Radio Shack RCA PRO-X44 Speakers Any Good?

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  1. Bill Will

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    A friend of mine was thinking of picking these up the next time RS puts them on sale for his bedroom setup. He's not looking for anything fancy. I think these speakers are the same as the old Optimus die-cast metal speakers that have a 4 inch woofer & a 1 inch soft dome tweeter. Just looking for your thoughts on them or what else would you suggest in that "SIZE" (or smaller) & "PRICE" range ($29.99 to $39.99 each). Thanks
     
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    If they are the same as the old LXi Pro's (I believe that

    was the old name) with the Linaeum 360 Degree Membrane

    Tweeter on top, they are suposed to be a very good speaker

    for the money.
     
  3. Bill Will

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    No there not the ones with the Linaeum Tweeters.
     
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    The ones that Bill is talking about isn't the lineaum one. It is the old school die cast bookshelf. Dr Hsu used a set of these with a modified crossover to demo his subs a few years ago.

    So they are good speakers, and can be made better with some mods. I don't know where the info on the mods are off the top of my head though..
     
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    I believe you guys are talking about what used to be known as the Realistic Minimus 7's. I remember the now-defunct Audio magazine tested a pair with a modified crossover. For what you pay for them when they are on sale, these are great speakers. If you do a search on "Realistic Minimus 7" on google, you will find a surprising number of professional recording studios use them for monitoring how a recording sounds on a "typical sound system".
     
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    hey bill

    i use some minimus 7's as my rear speakers and find they are quite good for their cost. i modded mine by changing the elements of the crossover. i replaced value for value the electrolytic capacitor for a polypropylene one (about $4.00cdn) and the coil (also about 4.00 cdn) for a higher awg gauge one. if i remember the values were 4.7 uf for the cap and .40 mh for the coil. this gives a crossover freq of about 4500. but you're gonna want to check to make sure.

    other tweaks i have heard of specific to the pro-x44 involve reversing the tweeter polarity and stuffing the bass port.
     
  8. Bill Will

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    Danny, Dale, Yes those are the one's (the old Minimus 7 Type). I always thought they were a pretty good speaker for the money but I just thought I'd check incase there was something new in that price range that might be better.
     
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    Bill,

    Despite their image, Radio Shack actually has come up with a number of products that are very good, even excellent, for their prices. The Minimus 7 was only one of them. There was also the Optimus CD-3400 portable CD player, the huge Mach 1 speakers, the LX-series speakers, and the current Radio Shack phono pre-amp (at less than $25.00). Tell your friend to have fun with those RS speakers.
     

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