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Im looking for some aftermarket speakers. I've never really got into the audio scene but since my stock speakers have blown twice and im no longer under warrenty I figure I'll just replace them with something good quality. I have a few head units laying around and I plan to use on of those.

Can you guys help me pick out some good speakers for the car? I only want to spend about $50-$70 per pair or so. Maybe a few extra bucks not sure. I'm not looking to win any contests with these things. I like songs with bass so I want them to handle that. But my wife likes country music (among other types) and bass doesnt sound to good with that.
 

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Pioneer Pimping or Alpine type-S

Whitedragon will be able to tell you better options

I think Hical was selling his for a good deal (Kickers OEM)
 

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I put Pioneer TS-A6963R speakers in place of the OEM's.

6x9 Polypropylene Woofer cone, metal dome midrange, metal dome tweeter.
4 ohms impedance.

They sound way better and get a little louder than stock too.

Had to do a little cutting and trimming of (not visible after install) plastic on the door panel and speaker grilles.

Cost about $100.00 a pair.
 

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Well do you want 6.5's or 6x9's? If you like midbass the 6.5" cones have more cone area than a 6x9 speaker does so naturally a 6.5" mid will give you better midbass.

If your willing to spend $100 for a 6.5" component set you wont beat these for the price. The tweeters are a little harsh. You can either use the tweeter attenuation in the crossover. If they are still to harsh at a -3db then you can switch polarity at the crossover and that will tame them even more.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOENIX-GOLD-RS...568409054?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item19be6407de

The Fusion Power Plant 6.5" set looks nice, but I cant comment on their quality. I know they make some good amps.

Im sure these guys sound pretty sweet. IIRC Basher has a friend who works for Powerbass and may be able to give some insight on how they sound.

http://cgi.ebay.com/POWERBASS-3XL-6...516525318?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item45f82e4506

Another setup I really liked where my first gen Fosgate P1694C's. They were a coaxial, but I found you something.

Id get the 6x9 P1 components for up front, run the crossover in the door behind the 6x9. Then up in the sail panel put the tweeter. This will raise your imaging up front and then run a general P169 6x9 coaxial in the back.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Rockford-Fo...010506788?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item5ace700e24
http://cgi.ebay.com/ROCKFORD-FOSGAT...720994292?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item3363ff17f4
http://cgi.ebay.com/Rockford-Punch-...736886121?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item3364f19569
 

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The powerbass stuff is nice. It actually sounds pretty good, the tweeters are not harsh at all, pretty laid back. But if you get a compenent set, I would suggest running an amp with them. There are few to no components I would use with a HU, I would stick to coaxials.
 

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The RF's are pretty efficient regardless of specs and were plenty for me on my CD7000. However the OP may wish to add an amp. I know I would. Kabraxis if you want a 4/5 channel I happen to have one for sale. I may be able to cut you a sweet deal on an old school Eclipse.
 

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ya, dude yiou completely lost me. lol. i dont know anything about audio. 4/5 channel? crossovers? sail pannels? lol, im such a noob at this stuff.
 

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Best bet for us "average" folks - put some aftermarket 6x9's in with the stock radio.
The OEM's are so "low end" anything you put in makes a dramatic and immediate improvement in sound quality.
 

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I have a Kenwood deck im most likely going to put in. there was some pioneer speakers i was looking at. I forget which ones. im not looking for a full system right away. ill add to it as i go. i just want to replace the 4 door speakers first i think.. lol
 

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ya, dude yiou completely lost me. lol. i dont know anything about audio. 4/5 channel? crossovers? sail pannels? lol, im such a noob at this stuff.
This is going to take me awhile on my phone. The sail panels are the triangular piece up by the mirrors. If that stuff is to complicated I'd get some 6.5 components and a 6x9 adapter for them. The adapter will hold the tweeter and mid so you don't have to worry about the sail panel.
 

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Yes - start with upgrading the door speakers. You might find, like I did, that's all you need to do to get "better than acceptable" sound quality.
If you find you need more, just go one step more at a time.
 

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To be honest this is one of those areas that can either be an upgrade or you can go completely wrong. I would go a little more advanced and I wouldnt just start with simple.

