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Trying to resurect some old boom box speakers Answered

I recently took apart an old boom box and salvaged 4 working speakers out of it. Then, I thought it would be fun to mount them in my workshop so I could plug in my ipod and listen to music while I work. I've tested them out and they all worked when I connected the leads to wires from an old pair of headphones. The only problem is there not very loud, so I would like to give them some more power but I'm not sure how to do that. Two of them say 8ohm 3w, on the back and the other 2 say 8ohm 5w, and then I have another random speaker that says 2w, 8ohm, 4w max. So, how much power can those speakers handle (in volts and amps) and how do I hook them up?

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

8 years ago

You need an amp for the speakers. Larger speaker do not automatically mean more volume. Your iPod doesn't put out enough power to fully drive the speakers at the peak potential. So an amp is needed to boost the signal.

The Speakers have all the information you need on them. A nice little 3W amp is all you need to drive those speakers. You can find small speaker amp instructables and build your own.

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iamphantom
iamphantom

8 years ago

Did you hook up an amplifier? Its probably quiet because you don't have an amp hooked up to the speakers. If you have a stereo system try hooking them up to that and see if that helps or just buy a small stereo amp they cant be that much for a small one.