|01-03-2012 01:13 AM|
So a little update, the Kickers ks 60 I bought didn't fit unless I got a bracket adapter and so I went to get the ks 65, which would fit and they were not available in store and also were almost 45 bucks more than the polk dxi 650 coaxils which were on sale at best buy. I had a gift certificate so that is why I am shopping there. Anyways, so I had leaned toward the Polks, and so went back to my original choice for sound bar and switched to the polks. Install pretty easy, I used polly fill to dampen sound bar and needed to make a few small adjustments when mounting speaker bracket to soundbar; one of the three screws would not fit into the original mounting holes, so just needed to grab a self tapping screw and drill through plastic next to original hole.
First impression is I am shocked by the sound...really is so much better than the original sound/speakers and I am just stock head unit right now no infinity upgrade. I am thinking I will still add front speakers a small sub and amp to run everything, but damn I gotta say if I didn't have my gift certificate I would be pretty happy with this upgrade as is at it completely changes the jeep experience for less than 100 bucks.
I am on the fence now whether to add another set of polk components in front or go with the kicker components ks 65.2. Both brands sound incredible and after going with Polks I am more than thrilled plus I do like the marine weather resistance.
Definitely if you are on the fence over kicker or polk, both will work great and just make sure you go with the ks 65 or the polk dxi 650 for the sound bar sizing for those brands.
|01-01-2012 07:30 AM|
I've replaced my sound bar speakers with the Polk DB651s, and I really like the difference it has made in the sound.
I thought about doing the fronts as well, but I've got the system balanced to where I really like it right now so I'm not going to rush that mod.
Replacing the sound bar speakers is the easiest upgrade. I did the install on my lunch hour with plenty of sandwich/music listening time to spare, thanks to the kit Crutchfield includes.
I didn't see that kind of difference in price between the two, however. I remember the prices being fairly close when I looked at them in August, but ultimately decided on the Polks after reading a ton of reviews with the Polks coming out ahead on sound quality for the price.
|12-31-2011 11:49 PM|
Check out Kicker KS series
So I was ready to pull the trigger on the polk dxi and got to listen to the Kicker KS speakers. The plug n play kicker speakers that are for sale online through mopar are the ds series, which are good but not comparable to the ks or the polk dxi or db series. I am now going to go with the kicker ks speakers in sound bar and dash with a powered amp hooked up to my stock head unit.
So far I purchased some KS 60 coaxils for the sound bar, but I might have to exchange for the ks65. the 60 are 6 inch and the 65 are 6.5 inch, but I was told the 60's would fit...it sounds like anything besides plug and play need a bracket or some experimenting to get to fit. Anyways, definitely check out the KS series before making decision. They can be had for cheaper than the mopar kickers.
|09-18-2011 10:19 PM|
i happen to be very happy with the stock system i have the 730N w/ the subwoofer all stock and the system will jam a lot louder than i will ever need it to and the sound is very good. but w/ speakers they are the most subjective part of the system what sounds good to one person may not to another coming out of the same speakers, so change without hearing the exact setup in the same car your going to put it in is tough to say what is will sound like. I kinda laugh when i see people standing in front of a rack of car speakers listening at Best Buy on a head unit they dont have, powered by an amp they wont be using in a huge building....to decide how this or that speaker will sound in "their" car. sorry just a small rant
either way the companies product your looking at are all quality
but i quit feeling the need to modify cars systems when the car companies started using the big names to build their car audio systems, that and i got tired of messing w/ car electronics and installers not knowing what they were doing. i have not modified a car audio system since my '86 CRX-Si (which came w/ radio delete option). things were always going wrong, with either components, install probs or both and decided to quit wasting time and money
|09-18-2011 09:44 PM|
|09-18-2011 07:21 PM|
I have both in 2 different vehicles
I have the Kickers in my JK, the Polk 6x9's in my 99 Monte Carlo.
I did screw up and put too small of an amp (300 watts) in the Monte, but got smart and put a Crunch 600W 4 channel in the JK. I kept the factory head unit, so had to put in a line output converter. I screwed up and got a Scosche SLC4 Speaker Level Converter. DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK. It will not hold the wires in place. I messed with that thing for HOURS, put it next to the drivers seat, then went in the house and ordered a PAC SOEM-4 4-Channel Premium Line-Out Converter. I had that connected and zip tied under the steering wheel in about 10 minutes.
