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new speakers

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by pudge151, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Nov 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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    pudge151

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    i have been thinking of getting some new speakers up front in my 08 DC.

    i looked on crutchfield because they come with a free install kit (bracket, wire harness that they value at $40...)

    im looking for an upgrade over stock with I assume some $50 speakers will be. Do i want 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers, mounting brackets will come with either size.

    also 2 way or 3 way?

    im keeping my stock head unit and little tweeters in the top of the door. just looking to upgrade the front speakers
     
  2. Nov 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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    ajohnson

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    Get some speaker adapter rings. There are a couple guys on here that sell them. Most are made out of MDF.

    A 6 1/2" speaker will make a little better bass. I think most Tacoma owners choose 6 1/2", myself included.

    Go with a component set. It has a woofer and a seperate tweeter you can mount in the stock location above the window switches, and most have a seperate crossover to seperate the highs and lows.

    Go to a local audio shop and test different speakers and find which one you like. Every one hears differently so recommending speakers over the internet is kind of pointless.
     
  3. Nov 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    yea, unlessyour gonna do oem integration with an amp, or if your gonna change the HU out, its gonna sound akward, stock HU's sound the best with stok spkrs. plus, i nice single din HU is cheap anyways
     
  4. Nov 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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    X2 You will notice a big difference with a nice HU. Start there then decide on the speakers.
     
  5. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    After I changed out my head unit with a single din alpine, the difference was incredible. You can get a decent HU online for pretty cheap. I would definitely start there because in my experiences stock HUs do not do aftermarket speakers justice.
     
  6. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    i agree with the new headunit and i have rockfords all around not amped but they are running on more power from an aftermarket headunit also I am selling my headunit with dash kit and wiring harness already soldered if you are interested here
     
  7. Nov 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    I have to agree with everyone that has posted up to this point. You will not find aftermarket speakers with the sensitivity of the stock speakers, meaning that your stock headunit will be dramatically under-powering those new aftermarket speakers. This is significant enough that you will find that new speakers would actually provide significantly reduced bass and midbass compared to stock.

    For $50 I would consider adding some deadening to the doors over new speakers. I would actually recommend doing nothing over new speakers run off the stock headunit.
     
  8. Nov 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM
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    Just wanted to add, speakers are always intended to be OVER powered (by 10-20%) rather than underpowered. It's possible that by under-powering you can fully expand the diaphragm and not have enough electrical energy to pull the cone back in. IE, if you buy 150w speakers, you need a head unit capable of at least 175w or 200w. IIRC the stock head unit is 120w or less.
     
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