Passivising John Bowers Active Ones?
I have a pair. One has been blown up for a long time. I have tried to repair them with an electronics professional but, to the amazement of the professional, we never could figure them out. This was six years ago.
I just dug them out of my storage and listened with the working one for about two hours and the bass amp blew up. At that precise moment I was just reading this thread (http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?14737-John-Bowers-Active-One-sp...) where PAG jokingly gives someone's new Active Ones "one month of life... tops." Mine didn't even have that...
So, I think I'm now done with eighties electronics. The speaker elements are good and fine though.
Could I plug the passive side of the speakers directly to another amp? Could I use the original passive crossover (does its work between the LF and the LF/MF drivers) in the front compartment with the new setup? I would then of course have to use another crossover before that to divide the LF/MF signal to the original crossover and HF directly to the tweeter. Maybe a three-way crossover would be better?
The main problem I'm seeing is that the tweeter seems to be 8ohm and the drivers together 4ohm. In the original spec sheet it reads that the HF amp's output is 100 watts into 8 ohms and the LF/MF amp's output is 200 watts into 4 ohms. I actually just noticed that rolleye has suggested this before (http://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=30450), but I don't know if they put the plan into practise yet.
Please comment and tell me if the idea is ridiculous or maybe even doable.