Do-It-Yourself Guide
to Pinball Speakers!

Intro ("Why on earth...?")

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Last modified date: July 26, 2003.
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First off, this is a hideously large subject to tackle, so this DIY guide is going to be presented in stages. As of right now, 6-26-2003, only the first three pieces (intro, speaker selection, and replacing the panel speakers) have been written.

In other words, like every web site, this one is a work in progress. Comments are welcome, criticism is usually accepted, and hopefully by the time we're all done, it will be as nice a guide as Clay's. (I can try, at least. Never set the bar too low, right? :) )


So why should anyone change the speakers in their pinball machine? It's a fair question to ask. After all, the engineers who designed the machine knew best, right?

The plain truth of the matter is that the sound system was usually an afterthought when designing pinball machines. Although sound is an important part of pinball, it often got short shrift when it came to ordering materials.

I can't say that I really blame the manufacturers. After all, arcades are (...were) crowded, noisy environments. Would anyone really notice the difference between a speaker that cost $1.50 and a speaker that cost $3? Probably not. And if the manufacturer could save $1.50 on the speakers without having too many people complain, that meant they could add two or three other features into the game.

But these days the games aren't sitting in arcades; they're sitting in people's homes. Well maintained machines sitting in quiet private places where you can hear everything. It's in this home environment that the limitations of the stock speaker systems become very apparent. From a lack of bass to a lack of treble to simply wide spectrum poor fidelity, the stock speaker systems on most pinball machines are sorely lacking.

That's where I (and this guide!) come in! This guide is intended for the home pinball owner who wants to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and install some great speakers into his machine. By the time we're done, you'll be able to intelligently buy raw speakers, replace the panel speakers, install a subwoofer, and put in crossovers to make the whole thing sing!

This guide is for those of you who know that doing things yourself the right way will always be superior to anything off the shelf. I'm talking to those of you that aren't afraid of working a machine to get the most out of it. If you're not good with tools or don't have the physical dexterity to rebuild a flipper, then this guide isn't for you.

But if you're halfway decent with tools and relatively fearless, then you're in the right spot! Great sound can come out of that magical box, and I'm more than happy to show you the way!

So pull out your guns and kick down the door. It's time to kick some serious ass.

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