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Old 05-08-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Best Speakers?

I would like to upgrade my speakers and sub for my JKU..and I have already brought some poly fill, just waiting to buy the speakers. Would like to know what some of you guys have, and what are the best that money can buy? Thanks

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I've been reading j/k forum for awhile and so far theres alot of talk about 77kick10. I think they said kicker makes them. They say they're a big improvement from the factory infinity speakers.

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I've been reading j/k forum for awhile and so far theres alot of talk about 77kick10. I think they said kicker makes them. They say they're a big improvement from the factory infinity speakers.
Yeah after a bit of reading, I decided it get 2 sets of the Mopar 77kick10 and a JL 8w3 sub with a 8 inch spacer ring. Originally wanted just the sub because I had a rattle so I was thinking it might be blown, but read about the 77kick10's. I asked this on another thread but I'll try here too, what if I just swap everything out and put what I brought in? Will it work or would I need something else? I do not want to win any prizes, I just want it to sound better than stock.
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A few things to decide on about speakers:

1. Are you keeping the factory HU and all factory amps and connectors?
2. Are you planning to add an aftermarket amp to power new speakers? Either with or without a new HU?

You should factor these 2 questions in deciding what speakers you are going to look into. It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, but IMO if you are going to replace speakers ONLY – then you should look for speakers with compatible ohms and low wattage capabilities.

If you are going to replace the HU and speakers then your options grow exponentially. The stock HU (and 99% of all factory ones) don’t put out a lot of wattage. And Im not talking claimed wattage – actual wattage. My Ford Escape claimed something like 50 watts per channel but in reality it was like 15. So aftermarket speakers sounded better at low volumes, but broke up the second you went past midway on the volume.

Most good aftermarket speakers are designed to be powered with an amp. Wattage will vary, but a good 4/5 channel amp to drive the fronts, rears and sub is generally the best way to go.

For 2012 the JK(U) has 6.5” rounds in the front dash plus dash pod tweeters and 6.5” rounds in the sound bar. So basically any component set that has 6.5” should be used up front and any coaxial 6.5” rounds will easily go in the stock speaker locations.

Knowing all this will help you decide on what type of speakers you should be looking into. Then the next question is what brand and how much $$$ do you want to spend on new stuff? I’m not going to say what is best as it is very subjective and each person I am sure has their own opinion on which brand.

For me I went with the JL Audio Evolution C2 group. I have had excellent and amazing luck with the C2 group. For me that group is the right bang for the buck. Great sound at a very good price point. Yes the C5 group is a “better” group, but to me the cost difference outweighs the increase in sound quality.

I also always replace the HU and go complete aftermarket with amps. Factory ones are OK but again do not supply adjustability or the clean power to drive aftermarket speakers. Starting with the HU it starts with a clean and optimizable sound.

So not much help on speaker brands, but more of an overview of what you should be considering!
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A few things to decide on about speakers:

1. Are you keeping the factory HU and all factory amps and connectors?
2. Are you planning to add an aftermarket amp to power new speakers? Either with or without a new HU?

You should factor these 2 questions in deciding what speakers you are going to look into. It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, but IMO if you are going to replace speakers ONLY – then you should look for speakers with compatible ohms and low wattage capabilities.

If you are going to replace the HU and speakers then your options grow exponentially. The stock HU (and 99% of all factory ones) don’t put out a lot of wattage. And Im not talking claimed wattage – actual wattage. My Ford Escape claimed something like 50 watts per channel but in reality it was like 15. So aftermarket speakers sounded better at low volumes, but broke up the second you went past midway on the volume.

Most good aftermarket speakers are designed to be powered with an amp. Wattage will vary, but a good 4/5 channel amp to drive the fronts, rears and sub is generally the best way to go.

For 2012 the JK(U) has 6.5” rounds in the front dash plus dash pod tweeters and 6.5” rounds in the sound bar. So basically any component set that has 6.5” should be used up front and any coaxial 6.5” rounds will easily go in the stock speaker locations.

Knowing all this will help you decide on what type of speakers you should be looking into. Then the next question is what brand and how much $$$ do you want to spend on new stuff? I’m not going to say what is best as it is very subjective and each person I am sure has their own opinion on which brand.