Id replace all the speakers at once. Id go component (mid woofer, tweeter, and 2 way crossover) speakers up front and then a set of coaxials in the back. Since your running your Kenwood and you wont be putting an amp to any of these speakers your best bet is to find an extremely efficient speaker. Somewhere 90db and up is what you want to look for.

Kabraxis are you looking for a direct drop in or are you willing to do a 6.5" set with adapters? The reason I recommend the 6.5" is because you said you like your midbass. The key to midbass is proper sealing, tuning, and cone area. A 6.5" round cone has more cone area than a 6x9" coaxial speaker thus giving you what your looking for. As for the included crossovers they include tweeter attenuation settings, generally -3db, 0, and +3db. Its sort of a "loudness" setting if you will. This will allow you to reduce the harshness so you get a win win situation with your significant other.
 

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I've change my stock speakers with a pair of Kicker DS6930 (front) and a pair of JBL GTO938 (rear). The sound isn't louder but it's clearer.

Κicker:
Peak: 280 watts per pair
RMS: 140 watts per pair
Frequency response: 30-21kHz
Sensitivity: 92 dB
Impendance: 4 Ohms

JBL:
RMS: 100 W
PEAK 300 W
SENSITIVITY: 94dB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 45HZ - 21KHZ
IMPEDANCE: 2 OHMS
 

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It should be considerably louder given the sensitivity. It takes less power to get them louder even if its from an OEM deck.
 

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Depends on the sensitivity of the OEM speakers. Cheap speakers (OEM) can sometimes produce high SPL's but only over a narrow frequency range.

2 Ohm speakers - are we sure tht isn't too low for the stock radio?
 

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Id be worried about it. Most aftermarket decks are only good from 8-4 ohm impedences. I guess its always possible to drop lower as long as the voltage drop isnt bad and you can maintain a proper voltage.
 

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Id be worried about it. Most aftermarket decks are only good from 8-4 ohm impedences. I guess its always possible to drop lower as long as the voltage drop isnt bad and you can maintain a proper voltage.
Actually the real problem is excess current through the power amplifier stage's output transistors. Going from 4 to 2 ohm speakers, doubles the current. If the unit can't handle that - them transistors are toast.
Back in high school and college, I made a "mint" repairing audio amplifiers that were driving into too low a load impedance.
 

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Well do you want 6.5's or 6x9's? If you like midbass the 6.5" cones have more cone area than a 6x9 speaker does so naturally a 6.5" mid will give you better midbass.

If your willing to spend $100 for a 6.5" component set you wont beat these for the price. The tweeters are a little harsh. You can either use the tweeter attenuation in the crossover. If they are still to harsh at a -3db then you can switch polarity at the crossover and that will tame them even more.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOENIX-GOLD-RS...568409054?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item19be6407de

The Fusion Power Plant 6.5" set looks nice, but I cant comment on their quality. I know they make some good amps.

Im sure these guys sound pretty sweet. IIRC Basher has a friend who works for Powerbass and may be able to give some insight on how they sound.

http://cgi.ebay.com/POWERBASS-3XL-6...516525318?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item45f82e4506

Another setup I really liked where my first gen Fosgate P1694C's. They were a coaxial, but I found you something.

Id get the 6x9 P1 components for up front, run the crossover in the door behind the 6x9. Then up in the sail panel put the tweeter. This will raise your imaging up front and then run a general P169 6x9 coaxial in the back.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Rockford-Fo...010506788?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item5ace700e24
http://cgi.ebay.com/ROCKFORD-FOSGAT...720994292?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item3363ff17f4
http://cgi.ebay.com/Rockford-Punch-...736886121?pt=Car_Speakers&hash=item3364f19569
I know this thread is old but diameter of average cone size in sq in.:
6x9*--->*42
6x8*--->*38
6.5"*--->*33
I went with 6.5 because cheap 6.5" performs better than a cheap 6x9. I found some cheap ass factory buyout 30w mid woofers on parts express for $6 ea and paired them with nice $36 tymphanny 1" ring radiator tweeters.
 
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