Originally Posted by gtrplr
Ouch! That is PAINFUL lesson for sure! I once dropped removing from the shipping box an $8K tecktronix o-scope that my boss finally gave the ok for me to buy after months of hounding him and it cracked the lcd screen! That was a long day for sure! Luckily for me the company we purchased it from sent me another one NO CHARGE and took this one back because I called them and asked for the highest level manager I could speak with and told him the truth about what happened!
Did you just use that same foam stuff you can fill holes in walls with found at home depot, lowes, etc? Like the can type stuff?
How does it sound? Do you think its worth the effort sq / spl wise vs having them in baffles behind the door?
I started out thinking I wanted to upgrade the sound about two months ago and have become obsessed now to get the best possible sound I can. Currently I have polk db6501s with a 60 watt rms kenwood amp, pioneer 7000x double din - non dvd hu, and a 10" mtx sub with a mtx 4202 amp. It sounds pretty decent but I'm going to put it all in my boat and start over again, either HAT's or Focal's or Hertz. Joined that damn diyma forum as well and not only my wife is threating my life if I talk car audio another nano second so are my employees. Its great for when I want them to leave me alone!
Surly a hard lesson I learned. I had to pry the passenger side Focal off, so I figured... Then the bitch just fell out of the drivers side.
You had some good luck with the O-scope, damn.
The foam was Great-Stuff insulation gap filler. It is readily available. I will go with another produt next time. It ended up very porous and I had to do two layers to solidify the base.
As far as having them behind the door. Do you mean still behind the door card, the plastic part and mounted to the metal? If that is so, then yes. I believe it is worth it. I had previously deadened the whole truck, doors too. That is where you get the most measureable gain is sound. I didn't want to make pod on the card and waste the work I had already put in.
Along with proper air tight installation of the speakers to the door. I used CCF (closed cell foam) between the baffles I made and the speaker to the baffle. Essentially it turns the door into a speaker box. Well, as box like as a door can get.
As far as upgrading. I only have opinions and you know how they are. I believe it all depends on budget. Really. If you are short, I would piece it together. Start with the source. A good HU will make anything smoother. Next, a clean power source from a good amp. There IS a difference. Then components, and finally the sub. Again My opinion. 60w RMS is just wasting your time on those speakers you have in mind. They are power hungry and you need to feed them.
DIYMA is worse than TW for me. I might as well burn $100 bills.
As far as other people. Most of them don't understand why we like to have an increadible stereo. Then, they hear it and the discussion is over.