I have a room that measures about 20 x 16 with 10 foot ceilings. Is 2 enough for acoustic and light rock music listening, or can these be wired to have 2 per enclosure for stereo?
These are not large enough this room. You can go with a larger MTM pair (2 5"-7" woofers with a good dome tweeter (silk), and a 10" powered subwoofer. That is ideal. If you use two of them in a box, they won't give you the sound level that is required for that size room. They are just not big enough. Check the speaker buyout section at PE, and for the price of one of these speakers, you get two good Peerless India 6.5" woofers (8 ohm for MTM on a PE two way crossover), and a good dome tweeter (Vifa soft dome). For the price of two of the TB speakers in a box, it covers the two way crossover costs, with $40 left over. maybe to upgrade to 6.5" Peerless SDS Woofers (still need a sub with a room that size, at this price level). If you try to save small amounts of money when you are building speakers, you will end up buying better parts not soon after you are done. So, it is best to spend the money the first time. Speakers can cast a funny spell on you, once you get into the game, and money starts flying away. I am currently reconditioning a set of ADS top of the line in 1986 4 foot tall towers, and mids and tweeters are first rate (Braun) The dual 7" wooders don't have large magnets, but after all of these years, the paper cones have held up, and now with black wet look, they will be stronger and tighter sounding. I am dissappointed in the level of the cabinet quality (have to use a 3/4" plywood reinforcement behind the woofers, as the front baffle is too cheap (OSB, not MDF) and thin to make for a solid baffle), but the design is okay. The point is that after still having set of Speakerlab 9's and a passive 10 subwooker since 1982, when you take them apart, look around for a better woofer and crossover for the 9's, you learn a few things about spending that extra amount that you might hesitating on. With buyout speakers, you can have it both ways, inexpensive and good quality.
Date published: 2011-06-24