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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by DJ Delorie, May 21, 2007.

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  1. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Anyone know of a reasonable source of speakers? I'm talking
    individual units, not wall-mount modules. Digikey and Mouser have a
    limited selection, and Radio Shack seems to be out of the market for
    those. My google-fu was insufficient to find the components without
    the plethora of pre-built units or motivational speakers.

    I'm looking for something in the 1-10 watt range, that fits in a 1.8"
    (46mm) wide slot, with reasonable low frequency response. Only need a
    pair. I've got a pair of "notebook" speakers, but they sound really
    tinny, so I'm trying to find something better.

    (and yes, I know it's not my amp's design - I put my stereo's speakers
    on it and they sound fine)

    DJ
     
  2. krw

    krw Guest

    I did a quick search (I don't use Google ;) and found a few places
    like: http://www.madisound.com/about/loudspeakers.php The prices
    are *all* over the place. ;-)

    Oh, that's tiny. Are you going to get reasonable bass response from
    something that small?
    ;-)
     
  3. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I saw tons of those at a local warehouse outlet. Kinda like for TV's.
    There may be a distributor who specializes in small speakers, but
    for the most part, look in electronic surplus. All Electronics, etc.

    greg
     
  4. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Well, that's a good question. I've got to think about speaker size,
    enclosure design, and electronics and see just how far I can get
    before I have to punt and go with one big speaker instead of two
    smaller ones. The target device is a bedside alarm clock, and most
    are monaural anyway.
     
  5. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    There probably isn't. I don't know of any serious demand for quality miniature
    speakers.

    Graham
     
  6. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    I was hoping the notebook's popularity would push the demand.
     
  7. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I bought my Vifa tweeters from Denmark at www.solen.ca

    However, I don't know if they'll have what you're looking for..
    D from BC
     
  8. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Why would they need quality ? Typical computer sound never has been anything
    much to write home about.

    Graham
     
  9. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Well, *relatively* better quality at least ;-)

    It's not like I'm going to put a pair of Boston reference monitors on
    my nightstand.
     
  10. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Speaker quality actually is a major concern (or at least marketing
    consideration) for laptops being marketed to the "multimedia" and "high-end
    gaming" segments of the market. HP routinely pimps the speaker manufacturer
    in their laptop advertisements.

    I have a tiny Sony laptop that has speakers each about the size of the eraser
    on a pencil... and of course the quality is pretty awful. :)
     
  11. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Of course the marketing idiots pimp their product. It's still lousy though. They
    fix it by paying to put impressive sounding brand names on the product that never
    went anywhere near the factories (if any exist) of the impressive sounding brand
    name. It impresses enough ppl to get way with it though.

    It still sounds crap.

    As you'd expect.

    Graham
     
  12. krw

    krw Guest

    Vuild the speaker into the night stand. Maybe a radio or optical
    link inbetween. ;-)
     
  13. You should haf got her a box of candy.
     
  14. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Oh man...that was so lame it was funny :)
    D from BC
     
  15. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I said to check surplus houses. If you want small speakers then its best to go where
    they are. That pretty much dictates ordering large quantities from a Chinese, Japanese, or
    other manufacturer. They would give you specs or get a custom design.

    greg
     
  16. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    Yup, I've been checking those.
    I need two ;-)
     

  17. Thanks :)
    (hobbles off...)
     
  18. GregS

    GregS Guest

  19. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

  20. Mark Zenier

    Mark Zenier Guest

    Do you mean 1.8 inch in diameter, or front to back thickness?

    I doubt that you'd find anything more than 300 milliwatts real power
    in a 2 inch speaker. I guess that would equate to about 10 watts PMPO.

    Try the repair oriented distributors like MCM. Check on repairfaq.org.
    Somebody was mentioning sources for speakers in rec.radio.shortwave a
    month or five ago, too. dig, dig, dig ... www.hosfelt.com

    Mark Zenier
    Googleproofaddress(account:mzenier provider:eskimo domain:com)
     
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