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What is the wattage for surround sound speakers?

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I'm working on building an arcade cabinet (build log in sig) and decided to use some speakers from an old surround sound system for it, but I don't want to put the big amplifier box in the cabinet. Does anyone know what wattage the speakers on those cheap DVD/surround sound systems are? I am thinking about using this or something like it.

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Without knowing a model number it's impossible to tell.

3/3 watts sounds kind of low.
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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. I'll have to dig around to (hopefully) find the actual DVD player I guess.

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I think I've just decided if I can't get the speakers to work somehow with what I've got, I'll just buy a cheap set of PC speakers.

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Haw, I'm buidling a MAME cabinet too. Mine just needs paint/graphics at this point.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1402365/build-log-thats-one-big-all-in-one

You realize that you're going to have to run a rather old version of MAME if you use a Rasberry Pi, right? And stay away from games newer than 1995 or so?

Anyway, I think you're going about this backwards- Get some speakers from wherever that'll fit, THEN figure out how to amplify it.

I'm using an LP-2020A ($20 on Amazon, and built like it) on the original cabinet speakers from my cab. Once I closed off the front of the monitor with some Lexan, the speakers could breathe a lot better and it sounds pretty friggin' good.

I'm probably pulling under 1 watt from the amp- You do NOT need a lot of power in an arcade machine at all, because your head will be less than 2 feet from the speakers!
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Haw, I'm buidling a MAME cabinet too. Mine just needs paint/graphics at this point.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1402365/build-log-thats-one-big-all-in-one

You realize that you're going to have to run a rather old version of MAME if you use a Rasberry Pi, right? And stay away from games newer than 1995 or so?

Anyway, I think you're going about this backwards- Get some speakers from wherever that'll fit, THEN figure out how to amplify it.

I'm using an LP-2020A ($20 on Amazon, and built like it) on the original cabinet speakers from my cab. Once I closed off the front of the monitor with some Lexan, the speakers could breathe a lot better and it sounds pretty friggin' good.

I'm probably pulling under 1 watt from the amp- You do NOT need a lot of power in an arcade machine at all, because your head will be less than 2 feet from the speakers!

The software I'm using is called PiMAME. I put some details about it in my build log. It runs AdvMAME v103b and MAME4ALL v0.37b5.

 

I already have the speakers from an old DVD surround sound system. Hence this post about the power they'd use. I did look at some of the amps like that, but I can just get powered PC speakers for cheaper if I can't get the speakers I have to work with stuff I already have.

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