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Old 23rd June 2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Classic drive-in theater speakers converted to desktop PC speakers.

This is a project I completed in May 2013 but finally got around to actually using today.

I've always liked the '50s deco design of classic drive-in theater speakers. Picked up a set in a style that I liked (Projected Sound of Plainfield, Indiana was the manufacturer) and pulled them apart. The most important part of this simple project was finding a full-range speaker element that fit, depth-wise. Luckily I was able to pull dimensions from one of the online retailer websites and found that a set of Kicker CS4 would fit perfectly and had the right bolt pattern.

My original idea was to use the post support bracket that the speakers would have hung from when not in use as the housing for a little T-class amplifier, drilling holes through for the knobs and connectors. That part sort of fell by the wayside as, in my final use on my desk, I'm already using a larger T-class amp that is hidden underneath.

Very pleasantly surprised at the sound. True vocals and midrange. Bass is crisp but less than the larger wood cabinet speakers I was using previously, which likely means the sound is more accurate rather than the wood cabinet coloring the sound.
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Old 24th June 2014, 12:00 AM   #2
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Boy! That takes me back! Great use for them!

Hidden somewhere around here I have some RCAs for doing a '50s era diner decor breakfast nook. At the rate the exterior property rehab is progressing though, I may never get it built. Sadly, the drivers are unsalvageable.

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Old 2nd July 2014, 02:36 AM   #3
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I missed this thread. I like those. Great idea. Imagine 5 of those for a small surround sound setup.
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Old 2nd July 2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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I missed this thread. I like those. Great idea. Imagine 5 of those for a small surround sound setup.
I had originally envisioned them as rear surrounds until the wife nixed the idea for the living room. Nevertheless, mated with a small sub, I can imagine these would do fine as mains and surrounds.

If I were to let my imagination run with the idea of an art deco/mid-century look, it would be interesting to mate these with surrounds built from vintage microphones... which would already have their own floor stands if needed.
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Nice job thinking out of the box. Now imagine twenty +/- of those mounted as a line array. That could make for interesting theater room main speakers.
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Old 3rd July 2014, 02:24 AM   #6
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Old 8th July 2014, 10:29 AM   #7
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pretty cool
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Default Drive-in speakers, converted for use on a patio

Here are a pair I refurbished and fitted with Sony FR's.
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