#1
I talked to an electrician down my street today and he told me that it's possible to hook your amp up to home speakers by alligator clipping (or clothes pinning) your speaker wired to the speaker in the amp. I have a teeny Fender Frontman 15G amp and 30 year olf Akai home speakers (50 watts I think). When I finally clipped the wires perfectly and plugged into my amp, the sound quality blew me away. It was like I owned a whole new guitar!

I am so glad I did this and to those who don't own expensive Marshalls, I highly reccommend it!
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#2
neat.
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thats the most baller **** ever

haha. dave chappelle pwns and i might just try that i have a pair of old speakers lying around the living room.
#5
Thats not a good idea, unless you want to blow the speakers in your home system.

The signal sent to the speakers from a guitar amp is far more powerfull and has a larger dynamic range than the signals sent from the hi-fi's own amp. The spreakers in a guitar amp are more rugedly constructed than normal home entertainment system speakers, so putting your guitar amp signal through your home system is not a bright move.

Stop doing it or you will damage your speaker, blown coil or torn/loose cone could be the end result.
#6
It was suggested by a professional who specializes in amplifiers, so I think it will be just fine..
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#8
I think your man might specialise in home system amps but not in guitar amps, and i seriously doubt he understands the signal strength from a guitar amp as its way above what a set of home speakers can take.

Its your call, but speaking as someone who when he was a teen blew his dads hi-fi speakers up by routing an amp signal through it i can tell you first hand its a lousy idea.
#9
not that he needs it. but im backing PrkMarshall on this one.

at lower volumes u can get away with using home system speaker. but after a while ull find they're going to start buzzing because ur moving the speakers too much.
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#10
Too much misinformation in this thread... wayyyyy too much.

I am part electrical engineer, part home stereo/theater enthusiast, and part newbie electric guitar player. So I am looking at this from more sides than one.

First things first: watts is watts. 30 watts from a guitar amplifier isn't any more powerful than 30 watts from a home stereo. If there was indeed more energy from a guitar amplifier, it would be rated at a higher wattage. This isn't magic, it's science, well understood science. Dynamic range also has absolutely no bearing in this as well. In fact, home theater speakers have far greater dynamic range to deal with than guitar amps and cabs. The noise floor of home stereo gear are typically on the order of -80 to -100dB, much lower than that for live sound.

Second thing: efficiency matters. Guitar amps and cabs operate within a much narrower range of frequencies than do home stereo speakers. Consequently, the speakers used in guitar cabs are much higher in efficiency, probably on the order of 100dB or more in SPL per watt of input, versus average 87dB for home stereo speakers. To give this some perspective, it would take 200 watts for the home stereo speakers to play as loud as 10 watts played through a guitar cab. The range of frequencies that guitar amps and cabs operate in also coincide with the range of human hearing that is the most sensitive. It is this efficiency difference that caused the misconception of "guitar amp watts are greater than home stereo watts".

Thirdly: dirty power kills. The reason behind "thou shalt not use home stereo speakers for guitar playing" is that they are too fragile. A decent pair of good quality home stereo speakers will handle clean power at or even above their rated power level all day long without failure. But if you feed it 10 watts of heavily distorted signal from a clipping amplifier, the tweeter will be burnt out very quickly. This is because a clipping amplifier generates a large amount of high frequency power (an infinite amount, in fact, for a perfectly clipped square wave), which the tweeter in a home stereo speaker is ill equipped to handle. On the other hand, guitar speakers do not have tweeters, are made to be tough, durable, and shrugg off the clipped signal from a heavily distorted amp. Even when tweeters are used in live sound applications, they are of the much more durable piezo electric horn type, rather than the soft/metal dome diaphram type.

Lastly: it's all about the tone. From a purely musical perspective, the "tone" comes from the combination of the guitar, effects, amplifier, and the cab. Just as guitar amps are made to distort and not purely a "straight wire with gain", guitar cab speakers are "voiced" to produce a certain kind of sound. Home stereo speakers, on the other hand, are designed to be fairly accurate. So while they may sound different, the resulting tone may be a bit too steril.

So to sum it all up: no it's generally not a good idea to use home stereo speakers for electrical guitar use, but it's not because guitar amps have more power or dynamic range, or whatever, because they don't. It's because they were designed and built for vastly different purposes.
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#11
leelee has officially pwned this entire thread.

Topic creator, if you want to add speakers, get an amp that you can hook up to an external cab or two and use guitar cabs with it.

No sense in blowing perfectly good speakers. Especially with a Fender Frontman amp.
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#12
haha, that's cool and everything but, at higher volumes you mess up the stereo speaker.
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#13
leelee is correct, however if you were using a modelling device to simulate distortion you wouldn't have that tranny clipping problem and thus home theatre speakers would be fine. it's a very large misconception on these boards that guitar has some mystical power. i once heard some1 on tehse boards say plugging a guitar into the line in of a sound card would destroy the sound card due to the signal coming from the guitar being too strong.
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leelee is correct, however if you were using a modelling device to simulate distortion you wouldn't have that tranny clipping problem and thus home theatre speakers would be fine. it's a very large misconception on these boards that guitar has some mystical power. i once heard some1 on tehse boards say plugging a guitar into the line in of a sound card would destroy the sound card due to the signal coming from the guitar being too strong.


Correct, however as the guy stated he was taking the signal from his amp and routing it through his home speakers then nobody on this thread was labouring under that false illusion.

I myself use a Korg Tone Works Pedal (on bypass) through the sound card of my pc, pass the signal through amplitube software and then onto my surround sound system for a truly awsome sound (sometimes i dont bother with amplitube and just use the pedals amp/cabinet simulation and effects), and theres no chance of it buggering the speakers.
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leelee has officially pwned this entire thread.

Topic creator, if you want to add speakers, get an amp that you can hook up to an external cab or two and use guitar cabs with it.

No sense in blowing perfectly good speakers. Especially with a Fender Frontman amp.

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