I have a bunch of speakers what can i do with them?

My car has enough speakers. My room has enough speakers. My wallet has enough speakers. And I don't know what to do with all these speakers. I have 10 mid range speakers, 2 tweeters, 2 sub-woofers, and 14 headphone speakers. Now I'm not really concerned with the headphone speakers because they're cheap and if they just sit in a bag for a while I'm fine with that but I'd like to put the nicer speakers to work. I don't want a surround sound system for my living room and I already have speakers there (not surround sound). I made the credit card speaker instructable. I'd like to do something with the speakers but at this point I'm thinking about just scraping them for their neodymium magnets because I can't think of what else to do with them.

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Opcom7 years ago
There have been old articles and letters to the editor in popular mechanics, electronics illustrated, etc, over the decades about how to use a collection of small speakers, especially for frugal people. The ideas already here are good, but from remembering those articles is the suggestion of putting all of the similar-sized ones in one large enclosure or baffle. The articles often showed a 2x2FT or 2x3FT baffle with as many as 16 speakers in it. A box was built for it, and there it was.. The power back then was 10-20 watts, so don't expect this to work well with 100 watt speakers and 10W speakers all mixed, BUT - -the sound was always said to be quite full and clear from such a concoction. One project, called the "sweet sixteen" used a 4x4 array of very inexpensive 4" square table-radio speakers in a single 2x2FT box. It was to be driven by a typical 10-15 watt tube amp of the era. There were all kinds of weekend-projects for whatever speakers were on hand. cigar-box speakers, speakers mounted facing up in one end of a 4FT tall 10" diameter clay sewer pipe which stood on 1" legs, woofers mounted in closet doors, etc.

A random idea that just came up since the other answerer mentioned an echo chamber - find the plenum for your central A/C system and mount some of them to it there. Distribute the music the the whole house.. I'd try and find a location at least 10FT from the top of the furnace though to avoid hot/cold/humid air directly impinging on the speakers. Or, maybe put a rubber membrane between the speaker and the hole. haha well, maybe this is not a good idea, don't get me started on what to do with random PA horn speakers..
hoihoi1518 years ago
 make a paging system for your house so u can talk between rooms
abhishek7278 years ago
Here is a weird idea. How about placing a speaker or a set in each room and kitchen and bathroom and connect them all together? So, say you start a song in your room and you drop in the kitchen for a drink you would still be rocking to your song.
asdterror8 years ago
A big-box store next to where I live keeps the audio of all of their display TVs on-- walking past the array gives a really bizarre delay effect. I think it'd be cool to set up an echo chamber that has a row of speakers putting out the same signal. Perhaps you could mount a concrete tube vertically with the speakers in a row and just drop a mic down the shaft. I don't know-- maybe a limited effect. But the one time you use it it'd be remembered, I'm sure....
mbudde8 years ago
Talkboxes are pretty cool. You could make on of them.
This kinda fits into the surround sound. I can't remember the company doing this but the idea is that you have speakers in the ceiling above you. The company makes a product that works out the audio so that sounds like a helicopter flying over head actually come from the speakers overhead making it sound more realistic.