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idostuff 07-04-2013 09:29 PM

Front speaker grill openings point toward the floor??
 
I just replaced my stock speakers with some Polk Audios. They sound great...and even better if you lean the seat back so your more on level with the speaker...they sound even better if you get even lower...but they sound best when the grill is removed.

I discovered today that the speaker grills are not just in front of the speakers, but the openings are kinda pointed downward...muddying the hell out of the treble. I readjusted the mounts to angle the speakers up a little, but that had very little effect.

Does anyone know of after-market speaker grills or has anyone modded theirs? I've searched the board and can't find anything on this. Surely I can't be the only one.

Thanks in advance

user4574 07-04-2013 10:19 PM

I know exactly what you mean. I put a plate mount 4x6 in mine with the tweeter at the bottom so it points inwards towards my legs instead of down to the floor. Helped a little bit. I've got some separate tweeters I'm going to experiment locations with and try to improve the front sound stage. Definitely needs work.

gcan 07-05-2013 06:00 AM

I put a 1/2" spacer on the bottom of mine to at least try to take some of the angle out of the set up. Don't know if it helped but made me feel better......

slacker05 07-05-2013 06:18 AM

Nalin Manufacturing makes brackets for 5 1/4" speakers for the dash. The mounting bracket makes the driver point forward instead of down. I think the price is good and the quality is excellent. Definitely helps sound quality.

user4574 07-05-2013 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by slacker05 (Post 3929148)
Nalin Manufacturing makes brackets for 5 1/4" speakers for the dash. The mounting bracket makes the driver point forward instead of down. I think the price is good and the quality is excellent. Definitely helps sound quality.


I have a set of those. The sound was worse to me, due to the midrange going free air. If there is a way to enclose the backside to increase response I would be interested in trying again because I really liked the idea and increased speaker size. I took the original enclosure and enlarged for a 4x6 plate and stuffed the inside with poly. Way better than OEM but angle still isn't what I like. Overall response range was better than with the brackets though.

Jerry Bransford 07-05-2013 10:51 AM

The higher the frequency of sound, the more directional it becomes. Shy of mounting a separate tweeter on top of the dash aimed at your ears, there isn't much you can do that is easy or realistic to better aim the speakers and their higher frequencies directly at you. I'm an audio geek & music lover but I accepted the fact our Jeeps just aren't good environments for good quality sound. It makes for a poor to mediocre listening environment at best. :)

WredTJ 07-05-2013 11:55 AM

I just put in new sound in my 02 TJ and did Polk as well.

Did DXI460 in the dask and DXI525 in the soundbar running on an Alpine receiver.

What I learned:
1) need to really adjust the fader so you get more from front
2) need to add bass and low mids to bring out sound
3) using the fronts for more of the lower eq - albeit very limited due to speaker constraint
4) those Polk DXI525 in the soundbar is what makes the system. The tweeter is aimable! So you can get lots of warmth all around from the 4x6s and the soundbar woofer then aim that tweeter and you get clarity.

I'm going to be adding the Alpine mini-amp to get a few more watts when doors and top off!


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