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Need Help With Some Vintage Speakers

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So I've decided that I want to get some old speakers that were sitting around in a storage room in my house working on my ps2/ps3. They're Pioneer CS-33s, and apparently they were working when they were put away. The cables are just plain bad, and one (don't know which) doesn't work. I was wondering what I need to do to get these things ticking again, specifically what cables I need to get and hooking them up right, as well as if I need an amplifier to get more power to run them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 3

Yes you need an amp. From the back of the speaker, looks like maximum power output is 25 W RMS, so if matching with a more powerful amp, be careful not to turn the volume up too loud or you might burn a voice coil.

 

For wire from amp to speaker, you can strip the jacket and wrap the bare wire around the speaker's screw terminals and tighten - this can be tricky since it's fairly easy to cause a short this way as well as inadvertently cutting off strands of wire, but it works in a pinch. For a more permanent solution, most likely a 1/4" spade termination on the speaker end will work fine.

post #3 of 3
^^

Agreed.

Although I wouldn't get your hopes up on those speakers. Apparently, it's not uncommon for the paper surrounds on the drivers in that model to have deteriorated, and they are not repairable. And as a consequence, if they do sound OK, don't abuse them.

Since you have a PS2/PS3, look for an older model audio/video receiver on Craigslist. That's your best bet for finding budget amplification.
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