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Replacement part number ACC 004 A
(Illustrated easy installation guide)
To order this product, please go to the page for your speaker model (they are all listed below) and use the "order parts" link from there. The ACC 004 A will be on that form, along with the other parts for your speaker model.
Most older EPI and Epicure speakers have a serious weak link in their implementation - despite using excellent purpose-designed drivers:
- The spring clip terminals on the back are awful: they are awkward to use, only accept wire up to about 18 AWG, and often make a poor electrical connection.
- The internal wiring is fairly skimpy (20 or 22 AWG), and the crossover capacitors are the cheapest available
- Many also included tweeter level switches or knobs, which are prone to corrosion and poor contact quality.
This is a pair of examples from an early seventies vintage EPI 150, a wonderful speaker with an Achilles heel:
The ACC 004 A is a complete assembly I designed and developed to remedy all these issues.
It features a high quality, non-resonant 1/4" thick 5" by 6" MDF backplate, with a pair of gold-plated, color-coded five-way binding posts securely attached on standard 3/4" centers. These will easily accomodate up to 10 AWG wire in the hole through the posts, along with several other connection methods.
The crossover capacitor is a high-quality film type with vanishingly low deviation from the ideal impedance curve, and the internal wires are color-coded 16 AWG oxygen-free copper with connectors that match the terminals on the drivers.
It comes complete with a built-in sealing gasket, mounting screws, and installation instructions. Also, here is a step-by-step pictorial showing how to install it.
The ACC 004 A is built to upgrade these EPI and Epicure models:
And finally, a photo of the product:
And a close up of the proprietary capacitors I use: