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Old 04-15-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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TJ Soft Top Speaker Suggestions

On the last leg of my build must say been a lot of fun. Now I need some suggestions. I have a set of quad-pods (these hold a 6.5" and an 8" speaker)a friend gave me. Has anyone ever used these? How good do they work? I have two suggestions from two different audio places. One says put in two 8" in woofers and the other says 8" coaxial speakers. I am not looking for a hard hitting sub just a good solid sound with some bass. Need help. Any Thoughts?

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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Do coaxils in the 6.5 spots and use the 8" spots for mid-bass.

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Old 04-16-2010, 11:31 AM   #3
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Personally, you should scrap the quad-pods for the bass idea. 8" subs in those cheap plastic enclosures won't sound nearly as good as they would in a sealed MDF (medium-density fiberboard) box. In my opinion, you'll be disappointed if you put 8" subs in those quad pods and expect good bass. Without getting too technical, there isn't enough airspace in them to produce proper frequency ranges for bass at any level, and unless the 6.5" and 8" holes are sealed from each other you're going to get alot of sound distortion, even at low volume. A good alternative would be to use 8" coaxial speakers (with bass blockers spliced into the wiring for them) to negate loud bass; they'd primarily be used for mid-range sound. Look into a 6.5" component set instead of a 6.5" coaxial set also; component sets produce much clearer high to mid-frequency sound.

While I'm thinking about it....you're planning to run an external amplifier for all this equipment, right? Most aftermarket CD/MP3 players can only support about 100W power; push it too hard and you'll certainly cook the deck and potentially have a fire. Trust me!

A decent alternative from a separate subwoofer box (i.e. a MDF enclosure) is a bass tube with Bazooka brand being the most effective. They've come a long way over the years - they're compact, have an on-board amplifier, and produce nice bass levels.

From experience, a stereo with great sound comes at a price. It boils down to how good you want it to sound v.s. $$$ you're willing to spend. A ballpark figure for a good-sounding stereo is $600ish...CD deck ($100-$200), amplifier ($100), wiring kit ($25-$30), 6.5" component set ($60-$100), subwoofer and box ($100-$200). That's if you're buying everything brand-new and from lower-cost places (Ebay!), and installing yourself. I'd also watch craigslist for subwoofer/box/amp, great place to score these items for cheap if you decide to go for used equipment. A professional stereo shop will empty your pockets if you buy from them and have them install; beware! Self installation is easy, just takes some elbow grease, determination, and a basic idea of how to read wiring diagrams/installation guides. I'd be happy to help where I can

My current setup was just under $600, and sounds terrific!

Alpine deck - $120 (Crutchfield.com)
Kicker 3.5" coaxial set - $50 (removed 4x6" dash speakers and installed there)
Kicker 6.5" component set - $75 (Ebay)
Kicker 10" sub and box - $50 (craigslist!)
Kicker 600W 2 channel amp - $150 (Ebay)
6.5" sound wedges - $100 (Ebay)

Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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the quads are have seperated compartments and i really wasnt wanting too much bass iam not into the boom boom stuff . Just loud clear music. So i think the 8" coaxial are what i am kinda leaning towards. I do have an aftermarket head unit (Sony) and am looking at doing a 200 watt memphis amp. The amp will run the two 6.5's int he sound bar and the two 6.5's in the quads as well as the two 8's. I will leave the two 4x6 front on just the radio. The factory 6" sub in the console which i have replaced with a Kicker will be able to work as well. So many ways to do it and not being real familar with how it all can work is a little confusing on what to do. CAJUN - hmm i am down on the border - last name thibodeaux - gotta loves us
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down on the border, last name thibodeaux....hmmmmm....*clearing throat*....mey sha, you from down dere by da bayou? lol

I'm born/raised in Houma, LA, currently living in NC (active-duty military) but moving back to Houma in two weeks! Can't wait, I'm stoked

As for your bass situation, I'm doubtful you'll get what you want with what you're planning...I'd just hate for you to spend the time and money getting it hooked up, then have that ominous "damn, that sounds like s**t!" feeling for all your effort. Not trying to sound too pessimistic, but don't cross your fingers on it sounding like you want. Honestly, my setup's bass can be heard within stone's throw of my jeep and no further, yet sounds great inside (and that's with a mediocre 10" Kicker sub in a MDF box).

One more thing - I'd highly recommend a bigger amp. Four 6.5's and two 8's are gonna max out a 200W amp. This isn't good, since an overheated amp can fry and ruin all speakers wired to it (not to mention the fire hazard). A general rule of thumb for rating an amp is to add all your speakers' peak power ratings together (what they'll draw at peak performance), then give some extra - basically so you don't overload the amp. In a low-draw application like yours, I'd recommend using an amp with at least 100W to spare, but I'd also recommend getting the same amp with about 400W more....that way when you decide you should've installed a dedicated subwoofer from the get-go, then at least the amp you installed will be able to carry the sub along with all the other speakers
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:03 PM   #6
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aaaeeee absolutely - been a good crawfish season so far. Welcome back home. I have read a few reviews on these quads and for the most part they have been pretty good. I am still trying to find someone that has them to get their opinion. I think with four 6.5's that will be more than enough mids and then have the two 8's bihind them it will sound pretty good.
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Cool, I was last home during Mardi Gras and they were tiny.....man I can't wait to get back home :-)

Wish you the best with your setup, but at a minimum you should at least consider a larger amp; again, if you decide to back-peddle for a sub then you'll already have an amp big enough for it.

Laissez les bon temps rouler sha!!!

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