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I’ve mentioned Parts Express before off-handedly when recommending that you take a stab at building your own speakers, but I recently had the opportunity to interact with them again — and thought it worth my time to recommend them as a great source for in-wall speakers.

I was looking to ditch the bulky speakers in my bedroom in favor of some in-walls, but most of the ones I found were either uber-pricey or required massive wall mods for proper installation. Once it occurred to me to check out Parts Express, the job simplified dramatically. I ended up ordering five Dayton Audio branded speakers — two fronts, two rears, and a special center channel — all of which are designed for installation in standard 2×4 walls and cost less than $300 shipped.

Operating in tandem with a Sony subwoofer I borrowed from a sub/satellite system I owned years back, these sound great — and look great, too. (Thankfully my crown molding was white anyway, so the speaker grilles look perfect. If yours aren’t, though, they’re paintable.)

Anyway, if you’re considering this kind of project, Parts Express is worth a look.

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4 Responses to Material Source: Parts Express

  1. Larry says:

    Parts Express is an awesome supplier. I am in the process of restoring a 1990 Thunderbird SuperCoupe Anniversary Edition. This vehicle came stock with a JBL soundsystem that includes a factory sub woofer/amplifier combination. Time had not been kind to the speaker that was in the box. Had it tested and figured out the watts/ohms that were required, and called up PE on the phone. They were extrememly helpful in helping me find the correct speaker for the factory enclosure. I don’t recall the specs off the top of my head, but I ebded up with a Pioneer 6 1/2″ woofer in the box, and a little poly-fill and was good to go. Sounds great, and works fantastic. Since it is inside of a sealed enclosure, no one needs to know that it isn’t original! After I placed my order from them, I get a nice catalog a couple of times a year. Makes for excellent bathroom reading! There are even projects in there that have almost made me want to build them… Someday when I have the time I will…

  2. Larry says:

    Parts Express is an awesome supplier. I am in the process of restoring a 1990 Thunderbird SuperCoupe Anniversary Edition. This vehicle came stock with a JBL sound system that includes a factory sub woofer/amplifier combination. Time had not been kind to the speaker that was in the box. Had it tested and figured out the watts/ohms that were required, and called up PE on the phone. They were extremely helpful in helping me find the correct speaker for the factory enclosure. I don’t recall the specs off the top of my head, but I ended up with a Pioneer 6 1/2″ woofer in the box, and a little poly-fill and was good to go. Sounds great, and works fantastic. Since it is inside of a sealed enclosure, no one needs to know that it isn’t original! After I placed my order from them, I get a nice catalog a couple of times a year. Makes for excellent bathroom reading! There are even projects in there that have almost made me want to build them… Someday when I have the time I will…

  3. Joe says:

    I love them. They’re the only ones I’ve found that carry Toslink optical cable at prices that make it worthwhile to actually use optical digital interconnects.

  4. I have to agree here. I called up Parts Express with a question about speaker mounts, and they took the time to help me as best as they could.

    They also have very decent clearance prices on some bucket boss gear. Their clearance center frequently has other great deals, such as bulk cabling and whatnot.

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