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Timberman 10-20-2008 07:27 PM

Quick Speaker question.
 
Guys,

I recently replaced my stock head unit with an aftermarket Clarion.. I love the bells and whistles of the new unit, but man does it sound like absolute trash!!

Anyway, Quadratec has some kicker replacements and I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with them.. I am planning on replacing both the dash and the pods..

Here are the links:

Quadratec Exclusive KWR-9702 - Kicker Factory Replacement Overhead Sound Bar Speaker Kits for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
Quadratec Exclusive KWF-9702 - Kicker Factory Replacement Front Dash Speaker Kits for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

I am very familiar with Kicker products; however I become a little leery when dealing with exclusive dealer products.

Thanks!

chief100psu 10-20-2008 07:34 PM

I was also looking to replace my speakers. I was leaning towards kicker, seems like crutchfield is cheaper. They have some that they claim will fit.

Jerry Bransford 10-20-2008 08:01 PM

Stick with speakers that have a high sensitivity rating if you don't have a separate more power aftermarket amplifier. Polks are some that have a higher average sensitivity rating that means for the same wattage power, they will be louder which means you can turn the volume down for less distortion... or they'll play louder with the same power. For each 3 dB of added speaker sensitivity, that is like doubling your amplifier's power. :)

Martin87 10-20-2008 08:16 PM

I picked up 2 pairs of Infinity Kappa 52.9i speakers and a set of 4x6 inch to 5.25 inch mounting brackets for the front speakers best decision I have ever made. The Kappa speakers come with a high and low frequency pass similar to those in component speakers, this allows them to have amazing sound quality. As for head units I think that's a matter of personal opinion, I stick to pioneer, ive put one of there head units in each one of my cars and ive never been let down by the sound quality and looks. Check out amazon for speakers i was able to find the infinites for $75/pair when crutchfield was asking $125/pair.

chief100psu 10-20-2008 08:36 PM

Well thx for reminding me I needed new speakers :) Just ordered these from crutchfield - 94sens. Thx to Jerry for the advice!

1 1084627CFP Infinity Kappa 462.7cfp 4"x6" 2-way Plate Speakers $74.99 $74.99
1 120821010 Speaker Bracket 120821010 $12.99 Free
1 12071031 Speaker Harness 12071031 $9.99 Free
1 500SPS13C2 Alpine SPS-13C2 5-1/4" 2-way Car Speakers $49.99 $49.99
1 12071031 Speaker Harness 12071031 $9.99 Free
1 0000270016 Crutchfield MasterSheet Instructions $4.99 Fre

Timberman 10-21-2008 10:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin87 (Post 273862)
I picked up 2 pairs of Infinity Kappa 52.9i speakers and a set of 4x6 inch to 5.25 inch mounting brackets for the front speakers best decision I have ever made. The Kappa speakers come with a high and low frequency pass similar to those in component speakers, this allows them to have amazing sound quality. As for head units I think that's a matter of personal opinion, I stick to pioneer, ive put one of there head units in each one of my cars and ive never been let down by the sound quality and looks. Check out amazon for speakers i was able to find the infinites for $75/pair when crutchfield was asking $125/pair.


Thanks!!!

I actually purchased my head unit from Crutchfield and found them a tad overpriced.. Although, they are arguably one of the best companies I have ever dealt with. I honestly couldn't have been more pleased with their service.. I will poke around and see what the best price I can come up with and then head back to Crutchfield and see if they will price match!

dweebster 10-21-2008 10:24 AM

i have always gone with pioneer premeir and havent had any problems sound crisp and with tow different tweeters built in helps sound loud and clean

Jma20a 10-21-2008 12:12 PM

the kickers offered by quadratec are not that great. what kind of budget are you on?

