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Best budget speakers for Lepai LP-2020A amp

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Hello I am new to this forum and wanted to ask peoples advice on choosing a set of small budget speakers. I have just purchased a n LP-2020A amp and am now looking for a set of bookshelf speakers that match well with it for under £70 ($100). I have read that the Dayton Audio B652 speakers are a good match but I can't source them here in the UK. Any other recommendations? Thanks.
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Look for a used pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 or 10.1 (a UK brand). Very good speakers.
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Thanks for the recommendation cel4145 but these are a bit beyond my budget. I will keep a look out for a used set though.
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The Diamond 9.1s are available for £100 new. So I would think if you looked around, you might be able to find a used set for £70.

Also, B&W is an excellent UK speaker brand, although they are expensive new. But you might look for some ten to fifteen year old B&Ws.
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Oh, just noticed that you mentioned getting a used set not a new set. Duh
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Could you tell me what the difference between the black and red wire terminals are on the amp & speakers? Is one of the colours for the tweeter and the other for the sub woofer? Also i've noticed that some speakers have 2 wire terminals and some have 4. Why is this and how would you connect a pair of speakers that have 8 wires in all to an amp that only has 4 wire terminals?
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Could you tell me what the difference between the black and red wire terminals are on the amp & speakers? Is one of the colours for the tweeter and the other for the sub woofer? Also i've noticed that some speakers have 2 wire terminals and some have 4. Why is this and how would you connect a pair of speakers that have 8 wires in all to an amp that only has 4 wire terminals?

Black (and white) are for the ground signal (negative), so the black connectors on the amp and speakers are for the ground signal.

Colors (like Red) are for the positive signal connection.

So connect ground to ground and positive to positive.

Speakers wires usually come with a color strip (could be any color) on one of the two wires. so you know signal which is going thru which wire.

Sometimes speaker wire comes in two colors, gold color (copper) for the positive and silver color (aluminum) for the negative.

 

4 wires terminals allow you to use separate amplifiers, one for driving the tweeters and the other for driving the woofers (in one speaker)

Some amplifier/receivers can do a "bi-wire" setup (not the same as bi-amp), bi-wiring allows you to run separate channels from the one amplifier/receiver to the 4 terminals. One channel drives the tweeters and the other channel drives the woofer.

Bi-amping is were you are using two totally separate amplifiers, one to drive tweeters and the other to drive the woofers.

Bi-amping and bi-wiring means your are going to use 4 sets of wires to connect two speaker, usually the two "front" speakers.

 

Speakers with 4 terminals usually come with a two connectors, connecting the two positive terminals  and two negatives terminals, to each other.

Leave those 2 connectors in place if you just plan on connecting each speaker with one set of wires.

Remove the 2 connectors if you want to connect using bi-wire or bi-amping.

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