These are the specifications as published by Philips:

  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system
  • Frequency Response: 43Hz to 20kHz
  • Power Handling: 100W, Recommended Amplifier: 10 to 80W
  • Crossover Frequency: 650, 7000Hz
  • Impedance: 6Ω, Sensitivity: 87dB
  • Bass: 1 x 8", Midrange: 1 x 4" glass fibre, Tweeter: 1 x 18mm Supronyl dome
  • Finish: black/walnut foil
  • Dimensions: 630 x 260 x 280mm, Enclosure: 30 litre
  • Weight: 12.5kg

Technical specs

The FB830 uses the following drivers, produced in the Philips factory in Belgium:

  • woofer 80629/W8DC
  • mid 40409/SQ8
  • tweeter 402 T8 FF

The drivers are placed in a 30mm MDF frontpanel, all other panels are 19mm MDF. The drivers are in separate chambers inside the speaker so they will not interfere with each other.

It uses the following filter (click for larger size):
FB830 filter
In reality the filter looks like this (two photo's combined, so the images has a slightly distorted perspective):

Refoaming the surrounds

First thing to do is to remove the plastic covers. If you have strong nails you should be able to pull them off with your hands. They are glued on a couple of points. Then remove the speakers with a torx screwdriver. On the photo you can see the filter attached to the left side next to the woofer.

Next step is to remove the foam surrounds. Start first by removing them physically. Take care that you don't damage the speaker. I used a small knife, but not to cut, but to "push" the old foam off. The old foam is very sticky, so you better put an old newspaper or so underneath.

Next you start with alcohol. The foam dissolves in alcohol. Use a cloth with quite some alcohol, and put it on the foam remainders which will become soft. First you can use a knife to scrape the soft foam off, later you can use a cloth to get it off.

The mids (squawkers) are easier to clean, they have some kind of plastic coating which makes it easier to use a lot of alcohol to dissolve the foam. The frame has a cork-like material, which is also easy to clean with lots of alcohol.

Now everything is cleaned you can try the new foam rings. It is recommended to try them on without glue first, so you can see if they fit right.

It's glue time! The glue from audiofriends is white, but dries transparent. I added a few drops of black ink to the glue, so it looks blue, but dries black. Since the rings are glued on the back of the speaker cone it's a bit tricky, but the specific audiofriends manual describes it well.. First glue on the foam ring, and then put the foam ring around the speaker cone. We did it with two persons which makes it much easier to get it on the right place without getting glue everywhere. Since the rings fit almost perfectly, it's not very hard to get them on the right spot.

Next is the most tricky part of the work: glue the new foam surrounds to the frame, and center the cone correctly. I followed the audiofriends manual. Put clamps on four corners, and test the cone alignment by pressing on all sides. Once satisfied, glue the bits in between. I put bits of thick round cable on top of the glue'ed surround, and placed the speaker upside down on those cable bits. The weight of the speaker itself is now pressing the foam surround on the frame.

After that you can glue the corners themselves. I shifted the pieces of cable to the corners, and placed them upside-down again.

After finishing the woofers I tried to do the same with the mids. But the new foam surrounds stick already to the cork-like material of the frame without any glue, so I found it very hard to shift the foam surround when centering them. Just removing a clamp and pushing a bit was not enough to move the surround. After a while I decided to glue and center in one go: as long as the glue is fresh, it acts as lubricant and makes centering easier. But you have little time, you have maybe 5 or 10 minutes to get it perfect. I created some new cable pieces, this time much thinner than the pieces I used for the woofers. I couldn't place them upside-down with these pieces, so I added a few more clamps and pushed them by hand a few times.

And the last bits are easy: wait a day for the glue to become really hard, place the drivers back into the box, and start playing. The first week the foam surrounds might be a little stiff, but the sound should improve after playing for a while.