Of course the room in which the speaker is used has a huge effect too.
I dread to think we'd require anechoic chambers for Hamshacks!
73 Ron AC7AC
From: Elecraft [mailto:elecraft-boun...@mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Doug
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Speakers - Optimal Frequency Range?
Wow Phil, right on. My first career was a buyer for an audio chain. I
listened to everything they brought in. My assistant and my secretary and I
NEVER agreed on what system sounded best. I would think a speaker that is
reasonably flat from 200 hz to maybe 5khz with low mechanical distortion and
good power handling would provide a decent baseline.
After that - your warm tones are my screeching trebles; your full bass is my
headache- inducing low range.
I use a quality, small bookshelf speaker and then use the K3's equalizer to
make the sound fill into the peaks and valleys of my ear's response curve.
$50 would probably net you a pair of small Sony, Polk, KLH, JBL or even Pyle.
New or used - you can't beat a nice rigid box with a woofer and a tweeter.
Other interesting options are line-out to a Bluetooth audio source and then to
one of the many Bluetooth wireless speaker systems. Or to a small stereo hifi
amplifier. The K3 has stereo line output - a nice pair of bookshelf speakers
left and right would definitely give you the best sound the K3/K3s is capable
of producing (especially the K3s or an upgraded K3).
A good audio setup will amaze you when you talk to another properly adjusted
radio with a good microphone. There is a very broad range in the quality of
signals on HF SSB. From dreadful to beautiful. I recommend setting up your
station for the very best receive quality your radio can produce - which in the
case of the K3, is substantial.
Doug -- K0DXV
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