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Bookshelf Speaker + CRT help

spectrexcwk

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Hello

I’m trying to upgrade the sound of my crt based retro gaming setup beyond built in tv speakers. The Adam T5v’s seem well liked here, and fit my ~$450 budget. I was all set to purchase them, but I’ve learned I need magnetically shielded speakers if they’re going to be placed anywhere near my crt. This leaves me with a few options (to the best of my knowledge):

1. Find something comparable to the Adam T5V that is magnetically shielded - no idea where to start with this search

2. Buy the the Adam T5v’s and move them away from the screen.

2a. I don’t have much space horizontally, but since I don’t have the speakers I don’t know how much distance is actually needed. Googling returns results of some folks having shielded speakers within inches not causing an issue, and some people claiming they need 3 feet.

2b. I could move the speakers away vertically using floating shelves. A small IKEA lack shelf would do, but many members stress the importance of placing speakers on rather heavy stands/surfaces. Would the cheap floating ikea shelf cause unwanted sound distortion?

Any ideas? I searched, but I don’t think placement near a crt is a common factor for most setups.

Room size
11 x 12’

Theoretical setup:
Retro game systems stereo outputs -> audio receiver (I’m assuming I’ll need this)-> speakers

Thanks!
 
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alex-z

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Option 2. Speakers shouldn't be right next to the screen even in a desk setup. Back in the early 2000's I had some unshielded bookshelf speakers that were just fine sitting 1ft away from a CRT. Basically, if there are no visual artifacts or discolouration you are in the clear.

AV receiver is not technically required, can just go straight RCA from a console into the speakers. If you have many consoles the receiver does make the input switching much cleaner.
 

Weeb Labs

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The original IK Multimedia iLouds are reasonably well shielded, if you are prepared to consider those.

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