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Car Stereo In The House [message #91735] Tue, 21 April 2020 14:53 Go to next message
Nouri is currently offline  Nouri
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Do you think there is a way to re-do a car stereo along with the speakers to where it sounds good in your house? Or is there not enough power in a car unit?
Re: Car Stereo In The House [message #91736 is a reply to message #91735] Tue, 21 April 2020 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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A good car stereo is pretty much the same in quality as a good integrated receiver.

The part that is different is the speakers. A car stereo speaker is generally designed either to be used in a trunk - in which case it needs a really large box - or it is designed to be used in a door - in which case it needs a really small box.

On top of that, the environment of a car makes the sound field be dominated by reflections, so phase relationships are all over the place. As a result, a car speaker doesn't really need attention to things like the position of the forward lobe, because that is almost meaningless in a car stereo installation.

Long story short - I would probably not use car speakers in a house.
Re: Car Stereo In The House [message #91740 is a reply to message #91735] Wed, 22 April 2020 21:18 Go to previous message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi, Many car units are quite powerful. It is worth a try. An AC to DC "brick" putting out 12 vdc at say 5 or more amps ought to be suitable. They are cheap. Then just get some speakers to use on it. I have seen a number of rather decent speakers on the Parts Express web site. Some of their own Dayton brand would likely be fine. I don't know how they can make some of the 2 way book shelf ones for as inexpensively as they do. Naturally you can diy your own (probably cost more) or buy higher quality ones.

Good Listening
Bruce
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