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Old 12-28-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question Suggestion on Sound Bars

Any suggestions on a good inexpensive sound bar? I have a Kenwood KDC-619 head unit, no amp (as of yet) and stock front speakers. The person who I bought it from has a "make shift" sound bar installed, but it only give me treble.

This is my first Jeep, so post anything you feel helpful. I just want to hear music while driving down the road topless.

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Old 12-28-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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I didn't particularly care for the sound bar in my last jeep, the music would blare in one ear and you couldn't hear it coming from anywhere else. I'd suggest amplified speakers in pods either on the rear wheel wells or front kick panels (that may be a custom job). Whatever you do, make sure the speaker cone face is sealed off from the rear of the cone. This adds a lot of quality to any speaker.

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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Whatever you do, make sure the speaker cone face is sealed off from the rear of the cone. This adds a lot of quality to any speaker.
what do you mean when you say- make sure the speaker cone face is sealed of from the rear of the cone. ?
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As in an infinite baffle or an actual sealed enclosure. There is a noticeable difference in a speaker that, say, is to small for a hole and mounted with brackets vs one that has a full baffle to mount to separating the face of the cone from the rear of the cone. Both the front and rear of a speaker put off sound waves and if they're not sealed off from each other (or at least close to it) then you'll have wave cancellation. When you're dealing with very small speakers it can make a huge difference.
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your saying that you need to have the right size speaker for the hole so that there is no gap between the opening of the hole and the speaker? if that is what you are trying to say, all speakers mount sealed to what ever they are installed in.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:22 PM   #6
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Here's a good example.

In the picture posted you can see there is space open all around the adapter plate. Sure, this will work but having some way to seal that area to separate the rear sound waves from the front sound waves will have a positive impact especially in midrange/midbass response. Would everyone notice the difference? Probably not. But for the amount of effort/money it would be worth it to seal it off with something (sticky sound deadening material for example).

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so your just talking about having it in a sealed enclosure, like a sound bar or sound pod. its just the way your were saying it that threw me off.
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I could not find one that would give me the sound I wanted, so I built my own. I installed 2- 6x9's in sealed chambers and mounted lights on front and back. My mid's and high's are ran off their own 4 channel amp and the sound bar is strong enough to stand on !
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I could not find one that would give me the sound I wanted, so I built my own. I installed 2- 6x9's in sealed chambers and mounted lights on front and back. My mid's and high's are ran off their own 4 channel amp and the sound bar is strong enough to stand on !
I also dislike the quality of sound from the soundbar, I dont like where the sound comes from and I dont like how it is delivered to your ears. I prefer the speaker pods that go in front of the rear wheel wells.
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so your just talking about having it in a sealed enclosure, like a sound bar or sound pod. its just the way your were saying it that threw me off.


Yeah pretty much. I suppose it's a lot different in other automotive speaker installs. Anytime I install speakers into a door, I always seal up the rest of the holes in the door to give the speaker an infinite baffle or enclosure. like these pics:




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If you were to leave the big hole open, it'll make a big difference in midrange/midbass coming from the speaker.



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most speakers are fine in free air, my fronts sound great there is no loss of lows and mids
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Seriously?? You must have installed them sealed before installing them free air and decided the free air is better.


All I'm trying to say is having them in a "sealed" environment will definitely provide better midrange/midbass. Like I said above, there are several people who would not notice the difference. I have heard the difference.

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Wouldnt it be nice if that were even possible in a front speaker install on a Jeep? lol. OP dont worry about what this guy is saying cause it wont happen in a front speaker install on a Jeep. However, on the rear speaker install that is in pods or in a sound bar you dont have to worry about it since both pods and soundbars are already sealed. Recommend you take a look on many 4x4 Jeep sites and see what types of pods and soundbars are available (since there are so many), see what you like then buy it. If you dont like it then sell it on ebay or craigs list.
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^^ very true LilYeller. Probably wouldn't be able to seal them up in that cavity that is in the Jeep dash. That's why I'll do kick panels when I get my Jeep.
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Seriously?? You must have installed them sealed before installing them free air and decided the free air is better.


All I'm trying to say is having them in a "sealed" environment will definitely provide better midrange/midbass. Like I said above, there are several people who would not notice the difference. I have heard the difference.

Not trying to be rude. I know a lot of tact is lost in the internet. Plus I've been drinking all night while watching the UFC fights!!
i'm fine with not getting the most bass out of a set of components, the sub provides bass. i run infinity kappa perfect components, they don't have much bass to them and thats why i got them, the sub does the bass the mids and highs are from the speakers
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Understood.

Where do you have your tweeters mounted? Ever demo'd the q-forms in a Jeep?? That's what I'm leaning toward. Either that or the quadratec kick pods with tweeters on the dash somewhere, just don't wanna be blown away from being so close to one side of the dash.
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i mounted the crossovers inside the factory soundbar and installed the tweeters into the factory soundbar, only needed to drill 2 small holes for each tweeter one for the wires to go through and one for the tweeter mount. i did have to cut away a little of the padding to mount the tweeters. and i ran all new 12 gauge speaker wire.



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Ever heard any kickpanel speakers in a jeep? I've never used kick enclosures but all of them that I've ever heard in other rigs have been outstanding in image/stage. I know the Jeep is kinda a special environment but figured the q-form or quadratec kicks would work well.

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