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Old 04-01-2019, 01:05 PM
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Default Both Fathom V1 JLs blown...Now what? part 2

A little strange I have to repost this ...but let's move on as I thought the information might be useful. First an apology for all who were damaged by my offending avatar

So recently I had both of my Fathom F112 V1s blow within a week of each other. With both incidents they just stopped working and emitted that horrifying electronic smoke we all fear. I took them into a great local shop and they told me they both need new amps and drivers. I had wrote them off as the world's largest paper weights but got the quote to replace both amps, drivers and new firmware for $1400 including the roundtrip shipping.

Now I'm just deciding if it's worth putting another $1400 into them and risking the similar incident in the future or write them off and start new with a V2 or another name entirely. The shop recommended I try the S series REL subs if I don't do the repair. I actually started this thread in the first place for some recommendations / advice on brands at similar price levels that people have had great experiences with but ended up being chastised for my 3 year old Avatar and then having the post and avatar deleted. Hopefully this time around is a little more productive.
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IMHO, $1400 for TWO refurbished Fathoms is the cheapest option.

I don’t know what they are worth on the used market but you could probably sell them for more than the cost of the repair.

Or you could just use them.
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IMHO, $1400 for TWO refurbished Fathoms is the cheapest option.

I don’t know what they are worth on the used market but you could probably sell them for more than the cost of the repair.

Or you could just use them.
Yes, that seems like a deal to me and hopefully they will be a bit more stable with brand new components. I'm leaning towards that option. thx
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There is a known issue with failing power supply capacitors in these units. There is a thread on the forum started by jdandy on his repair procedure. If you are handy with a soldering iron or have a tech who is, you might save some green.
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There is a known issue with failing power supply capacitors in these units. There is a thread on the forum started by jdandy on his repair procedure. If you are handy with a soldering iron or have a tech who is, you might save some green.
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Thanks for the tip, but I'm definitely not the one to be slinging the soldering iron I ordered the repair and hopefully will get some good time out of them.
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One other thing... I was told by the shop that is is often better to stack the two F112s then to have them separated. I assume this is very space dependent but had not heard that before and might try it when they come back.
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I would replace ‘often’ with ‘might be’. I can’t give you the exact reason but it has to do with each subwoofer having a different environment and therefore will excite different frequencies in the room. Together they may smooth each out.

Having said that, I wouldn’t really want to stack one Fathom on top of the other for cosmetic reasons and damage prevention. If you have the room, moving two around in different locations achieves the same result.

Or be like Ivan and use two F212s!!
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I would replace ‘often’ with ‘might be’. I can’t give you the exact reason but it has to do with each subwoofer having a different environment and therefore will excite different frequencies in the room. Together they may smooth each out.

Having said that, I wouldn’t really want to stack one Fathom on top of the other for cosmetic reasons and damage prevention. If you have the room, moving two around in different locations achieves the same result.

Or be like Ivan and use two F212s!!
Appreciate the info thx. Two F212s would be epic!
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Appreciate the info thx. Two F212s would be epic!


Bet I know a guy that can help.
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The last time I talked to JL Audio, they were offering a $300 flat rate repair, included was shipping back to you. You just needed to pay for shipping to Fla. I would e-mail JL directly.
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