Along with amplifiers, record players and TVs, one of the products most closely associated with What Hi-Fi? The idea behind them hasn't changed and is relatively simple — an enclosure, sometimes small, sometimes big, capable of taking a signal fed to it from an amplifier and shooting it out as sound. Ideally with great skill and style. Most speakers are still wooden boxes, but technology has allowed some manufacturers to sculpt a speaker out of carbon fibre or aluminium. And while they haven't changed much in appearance, inside they've been refined into engineering feats of wonder - technology seems able to constantly find new and better ways of making music sound great. This lengthy list is a celebration of the speakers that have a special place in our hearts — and yours too, hopefully — as we flick through What Hi-Fi?
If you could point me towards a few alternatives, I can then make the decision what to pay. The Rotel RAA is a classic stereo amplifier from the late s. I remember it as being well made and having a decent sound. However, it does have a couple of drawbacks. First, like all amplifiers from that era, the RCA phono inputs on the back are designed to work with turntables, CD and cassette tape players. Second, the Rotel RAA is somewhat underpowered, delivering just 20 watts per channel. However, it does mean that you will need speakers that are reasonably efficient, or at least easy to drive.
Hi-Fi Heyday: Old-School Speakers with High-Tech Sound
It is commonly used in car stereo systems, allowing a powerful mono signal to be sent to a subwoofer. The smartest speaker-buying tip of all. Woofers have been refoamed and the. World War II on the Radio. Previous owner re-foamed the woofers and re-finished the cabinets.