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Old 04-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Stuffed the soundbar, Polks on the way

Pleasantly surprised!
Stuffed poly fill in every nook and cranny I could get to with a paint stirrer, got a piece in my eye, and must have breathed in a little too...cough, hack.

It really did work! Tightened up the bass nicely and gives a nice smooth presence at low frequency....

BUT, it also exaggerates how totally crappy the stock non-infinity speakers really are. The midrange is so muddled it's nearly un-listenable. And the highs....fuggeddaboutit.

Can't wait until the Brown Santa brings the new Polk DB651s's on Monday.
They will be installed right away!

Will be putting Polk DB 6501s components in the dash and stuffing those at a later date(when $$ allows) and I am waiting to see how everything works with the stock RES(non-nav) radio before I decide to go with an Audiocontrol LC6i plus 4-ch amp or not. I really like how the stock radio works with Uconnect, Sat, connectivity, and the steering wheel controls, so I am going to try to keep it.

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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Pleasantly surprised!
Stuffed poly fill in every nook and cranny I could get to with a paint stirrer, got a piece in my eye, and must have breathed in a little too...cough, hack.

It really did work! Tightened up the bass nicely and gives a nice smooth presence at low frequency....

BUT, it also exaggerates how totally crappy the stock non-infinity speakers really are. The midrange is so muddled it's nearly un-listenable. And the highs....fuggeddaboutit.

Can't wait until the Brown Santa brings the new Polk DB651s's on Monday.
They will be installed right away!

Will be putting Polk DB 6501s components in the dash and stuffing those at a later date(when $$ allows) and I am waiting to see how everything works with the stock RES(non-nav) radio before I decide to go with an Audiocontrol LC6i plus 4-ch amp or not. I really like how the stock radio works with Uconnect, Sat, connectivity, and the steering wheel controls, so I am going to try to keep it.
Any updates?

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Old 05-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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Sorry, Yes!

Didn't get the polks installed right away.
The regular DB651 speakers come with the adapter ring, but the "slim" version does not. Didn't realize until they arrived. I had to order the rings and wait for them to arrive.

As said above, stuffing the bar enhanced the faults of the stock head unit.
And adding the Polks totally shows off how bad the head unit really is EQed to protect those stock POS speakers.

The Polks really do sound Waaay better up to about 45-50% volume, but keep turning the volume up and I can tell right away that the mids and highs are getting louder but the lows are kept at that same 45-50% output all the way to max volume, and basically get drowned out by the mids and highs the louder it gets.

Not that I doubted everyone's advice that I have read here about the head unit, I just really wanted to hear how bad for myself. Yep, it's pretty crappy.

It really is too bad because the unit does everything else so very well(as for my needs) that I still dont want to replace it.
(starts scouring the interwebs for a deal on the Lc6i... )

I have also been looking into building a sub box to fit under the back seat.
Yet another project, for another day, that I can't afford at the moment.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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As said above, stuffing the bar enhanced the faults of the stock head unit.
And adding the Polks totally shows off how bad the head unit really is EQed to protect those stock POS speakers.

The Polks really do sound Waaay better up to about 45-50% volume, but keep turning the volume up and I can tell right away that the mids and highs are getting louder but the lows are kept at that same 45-50% output all the way to max volume, and basically get drowned out by the mids and highs the louder it gets.

Not that I doubted everyone's advice that I have read here about the head unit, I just really wanted to hear how bad for myself. Yep, it's pretty crappy.
I was at a stoplight yesterday and just for fun turned the fade to the rear on all stock stuff and almost threw up. The sound was horrible!
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I was at a stoplight yesterday and just for fun turned the fade to the rear on all stock stuff and almost threw up. The sound was horrible!
Exactly why I went after the soundbar first.
(and they are easier to change )
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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OK, I have to attack the soundbar...
I know the Polks are more than capeable. Even with the stock RES head.
They are resonating everything in the jeep. Through the plastic, into the roll cage, and everything else. It sounds like ass, and the resonance is delayed about 1/2 second in everything, including the seat.

I want to go old skool with some foam baffles and dynamat.

Can the soundbar be tamed, still produce a little bass, short of pouring concrete into it?

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