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Old 18th July 2019, 04:48 PM   #1
Bare is offline Bare  Canada
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My old Altec Lansing 2.1 desktop system .. Died. Now in need of a replacement.
IMO Retail computer speakers seem as either Junk or expensive fashion statements
Thinking of a 2.1 Lm 1875 based amp ~ 20 watts.
Parts are on order from Mouser.
Want a reasonable Cheapish driver preferably from Dayton or Peerless, as those have always been good $ vs performance units in the past.
Small is good as speakers have to fit my desk top. Likely 3" (?) as the size guess and High 80's db. Not a lot of power to waste in lm1875's
Not spending large on Computer drivers, as I already own V good speakers.. this is for beside my computer screen usage.
Ample on hand Dow Foam and Foam core.. for box experiments
Have considered Exciters as an experiment.. worth the effort though ?

Suggestions please ?
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Old 18th July 2019, 06:12 PM   #2
Tom V is offline Tom V  United States
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One of the Woden Design's Baby Labs? I am running Alpair 5.2 Bloodhounds on my desktop right now driven by a Sure T-amp. It should be a nice experiment with a foam core prototype.

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Old 19th July 2019, 02:52 AM   #3
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Thank you.. that does look interesting.
Was hoping for a driver for a bit less coin tho.
Have MA drivers .. not enamoured enough to want more
Maybe something from Dayton or Peerless ?
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Old 19th July 2019, 07:42 AM   #4
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Dayton and Peerless (the good ones) are as expensive as Mark Audio. But a Dayton P220 is a good candidate i think if you don't want a Mark Audio. Also Tangband makes great FR drivers.
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Old 19th July 2019, 12:13 PM   #5
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Cannot think of a cheaper and easier build for desktop speakers than the mini Karlsonators. Many many happy owners of mini Karlsonators in either foam core or wood. They sound absolutely amazing for their size. I've built the 0.4x with Peerless TC9FD18 drivers and drive them (and a small diy sub) with a cheap TPA3116 2.1 amp. But I also heard Skylar's dual 3FE25-16 0.53x mini Karlsonators, which is even more amazing (powered by a Class A amp). Here is my build.
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Old 19th July 2019, 12:40 PM   #6
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Best bet on computer speakers -- the "Goodwill Store" -- almost always have several pair.
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Old 19th July 2019, 01:48 PM   #7
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Hi Bare, I'm using the 3 inch SB Acoustics SB10PGC21-4 in a 4"X4"X6" (inside dims) sealed box with good results. Sound surprisingly good and under $20 each.

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Old 19th July 2019, 06:00 PM   #8
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Thank you all .. your input is appreciated and useful.
Yess.. I'm being cheap.
Had previously narrowed choices to:
a) Peerless TC8FD05-04 3" ~ 11$
b) Peerless TC9FD18-08 3-1/2" ~ 12$
c) Dayton Audio DMA80-8 3" neodym ~16$

But buying Drivers 'unheard' is a risky path.
Anyone familiar with these rascals ?

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Old 20th July 2019, 02:30 AM   #9
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You could have a look into X's threads about subjective shootouts between many small full range drivers out there.

In that list, the TC9.
And put them in the mini-ks and that's all the sound you will need.

There is a guy using them as small monitors for his music production nice endorsement, I should say.
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Old 20th July 2019, 04:51 PM   #10
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Yess did that..thanks Lots of reading thru convoluted and intertwined threads.
TC9 is affordable and seemingly well regarded.
Certainly good 'nuff for my needs
Are the Tc 7's or 8's the same driver, with smaller cones ?
Worth considering over the Tc9?
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