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Car amplifier into studio monitors?
Old 31st January 2007
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Car amplifier into studio monitors?

Can I use a 12v car stereo amplifier to power my monitors? If so, any recommendations for accuracy?

I bought a sailboat and am converting it into my studio. I'm getting some passive monitors, like Dynaudio BM6P, that I will take apart and build into the cabinets. By using the 12v system of the boat, I could monitor when not at a dock. That would be friggin sweet!


BTW, the boat is a great listening environment. No parallel walls, fiberglass lets the bass through/acts as a flexural absorber, and the teak interior has a pleasant sound. My HHB circle 5 actives sounded better than I'd ever heard them. Then of course after hours of building them in, I fried one by connecting the tweeter output to the woofer. rrrg...
Old 31st January 2007
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Try this.... heh

I've always wanted one!
Old 31st January 2007
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as long as the amp is rated to handle the load of the seakers you certainly can. bear in mind that most car amps are designed to run at 4 or even 2ohms where as most speaker cabinated will be between 6-8ohms. most amps will handle it fine but check the specs first.
Old 3rd February 2007
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why not just run the 12v source into an inverter and use powered monitors or a real monitor power amp? If you do, just make sure the line is fused and you have something with a higher wattage level than what the amp/monitor's peak at.

I have a ton of experience in the 12v field from installing a/v/security in cars and boats, so if you have any questions regarding, let me know.

just my $.02
Old 3rd February 2007
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Won't you be losing the acoustic effect of the DynAudio speaker enclosure? Isn't that an integral part of the sound?

Don
Old 3rd February 2007
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He'll be fine if he knows what he's doing. making a box about the same size and shape isn't hard and he can reuse the same port.

The diffraction will be different when soffit mounted, but the acoustics of a sailboat cabin are gonna have more coloration than that.....




-tINY

Old 5th February 2007
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Thanks all. Turns out the boat is smarter than me, and the AC outlets automatically draw from the batteries when no AC source is present. Though that mcintosh amp looks sweet, now I can get a regular power amp.

Yeah, I lose the acoustic properties of the cabinets. But it still sounds way better than my previous mixing room, where I had $3k worth of room treatment.
Old 5th February 2007
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What a lovely idea! A studio at sea. You'll never have to worry about neighbors telling you to turn it down If I may ask, what kind of boat is it and where is it located?
Old 5th February 2007
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Originally Posted by mvollrath View Post
What a lovely idea! A studio at sea. You'll never have to worry about neighbors telling you to turn it down If I may ask, what kind of boat is it and where is it located?
Hunter 376. Channel Islands near Ventura, CA. The biggest problem I've had is that it's scary taking it out with all my music stuff on there- if the thing sinks, I might as well go down with it. Gonna get another hard drive to leave at the dock. Best thing about the boat is that it makes music gear look cheap.
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