Are Dented Dust Caps a Deal-Breaker for Used Speakers?
Little fingers can’t help but touch the dust caps on speakers. If we’re being honest, some big fingers can’t control themselves either! One of the most common things we see on used speakers is pushed in dust caps. It’s heartbreaking really. To see a speaker abused in such a way! But does it really matter? You expect used speakers to have some cosmetic blemishes. Is a dented dust cap a deal-breaker for a used speaker? Or is it the same as a scratch on the cabinet? It looks bad but does it substantively affect the sound? Let’s discuss!
Dented Dust Caps and Sound
Dented dust caps look bad on a speaker but it won’t affect the sound. The dust cap is just that – a cap to keep dust from the inside of the speaker. The woofer cone is what is creating the soundwave. While the dented dust cap looks bad, it shouldn’t affect the sound. But you have to think beyond the dust cap.
Dented Dust Caps are a Sign of Abuse
If the dust caps on your used speakers are dented, and that is all that is wrong with the speaker, then it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. However, if a speaker has been abused in one way, you have to wonder if it has in any other. Take a close look at the woofer cones and surrounds. Shake the speaker and see if anything inside sounds loose. Examine the speaker from all sides and inspect for cracks or cabinet separation. Any damage that allows air to flow in and out of the cabinet of the speaker will negatively affect the sound. If a dust cap was pushed in, it is a good bet that the cone was touched as well. Look for rips and tears. While a dented dust cap isn’t a deal-breaker, it is a sign that the used speaker has been abused. Check it over carefully.
Sonically, a pushed-in dust cap won’t make a difference. Most of the time you can just slap the grille back on the speaker and never worry about it again. If it does bother you, there are things you can do. Remember that any more manipulation of the dust cap will risk damaging it further. Your best bet is to leave it alone.