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Old 06-02-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Argosy Replacement Speakers

Good morning,

Does anyone have any suggestions for replacement speakers in my 1976 26' rear bath Argosy? Is there something simple that will go in without having to build a new mount?

Thanks, Gary.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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Good morning,

Does anyone have any suggestions for replacement speakers in my 1976 26' rear bath Argosy? Is there something simple that will go in without having to build a new mount?

Thanks, Gary.
Great question. I'm just coming to the point myself where I can open up one of the grills and measure the speaker to replace mine .

Solutions run the spectrum from a cheapo replacement from Radio Shack or the like up to something of quality. Just measure the speaker size and shop for a 2way speaker that will reproduce both mids and highs. Should be a standard size, no mods needed.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:18 AM   #3
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An auto stereo shop should be able to match what you have. Take one of the old speakers with.
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I replaced the speakers in my Excella a few years ago. Some others chipped in with their choices in this thread. The Sony model XS-R1342 speakers have been replaced by model XS-R1344, but they are equivalent. I added a couple of 1344s when I installed the new stereo but haven't put up a thread yet.

Really, any 5" speaker will fit and be a vast improvement.

A search for speaker, stereo, or sound system will yield more threads too.
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Any 5 1/4" speaker will fit the stock hole, think automotive speaker. FWIW my OEM ones came from Radio Shack.

Our stereo had been swapped from the original 8 track to a cassette player, time for another upgrade to MP3

Along with a digital LCD/LED television.

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Old 06-02-2012, 08:57 AM   #6
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Any 5 1/4" speaker will fit the stock hole, think automotive speaker. FWIW my OEM ones came from Radio Shack.

Our stereo had been swapped from the original 8 track to a cassette player, time for another upgrade to MP3

Along with a digital LCD/LED television.

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Radio shack will work just fine, not much you can do with a 5.25 inch speaker anyway. I also suggest keeping an eye on crutchfield's outlet store as they have brand name speakers for a few dollars more than the generics. I just grabbed a pair of Boston acoustics for $35.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:54 AM   #7
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I have been mulling over a few different ideas...

I have been doing some recording in my Argosy. Playback is important.
Big time pro studios usually listen to the mix on a variety of speakers
that the music will be listened on. If you mix down using headphones or million dollar speakers, it might sound bad on car speakers ( Although car sound systems have come a long way).

Besides wanting bookshelf speakers ( in an overhead compartment ?) that can be easily replaced, and brought inside over the winter, I also want some built in speakers. An obvious location is mounting them where the old speakers were ( the wires are already run ) I am thinking about mounting some heavy duty speakers in the sides of my dinette. Keeping in mind two factors.
1) sub woofers can be placed almost anywhere.
2) the high wattage amplifiers that are available now need 110 ac power, so they have built in converters. ( not great for boondocking recording or listening)
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
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Don't get me started....sorry for being a gearhead

Do a search for Tivoli

They make a variety of very cool desk top music systems that run on 12 volts.
They were in part designed by the guy who designed the very cool vintage KLH Hi Fi systems.

Uh Oh, am I hijacking?
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Thanks all! So it looks like any 5.25" speakers will work as long as they are not deeper than 2".
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Thanks all! So it looks like any 5.25" speakers will work as long as they are not deeper than 2".
Also remember that those brown mounts and grill assembly like I have in my Excella add another inch. Helps a lot. Airstream used them in a lot of models.



Original junk speaker on the left, replacement Sony on the right in the brown factory mount.
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This is what the original speaker and surround looked like. I don't think there is any chance I will be able to use the cover with the new speakers.
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You're right, those look different.

It's not that I was so crazy about the looks of mine, but they do provide a little extra space. They're behind the curtains, anyway.

Be sure and let us know what you do.
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The second set of black and silver is what I have in mine. You can buy enclosures that would allow you to surface mount the speaker so you can use any depth you want.

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Anyone thinking of speaker replacement may I suggest JL Audio?

Had an old Avalon I bought for my son that had bad speakers. Found out they only had openings for 4" units. So I put in four 4" speakers and told my son we'd add a sub later.

Didn't need it. Thes speakers REALLY punched FAR above their weight class. The 5.5", 6.25" or 6.5" would only be better.

Sure they won't plumb the lowest depths of pipe organ music but they're the ONLY mobile speakers I'll EVER buy again.

Just as a background on myself. EE Degree but that doesn't make my ears better than anyone else. But, I can tell the difference between mid-fi (Sony, Onkyo, Kenwood) and the McIntosh Pre/Power Amps with Bowers & Wilkins systems I have at home and in the office. Been an amateur audiophile since my Air Force days in the 70's.

I'm currently on the hunt for a Flying Cloud 27FB Twin (After I take delivery of my 2018 Audi Q7 in August) and one of the FIRST things I will do is replace the Clarion head unit with a Pioneer unit I bought for a 911 that never got installed before the car was sold. AND, I have four JL Audio speakers that were purchased at the same time but I "think" they're 4.25".

Also, have a JL Audio 4 channel amp (I think its 75 watts x 4) that's new in the box, but I think that would be overkill/neighbor annoying for the TT. But then again, might be just the thing for a party?
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