Why bother to repair your 40 year old Bowers &Wilkins DM2a speakers? Because they can still be a very good alternative to paying a lot of cash for a new pair floor standing speakers.
Personally I prefer the wider DM2a cabinets with appropriate stands and the black speaker grills that blend in nicely with my 50 inch Samsung plasma TV.
Purchasing a used B&W replacement isn’t the best solution because the open circuit issue is likely a common problem. This is not a case of over powering the driver more likely related to flux not being fully removed from the coil wire solder connections to the stranded wire going to the terminals having over time it has degraded the connection
While the computer CPU, memory, graphics card and storage components may all sound familiar. The fact is that your needs have evolved well past the capabilities of the devices in your existing trusty dusty dial core PC.
It’s a simple fact that we are all doing a lot more with our desktop computers than we were 5 years ago. Where a 19 inch monitor was then the norm now it’s a 24 inch monitor and in many cases productivity enhancing multiple monitors that are becoming more commonly required.
Because we have more browser tabs open and we are watching video clips while we’re browsing the web, checking out our social networks while we check out the news while we are working in Word. We need more CPU processing power, higher speed memory, better graphics and more storage.
Therefore the task of finding the next PC computer which will meet our ongoing requirements has become more complex.
For many home computers installing a solid state drive (ssd) is an affordable alternative to replacing it with a new one.
The cost at around $150 it’s far less than the price of a new computer and software at between $600 and $1,200. The new ssd will in most cases halve the time it takes your computer takes to boot up and load programs.
The advantage of installing an ssd is that you can reinstall the existing operating system and Windows Office programs at no cost.
Surprisingly the performance gain in relative terms is better for older computers. It’s a great way to clean up your PC and bring it back to providing 2, 3, or even 4 more years of useful service.
It’s never been easier to build a computer if you’re able to follow a few simple instructions and unlike other household kits with a computer you get choose the kit parts that like the best.
Buying a desktop PC from a box store is rather like choosing a TV channel package. You end up with a lot of stuff that you don’t want or need and compromising on the things that you really do want to have.
Many times this can include unnecessary extended warranties and setup service charges.
The most significant part of the process of building your own PC is in understanding what you want and why you need it?
When “you” build a computer the money is spent on the best quality components that your budget will allow. Choose the right parts for your computer and it will continue to meet your needs for many years.
This ends up over time being the more enjoyable less costly option.
With today’s easy access to fordable, high quality reliable components there are very good reasons to build your own computer
Home computers are here to stay and will not be superseded by hand held devices which are limited client side devices dependent on third party infrastructure, resources and security.
Home computers can be anything you want them to be. They can be used as web servers or media servers, or for hobbies like developing games, phone Apps or for video production.
Most importantly they can be used for the management and safe keeping of your personal and business information and activities.
There has never been a better time to be able manage your own affairs behind your own firewalls and within your own archiving storage system.
This a practical how to build a computer part 2 post which covers the build and install process providing additional information that fills in the gaps with information not readily found in the component installation instructions.