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Should I even bother with coaxial speakers?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Iamcarman, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. Nov 25, 2020 at 11:57 PM
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    Iamcarman

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    I have a 2010 Tacoma without JBL system (with aftermarket headunit). I have the option to get coaxial speakers for a cheap price but I have read that when I install them in the front, the stock tweeter will act as the tweeter rather than the one on the coaxial speaker. I've read about the subaru workaround but I'm not trying to spend an extra $100 for tweeters. So my question is, is there any way in getting the coaxial speakers to utilize its tweeters? since the stock tweeter basically has to be plugged in to send the output to the woofer.
    Thanks for the help!
     
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  2. Nov 26, 2020 at 2:39 AM
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    I wouldn't put a coax speaker in. The higher the frequency, the more directional it becomes. You'd never hear the tweets on the coax speakers being that low on the door.

    You'll hear them, just not how you should be hearing them.
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2020 at 2:57 AM
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    I feel component speakers are the way to go these days. I didn't spend a ton on them and I'm very satisfied.

    Welcome to TW my friend.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2020 at 4:21 AM
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    This ^^^
    Tweeters need to be as inline with the listener as possible
     
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  5. Nov 27, 2020 at 12:31 PM
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    I have a 2011 Trd Sport w/JBL. I installed an Alpine iLX-W650 head unit, kept the original amp/subs, and installed Polk Audio components w/crossovers in the front and a pair of coax in the rear doors. Long story short, the cross overs and tweeters from Polk are in the trash and I am running the original tweeters as this setup sounded superior to the first. I made no mods in the wiring of the speakers just using adapters to connect the new speakers.
    Basically I am with the conventional wisdom of having tweeters point as directly toward your ear the better.
     
  6. Nov 27, 2020 at 9:12 PM
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    My coaxials sound terrible... And they're amped and time-aligned...however, not sound deadened yet, but still, whether you're listening for a nice sound stage or you go for the more SPL-attenuated setup, coaxials are not your friend down by your calves. Get components.

    If it's your only option, as was the case with me, theres a workaround. Look at your tweeter- Take the wires that come From your Head Unit TO your tweeter and extend them, run them down to the coaxial. Don't use the wires that come From the tweeter To the Woofer.
     
  7. Nov 28, 2020 at 4:10 AM
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    Larzzzz

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    Interesting that the polk tweeters are in the trash. I find these stock, "tweeters," to be more of an upper mid range/ lower end of a tweeters frequency range.
    To me the highs sound flat with the stock tweeters. There's no presence.
    The higher a frequency, the more directional it becomes. Hence their needing to be pointed towards you.
    Channel separation with this kenwood hu I'm running is phenomenal, so, the stage is set. There's just no depth to the stage as it were.
    That being said, this new head unit did manage to breathe some life into these speakers.
     

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