Satellit 800

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I am always thinking about some crazy scheme to soup up a radios performance. With the Grundig Satellit 800, the biggest thing that bothered me was that they copied so much of the 600/650’s features from Grundig of Germany but they didn’t bother to copy the speaker quality. The 600/650 has a high quality TWO way speaker, the 800 has a AVERAGE single speaker. After dismantling the 800 and analyzing it I determined that one of Alpine car speakers, acquired at a garage sale and placed in my speaker inventory for occasions like this, would be the PERFECT choice.

The items needed for this project are:

  • Phillips screwdriver, preferably one with a long shaft
  • Method of securing the speaker. I went for something non destructive and reversible. I used three cable anchors and 3 cable ties.
  • Speaker. The stock speaker is 4 inches; I used a 5 ¼ inch car speaker. Fortunately there is a lot of room for the speaker so it shouldn’t be extremely hard to find one.
  • You will need to do some soldering of the speaker wires so have an iron or borrow one!

To get an idea what you are looking for study this picture:

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First step is to take the back off the 800. There are six screws on the back and three on the bottom, remove them and keep them safe. Flip the back off by lifting from the bottom of the back case and pulling it clockwise. The top will stay connected till it is ready to release itself. Be careful of the antenna and back connectors. There is nothing attached but they may grab. Put the back aside. At this point remove all the front knobs.

Now look at the speaker and follow the speaker wires to a connector near the external speaker jack. Carefully pull the connector off the board.

We can now remove all the screws holding the chassis to the front panel. You will see at key points holes in the chassis where a screwdriver can go in. Take all those screws out. And pull the chassis away from the front. Be careful the speaker leads do not get caught.

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We can put the chassis aside for now. We now have to remove the front grill so we can remove the speaker. I used a razor to cut the cement holding the grill to the inside of the cabinet. Then with a small screwdriver bend the grill flaps on the inside so they will go through the slots. Carefully push the tabs so the front grill cab can be removed from the cabinet. The black material can be carefully removed. Now just unscrew the four screws holding in the speaker and remove the speaker.

Here is what we now have:

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Now using your soldering tools remove the speaker leads from the old speaker and attach it to yours.

At this point you need to determine how to mount the speaker. With any luck the speaker will rest perfectly on the four posts surrounding the speaker hole. If your speaker is 4 inch, it might fit through the front like the original. I used the cable ties to secure it resting on the 4 posts. See here:

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Test the fit by putting the chassis back and see if there interference from the speaker to the chassis.

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Now carefully put the black material back and then the grill , I just bent the tabs back and did not bother with cementing them. Then re assemble the 800 in the exact reverse order.

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