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fabrizio

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Hi All,

I need some suggestions on speakers. I currently have a pair of Boston Acoustics CR85s...they are rear ported. We are planning to build an entertainment unit, that would house the speakers. Should I be looking for front ported?

Would I be able to find anything decent in a 3-way (to get the full range) for about US $500-600 (about $800 Canadian)

Or am I better off keeping the Boston's? Would I notice the benefits of a 3-way speaker? Will front or rear ported make a difference?

Any help is appreciated.
 

Scott Oliver

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If you are set on building the entertainment unit, then build it to your specs. Then once it is done you could experiment with your Bostons and some other speakers to see if anything works better than the Bostons.

In general, putting a speaker in an enclosed space can be very detrimental to a lot of different areas in particular soundstaging. A rear ported speaker in an enclosement could also create boomy bass, because you have basically just increased the size of the speaker box. So probably a speaker with no port or a front port would fit this situation best, but like I said build it first then try out different speaker designs.
 

John Garcia

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Leave the back of the entertainment unit open or partially open behind the speakers, and you should be fine with respect to the port. As for building a spot for them in the unit, the results will be unpredictable with respect to affecting sound.
 

fabrizio

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Thanks for replying....

because of my room layout..i have no choice but to put the tv/stereo...in the a corner....for looks we would like the entertainment unit.

I want to design the unit to house the speakers et al, but I don't want to make the unit look stupid? If that makes any sense?

So, if I leave the back open where the speakers are, then I could go rear ported? Considering that they will be enclosed, would I still be better off with front ported?

As for my original question...would I see benefits in going to a 3-way speaker?
 

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