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  • BeastWood

    Member
    April 26, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I’m a woodworker and an engineer, but I have no experience with speakers, amps, electrical, etc…. I recently found your YouTube channel and thought it was pretty cool and convenient because I’m interested in building an old style media credenza to house a turntable. I want it to look old, but have great sound. I can build an awesome cabinet, but like I said, I have no idea what to do for the audio part, or how to control it. I’m not even sure if this was the proper forum to put it under because this project will likely touch all of the different areas.

    I was looking around for ideas and I came across Wrensilva. This has all the features I want and more from the audio system. I would like to have multiple input options (vinyl, Bluetooth, 3.5mm jack, etc…). I just don’t know what I need to make that all work. I want good speakers, but i don’t know what kind of specs I need to hit or how to optimize it for music. I want good sound but i don’t want to blast everyone out of the room. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    The Standard

  • tvor-ceasar

    Moderator
    April 26, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    This thread might help get you started. There are a few others that have done kind of similar. I’ll have to see if I can find them. This one is the result.

    And always feel free to ask anything here. We’ll do what we can to help.


    Vintage RCA Record Player/Stereo Console

  • BeastWood

    Member
    April 28, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks, I checked it out. I think what I’m really looking for is a parts list. Not specific part numbers, but a general list of what I will need. Because right now I really don’t know what does what. When I read the other articles I’m not sure what a driver does or what an amplifier does, so I’m not really sure what is needed. I’m becoming familiar with some of the terms, but still don’t have a good grasp.

    • tvor-ceasar

      Moderator
      April 28, 2022 at 8:09 pm

      No problem. Let’s start at the beginning.

      You want a Credenza to hold a turntable and play that through some built in speakers. This is what used to be termed a Console (insert further descriptives here). By the time they fell out of favor, they usually had multiple ways to play music, and sometimes television.

      Generally they had a FM stereo /AM broadcast section, power amplifier section, some sort of moving media such as a turntable/reel to reel/8 track/cassette, or a combination thereof. And they more or less had either 2-way or 3-way speaker systems built into the ends.

      Turntable. Do you have one or will you be buying one? If you are buying one, there are many that have a Phono Preamp built in, which you will need if the rest of the system will be analogue (will be connected with RCA cables or 1/8″ stereo cords).

      BlueTooth. There are many different (and very inexpensive) ways to add this.

      You will need a regular preamp section where you can make input selections and volume/tone controls. Plus, this is where you will connect up all your media playing devices, including the 1/8″ jack.

      At least a stereo amplifier. Believe it or not, most consoles of the day had between 10-20 watts with not very good distortion figures. You have many options these days. There are little Class D amps that can do 30-50 watts for as little as $10+-.

      Speakers – many options here. Best left to when you get an idea of how big the end “boxes/cabinets” will be. You can then figure an internal volume to help select the drivers needed to work best.

      The overall cabinet – that’s your baby. Come up with whatever strikes your fancy and make it real.

      Anyone else have any suggestions?


  • tvor-ceasar

    Moderator
    May 1, 2022 at 11:09 am

    I was just watching shango066 doing a TV resurrection on a 1960 console, and he mentioned the set had 6×9 speakers. I had some consoles in the past that had the same, so you could buy some automotive speakers (2, 3, or 4 way, whatever looks good) and use an amp that can handle 4 ohm loads. That way, you don’t have to worry about crossover design and construction as it’s already done.


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