Scan Speak Tweeters OK?

I have an older pair of two and a half-way speakers made by the Danish company Avance.  All of the speaker components are Scan Speak.  Sometimes I feel that the soft dome (referred to as coated textile) tweeters are not putting out enough sound.  When I listen close to them it is clear the tweeters are working, both having the same output. 

With tweeters, if they are working at all, are they are working as designed?  Or can the tweeters be damaged, and although they are putting out sound, they are not putting out full volume as when new?

I believe that Madison Sound would have an equal valued replacement.

Thanks in advance,



Hey George!

You can't replace single drivers willy-nilly. There is a lot that goes into matching the drivers, crossover and cabinet. Also, tweeters don't have that much output, relatively.

I suggest an experiment. Sit with the speakers near the center of the room, with your seat about 2' away and listen. If you like the sound much better then you have a room acoustics issue. If they still sound dull, maybe it's just time for an upgrade?

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If you had time to get to know a pair of speakers well enough it isn’t difficult to realize changes in there high frequency character, they may start to lose crispness and detail and begin rolling off sooner then you remember. Said flaws can also make them sound like they dont play as loud as they did before.

If a problem lays within the tweeter layout you want them put back to factory specs otherwise you wont be happy with them. Even slight mismatch in a critical area or areas can kill what was once a strong romance.

Theres a good bet scanspeak can direct you towards proper replacements, with some luck. If not tweeters can be rebuilt if you feel the speakers are worth that time and expense.

If your certain tweeter performance has dropped off and the drivers themselves check out ok, another place to look is the inline capacitors.

This write up might be helpful..

Many, many speakers from the 1990 & 2000 decades had metal-dome tweeters damped with "ferrofluid." The idea was that the viscous fluid, magnetically held in the tweeter voice coil gap, would dampen resonances and ringing in the (then new technology) metal-dome tweeters. Now, in 2013, many of those tweeters sound dull, or have quit working altogether. This happens because the liquid in the ferrofluid has evaporated, leaving a muck or solid in its place. The muck reduces amplitude of the tweeter (making the speaker sound "dull" or "muffled"). The solid prevents the tweeter from working at all.

Most people throw away their speakers at this point and buy new ones. But with a bit of elbow grease, the tweeters can be restored to "like new" performance. This thread shows how.

Most speakers have removable grilles, but the ones my friend gave me were fitted with "socks" that were secured at the top with a tied-string closure. To drop the socks, untie the string. Then, at the end of the string tips, tie a knot. Why? Because if you don’t the strings will retreat into the top loops in the socks and you’ll never get them out again (I speak from experience here...).

Once the socks are gently pulled down, unscrew the tweeter faceplates from the cabinets. You may need to wiggle the tweeter edges with your fingernails to get them to come loose. The manufacturer of the speakers I was working on (Paradigm) inset the tweeter faceplates to be flush with the cabinet face.

After removing the tweeter from the cabinet, stop and mark which wire goes to the + terminal of the tweeter. Paradigm made it easy for me: Blue wires were + or positive and green ones were - or negative. They also (thoughtfully) supplied a + and - molded into the back of the tweeter’s faceplate, so I didn’t have to mark that either. Had Paradigm failed to do these things, I’d have needed to use a marks-a-lot to mark one of the wires (wouldn’t matter which) and then use an awl to scratch the matching terminal on the tweeter. Why not just mark the tweeter with the marks-a-lot? Because solvent will be needed to clean the tweeter, and when applied, it will wash away any marks-a-lot on the tweeter.

Thanks eric and meerzistar for the replies, very informative.  Eric, I will try your 2' test and see how the highs sound.  Thinking about it, the speaker placement could be a big part of the issue, but it being my living room puts a damper on moving them out from the wall much more than is currently the case.

A short while ago I did happen to remove one of what Scan Speak refers to as a "mid woofer" from my speakers.  I was pleased to note that Madison Sound carries the exact 7" replacement model/part number.

If Scan Speak sells the exact model/part number for the tweeter, is it a safe bet to replace them without worrying about anything?  Note that I do think that installing poly caps for the tweeters is probably the big part of what is needed.



Hi Jetter,

Yes, you can replace parts when identical. :)  However, SS tweets are pretty reliable, and you don't seem to be suffering from blown tweets.

It’s quite possible too you don’t have too little treble but too much bass. The 2’ test will show you what your speakers are capable at their best, tonally and perhaps imaging.


HI George, Have you had these Long? meaning, have you noticed the hi frequencies decreasing or are they fairly newly acquired and you are wondering if they are a bit shy on high end... So, Yes, tweeters can go bad, but it is rare... pull out the tweeter and check the model number. You may be able to replace the diaphragms rather than buying new tweeters. Next, if nothing is wrong with the tweeter, you may try to get the crossover schematic.  A simple change of a resistor or two may solve everything.
Here's a question, did you start noticing issues after you replaced the 7" mid woofer "a short while ago"? Or had it been happening prior to the replacement?
timlub and jond, I have had the speakers for at least 10 years.  I did not always think that the soft dome tweeters were too laid back.  It was really only after several of the mid woofer drivers stopped working for a still unknown reason and they were replaced under warranty.  But I didn't wake up one morning and think there is not enough highs, just sort of an awareness over time.

I am not ruling out that better positioning may reduce what may be a preponderance of base. 

At this point I may try purchasing identical replacement tweeters if they are available at Madison Sound as I believe they will be realistically priced, and if this doesn't cut it, have poly caps or resistors changed by my electronics guru.