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Old 29th April 2005, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Why doesn't this sound dreadful?

I was feeling too lazy to hook up my bookshelf speakers, so I hooked up some 10 fullrangers I had lying around. I just wanted to listen to music, I didn't particularly care about the quality at time, I just needed a fix

I put in a CD and was surprised to find that, with the treble almost right up, these things sounded quite nice! Maybe I just have really low standards as to what sounds good, but I'm pretty sure the imaging is better than my 150 bookshelf speakers I have, and although the very top end is missing, you can still make most of the detail. Obviously there's NO bass, but you can feel it through the desk


Anyone else had any pleasant surprises with really cheap speakers?

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Old 29th April 2005, 09:11 PM   #2
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I'm always amazed how much detail my clock radio outputs.
That 2 inch speaker is very good in what it's supposed to do although it's the best low-fi I have apart from the telephone speaker.

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Old 29th April 2005, 09:17 PM   #3
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I think it's the galvanized boxes you have them stuck to. No better imaging than that is there?

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There may be some psycho-acoustics going on with masking, etc. (not something I know about, just been doing a little reading) but as for the imaging, you're operating a dipole speaker so the wavefront is concentrated a bit more. Sitting right in front of them you're likely to get some good sound, IMHO.
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Welcome to the world of open baffle. Tape some cardboard baffles on them and the sound will really fill out. Those metal boxes may also be helping by sucking up some of the magnetic field and raising the Q of the driver.
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I'm actually half way through making some wooden baffles for them at the moment I think I should finish them tommorow
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The thing I like about cardboard is the instant gratification. How else will you know what size and shape wooden baffles to use?
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I guessed I suspect that they're not big enough, actually.
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For nearfield, my guess is that they are probably bigger than necessary.
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I guessed I suspect that they're not big enough, actually.
Usually as big as you can live with isn't big enuff

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