The Polks sound good, but not really enough power to push them to their limits, the Kickers sound good, but I did have to kick back the gain to prevent blowing them. Install of the Kickers in front wasn't as bad as the forums made it out to be. Rollbar speakers were much easier, like 5 minutes, tops. I put Polyfil in all the enclosures. I also put Polk tweeters in the dash of the JK. I put the amp under the seat on a piece of MDF that I also painted with high temperature grill paint.
Side by side, I think the Polks sound good, but need a larger amp. The Kickers just flat out kick, as you might expect. They are also plug and play. I'm not a big bass guy, so I didn't put any subs at all. Your ear and wallet are what matter, but for ease of installation, go with the Kickers, and don't buy too small of an amp. The speakers (rear door, rollbar, front) are all the same.
When you're cruising topless, that power is really important. I could put just about anything in there, but I am cheap so I put fairly cheap stuff in there. It works for me, and that's what counts.
Put it this way, it is loud enough that my wife won't even let me turn it on when she's cruising with me.
This from a woman who has a 800 watt amp in her 06 Monte Carlo SS.
I think it's because in the Jeep the speakers are RIGHT THERE, in front of your face and behind your head, while in the cars they are down by your ankles in front and way behind you (compared to the Jeep) in back.
Just my 2 cents.
|09-17-2011 10:40 AM|
|slypops||Is the rear door Kicker upgrade the same as the roll bar speaker? (I don't have back doors!) Thanks|
|03-16-2011 09:25 PM|
not sure if that helped tho
|03-16-2011 08:22 PM|
MOPAR 77KICK10 - MOPAR® Rear Door Kicker Audio Speaker Upgrade for 05-10 Jeep® Wrangler JK, Unlimited JK, Liberty & Grand Cherokee - Quadratec
Here's the link for the Kicker replacement kit. Seems cheaper, but I think I'll spend the extra 40 bucks for the 2 sets of Polk's DB651s.
|03-15-2011 09:19 PM|
at the radio before the amp, or at the infinity sub end..
how did you ?
|03-14-2011 10:57 PM|
i have the six and a halfs on my sound bar and they sound great and i have the 3x5s in my front speaker column. but you need a good sub dont go to small on the wattage though. because during the summer when your top is off and if you have it on you will blow it. that was what had happend with my 300 watt memphis sub ( 10 inch) and a 300 watt clarion amp
|03-14-2011 07:54 PM|
|roxbury29||I am working on upgrading my infinity system too. First I may add an amp and sep. sub woofer(something med to small ) .next for the sound bar- likely infiinity reference 6-1/2" speakers they are Very effecient and spec'd at 2ohm. I hope its an improvement.. I will let you know..|
|03-14-2011 06:46 PM|
|Mr. Sinister||you have to remember that the kicker branded systems are not the same as going out and buying kicker speakers. they're kicker branded, but crap quality to keep cost down. the kicker upgrade speakers are pretty decent quality, but are a little pricey imho. you can do better for less or the same money, but they are direct bolt in, whereas aftermarkets will need some sort of brackets or ingenuity to make them fit the jk.|
|03-14-2011 06:03 PM|
|eastcoasting32||Yeah now I'm leaning towards the Polk Db651s, or the Infinity Kappa Series.|
|03-13-2011 08:49 PM|
|Bigdog76||Polk has a great series for mid ranges. I would use ultra shock cadence subs. Kicker L7 if space is an option. My favorite is Focal.|
|03-13-2011 08:47 PM|
|Vecter||i was suprised to see kicker dabbling into mids and hi's....kicker was always known as a subwoofer in my opinion. And polk audio was always in the mids and hi's and now they make subs also. I have no idea about the wrangler aplication but id take polk audio over kicker mids and hi's any day.....just as id choose kicker subs over polk audio...just my 2 cent.|
|03-13-2011 08:42 PM|
|topher38||my dad has the kicker system in his GC and i think it sucks. so i would go with the polk or just get a better infinity thats what i have in my wrangler it sounds good. i have all 4 speakers set up on a 300 watt clarion amp. then theres the 10 inch 1000watt fosgate sub with a 1000watt kicker amp|
|03-13-2011 08:37 PM|
Polk Speakers vs. Kicker question
Okay so I've been looking into improving my Infinity system that came with my '08 unlimited. Also VERY new to audio. I have really been looking into Polk Db651s for the two in the front and then another set of Polk Db651s in the roll bar. Also, I've been looking at the Mopar Kicker Replacement Kit. The Mopar Kicker Replacement Kit looks quite easy to install but, I havent read anything about installing the Polk Db651s. Should I pay the extra 40 bucks for Polks over the Kicker Replacement kit? Would a new amp be required to power the Polks or Kickers?