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Old 03-14-2010, 08:55 PM
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the stock speakers aren't cutting it, whats a good replacement speaker

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I put in my sound system not to long ago i got a 95 and the stock speakers were crap pratically made of cardboard. I used pioneer speakers. the 2 indash ones are 4x6 2 ways got them for 44 bucks, and the back are 6x9 5ways i got for a hundred plus another 60 for the wheel well boxes it sounds great and holds up to me blasting the stereo everyday and plus for 200 bucks for everything you cant beat it. The qualitys amazing i almost feel like i took it to unique autosports
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You might want to look into weather resistant (Marine) speakers. I put Sony speakers in my sound bar and after a year they rusted up pretty good. Then again I almost never have my top on and sometimes forget to throw my cover over it when it's raining.
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infinity's FTW! way better then sony
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:05 PM   #6
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sorry to all you sony fans but their speakers arent that good. i currently have memphis speakers in my jeep and there great except they only sell them at audio stores. i would go with Alpine, JL, Pioneer or Kickers are good. go with a name brand company cant go wrong with the ones i listed.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:37 PM   #7
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You get what you pay for (usually) when it comes to speakers. Like shorty said, you cant go wrong with most named brand speakers. I would recommend going to an actual audio store. These places will have a good range of quality brands.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:48 PM   #8
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I am about to upgrade my sounds myself. I was thinking Bazooka tubes on the wheel wells but the guy at the audio shop told me a couple 6x9 in a weather proof box and already rhino lined would work better. He says you would never hear the tubes with woofers with the top down. He suggested to just put the subs behind the rear seat. Thoughts on this? I dont want any behind the rear seat so I think I will just skip out on the subs, I hardly every turn the ones in my Dodge anyway. I am thinking replace the two factory speakers, put the 6x9 on the wheel wells and a couple good speakers in a sound bar with a decent amp.
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Walmart 6.5" Sony Xplod speakers there cheap $50 a pair, sound a lot better than stock and they can take one hell of a beating. There not the best speakers you can buy but if your looking for a simple cheap of new speakers thats the way to go. i have gotten water in mine dirt sand and just take an air hose to em cause the openings are so big it blows everything out and they still sound good. i have 6 x 6 1/2" speakers in mine. 2 in the front dash has to modifie the dash to fit 6 1/2"s 2 in my sounds bar used a dremmel tool to widen the holes and a speaker box with 2 6 1/2s in the back on top of my security box and inside my security box i made a custom downfire box with 2 10" subs and a 600 w amp under my rear seat.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:07 AM   #10
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When talking about the stock head unit which puts out very low power, there's a technical speaker specification you need to know about called Sensitivity. For a stock radio that only puts out 8-12 watts on average, the speaker having enough "Sensitivity" can make the difference between a speaker that sounds decent and one that can't get enough power to make it sound decent.

So if you are looking at 6 otherwise similar quality speakers, pick the one with the highest Sensitivity rating. A speaker with 91 dB (decibels) of Sensitivity requires less power to drive it than a speaker with only an 84 dB Sensitivity rating. A 3 dB Sensitivity rating difference is noticeable, a speaker with a 91 dB Sensitivity rating will be noticeably louder at the same volume than a different speaker with an 88 dB Sensitivity rating will be.

Most speakers have that information on the box it comes in, but few sales people have a clue about it.

For powerful external audio amplifiers where there is an abundance of power, the speaker's Sensitivity rating doesn't really mean much but with a stock radio, selecting a speaker with a high sensitivity rating will make all the difference in the world. I would try to stay at or above a 90 dB Sensitivity rating for a stock head unit without an external power amplifier.

Also where a Jeep is concerned where the top is not always on, stay away from speakers with paper cones. Stick with speakers with polyurethane or mylar speaker cones with a rubber or butyl rubber surround for water resistance.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:27 AM   #12
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I have tried to replace the speakers on my '00 TJ and I found no improvement, whatsoever. I have tested some BlueTec speakers (a Chinese brand, it's true), but also Pioneer ones. So, I've decided to stay on the OEM ones untill I will change the head unit (not likely to happen soon ).
Anyway, taking into account the noise a Wrangler makes, I won't spend a lot of money on such an upgrade, unless changing the head unit and adding an amplifier.
I would rather spend the extra bucks on some more practical add-ons (for improving the handling or off-road abilities, or storage space).
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:03 AM   #13
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When replacing stock speakers it's best to add an amp to see improvement. I bolted my amp to the inside of a hide-a-trunk(or whatever its called). My head unit was $100 on Amazon, ipod hookup, hd radio built in. I would avoid installing a $1000 sound system in your jeep...just not secure :P.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #14
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I have all JL audio sound in my TJ. I have the TR400-CXi Evolution in the dash, the TR525-CXi Evolution in the soundbar and they are both powered by a 300/4 amplifier. I also have JL Audio's 12w6v2 subwoofer powered by the 500/1 amplifier in the trunk. Note: i did have to build my own custom box to make the subwoofer fit in the small trunk space. The only thing i would change would be that instead of the massive 12w6v2 subwoofer i would get JL audios new 13tw5 subwoofer. The 13tw5 is built to be a space saver as it only needs 2.5 inches of mounting space. Needless to say I do not have any issues hearing my music while driving 70MPH down the highway topless.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:13 PM   #15
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JL makes some fantastic stuff. I have JL in my Lotus and its fantastic.

I know this is blasphemy, but look @ ebay. Find a reputable dealer on there, and you can get pretty much any brand you want for much less than a local audio shop will charge. This is how I bought my speakers for the Lotus. I plan on using the same route for the Jeep. Its pretty low on the "to-do list".

Changing the head unit to one that puts out more power will yield impressive results to those who haven't already.

My head unit for the jeep is a simple Pioneer with Ipod controls. Its a great unit, and looks just boring enough to be left alone. (I still lock the faceplate up to make myself feel better.)
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another good site is crutchfield. I use them religously, at least for the info. they have great speaker reviews, and you can always google their most purchased speakers to see if they're actually good.

however, they're kind of overpriced, so feel free to get good info there, then look elsewhere (locally, ebay) for cheaper. that's what i did, and LOVE my system

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