Loudspeakers for Cool Audio Consoles

The loudspeakers are a significant portion of the design effort for an integrated audio system, they can be a significant portion of the material cost, and they are probably the most significant factor in how good the system sounds.  Some options

  • Design from scratch.   Design software and test equipment on-hand.  Requisite design skills – ???  OK, I’m not too old to learn!
  • Use an existing DIY design.  Lots of options on the Web.
  • Integrate existing loudspeakers.  Thrift shops are full of used loudspeakers, and, among the dross, there are some classics at bargain prices.

Here are some ideas

  • Dynaco A25. 20″ x 11.5″ x 10″

I have one set of these 1970’s Danish classics, which would be ideal for a Scandinavian Stereo Console.  Need some TLC on the veneer and probably new grille cloth.  It would be nice to find something like the original linen.

  •  Paradigm Atoms. 10.5″ x 6.5″ x 8″

I have two pairs of these 1980’s Canadian classics.  Compact and sound great.

  •  Koss M80. 12.75″ x 5.25″ x 5.5″

I have one set of these 1980’s speakers.  Nice teak finish.

  •  IKEA bowl speakers

If I’m going to do an homage to the Clairtone Project G,  I need spherical speakers.   There has been a minor Maker movement building spherical speakers with Ikea Blanda Bowls.    Typically these use small full-range drivers.  The ones in the picture above use Mark Audio CHR 70’s.  USD36 each.  I have enough of the 12″ bowls to make one set.

Compact DIY speaker design with good reviews.  Just a bit smaller than the Atoms.  Parts cost for a pair probably under USD100.

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