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Somewhat less blingy


Nathan Strum

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About a year-and-a-half ago, I posted about a couple of Lynx upgrades I bought - McWill's excellent replacement screen, and SainT's Micro SD multicart.

When repairing my 2600 last year, I ordered a bunch of parts from Best Electronics - chips, joystick repair kits, and so on. Also, I added one of their Lynx replacement speakers. Now - my speaker actually worked, but for $12.50, I thought maybe the upgrade would be worth it. But it just sat in the box, waiting for me to get around to it.

Since I had worked on my 2600 yesterday, I finally decided to go ahead and do the speaker swap today. It doesn't require any soldering, just a bit of careful disassembling/reassembling.

I didn't take a bunch of pictures this time, but here are the two speakers, midway through the swap:

lynx-speakers.jpg
The top (clear) one is the replacement. The lower (black) one is the original.

Here's the new speaker in place before reassembly:

lynx-speaker-installed.jpg
The hard part, is not breaking off the little plastic tabs that hold the speaker in place.

Anyway, I reassembled the Lynx, fired it up... and presto!

It... uh... has sound.

I guess I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It sounded okay. After all, you're not going to get hi-fi out of a tiny little speaker.

I wasn't even sure it was any better than before.

Fortunately, I recorded a "before" and "after" video. Skip about halfway to hear the "after".



This was recorded at close range with my iPhone 6S. So while not the best recording, it actually does give a very good comparison of what these two speakers sound like.

Flipping between the two, the new one does sound better. A little bit fuller. Bass is slightly improved. But if I hadn't shot the "before" video... I probably never would've known. Again - my original speaker wasn't fried, so I wasn't trying to fix something that was broken.

Anyway, if yours is broken, then I think this is a worthwhile swap. It certainly won't make the kind of difference McWill's screen did though. If you want better sound... get a good pair of lightweight headphones. (I've been using the Koss PortaPro for decades. They sound excellent, and have a lifetime warranty. I've worn out two pair, and they replaced them for the cost of shipping.)
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