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Old 05-31-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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soundbar speaker suggestions

been driving my wife's TJ for the past several days...
the speakers in the sound bar sounded like crap.

upon investigating... 1 was blown.. they are aftermarket speakers already...

so, I am wondering if someone has any suggestions on what to put in the sound bar.
6.5" is already there...
don't want to break the bank on these... she likes her music but by no means is looking for high end stuff...

$50-60 is my range maybe $75

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We put Polk Audio's in mine and they sound good, they'd be better if I had a sub... But they were about $100 last summer. Maybe less now.

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You should be able to get into a nice set of Pioneer PREMIERs for that
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just bought some nice pioneer 6.5 inch speakers for the factory sound bar. Exact price range you're looking at. Since we did the speakers we also added a pioneer radio for an ipod connection. The pioneer speakers are in the exact price range you were looking for, I think they were on sale for 65ish for the pair
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cool, thanks for the quick responses...
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Oh Bob, stuff the sound bar with some poly fill before installing the new speakers, it will help with the sound.
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Oh Bob, stuff the sound bar with some poly fill before installing the new speakers, it will help with the sound.
thanks....
do you mean like stuff you fill a pillow with?
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Yes, the PO may have done it already, but if not you should do it, it does make a difference.
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cool thanks
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Speakers

Anybody have any thoughts on BOSS Speakers, I know they are generic and all, but I saw some that lit up as the power was applied to them. Looked cool, they were 6.5's and said 600 watt max. Just wondering about them the price was pretty good. Thanks all.
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I just did Pioneer 3way on my sound bar (6.5") I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and they were really at a great price. I love them and not too expensive! the Polyfoam is also an excellent cheap way to get a better sound!
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speakers in, sort of.........

well, I went to replace my speakers.... What was there, were Alpine 6.5" coax speakers with big honking magnets... The one on passengers side had come loose and the one on the drivers side sounded odd (figured it was blown).

ordered a set of Pioneer 6.5" speakers...
Things didn't go well... I tried to put them in and my screw driver slipped and went right through the woofer... CRAP!
anyone need 1 6.5 pioneer speaker? Free + shipping

So, I went back and started messing with the Alpine speakers...
What I noticed was this.... There was NOTHING wrong with them. The previous idiot had soldered the wiring (fine)... but he only had two/three strands touching on the drivers side (+)... So, I figured I would try re-soldering the connection(s)..
Guess what... that speaker doesn't sound bad, now... The Alpines are not loaded with highs, but it sounds 100% better than it did before I started. There were actually a set of tweeters in the sound bar too... I'd never paid attention to them, but found out... they were not connected and when I checked them (thinking I may connect) they didn't work.


Now the passengers side was a pain (actually both sides)
The PO had butchered up the sound bar to add these 6.5" speakers (not sure why)... there were adapter rings tech screwed to the sound bar. The weight of the Alpines caused the mounting tabs to break. I tried some super glue to "fix" the 2 out of 3 mounting tabs that were broken.. Neither one held, but there were a couple of other mounting holes that hadn't been used, so I secured the ring through those..
It the rings break again, I have two other choices... weld in new steel or buy a new sound bar.

As InfernoGirl suggested I added batting behind the speakers....
Well, I actually forgot to do one... And when I realized it, I was able to hear the difference between w/ and w/o. (I did add it before I was done).
When I got things all buttoned back up, I took it for a ride (no top) and couldn't believe the improvement.
Huge difference... Thanks for the tip.

The butchering of the bar has me baffled...
The PO took tin snips and "enlarged the holes... The edges were sharp and jagged - caught my finger a couple of times...
Not sure what his reasoning was behind this... I thought the 6.5" fit right into the OEM hole... Oh well, it's done...
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Save the single speaker in case you have any issues with one of them in the future. You rarely blow a pair at the same time. I'm not sure, but maybe the speaker opening was for 5 1/4" and they opened it up for a bigger/better sounding speaker?
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Oh Bob, stuff the sound bar with some poly fill before installing the new speakers, it will help with the sound.
I am going to put some polyfill in with my speakers tonight

1. How much is the right amount to use? fill the soundbar?

2. Should i use it for the dash speakers as well?

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I am going to put some polyfill in with my speakers tonight

1. How much is the right amount to use? fill the soundbar?

2. Should i use it for the dash speakers as well?

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I put 2 pcs 1.5 ft long and about 6" wide
my wife had a couple of pcs in her sewing room.. if she didn't I would have gone and got a bag in town (like you used to stuff a pillow, in home-ec).

I don't think you need to crazy with it...
if you are using the bag stuff... a couple of hand fulls... I wouldn't make it difficult to install speakers.. just fill in the dead space behind.

As far as the dash...
I have seen it done... our jeep already had foam baffles behind the speakers from PO... so, I just left them there...
If you had the sheet batting/fiberfill.. I guess you could put it behind them, but not really sure there would be a sound advantage (could stand corrected on that one though)

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thanks, off to walmart this evening
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bump. nice thread.
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I'm going to second the Polk Audios. I have Polk DB461Ps in my dash, Polk 6x9s in the Rollbar boxes and am in the process of building a sound bar with Polk 6.5s in it. All of the ones I've seen are marine grade, so they can be rained in with no problems. Mine sound so much better than stock and I can really hear them even with no top or doors and doing 50MPH with 33 inch mud tires.

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