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Old 5th May 2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Trying to design a simple sound system for a pool room

Hi everyone,

I am in the process of remodeling my garage into a pool/game room. I don't know anything about audio equipment and am so overwhelmed I am considering just putting in a good sound dock and calling it a day.

The dimensions of the room are 19'4" x 17'4". My plan was to put 2 speakers on the back wall and a subwoofer in a corner. All of my music is on an iPod so I would be hooking up to an amplifier via a 3.5 mm cable.

That is all I know, but I have no idea what wattage speakers and woofer would be appropriate for that size room, I don't know what amplifiers are good and what wattage is needed to power everything. I was hoping I could get some suggestions here. I am hoping to keep the entire setup under $500. I don't want some crappy setup, but I honestly don't have ears that could appreciate the subtleties of a several thousand dollar system.

Also, the speakers would be mounted on the back wall (17'4"), but I don't know where I should place them and how to angle them.
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Old 6th May 2013, 03:17 AM   #2
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You probably don't need lots of watts. You may want to look at one of the inexpensive 10-20 watts/channel class-D amps, or this bargain chip amp.
Then spend the other $400 on a pair of relatively efficient 2-ways with ~6" woofers and decent tweeters. Add a small powered subwoofer and you're all set. You'll need to optimize the placement after you get the gear.
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Old 6th May 2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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Just buy used stuff at yard sales and thrift stores. Watch out for rotten or missing foam surrounds on woofers, though. Speakers with 8" or larger woofers won't really need a subwoofer. If you do decide on a subwoofer, an obsolete (non-HDMI) AV receiver may be the cheapest way to go since it'll have a subwoofer output and the option to divert bass from the main speakers to the sub.
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