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Modding Hi-Fi speakers for PA system?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by SuperBassSam, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. SuperBassSam


    Feb 9, 2009
    Dorset, UK
    Hi all,

    I was wondering, would it be possible to rewire a set of old hi-fi speakers to fit to a standard PA system? What would that entail? And more importantly, would it sound reasonably decent or just sound like crap?

  2. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Hi-fi speakers are typically about 10 dB less sensitive - which means it takes ten times as much power to reach the same average level. They also typically don't have enough excursion or thermal power handling to allow that to happen when you start to get into the SPL needed for live performance.

    Don't even ask about mobile audio ; }
  3. kalle74


    Aug 27, 2004
    not to mention that they┬┤re propably low wattage, and thus would sound like crap. durability on the road would also be an issue, as they are designed to be used in a living room... i.e. not worth it.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the first kick drum hit would likely pop them. it's a completely different kind of speaker.

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