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Vintage Speakers

Vintage speakers can go well with a variety of home audio systems. If you have a nostalgic look to your home decor, these vintage components may fit in well with your home theater system. These loudspeakers can be small enough to fit on a bookshelf or large enough to sit on the ground, looking similar to furniture.

What is a vintage speaker?

Vintage speakers debuted in earlier decades, such as the 60s, 70s, and 80s. There are original vintage loudspeakers from the 40s and 50s as well. One example of a vintage speaker is a large boxlike cabinet that was manufactured in the 1970s. These audio system components can have a basic retro design that fits well with a lot of vintage home decor.

How can you tell if a speaker is vintage?
  • Large versions are usually built into a large two-foot wooden box that is big enough to provide bass and surround sound as part of a home entertainment system.
  • Look for the manufacturer's date code stamp. That will tell you how old it is.
  • Small vintage speakers usually have a simplistic, round design and will not be encased into anything.
How do you connect old speakers to a stereo?

Here is how to connect these parts to a home audio system:

  • Set the speakers where you want them in the listening area. Make sure that the distance between the two and your listening area is the same because you will get equal sound from both this way.
  • Take some wire and use just enough of it to cover the distance between the stereo and each of the speakers. There may already be wire that came with your stereo.
  • If the amplifiers are built in, then there will be slots for the left and the right. Put the wire into the corresponding slots on the speakers so that it matches what is on the receiver.
  • If no amplifier is built in, you'll have to connect a separate amp.
  • After the wires are all connected, plug in all the equipment and test out the sound.
How do you test old speakers?

After you buy these vintage audio components, you will want to test them out to make sure that the sound is sufficient. The way to test them out is with an Ohm meter. If the Ohm meter registers something when the audio or music is playing, then the speakers are functioning. Then, you will be on your way to listening to your favorite records or enjoying your home theater system.

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