For me I went with the JL Audio Evolution C2 group. I have had excellent and amazing luck with the C2 group. For me that group is the right bang for the buck. Great sound at a very good price point. Yes the C5 group is a “better” group, but to me the cost difference outweighs the increase in sound quality.

I also always replace the HU and go complete aftermarket with amps. Factory ones are OK but again do not supply adjustability or the clean power to drive aftermarket speakers. Starting with the HU it starts with a clean and optimizable sound.

So not much help on speaker brands, but more of an overview of what you should be considering!
I am going to keep my 730n, amp, and connector. I will not buy an new amp as of now, I really just wanted to replace the blown sub. I have already brought the 77kick10 and the JL 8w3. In theory, would it work if I just swapped them with what I brought? also, for what I brought is it compatible?
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The 77kick10 will obviously work, but they are not going to sound a whole lot better than the stocks since the HU has a contoured sound going out to the sound bar. By contoured I mean reduced/lowered etc. It just does not have power running to them the same as the fronts.

For the 8W3 it will physically fir in the tub - but you need a ring spacer. I just put in the same sub. But again the factory amp will not be a good match to that sub as it is low powered. But yes it will physically work.

Check out my build thread. I need to update it, but some good stuff in there.

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The 77kick10 will obviously work, but they are not going to sound a whole lot better than the stocks since the HU has a contoured sound going out to the sound bar. By contoured I mean reduced/lowered etc. It just does not have power running to them the same as the fronts.

For the 8W3 it will physically fir in the tub - but you need a ring spacer. I just put in the same sub. But again the factory amp will not be a good match to that sub as it is low powered. But yes it will physically work.

Check out my build thread. I need to update it, but some good stuff in there.

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Lol dude, you were the person that made me make up my choice with the 8w3.. You said you had the 10w something and was waiting for the 8w3 and it required a spacer. I did buy a spacer but did not know the size of it, but took a guess and went with the 8 inch spacer. Hope I brought the right spacer lol.
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Ha just realized that! I got a 1" thick ring spacer in 8" diameter. Worked perfectly. I actually counter-sunk 4 of the original Infinity sub screws into the spacer and used the existing holes in the tub. Then 2 of the 8 screws that I used to mount the sub were a 3" length - enough to bite ito the plastic tub. So that sucker is solid.
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Ha just realized that! I got a 1" thick ring spacer in 8" diameter. Worked perfectly. I actually counter-sunk 4 of the original Infinity sub screws into the spacer and used the existing holes in the tub. Then 2 of the 8 screws that I used to mount the sub were a 3" length - enough to bite ito the plastic tub. So that sucker is solid.
The spacer I brought I think was 3/4 and it looked like wood-made. Do you think that'll be a problem?
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Nope should be good. Mine was as well.
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I put in a pioneer head unit DVD, gps, and xm unit replaced the factory speakers with Rockford. a Rockford amp for those speakers and a probox single 10" with a Rockford amp. It rocks it sounds as good as any two 12"s with the top on or off it is awesome. I won't own anything else now I'm hooked on them.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:49 PM   #12
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Sweet.. can't wait to get that blown subwoofer out. Boom Boom Boom Boom
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Is it blown? Hell I even powered that stocker with my new amp and it was still kicking. But once replaced with the 8W3 it is a world of difference. You will love it!
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Yeah I was putting some stuff away in the jeep and I had the music playing. I heard the rattle from the sub, funny thing is that I don't even play loud music. The max I've ever had it to was 20-21.
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Best speakers money can buy?? Pretty subjective.. Focal Polykevlar's?? Nice speaker set but about $800...
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Best speakers money can buy?? Pretty subjective.. Focal Polykevlar's?? Nice speaker set but about $800...
Focals are awesome I have a pair of PS 165's (not polykevlar but still awesome) that I am hoping will fit the front dash of 2012 JK.
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$800? not too bad.. maybe I'll get those
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:23 PM   #18
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^^ If you're going that far, find a good stereo shop and have custom kick panels fiberglassed for them..

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