Speakers for garage and for bedroom

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I'm looking for two pairs of speakers. Not bought hifi stuff for ages, so any ideas would be great. Happy to buy new or secondhand (I'm in Dundee, if there's anything local).

Bedroom speakers: I'd like some bookshelf speakers for the bedroom, to use for music (rock, folk, jazz, some electronic...) and TV. Won't be used at very high volume. Don't need to be tiny, but shouldn't be *too* massive or ugly. Will be put on a table/chest of drawers, so should work OK without stands. I'd prefer to keep the budget under £200 (won't be used for critical listening) but could stretch a bit for something nice. Active speakers would be handy - and could spend a little more - but I have a spare amp I could use if not :)

Garage speakers: something fun to use for music when I workout, preferably not much over £100. Secondhand may be best here - big, old speakers that go loud and deep could be good! Ugly/battered would be fine.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

 

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The choices are many and I guess you are governed by what you can collect locally or to buy from someone prepared to post.

Something like these perhaps (some of these come with postage if they catch your eye (or should it be ears)  -  but I would personally take the tack of finding stuff you like the look of - read the reviews and then ask on here.

Anyways I did a flick through ebay and here are a few suggestions which you may or may not like .. some even have postage as an option for not too much money.

very efficient only needs a small amp https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2X-1-Pair-KLIPSCH-RP-150M-RP150M-BLACK-EBONY-LOUDSPEAKERS-STUNNING-USED-COND/293044344782?hash=item443acdd7ce:g:WNoAAOSwmDJcrxGz 

or how about the B&O CX series (wall mountable and well within budget and comes in bigger sizes too) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pair-B-O-Bang-Olufsen-White-2xBeovox-CX50-with-cables-wall-mounting-brackets/293049005953?hash=item443b14f781:g:26EAAOSw5eBcacLc

Old Castles are good value (the speakers not the buildings) so perhaps something like this may do the bedroom https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CASTLE-ACOUSTiCS-Limited-Speakers-X2-Richmond-2-Model-Solid-Wood-1970s/223484578298?hash=item3408b809fa:g:JIIAAOSwMQ1cQ36u

As I said there are many choices and these are but a tiny few. 

How about these for the garage https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CELEF-PE1-Speakers/163649369699?hash=item261a433663:g:1f4AAOSwkCdcsyGH very rare and get a replacement tweeter (probably change both) with suitable replacement (ask Falcon Acoustics for advice) 

JR149s might be right up your street but they will cost circa £300 but you may get lucky .. 

or how about an old pair of Wharfedales with a 12 inch bass unit for the garage  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Legendary-Wharfedale-Melton-2-hifi-speakers-with-10-12-inch-woofers-very-heavy/163640479727?epid=11016453387&hash=item2619bb8fef:g:TewAAOSwMPxapwec

Or how about an old pair of Kefs https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KEF-104-Reference-Series-Loudspeakers-In-Teak-Finish-Type-SP1038/303128185763?hash=item4693d90ba3:g:y2sAAOSw4FRctjCo get these for under £150 and you would probably get that back just selling the drive units

Or how about an older pair of B&Ws like these for the garage https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bowers-Wilkins-B-W-DM4-speakers/153451754318?hash=item23ba6ff34e:g:qzkAAOSwmThcs5sJ

of course for the garage an old pair of PA loudspeakers may fit the bill better  something like these perhaps https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Peavey-15-speakers/153450154606?hash=item23ba578a6e:g:VE4AAOSwp~Vcemyv  if you look  you may find some nice PA loudspeakers with built in amps (makes things nice and compact) 

Have fun 

 

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I can only pass on the advice given to me over looking for a small pair of speakers and Lurch suggested Goodmans Maxim 2 . As I know Lurch has a great system and knows waht things should sound like I bought a pair from Ebay that day for around £45 delivered . 

Lurch was right they are superb sounding units and even using a very cheap amplifier they can easily fill a large space and when listened to in isolation as you noramlly do you wonder why you would need anything better. 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Goodmans-Maxim-2-Speakers/254065420674?hash=item3b277aa982:g:d6sAAOSwLNxcOOmv

 

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I can sort both pairs for you if you'd be interested in a pair of Maxim2s for the bedroom and a pair of Celestion Ditton 15 for the garage. Have them sat in a cupboard doing nothing and would be happy to post both pairs. 

 
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Just an idea for the garage, I use an old pair of speakers and sub (small) from an ancient Dell PC I once had, surprisingly OK!

 

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Thanks! I've bid on one of the ebay speakers, so will see what comes of that...

 

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Anyone experiences with the Beolab 4000s? There's a pair of those nearby...

 

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For the bedroom system I would seriously suggest a pair of Studiospares/Seiwin actives. Ridiculously cheap at the moment, I had a pair of SN4s on the desktop that were excellent. Even when pressed into service as a 'main system' they managed incredibly well and well above their cost, currently just £90 pr.

Bear in mind these are simple active speakers, zero functionality, so you will at least need a volume control of some sort. SN5s or SN6s will fill a bigger space, though a bit more money.

For the garage/gym, check out 'disco speakers' on eBay. Don't buy anything that includes the horrible motorola piezo tweeter, the ubiquitous, round,  3 inch model is awful, though the bigger horn loaded models are ok.

 

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For the garage/gym, check out 'disco speakers' on eBay. Don't buy anything that includes the horrible motorola piezo tweeter, the ubiquitous, round,  3 inch model is awful, though the bigger horn loaded models are ok.
Those Skytech speakers I have use the flat piezos, and they sound OK.  Piezos are frequently used with just a resistor, and that is not the right way to do it. https://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/using-piezo-tweeters-wisely-a-how-to.79659/

 

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I'm looking for two pairs of speakers. Not bought hifi stuff for ages, so any ideas would be great. Happy to buy new or secondhand (I'm in Dundee, if there's anything local).

Bedroom speakers: I'd like some bookshelf speakers for the bedroom, to use for music (rock, folk, jazz, some electronic...) and TV. Won't be used at very high volume. Don't need to be tiny, but shouldn't be *too* massive or ugly. Will be put on a table/chest of drawers, so should work OK without stands. I'd prefer to keep the budget under £200 (won't be used for critical listening) but could stretch a bit for something nice. Active speakers would be handy - and could spend a little more - but I have a spare amp I could use if not :)

Garage speakers: something fun to use for music when I workout, preferably not much over £100. Secondhand may be best here - big, old speakers that go loud and deep could be good! Ugly/battered would be fine.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

:whistle:

Handsome, highly regarded, well reviewed etc. But enough about me: back to the speakers.

 
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Garage ? I have some old speakers from a mini system. I added some el-cheapo piezo tweeters, moved the port from back to bottom, stuffed with loft insulation and they sound cracking. I would not spend more than £10...unless you plan to audition serious. Some old Mission 760’s can be had cheaply.

 

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Thanks - a good price for the MAs, and I'm sure they'll sell quickly, but I've heard a previous iteration and they weren't to my taste...

On the plus-side, I hadn't realised Private Classifieds were back - thanks for letting me know! Will post a wanted ad.

 

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I've seen some Quad 9L active for ~£200. They seem like they might fit the bill for the bedroom, but not quite sure if they'd be loud enough - this is a largish (14ft by 10ft) bedroom. Anyone have any experience with them?