Since I reclaimed my Sharp GF-9000 (thread HERE) and subsequently joined this forum I have found that my interest (not expertise!) in all things Audio has been rekindled. So............
I recently acquired a Pioneer SX-450 Receiver/Amp, Pioneer CT-F700 Cassette Deck and a Pioneer PL-117D Turntable, the turntable being my primary motivation for buying this stack so I would have a turntable for my BB's.
You guys on this forum gave me the confidence to open up the tuner/amp and the tape deck to service & clean everything and carry out a couple of successful repairs to the malfunctioning/broken deck door, change belts etc., etc. Since this system is now all but looking & functioning as minty as it possibly could, I need to invest in some decent quality speakers - and this is where I need help due to my ignorance of such matters.
I've looked for info online and, for the most part, I'm confronted by techno-freaks trying to out-do each other in the Best Nerd Contest. most of the other info I find fills me to point of technical information overflow. I'd appreciate any help you guys can impart and, to help, I'll provide this information to you:
Speaker to be located in my rather modest sized living room, well spaced apart and away from the Hi-Fi.
I live in a semi-detached bungalow with the neighbour's (partially deaf ) living room adjacent to mine although I do have the opportunity for blasting out on occasion if I need. Most of the time low volumes will be used for soft background music during the evenings.
Music types played
A good mixed bunch from Hendrix to Vivaldi, easy listening to the wonderful sounds of Mantovani, country, rock, reggae, pop, club, blues etc., etc. so a real mix of all sorts.
No floor standing, just 'regular shape' will do nicely. I can site them off the floor or on large shelves, I can have the whole speaker space/shelf cavity covered with cloth/metal/whatever grill material so appearance isn't an issue. If the need arises to acoustically pad out the shelves I can take care of this as any padding would be hidden behind the 'grill cover façade' on the shelving'.
Maximum sizes (ish) are width: 14"(360mm), maximum height: 24"(600mm), maximum depth: 14"(360mm).
Amplifier Technical Details
The User Manual has the following information, I'm not sure if this what you need to read or not but here goes:
"Continuous output of 15 watts per channel, min RMS, at 8 or 4 ohms from 20 Hertz with no more than 0.5% total harmonic distortion".
There's a whole lot of other system spec stuff that means nothing to me but may be important, I can't decide as I'm far too technically challenged but I'm sure you'll let me know if you need more.
This is an image from the rear of the Amp:
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Let me know if I can provide any more info with the spec, please.
I don't want too small or anything the size of a bard door!
The (alcove) shelving will be made to suit the speakers so no issues there.
I can't say "money isn't an issue" because it is so freebies would be nice but, other than that, I'll budget up to about £300.
I feel that one pair of speakers would suffice due to the size of the room.
Most of what I have seen advertised on various sites (2nd hand) has scant details such as "6 ohms" or "20 watts" so I don't really know if I'd be making a good choice or not or even if there is more to consider than this basic info. 2-Way/3-way? I've no idea! I just want to enjoy a decent quality output from the Pioneer Hi-Fi when playing tapes and vinyl.
Thanks guys, please form an orderly queue..............................................