View Full Version : To rebuild a set of pc speakers for better sound ... crazy or good idea ?
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Been kickin around a idea latly about rebuilding/upgrading a 5.1 set of pc speakers. I have a great working set of Creative inspire T5400's the 1's with the 2 way fronts & centrer & the rears 1 ways, but as you know there now like 2-3 yrs since they have been discontinued.
was thinkin of maybe upgrading all the 5 channel speakers to 3 ways & also push pin connectors & then replacing the small puny 5 & a 1/4" sub with a true 8" or 10" one & put the amping & sub into the sub box.
Think I am crazy to do this or just smart thinking to get more " equal soundtones " from my pcs sound ??
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:23 PM
Sep 16th, 2007, 03:02 PM
The biggest issues with your idea are the following:
1. The frequency response of the new speaker will probably not match the sub. I'm not saying that they are matched now but one would hope that the designers did some designing...
2. The power requirements of the new speakers may be higher to generate the same level of sound. Once again it comes to a matching issue...
3. The amp in the speaker system could be causing most of your issues. Are you sure that the amp is any good and faithfully reproducing the sound in the first place?
I have some Klipsch 5.1 speakers. What I did was improve the base components... replaced the speaker "kite string" wire with some thicker stuff, added sound damping to the satellite speaker enclosures as well as the sub, upgraded the components in the crossovers....
What was the result? smoother more balanced sound from the satellites and a clearer bass from the sub.
The cost? about $15 per speaker.
Sep 16th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Well I just feel that in the case of the sub the lack of speaker size ex.( 5 & 1/4" woofer vs true 8" sub woofer ) would now allow proper reproduction of the bass that you would get out of a say true home theater/car stereo sub system.
Otherwise I know the power handling of all channels & sub is around 74 watts rms 115 peak. I also like the idea of having more push pin posts for cabling as well as bein able to use thicker & longer speaker cable to run my speakers vs the stock ones. I also feel IF I could upgrade the rear channel speakers to a 2 or 3 way configuration it will allow for more definition from the rear channel.
I mean I don;t want to buy a low end home theater amp & speakers but if I can acomplish a simular setup on a now out of warrenty thing like these it might be cheaper then that way.