I moved into an apartment about a month ago and situated in the centre of the apartment is this old television stand with an assortment of 4 speakers on it consisting of 2 different sets.
2 of them are smaller with the AVE D20
written on them. The other 2 of them are Philips AK 141 2 Way Tuned Bass Port
. All 4 of them are wired and thus require some sort of amp to run.
I have no idea of any details at all of the smaller ones however I am not interested in them. All 4 speakers work however.
The 2 much larger speakers are both 8ohm. (The Philips ones)
Now the smaller 2 of which I have no idea about at all come with a small 'Amp?' inside them. Basically they take a power output from a wall socket, convert it to 24V, run it though a chip and then provide an internal output to 1 speaker (the amp chip is embedded in the speaker), and then a typical wired output to the other speaker.
What I've done is basically chop the wires from the amp, and I have pugged the small chip into 2 larger speakers. (The Philips ones).
Now, that's probably not a good idea. However these speakers cost me nothing, whoever left them here probably assumed they don't work. However they're incredibly loud and seem to work fine.
The point is. The current set-up is somewhat obviously dangerous to both the amp chip and perhaps the speakers themselves. So I am practically refraining from using them.
However these speakers work nicely and I want to find a safe, recommended way to use them. When searching for information on Wattage, I found that it's not remotely important. What is important is resistance/impedance ohm etc.
Enter a world of engineering and other madness of which I basically understand nothing, except that these 2 Phillips speakers are 8ohm and they sound good.
I'd like to buy an inexpensive (yeah right haha?) amplifier to use with them. My questions are:
What's the difference between buying something like this:
T.A.C. Spark II Mini Amp, 2x30W output. Ohms ???? (unknown)
Pioneer VXS-709RDS Output power: 400 Watt 8ohm
Obviously the latter is going to be far louder with the supposed power output. Plus it's got more bells and whistles.
But from reading other threads and stuff from the internet. People say that even a 1W amp is going to output something LOUD just perhaps not something GOOD.
Guys this is so confusing. I googled around, these speakers basically sell these days for nothing, literally nothing. People give them away, however they seem to be pretty good quality and very loud. Especially for my small student room. So I am pretty happy for them. The price tag on the side of them says €75. So someone put down money on them.
Do you think I should just burn the amp/speakers with what I have set up now and enjoy my 'free' set-up for as long as I can. Are these speakers even worth putting down about €70 ($100 US) for some kind of amp to make them sound their best? At the moment I'm just running some small amp chip that isn't remotely designed for these speakers. I have no idea what I am doing, except it doesn't sound that bad. Though both speakers don't seem to be running in Stereo, they seem to be in mono which is a problem for me. I'm using a 3.5mm jack to RCA into the small amp chip.
I'm sorry for rambling but I have always wanted to understand more about speakers, audio etc. My father owns a recording studio however he lives 15,000 kilometres away so I can't really ask him for any advice, and even some of the older amps that he has (if he was in reach) would probably blow these speakers.
So what do I do. Is it advisable to put down some money? What should I buy? Does wattage even matter, would some small portable 2x30W amp do well or should I get some monster older amp for the same price... I don't want to waste my money if someone who knows what they are talking about tells me these are comparably garbage speakers and whatever seems to get them to generate acceptable quality, is good enough.
Sorry if I sound like a fool, at least I know I am one haha.
Here's hoping someone can help.