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Old 05-02-2004, 04:05 PM   #16
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Don't cut any of the speaker wires. Use you're soldering iron an heat the very end of the wire-wait 5 seconds and pull it thru the speaker connector. I did this mod a couple of months ago and I assure you it's easy. You put the wire back thru the new speaker and resolder. No cutting or crimp connectors. Why modify the box permanently? I bought a 2 year extended warranty on my box. If something happens-it goes back together.
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Old 05-02-2004, 07:02 PM   #17
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I bought a 2 year extended warranty on my box. If something happens-it goes back together.
One doesn't have to use solder if they don't choose to and still have a nice permenent connection for the speakers.

Also, I am not sure you are aware of this, but I would think the moment you modified your boombox your warranty was probably void. Of course they would never know. But technically any modification would void the warranty.
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Yeah, but that is why he says to unsolder the original connection, rather then use clips or cut the wire. If he needs warranty work, he can unsolder the new connection, and solder the old speakers in. If done properly, it would look as if nothing was changed.

For those that might think this is bad ethics, I disagree, as long as the warranty work was not caused by the mod in anyway (wrong ohm speakers, bending capacitors off, ect). If the problem does stem from the mod, then I agree it would be bad ethics.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:16 AM   #19
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Nevermind. I posted incorrect info.
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:58 AM   #20
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I assume you mis-typed, I cannot find anything anywhere for those speakers. However, Pioneer does make a Pioneer TS-G1047, and they look like the ones you have there.
Yep, those are it, TS-G1047, sorry...

But yes, you can use many, many brands. I was just sharing the ones I used.
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Old 05-15-2004, 07:20 PM   #21
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DID IT!!


I replaced my speakers with CDT Audio "Slim Series" Full-Range CL-4X 4" speakers. Couldn't find anybody with a soldering iron to loan me and didn't go get push-on crimps so as of right now I did it the full on cheap way: electrical tape. I just cut thin strips of it and tightly wound them around the wires. (which were stripped about an inch then wound around the speaker connecters before taping.) The speakers barely fit in there but I just screwed them in tight and let things accomodate themselves and things came out just fine.

How does it sound? Well audio description is a very subjective thing but I'll give it a try... I can describe the sound of the new speakers in one word: DETAILED. The highs are very crisp. Very, very nice. The only thing is you notice the lack of bass even more because you have so much detail on the highs but the lows are virtually nonexistent as before. I wish there was a way to boost the amp of this baby. Anyway, just my feedback.

If anybody is going to switch their speakers you will find this website helpful: http://www.xmorsirius.com/speakerreplacement.html


EDIT: in case anybody wants to know, the frequency response from the CDTs is 90Hz-20kHz
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Perfect song to test new speakers with: "Train" by Goldfrapp. SWEET!!
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I didn't use those speakers, but I upgraded mine too and I agree the bass is just about non existant at lower volumes. But crank that baby up and you should notice a substancial difference in bass response. Sometimes I am rather surprised how good mine sounds at high volume. I've had a few of my buddies say they can't believe that little boombox puts out at that loud volume with little or no distortion.

Congrats on your success Grace. I hope you will enjoy it for a long time to come.
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hi,
i don't like bass much, so the original speakers are fine for my purposes. but i was wondering about battery use. i figured it could work both ways, either making its use more or less.

i know driving bass takes power. i also was a bit surprised that the boombox does not have a lot of volume. on most boomboxes, i would never crank it up past about 1/3. but with the audiovox, you can turn it half way, and only get a very average amount of sound, or less.

what i was wondering is the following: if i got more efficient speakers, not with a necessarily tremendous bass response, could i actually get more time from my batteries, before replacement ? or would just about any better speaker actually use more power ?

thanks.
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what i was wondering is the following: if i got more efficient speakers, not with a necessarily tremendous bass response, could i actually get more time from my batteries, before replacement ? or would just about any better speaker actually use more power ?
You bring up a very interesting question. There are so many factors to this. For example, what kind of batteries and what their power ratings are; what volume will you be listening; did you dim the display all the way down.

I know on cheap batteries, I get about 3 to 3 1/2 hours of battery life. On a good high output alkaline battery, I get about 6 to 8 hours of use. But again those items mentioned above will be the deciding factor as to how long they last.

Going to the beach where you would turn the volume up very loud you can expect it not to last as long. On a camping trip where you would have it playing just as a lite background music it will last much longer.

I did only find a very slight variation when I changed out my speakers, if you are happy with the ones you have now, I'd say don't worry about it.

This is my experience so your mileage may vary. Perhaps some others have used batteries a good bit as I have and can share their experiences.
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hi,
i don't like bass much, so the original speakers are fine for my purposes. but i was wondering about battery use. i figured it could work both ways, either making its use more or less.

i know driving bass takes power. i also was a bit surprised that the boombox does not have a lot of volume. on most boomboxes, i would never crank it up past about 1/3. but with the audiovox, you can turn it half way, and only get a very average amount of sound, or less.

what i was wondering is the following: if i got more efficient speakers, not with a necessarily tremendous bass response, could i actually get more time from my batteries, before replacement ? or would just about any better speaker actually use more power ?

thanks.

I think you would have a hard time finding speakers that consume less power than the stock ones. So if you get other speakers you would probably go through batteries faster. If you like how the speakers sound, don't change them. That's just my opinion though.
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Hi dab and grace,
thank you for the replies. personally, i do not intend to modify my current boombox. but i might buy another model later, if it sounded better. however, i am not sure my question was completely answered, and i think it may help others. however, it may need someone who majored in electronics or works in the field.

statement 1) as we turn the volume up, we use more amperage, and thusly more power drain on the batteries.

question 1) does the speaker have any affect on the power used ? by that i mean, let's experiment. we turn the volume knob to a certain point and listen to the standard speakers. we then switch in new speakers, and again turn the volume knob to the exact same position as before. are we using the exact same amount of power in both cases, because the volume knob is in the same position ? or might we be using different amounts of power because there are different speakers ?

question 2) are there some speakers that can be driven louder at lower amperages than other speakers ? let's assume the bass is about the same. when we use the boombox with batteries, i suspect that many of us would be willing to give up some sound quality for length of battery operation. in fact, i daresay that people might want to own 2 boomboxes, one for better sound with electricity, and the other to meet their portable battery needs.
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