Drag on driver causing noise

I bought a pair of old bookshelf speakers with the intention of using them as a part of a desktop setup. The seller was straightforward that the cone was rubbing, and it was affecting the sound. The first time he demo-ed it, the distortion occurred as he said; he paused the music, we poked at the driver to feel the drag (which there was), then he started the music back up, and the problem temporarily abated.

I got a discount as a part of my purchase, my question is what are my less invasive options to try before I start taking off the dustcap/cone/etc?



Driver… rubs are never self healing ( i know i will regret stating this on the internet ). Madisound might be able to provide a similar match….

Found a matching pair out of the UK for $100. Bummer, but if two people from the internet say it's fatal, then I guess it has to be true (thank you for your input).

Sometimes a voice coil rub can be mitigated by turning the speaker over (i.e. rotating it 180 degrees). If they are small, perhaps you could try rotating the cabinet to find a position where this doesn’t occur, then re-mount the woofer to this position.

It’s free to try.


Coincidentally, the seller suggested this. I have had the speakers flipped upside down since I purchased them. The point of friction is not at 6:00, it's more like 4:00.