I while back I got some JPW Sonata speakers from EBAY for $67 AUD. They are nice “entry level” English bookshelf speakers of reasonable quality…
Basically, I am gobsmacked by these little sealed boxes. I don’t know if it’s because they are in a small, quiet bedroom, mounted on a solid wall, or because they have an Audio Innovations amplifier powering them. They are sublime and emit this beautiful warmth and richness that makes me not want to leave the room.
I’m not quite as impressed as the above reviewer, but they are very nice little speakers for the size and price, especially for acoustic music.
And the sealed enclosure means they mate very well with a subwoofer.
Opening the back the crossover is a simple first order consisting of a 3.3 uF electrolytic capacitor and an inductor.Â Presumably the resistor is to attenuate output to the tweeter.
As the speakers are possibly 18 years old the electrolytic could be getting old, or prone to drifting in value, so a simple upgrade is to replace the capacitor with a better type that wont drift over time.
Interestingly removing the capacitors and measuring them they were 3.5uF and 3.6uF respectively.. still within the rated 10% tolerance. The caps are 50V ELCAPS.. googling reveals their current price of 40p in the UK (72c ?).
Can I hear the difference? Hard to say. I think they sound better… but then I just upgraded them so my brain “knows” they should sound better.. But they wont be susceptible to aging like electrolytics.