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    Question Home speakers in the car

    Hello all ...

    A relatively simple question that I've not been able to find here, on 12volt, etc. What is the basic difference between home speakers and car speakers? I've heard car speakers are 'shielded' but don't know how that will affect the stereo or if it can be fixed. I would also guess that the power supply will be different but also guess that there's a workaround for that that's probably cheaper than buying 8 new speakers.

    I ask because I am flush with perfectly good home speakers that I just don't really need ... but have no speakers to install in my car unless I can buy some or Frankinsteinify the bunch I have around the house.

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    Home speakers normally have a resistance of 8 Ohms, whereas car speakers are normally 4ohms or even 2ohms.

    therefore depending on headunit or amplier you will more than likely have a impedance mismatch. The higher resistance is likely to put more of a starin on the amp/HU, and you won't get the same power output as rated.

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    Red's gonna have a heart attack when she sees this thread...home speakers in a car!!!..she will have nightmares

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    DJ speakers in the car :-D haha one of my friend was messing around and he did that off a 1000 watt amp on my jbl speakers droped em down to 4 ohms :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Home speakers normally have a resistance of 8 Ohms, whereas car speakers are normally 4ohms or even 2ohms.

    therefore depending on headunit or amplier you will more than likely have a impedance mismatch. The higher resistance is likely to put more of a starin on the amp/HU, and you won't get the same power output as rated.
    a higher resistance will put less strain on the headunit or amplifier and thus you will get less than the output rated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    Red's gonna have a heart attack when she sees this thread...home speakers in a car!!!..she will have nightmares
    absolutely not...

    some of hte best sounding vehicles in competitions are using home speakers.

    it's been going of for ever...

    for example: Morel, Mark Levenson, etc...

    you can run a car audio amplifier at 8 ohms, you will just have less power out of it. A lot of the higher end home audio equipment out there (speakers, amps, etc) actually run at lower impedences....4-2 ohm. So many times there isn't an issue there.

    For instance, the Focal Beryllium tweeters that I am waiting on for my car....came from the home line....they have just been tweeked a bit for car use....

    remember that black eclipse (Mickey) that I posted pics of from the pics from padre thread? Those tweeters that he's running are the home berylliums....(which is why I took a picture of them...lol).

    Totally possible and very feasable....if set-up right
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    Quote Originally Posted by impulsenine
    Hello all ...

    A relatively simple question that I've not been able to find here, on 12volt, etc. What is the basic difference between home speakers and car speakers? I've heard car speakers are 'shielded' but don't know how that will affect the stereo or if it can be fixed. I would also guess that the power supply will be different but also guess that there's a workaround for that that's probably cheaper than buying 8 new speakers.

    I ask because I am flush with perfectly good home speakers that I just don't really need ... but have no speakers to install in my car unless I can buy some or Frankinsteinify the bunch I have around the house.

    steve
    you will need to know what kind of home speakers they are first of all...or let us know....and we can work from there possibly...

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    I agree with Red, but watch out because car speakers are built with the harsh automotive environment in mind. (open your door panel after a rainy day, you will probably find moisture/condensation in there)
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    might as well add Focal to that list of home speakers that are used in the car at times....
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    Duly noted - I will continue this thread when I've gathered, tested, optioned, and approve all my potential speakers.

    In particular, this came up because I have a nice pair of 2.1 PC speakers whose wiring is all sorts of bad (that is, the wiring between the bass/amp and the sattelites is a cruddy hardwired cable) but the speakers themselves are very nice and clear. Seems a waste to not use them. Uhh plus I won't have to blow tons of cash on speakers.

    I wonder if it's possible to have all these crazy carputer/stereo /lighting ideas come to life for <$1000 ... 'cos that would

    Oh and Red ... nice homepage. I'm hoping to do similar things with me vehicle and on the web.
    You are all guilty of feeding the drug habit I have: obsessing with my car. Damn you!!

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