Maybe you could tear the grill cloths a bit and clumsily cover the cabinets with wood grain vinyl?
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Everything is relative, but at the cost of used JBL Century 100 speakers (or JBL 4310 or 4311), I'd personally go with those.
Otherwise, just pick up a pair of any second tier 70s or early 80s speakers and paint away...
You get what you pay for. There's good reason it became a cliche.
BTW...if you're in California and you can find some RSL 3800 Studio Monitors on Craigslist, then you're set.
I sold mine to upgrade. Worst audio decision I've ever made. Period.
Fasten a string to the back of one of them and attach it to the ceiling with eye hooks. Run that string through several more eye hooks and tie it to the trigger of a 12 gauge shotgun mounted across the room. Preferably all this is built into the ceiling and behind drywall (lets keep in mind gun safety and be responsible here.) You might loose a woofer or damage the cabinet if you don't angle barrel low enough so tweak it and get it right.
Treat yourself to some nice speakers that you can turn quickly if you need money for legal fees.
Depends on the quality of the speakers - I doubt that any self respecting second rate crack head would steal anything sold in a big box store. No, most thieves would likely only steal something after several auditions. So long as the abode is broken into only once - there should be no problem. What you could do is simply hook up cheap cables to the speakers; then, when the psychopath breaks in and turns the system on the sound will be so terrible he won't take anything. Use a stock power cord on the amp - just to make sure.
I think Bob [Acoustat6] is definitely on to something:
Crack addicts are just like you and me. They are not looking for good looking speakers but are more interested in GREAT sound.
I would suggest a large sign that reads:
CAUTION!! These speakers require a MINIMUM of 500 additional hours of break-in before you even CONSIDER auditioning them critically!
That should keep them safe!
Well dogs, an alarm system, and.... guns. Also nice surveillance systems are cheap these days.
Audiophiles need to realize that they would be a target if low-lifes new what they had. Keeping a low profile is always good. Some people are really into their car and what not though so it could make it hard. I am not into cars so much and live in very moderate house and yes I do have all of the things I listed above...
Really I can not believe it when I hear stories about multiple break-ins at the same house. Many states are covered under the Castle Doctrine these days. Among defending family and your life in your home, it allows for some defense of property too. Some legal food for thought below. But to answer the posters question I would buy used Magnepan 1.6s. They look like junk but sound great.
"Physical Force in Defense of Property
A person is justified in using reasonable physical force when and to the extent he reasonably believes it necessary to (1) prevent attempted larceny or criminal mischief involving property or (2) regain property that he reasonably believes was stolen shortly before.
When defending property, deadly force may be used only when it is necessary to defend a person from the use or imminent use of deadly physical force or infliction or imminent infliction of great bodily harm as described above (CGS § 53a-21)."
Do you really think a crack adict has a clue about speaker brands or models...that's funny.
If you want to dissuade someone, then make it look like it's not worth anything because the cabinet is painted/gouged/generally ugly. Your best bet would probably be in-wall/in-ceiling mounted speakers which aren't easily sold if ripped out...and a pain to pull out.
When faced with the terrible prospect of meeting a burglar,
one could always use the Clint quote;
"Go ahead, make my day"
I personally would put beef pate all over his gonads and give him a question just before I let my 100lb of drooling rottweiler/German Shepherd mix think xmas has come around again,
'is she a biter, or a licker'?