surround one is probably a replacement and looks like it has what is probably a date on it 01/04/08.

I located a 2018 thread that says the Forte III version fits tightly.

 

I wonder if the Forte III from Klipsh (if still available) is a rubber surround? EDIT: it looks to be a rubber surround by looking at the online catalogue.

 

I sold some Cornwall IIs in Walnut(?) several years ago and found some LaScala club finish for a friend, both in the 90s. Klipsch will work for me.

 

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Welcome to the forum!

Bumping this up where our creative members can advise.

@tickertape

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hi.  the forte 3 will work as mentioned in previous threads on here but they are cosmetically different & i think some have said they require minor modification to the opening to fit right, possibly a little too tight?

 

you can also have your passives reconed from simply speakers, they offer a recone kit with the pleated fiber surrounds so they will look correct for chorus 2, you can buy just the kit & do it yourself or ship to them to be installed.  

 

https://www.simplyspeakers.com/Klipsch_bymfg_16-0-1.html  

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Please post a link to the "online catalogue" tickertape.

Thanks!

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15 hours ago, tickertape said:

Hello, all. I just got a set of Chorus IIs but the passive radiators don't match plus one is torn.

 

Ir is important to use the correct parts , otherwise , the speakers  won't sound right -

the Chorus II  shipped with the KD-16 Passive radiator  -----while the Forte III uses the KD-15  -2 very different parts in terms of specs -

 

Given both your KD-16's  are identical part numbers ,  both do perform equally   , the torn woofer can be repaired temporarily with Black speaker rubber cement -

 

Finally , the KD 16 Passive radiator recone kits from ----Simply Speaker are Aftermarkets kits versus klipsch Original which are made for your speakers 

--I would suggest calling klipsch part s Dept , to verify if they have an  updated part number for the Chorus ,  and my guess is the rubber surround  KD 16 you have ,  is it --

 

You can also place a wanted ad  in the GARAGE SALE section of the forum  -----for a  used KD 16 -

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1 hour ago, RandyH000 said:

Ir is important to use the correct parts , otherwise , the speakers  won't sound right -

the Chorus II  shipped with the KD-16 Passive radiator  -----while the Forte III uses the KD-15  -2 very different parts in terms of specs -

 

 

didn't @Chief bonehead & others recently confirm the forte3 passive is the same spec as & will work for the chorus2?  can you explain how they are "very different specs"?  

 

 

 

 

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The forte 4 drone will work for the forte 3 and 2. The chorus drone is different but can be ordered at klipsch. 
 

if I did say that before, then  I was wrong. 

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I repaired a torn woofer by using rubber cement to glue a strip of tissue paper to each side of the woofer.  It didn't look great but it seemed to have worked. 

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8 minutes ago, wuzzzer said:

I repaired a torn woofer by using rubber cement to glue a strip of tissue paper to each side of the woofer.  It didn't look great but it seemed to have worked. 

I have seen similar repairs that worked as well.  Being a passive, I would think that it is less crucial. 

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Thanks, all. And thanks for the follow up on the Forte style usage. A temp repair to get by will be attempted.

 

The catalogue I mentioned is actually the Klipsch webpage where the Forte images are located under the Heritage offerings. The rear view shows a rubber surround used.

 

My radiators share the "KD-16" designation, but the rubber surround one has a 7 digit part number too and an apparent date of 01/04/08. The pleated one just says KLIPSCH KD-16 and "9310" which I'm guessing is an original date, but maybe it's a part number? No other markings I noticed.

 

The Simply Speakers images show a pleated surround so I'd have to do both. A rubber surround version will satisfy my ear. I'm just running a Carver receiver for now. There's a Hafler preamp and a Rotel amp around somewhere.

 

Anyone know which phone number is the correct one for parts ordering? I see 544-7724 for order from Klipsh.com,  P: 317-860-8100 / 800-544-1482 Klipsh headquarters and P: 317-860-8100 / 800-544-1482 for the Indianapolis Engineering location.

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Yes passives are repaired everyday. Have used silicone myself with good results.

Welcome again!

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4 hours ago, Chief bonehead said:

The forte 4 drone will work for the forte 3 and 2. The chorus drone is different but can be ordered at klipsch. 
 

if I did say that before, then  I was wrong. 

 

so your previous statement that the forte 3 passive will work for the chorus 2 is now wrong?   "You don't need the parameters. All you need is me saying that the drone in the III will work in the ii. That's all. "

 

didnt a bunch of people buy the forte 3 passives for their chorus 2 based on this info?  & is the KD16 for the chorus 2 available for sale from klipsch?  as of the comment in 2018 the member said he was told by klipsch the KD16 is not available & they referred him to simply speakers.  

 

just trying to clarify this for the OP & future members that may read that thread or the others saying the forte 3 passive is correct for chorus2. 

 

 

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The weighting needs to be identical to the original drone or they will not work correctly.

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Simply speakers does a good job....had a couple of pairs of Forte II pairs done by them.....They stopped doing repairs for a while...but is seem like they are back at it...

Can't got wrong sending them out to them....

 

George,

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18 hours ago, Frzninvt said:

The weighting needs to be identical to the original drone or they will not work correctly.

 

that is correct, im trying to get confirmation regarding the forte 3 passive being used in the chorus 2... it was stated more than once in the recent past that its acceptable to use the F3 in a CH2...    

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On ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2021 at 9:48 AM, EpicKlipschFan said:

 

that is correct, im trying to get confirmation regarding the forte 3 passive being used in the chorus 2... it was stated more than once in the recent past that its acceptable to use the F3 in a CH2...    

 

On ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2021 at 9:47 AM, Chief bonehead said:

The forte 4 drone will work for the forte 3 and 2. The chorus drone is different but can be ordered at klipsch. 
 

if I did say that before, then  I was wrong. 

 

Pretty clear here the Chief had previously made an error and has owned up to it, it happens. I imagine the Forte passive would work in a pinch but tuning would be off because of different weight? If exact weights for each were known they could be modified to work if actual KD-16's are no longer available.

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23 hours ago, jjptkd said:

 

 

Pretty clear here the Chief had previously made an error and has owned up to it, it happens. I imagine the Forte passive would work in a pinch but tuning would be off because of different weight? If exact weights for each were known they could be modified to work if actual KD-16's are no longer available.

 

yes errors happen.  after re-reading that thread i wonder how many people have kd15 passives in their chorus 2 & dont realize they are different?  might be a good idea to at least update that thread so hopefully the people who posted that they did it & future readers see it & know it's not correct... i know i would want to know about it.    

 

Also chief says above that the chorus drone can be ordered from klipsch, is this correct? is it newly available?  i never got confirmation on that question. 

 

 

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