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One poster suggested to look for speakers as used in surround systems.
They should be available in all sorts of sizes and quality classes.
But they usually rely on the presence of a separate subwoofer for low frequencies.
How much space do you have for the speakers?
Where between high-end HIFi and listening to the news is your expectation?

ETA:
just searched Amazon for "wall mounted speakers", and a lot of hits come up. Like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CMM202/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_ZvUlDbASEM30Z
(I have no idea if these are any good and there are plenty more companies out there that make or sell speakers. Just giving an example)

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Crutchfield.com many different choices of small speaker. Google Crutchfield Motorhome speakers.

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joerg68 wrote:

One poster suggested to look for speakers as used in surround systems.
They should be available in all sorts of sizes and quality classes.
But they usually rely on the presence of a separate subwoofer for low frequencies.
How much space do you have for the speakers?


We're hoping to mount in a fashion similar to how Amerigo's originally had their vintage stereos installed:

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Baring being able to find a speaker that meets our need, we'll likely have to go with Plan B which involves mounting standard car stereo speakers flush into the underside of the cabinet. The reason we were trying to avoid this is all of the sound is then directed down into the cushions and whomever is sitting at the dinette at the time vs aimed out into the space in the camper.


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Where between high-end HIFi and listening to the news is your expectation?


Somewhere about the middle would be fine. The issue we kept running into was most of the satellite speaker options had almost no lower range at all, which is fine for surround, crappy if you're aiming for a middle ground.

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ETA:
just searched Amazon for "wall mounted speakers", and a lot of hits come up. Like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CMM202/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_ZvUlDbASEM30Z
(I have no idea if these are any good and there are plenty more companies out there that make or sell speakers. Just giving an example)


Thank you, for some reason I couldn't get my brain to wrap around what to call the speakers (I've literally searched everything, but "Wall Mounted Speaker"). That was the other part of why I posted, was I couldn't get my mind to latch onto what to call the speaker type.


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I have no suggestion for the speakers you are looking for.
But we have made very good experiences with a portable Bluetooth speaker. Of course it depends on the usage; we have no TV and just listen to music from the smartphone.
I wish there were no speakers in our camper; they are useless black circles in the ceiling for us.

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First off, thanks for asking the question. This topic has been a springboard for me to investigate upgrading my camper audio system. We have TV & DVD player that routes through the crappy camper stereo system.
I was thinking of adding a wired and very heavy (weight) subwoofer.
But I've also experienced the newer Bluetooth speakers (both Big Jambox and Bose) and have begun researching how to upgrade the camper stereo system.
It looks easy (famous last words).
There's this gadget: https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Audikast........smitter/dp/B077MXFJGQ/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
And I already have one very nice miniature Bose speaker to start with. This could turn out pretty good.
Thanks again!


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'Pod' speakers would be another search term. If its that eyeball looking thing in the corner that was my first thought-


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bighatnohorse wrote:

First off, thanks for asking the question. This topic has been a springboard for me to investigate upgrading my camper audio system. We have TV & DVD player that routes through the crappy camper stereo system.
I was thinking of adding a wired and very heavy (weight) subwoofer.
But I've also experienced the newer Bluetooth speakers (both Big Jambox and Bose) and have begun researching how to upgrade the camper stereo system.
It looks easy (famous last words).
There's this gadget: https://www.amazon.com/Avantree-Audikast........smitter/dp/B077MXFJGQ/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
And I already have one very nice miniature Bose speaker to start with. This could turn out pretty good.
Thanks again!


The main reason I'm not terribly interested in blue tooth speakers, is its one more loose thing that will need charging. Since this is going in a camper that we basically gutted and have been rebuilding from scratch, the wiring for the speakers is already in place, and we have a bluetooth enabled double din Pioneer Stereo we're installing in the camper for this purpose that has a remote control.

The TV is solely a bedroom used device, coupled with a Roku and a blu-ray player (I prefer using a Roku for streaming as the app support in most of the Blu-Rays is poor). If we watch something while at the table, we'll likely just bluetooth connect a tablet to the stereo for sound and set it on its stand for a screen (We're going to install a small NAS (Network attached storage) that supports Plex so we can sync from our giant digitized movie library from the house to it to take seasons of TV shows and Movies with us without needing to carry along multiple sets of discs.

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'Pod' speakers would be another search term. If its that eyeball looking thing in the corner that was my first thought-


Thank you, I'll see what I can turn up [emoticon].

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These are at the top of the current contender list:

Polk Audio Atrium 4

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Since these are a little larger, we'll probably mount these to the walls vs the underside the cabinet, but will still be in roughly the same foot print.

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Looks fine, just make sure you have enough amplifier power to drive them. The description says it recommends 10 to 80 watts per channel. Not a huge amount, but I think more than many radios in RVs.


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jimh425 wrote:

Looks fine, just make sure you have enough amplifier power to drive them. The description says it recommends 10 to 80 watts per channel. Not a huge amount, but I think more than many radios in RVs.


We bought an aftermarket Pioneer Dual Din unit from our local Independent Car Stereo shop. No Jensen junk here [emoticon]

Since this entire project is basically only one step removed from building a whole RV from scratch, everything is being built to my personal specs.

Other than the outer fiberglass shell from the original 1975 Amerigo, and a few beams of wood, everything else is new.

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