Timberman 10-21-2008 03:00 PM

I went ahead and purchased a kenwoods for the front and rear from Crutchfield.. They not only hooked me up with free freight, but all of the brackets and connectors as well. I also received instant rebated on both sets of speakers.. The total ended up being $127 for the following:

Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X462C 4"x6" 2-way Speakers
Kenwood KFC-1382ie 5-1/4" 3-way Speakers

CptControl 11-18-2008 06:40 PM

Ok...so if I want to keep the stock stereo, and replace the front dash (not the pods) and bar speakers, do you suggest the Polk speakers? A little new to this, and do not want to drop a lot of cash. Plush, the 08 X I have has a decent set up. SOunds pretty good, and don't want to screw it up, just want it to sound better....thanks!

KellyK 11-18-2008 06:47 PM

polk and kicker i think are going to give you the best sound. throwing an amp in the mix will help alot too.

p-rev 11-18-2008 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KellyK (Post 284072)
polk and kicker i think are going to give you the best sound. throwing an amp in the mix will help alot too.

x2. and crutchfield is having a sale on polk speakers now, and always the best customer service.

Jma20a 11-18-2008 09:05 PM

i say to go with a set of infinity speakers. not a big fan of the kicker speakers but they have some nice subs out. spend $100 on ebay and get a set of infinity kappa components for the rollbar. you will be very impressed with the difference in quality.

ky-homelite 11-19-2008 08:02 AM

I just installed a Clarion DB285USB head unit and speakers last week. The speakers I bought were Kicker KS460's in the dash and Kicker 07DS5250's in the roll bar. I bought them from Crutchfield and of course received all the mounting hardware for free. I think shipped to my door it was in the neighborhood of $220 for all the stuff. I was expecting it to sound better than it does honestly. It sounds better than the factory head unit and worn out factory speakers, but by no means is it as good as I thought it would be. The Clarion head unit is awesome, but if I had it to do over I'd probably pick some different speakers. I'm wondering since I have a soft top if that's not affecting the acoustics of the speakers. Oh well, take the info for what it's worth, it's just an opinion.

Timberman 11-19-2008 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ky-homelite (Post 284268)
I just installed a Clarion DB285USB head unit and speakers last week. The speakers I bought were Kicker KS460's in the dash and Kicker 07DS5250's in the roll bar. I bought them from Crutchfield and of course received all the mounting hardware for free. I think shipped to my door it was in the neighborhood of $220 for all the stuff. I was expecting it to sound better than it does honestly. It sounds better than the factory head unit and worn out factory speakers, but by no means is it as good as I thought it would be. The Clarion head unit is awesome, but if I had it to do over I'd probably pick some different speakers. I'm wondering since I have a soft top if that's not affecting the acoustics of the speakers. Oh well, take the info for what it's worth, it's just an opinion.

I am having the same problem.. I installed all of the new gear and there leaves a little to be desired. Granted, the speakers sound incredible however; there just isn't much bass response. I am thinking about mounting a single 10" or dual 8" subs in my deck lid with an amp. With the insta-trunk; it pretty much makes the rear trunk area into a box, so I am going to contact my friends at Crutchfield and see what they suggest. Crutchfield is really one of the best companies I have had the pleasure of dealing with.:punk:

-Timber

ky-homelite 11-19-2008 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timberman (Post 284302)
I am having the same problem.. I installed all of the new gear and there leaves a little to be desired. Granted, the speakers sound incredible however; there just isn't much bass response. I am thinking about mounting a single 10" or dual 8" subs in my deck lid with an amp. With the insta-trunk; it pretty much makes the rear trunk area into a box, so I am going to contact my friends at Crutchfield and see what they suggest. Crutchfield is really one of the best companies I have had the pleasure of dealing with.:punk:

-Timber

Right, I'm in the same boat. No bass response at all. I've got pretty good highs with the tweeters built into the speakers, but bass is nonexistent. I'd like to put an amp and sub in as well, but I hate to use up all the space in the back. I guess I'll just have to live with the sound. Possibly try some different speakers. Good luck on getting the sound right!!

Jma20a 11-19-2008 11:43 AM

they don't try to put much bass into a standard speaker, this way there is very little distortion at high volume. best thing to do is get a real sub(not one of those "powered" subs) and a decent amp. and when it comes to amps you get what you pay for. so if you go with a nice sub and a low end amp the sub is not going to sound that good at all. if you go with a nice amp than the sub will sound the way it was ment to.


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