Radio speakers in a "C"?

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Re: Radio speakers in a "C"?

#46 Post by Mike Wilson »

Good idea, David, but I believe Eric has acquired the correct speaker grills for his car.

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#47 Post by Eric McKinley »

David, I owned an MX5 when I was in my 20s, it had speakers buried in the headrests, I always thought that was a great idea,.
The sound had no issues findings it’s way through, there were small perforations also which helped.

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#48 Post by Eric McKinley »

Today was the first day I actually had hands on the radio and I have question I am hoping someone can help me with.

I have 2 sets of speaker cables with the banana style fitting on the end which plug into the side of the radio, however I am a little confused as there is only 3 holes at the side of the radio. both ends of each speaker cable has a spade connection which would connect to the 2 fittings on the speaker.

I notice that there is an inscription for one or two speaker connections on the side of the radio beside the holes.

Have I got the wrong speaker cables?
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Re: Radio speakers in a "C"?

#49 Post by Mike Wilson »

In the bottom photo, the lower two holes are for one plug for two speakers. If you only had one speaker, then the plug would be in the upper two holes. Since you have two speakers, you'll need to splice the second one to the single plug. There was actually a splitter for that. I'll see if I can find a pic. Vintage Blau probably has one.

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Re: Radio speakers in a "C"?

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Like this...

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#51 Post by Eric McKinley »

That makes sense Mike, thank you very much.

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As always, glad to be of help.

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#53 Post by Eric McKinley »

The radio I have is a 64-65 model blaupunkt with the 3 holes.

I have seen other radios with 4 holes for the speakers and the cables I have would simply plug into these and go to each speaker.

However for this model with the 3 holes, was there not a factory solution for this, with a cable already produced to go to the 2 speakers without having to add connectors and splice wires.

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#54 Post by Martin Benade »

The four hole radio is probably a later stereo one
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#55 Post by Mike Wilson »

The T series radio has 4 holes. I'll post a pic later of them. With three holes, you either use a splitter for two speaker wires (see the pic I posted) or use the small connectors.
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#56 Post by Wes Bender »

And get the polarity right.
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Polarity right meaning that both speakers have the same polarity.
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..otherwise the sound will be flat and "lifeless ".
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#59 Post by Mike Wilson »

Wes is right but the problem is the radio holes do not designate + or -.

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#60 Post by Wes Bender »

If it isn't clear from what you can see, breadboard a temp connection and listen to a fairly strong signal carrying music. Reverse the connection of one speaker and listen again. With luck it will be obvious which way is correct (unless you've got a tin ear like me....).
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