$100 – $500
I inherited an old Philco radio console from my grandparents. For years it has sat unused because it didn’t work. Finally refurbished it with a fresh speaker design and small amplifier.
Keep the console looking original, but add current technology (ability to play music from an iPod or laptop).
Peerless by Tymphany OC25SC65-04 1″ Textile Dome Tweeters Part # 264-1018
Dayton Audio RS150-4 6″ Reference Woofer 4 Ohm Part # 295-372
I originally ordered these speakers for a car audio project but ultimately settled on something different, so I had these sitting on the shelf. I decided they would work perfect for this little project I have had on my mind. My goal was clear, undistorted audio for playing music. I knew they probably wouldn’t have a ton of bass, but I can add a subwoofer later if I decide.
I used a piece of 3/4” MDF as a baffle for the speakers. This is an open baffle design.
No need to do much with the enclosure besides measuring the baffle to fit in the existing speaker location of the console. I removed the non-working record player so I could have a way to easily mount the Lepai 2020ti amp. I added a 3.5mm jack on the front to hook to an iPod. It almost looks like it’s part of the original design.
I decided on a 2900Hz crossover point using a 12db / octave Linkwitz Riley design, utilizing the Dayton Audio precision grade caps and Jentzen Inductors.
Overall I enjoy the sound. It’s clear and gets loud without distortion. It’s a little bit lacking in bass, which I attribute to the open baffle design. I may add a small down firing sub to the console in the future, but for now I am enjoying the clear sound from a classic look.
About the Designer:
I am an audio enthusiast, with most of my experience in car audio DIY projects. I’m venturing into the world of home audio projects and having fun doing so!
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