Here is my story: just bought a new deck for my 02 tacoma (alpine 9884). The only reason I was upgrading at this time was because I had a 'use it or lose it' $200 gift certificate from a local audio store. The difference in sound quality was day and night. I love it, but realized that a few hundred dollars more and I could probably make yet another dramatic difference if I upgrade the speakers.
1. I have viewed quite a few threads on 'properly' installing speakers, which include baffles and speaker mounts. From my understanding, the mounts are just a heavy duty spacer between the speaker and the door frame to reduce vibration, which is understandable. The question I pose is if I do this, it seams that it is inevitable that the stock speaker grills are no longer used. Is this a correct assumption? Or does this depend on the speaker I buy?
2. I've seen that both MrMarv and Tacotunes are popular places to get these speaker mounts. What are they using for a baffle? I am assuming that neither of these have the speaker baffle integrated into them, correct? (I know, it seems like a stupid question, but some of these threads have confused me and was looking for a more direct answer in order to do this correctly).
3. I am not intalling a sub nor an amplifier at this time, and may not ever, therefore am not interested in a component system, although I KNOW it is a much better quality. With that said, am I wasting money on buying the rmore expensive speakers that run up to 60w RMS or would it be just as sensible to get a set of Boston Acoustics the run/handle 35w RMS? The deck is a typical power of 18w RMS.
Thanks all...any suggestions on speakers are welcome also. I'm thinking around $130 per pair.