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Old 10th Dec 2017, 1:05 pm   #1
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Hi. I have a Ferguson Studio 100 D. The speakers fitted are Goodmans rated at 8 OHMs. 68 mm diameter. Can these be replaced with better quality units? I have opened up one of the cabinets and i enclose photo.

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Old 10th Dec 2017, 2:40 pm   #2
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Personally I wouldn't bother replacing just the speaker as other aspects of the cabinet (like rigidity and damping) are probably lacking too. I would look at finding some 70's or 80's hifi speakers to replace them. I wouldn't go for anything too good but something mid-market like Celestion Ditton 15's, Wharfedale Lintons or KEF Codas. There are a whole host of others in a similar vein and they would probably cost about the same as a pair of replacement drivers.
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It is unlikely that you will gain any audible improvement by replacing the drivers. As James writes, replace the whole speaker with something that you like to listen to.
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Hi. Thank you for your replies. iv'e been looking on E Bay and have seen some suitable ones. Some are of 6 ohms rating will these be any good because mine are 8 ohms.? And what about wattage?
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6 ohms should be fine provided you don't use the system at full volume for extended periods. I don't think that the Studio 100 was particularly powerful - probably around 10 watts per channel so most hifi speakers would be able to handle that sort of power.
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Hi. What about Mordant short MS10 iv'e seen on Ebay. They are rated at 8 OHM. Are they good speakers,?
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MS10s I find are good I have 2 pairs as the rear channels on my surround system
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Yes, they are fine hifi budget speakers and will provide a huge upgrade for a music centre like your Fergie.

Just about anything from the big hifi names will provide a big improvement - Wharfedale, Goodmans, Mission, Celestion, Acoustic Research, B&W, Tannoy, KEF, Gale, Eltax etc. Look for speakers that are near to you and collection only. There are some absolute bargains to be had.
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Most HiFi speakers would be badly underdriven by a 10W amp and may even sound worse than its original speakers.

If you really want something better then you should stick to high efficiency type speakers, maybe a pair of Diatone or Isophon fullrange drivers.
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I don't think the OP will be looking at speakers in this price range for such a basic Music Centre. A pair of Tannoy Mercurys (high sensitivity reflex type) for 50.00 will be way more than adequate for this budget Ferguson.
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Most HiFi speakers would be badly underdriven by a 10W amp and may even sound worse than its original speakers.
From personal experience I would say this is a bit of a myth. I've often driven expensive hifi speakers from small amplifiers with no problems - provided you don't expect more from the amplifier than it can give.
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Most HiFi speakers would be badly underdriven by a 10W amp and may even sound worse than its original speakers.
From personal experience I would say this is a bit of a myth. I've often driven expensive hifi speakers from small amplifiers with no problems - provided you don't expect more from the amplifier than it can give.
i once tried to drive a pair of AR6 speakers with a Sanyo G2601 music centre, the result was absolutely laughable, it actually sounded much better with its cheap original speakers
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