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Ryu

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:43 am

I have two of them just sitting in the shed i was wondering if there is an easy way to hook them up..unless i missed something, but i couldnt find anything about hooking up speakers if there is could somebody provide a link..

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:03 am

Are they car speakers or home speakers?
Ryu

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:13 am

there just speakers from a old stereo
PwrRngr

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:35 am

are you hooking them up for home audio or car audio? Post a picture of them so we can better understand what they are exactly.
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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:50 am

depending on how old they are and if they are for car audio or home audio will determine the answer.

if they are single or dual voice coils and such
Ryu

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:29 pm

There pretty old and i cant get a picture of them but i'll try when i get back iam going away for the weekend...tty all when i get back

the speakers where probably bought around when ATRAC was popular and they r hooked up to a ATRAC player it has the huge vinyal disc player on the top if that helps any
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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:16 pm

then im sure they are just single voice coil. 4 or 8 ohm
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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:10 pm

They're prolly home audio so they'll be 8 ohm.
justin

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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:51 pm

ive had some speakers from 60s/70s that had crazy impedance, like 16ohm and 32ohm. worked great with an old stereo receiver that could handle them, but what would they do to a modern setup?
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Post Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:14 pm

You can still run them even if they are 16ohm. If they're from the 60s/70s they won't have anywhere near the power capacity as modern amps can put out now. Just put a decent sized amp behind them. If they're that old you might hook them up and the surround will fall apart from dry rot, depending on the material.
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:00 am

Okay...how would i hook them up? because i cant find anything on here to hook up speakers...because iam about to go out and try to hook them up myself icon_biggrin.gif but if my ideas fail which they will i'll be on here lookin to see if anybody answered


I wanna hook it up in my car remember

UPDATE: I found sum **** on the back of the speaker (See Below)

Model A-90
12" 3-Way Acoustic
Suspension System
8 OHMS
60 Watts Peak

If that helps any icon_biggrin.gif
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:33 am

Hook it straight up to an amp. One speaker per channel. They are only 60 Watts PEAK, not RMS. If your amp can deliver 120 Watts Peak at 4 ohms it's strong enough to power them. I'm sure your amp will be able to drive those speakers w/ plenty of power to spare. Don't turn the volume up too loud or you'll destroy the speakers.
Ryu

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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:41 pm

Ah...I need an amp...something i dont have icon_biggrin.gif
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:58 pm

Do you have a home theater type reciever? You could hook them up to that to make sure they even work.
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:58 pm

you can run them off the head unit. Most likely won't be able to fully drive them but you'll get sound out of them.
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:49 pm

i'd have to take a lot of **** apart then wouldnt i if i ran it off the head unit?
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Post Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:20 pm

the head unit has 4 output channels and each speaker should have a positive and negative. Hook the speaker up to one channel of the head unit. Shouldn't be that much to take apart.
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:12 am

iam going to have to replace one of my speakers because i must have shorted one of them out so only 3/4 of my seakers work but yeah i'll give it a try if i dont mess anything up..do you have a diagram or something i can look at so i know what iam doing?
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:40 am

Diagram for the headunit? Each speaker will have 2 wires for it, one will be a solid color, the other will have a black stripe on it. The one with the stripe is the negative wire.

http://www.the12volt.com/request/request2.asp See if that helps.
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:57 am

^^
That's a beautiful diagram. Everyone should have a copy of that! (If they don't have the one that comes w/ their HU)
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:46 pm

k thanks...but now i have a differ problem...how do i get my car speakers outta my rear of my car...I cant seem to get it out, i dont wanna force it because then **** will break and that sucks...How do i get them out?

And another question The two wires hooking up to my car speakers how do I get them off the car speaker? Its hooked on to the speaker by this black thing how do i get that off of the speaker?
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:52 pm

Those are very specific questions that most likely won't be answered in detail unless...a) someone has the same car you have or b) you post pictures.

Where are you hooking them up? rear deck?
To get the black thing off there's most likely a clip you'll have to bend back and then pull it off. I would guarantee you'll have to press something or bend a tab back to get it off.

Another option, NOT RECOMMENDED, is to cut the wires. I would only do this if you're 100% your not going to use those speakers again. Seeing how you don't even know if these old speakers work, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS!!!
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:04 pm

Well the speaker that iam working on doesnt work soo what wires would i cut the copper ones?


Pwrrngr do you have AIM?
Ryu

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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:11 pm

Well the speakers that my bro has work they've been sitting in a box and rarely touched the box was hardly opened too so they should work
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:01 pm

You would cut the two wires that are attached to the speaker. Depending on how much extra wire there is you might leave 3-4" on the connector in case you ever want it back in the car. Remember, you can only cut once....
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:56 pm

I'm getting a mental image of some guy trying to hook up bookshelf speakers to his car doors icon_lol.gif
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