Difference Between High $ speakers and a $99 Speaker

Discussion in 'Microphones, Speakers & Audio Processing' started by KA5ROW, Dec 17, 2017.

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  1. W6UV

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    How about the Yamaha CM500? Less than $60 at Amazon and it includes a mic.
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  2. N0TZU

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    That's what I have. Works well.
  3. G3YRO

    G3YRO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I obviously use headphones when working weak DX on 160m . . .

    But if I'm having a good old chat on SSB with someone, it's nice to have it on the Loudspeaker.

    Even more so if it's a net with several people . . . you can wander round the room doing other things while listening (or even pop into the next room).

    However, I've NEVER used the small internal 'speaker in any rig. (in the old days, rigs never had built-in speakers anyway)

    Roger G3YRO
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  4. K7TRF

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    Agreed. The headphones are great for weak signal work or to avoid bothering other folks in the household but a decent shack speaker is nice for casually listening to nets or other times when I'm doing other stuff around the shack but want to hear the radio. The speaker is also handy when demonstrating radio operations to a friend, nephew, niece, etc.
  5. NL7W

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    I found a pair of JBL Pro III bookshelf speakers on eBay, and use them individually of different HF rigs. I think I paid $35 for the pair.
    They continue to amaze me with their sound.

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    And they look good on the desktop, too. :)
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  6. K4EM

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    Buy a TV center channel speaker at Goodwill, I bought 4 over the last year, $6 each. Far superior audio than any expensive radio speaker. I have 2 showing on my QRZ page, these are the largest one's I own. The other are a bit smaller.

  7. KN4DQE

    KN4DQE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a pair of old rear surround speakers left from my old speaker setup that I used. They sound amazing, compared to the built in speaker!!
  8. KA5ROW

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    I really like the looks of the Icom SP-23 and SP-34 but that is a lot of money, I may do search on e-Bay for that deal that one is decent shape. But after several post I just might get a $60 set of computer speakers. That is what I have on my current computer I have had them about 10 years. I am not in any hurry as I have a Icom SP-20 that works great. If all else fails I will get a small metal box and put a multi position switch to go from one to another. I have 3 HF rigs. And a rebuilt by me a Kenwood TS-530sg.
  9. KV4PD

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    No, no, no. Everyone has this wrong. It's not the speakers that matter, it's the oxygenated cable that creates the magic. You absolutely have to use that type of cable. Just ask any audiophile and that is what they'll tell you. :eek:
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  10. N7WR

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    I use some fairly inexpensive 8 ohm book shelf speakers for both my HF and V/UHF radios in the shack. They sound fine

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