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audio upgrade help

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by JM76, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Sep 25, 2010 at 2:43 PM
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    JM76

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    ok, so I have been looking into upgrading the stock system, a little bit at a time. I decided after looking at many threads that I would start with the speakers. I went to three different places, to get different ideas...

    1) bestbuy showed me some kenwoods, that were reasonably priced, and sounded better than the other two sets of speakers (selling ploy?)
    2) a local audio shop who showed me a set of kickers.....I don't know....
    3) another local audio shop who showed me a set of jl audio tr series, a little pricey, but I am sure I could buy them online a little bit cheaper, a set of kenwoods 6983's, a little cheaper ( more my price range) and told me that the front speakers are the only ones to replace, because my ears can only hear the front speakers anyway. Fair enough....ok guys, need some insight from the ones who have a bigger clue than I do....oh as well, there was not any inclination as to having to use adapters when I get a new set of speakers....so do I need them or not? I don't care if my speakers are the loudest on the block, I just want a better sound quality that's not going to break the bank. Thanks. :)
     
  2. Sep 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM
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    I think today is the last day of amazon's 30% off oneer. Ts-d1720c. 89 bucks shipped. You will need adapters unless you get 6x8's.
     
  3. Sep 25, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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  4. Sep 25, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    ive got a regular cab pick up and i hated only having the door speakers.....the sound didnt fill the cab. i changed the door speakers and thanks to a thread on here about adding rear speakers to a reg cab i done that too. the difference is amazing. id say change em all just make sure they are the same watt rating or one set might over power another.
     
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    I heard that using the front speakers only is for a better "sound stage." I also think it refers mostly to highs. I've seen guys, pb2themax for example, tha put mid bass speakers in the rear doors instead of component speakers.

    If someone knows more about this than me please feel free to give better clarification.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    Generally in a sound quality (SQ) based install, either only front speakers are used, or fade is used to keep the sound in front of you. Staging, imaging, and depth of the soundstage are the reasons. To put it in into perspective, how many concerts have you been to where the sound is coming from behind you?? Getting proper sound quality out of a system that employs rear fill is extremely challenging as it can have a major adverse effect on the soundstage.
     
  7. Sep 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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    for the best sound quality - do not add rear speakers. i will be disabling mine when i do my upgrade.
     
  8. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM
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    In my last 3 cars, I have removed the rear speakers. Once you get a good set of speakers and are able to get things adjusted properly, it sounds amazing and rear speakers only detract from the front stage.

    You can use rear speakers that will make things sound good...but only if they are tuned properly (aka, you will hardly notice them once tuned properly).

    For example, even movies rarely use the rear speakers beyond simple things such as a car driving off the screen or rain all around. The majority of your movie comes through the front speakers only (music/noise effects from the front left & right and voice from the center). But even when the rear speakers are used, in a true tuned setup, the rear speakers are very quiet so that they are hardly noticeable...

    Since all music is only stereo, you will not miss any special effects that are specifically designed for a full surround sound system. And since you are hardly noticing the rear speakers in a properly tuned system, you are just wasting money buying speakers and power for those speakers.

    The only good reason for rear speakers is if you have people in the rear seats. The front stage is significantly quieter to the rear seated passengers. They may ask you to turn it up when you already think it's too loud up front. lol
     
  9. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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