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Old 01-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Polk DXi 6500 cold temp response

Does anyone know if Polk DXi 6500 are sensitive to cold? Specifically, I just got them all wired up last week, and have had a hard time getting them to sound acceptable. Specifically, what I noticed is that by the end of the drive into work this morning it was sounding pretty good - but when I left work (and the Jeep was showing 5 degrees as temp) the low frequency response seemed terrible. Is this normal for marine speakers? Are my ears just getting used to the poor low freq as I drive and listen?

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Does anyone know if Polk DXi 6500 are sensitive to cold? Specifically, I just got them all wired up last week, and have had a hard time getting them to sound acceptable. Specifically, what I noticed is that by the end of the drive into work this morning it was sounding pretty good - but when I left work (and the Jeep was showing 5 degrees as temp) the low frequency response seemed terrible. Is this normal for marine speakers? Are my ears just getting used to the poor low freq as I drive and listen?
Temp shouldn't make any difference but some speakers do need some time to break in.

If you are hearing improvement by the end of a short drive, then Start all over the next drive, I would guess your ears are just getting used to it.

Are you running stock head unit and amp or are they aftermarket? If they are stock, there is your problem.

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"some time to break in"... meaning minutes of use? hours of use? use at full volume?

Head unit is Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS - no amp, no sub. The sound bar speakers are Polk db651s.

If it's a matter of just getting used to it - aside from finding a local expert, how would I go about getting them 'close' (not worried about perfect)?
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"some time to break in"... meaning minutes of use? hours of use? use at full volume?

Head unit is Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS - no amp, no sub. The sound bar speakers are Polk db651s.

If it's a matter of just getting used to it - aside from finding a local expert, how would I go about getting them 'close' (not worried about perfect)?
Some think break in period a bit of a myth, the same as $100 per foot speaker wire.

I think a car stereo needs an outboard amp to sound good but that's me.

If you don't like how they sound, I'd take them back and listen to some different models to see what you like.
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