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another speaker thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by stay_tuned, May 4, 2021.

  1. May 4, 2021 at 4:54 PM
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    stay_tuned

    stay_tuned [OP] Limitations live only in our minds

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    Hey all i just wanted to give my .02 to help anyone looking for speaker upgrades in the future

    like everyone else i was super disappointed with the stock sound system in the tacoma

    i originally purchased the c1 series JL speakers for front and rear.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13699045/JL-Audio-C1-690x.html

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13699042/JL-Audio-C1-650x.html

    to my disappointment these sounded not one iota better than the speakers that came with the truck, i couldn’t raise the volume past 45 without crazy distortion, these JL’s had zero bass and not the greatest highs in my opinion

    rode around with them for about 3 weeks and decided to return them because i felt they weren’t worth the price i paid.

    when i installed these i had also installed kicker 3.5 for my dash tweeters, the JL’s were completely overshadowed by the tweeters


    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084HL6DWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_irL6Mps1TJgpP



    i reached back out to crutchfield and setup an exchange for some kicker CS speakers

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_20646CC693/Kicker-46CSC6934.html

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_20646CC654/Kicker-46CSC654.html

    the difference in my opinion is crazy
    i thought that JL was supposed to be the superior brand but this test really showed me the difference and for me Kicker won 100%
    superior in the bass and the highs will definitely recommend these kickers over those particular JL’s any day
     
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  2. May 5, 2021 at 9:01 PM
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    BernsTaco

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    My wife made a comment today that my speakers sound like sh*t and said I should just upgrade them asap, or go to the dealer and complain (waste of time).
    So, I'm ordering these Kickers tomorrow.
     
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  3. May 5, 2021 at 9:04 PM
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    stay_tuned

    stay_tuned [OP] Limitations live only in our minds

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    you won’t notice a difference with the rear until you get them amped unfortunately from everything i’ve read they’re underpowered by design,

    but should def see a difference in the front stage
     
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  4. May 5, 2021 at 9:13 PM
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    Taco_Latte19 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport MGM DCSB MT

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    This was my experience as well. I upgraded all my speakers (Tweeter, front and rear) and they sounded great but i needed to turn up the volume to 45+ to be able to hear at decent volume. So I added a Kicker Key 200 Amp and everything changed for the better after that.
     
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  5. May 8, 2021 at 10:09 AM
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    RebleAZ

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    Is this with the JBL setup?
     
  6. May 8, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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    5nahalf

    5nahalf I build dumb things

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    Sounds like you were looking for more bass, the JL door speakers are midrange woofers, they are designed to use with a subwoofer so they won't produce a ton of bass. The kickers being a more budget target speaker are designed for stand alone use without a sub. So they will produce more bass on their own.

    Also, without a amplifier, the JL speakers will not be working at their best.
     
  7. May 14, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    Flashburn075

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    I just installed the Subaru tweeters in the dash and 2-channel Kickers in the rear. The front 3-channel Kickers will be installed next week. Any recommendations on a plug and play adapter and amp that can be used with the stock head? Thanks!
     

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