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.