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post #1 of 13 Old 05-03-2009, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to purchase new speakers

My stock speakers are pretty much shot, so I'd like to get some new ones. I don't have a ton of money to spend on a new stereo, amp, sub either.

But this is what I've been looking at.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10569321

^these sony's for the front

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1085022...w&rvm=ShowAllt

^and these for the rear

Both have good reviews, and the combination seems good (for the price). Does anybody have any experience with either brand?

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-03-2009, 01:27 PM
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I use those infinitys in my hatch and they sound alright. I have the infinty kappa's in front (model up and $50 more) and I like the refernces better due to how loud you can turn them up. The kappas are really crisp but when you turn them up too loud they sound like they are distorting when they arnt even close to there limit. And as for the Sony's I would save my money. Anything sony for car stereo is not going to last in the long run and wont meet your expecations.

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You should try to "match" your speakers. That means same brand and series front and rear for the best sound. Such as I have Alpine Type S 6x9 in the front and Alpine Type S 6 1/2 in the rear of my wj. They are matched so the sound blends well front to rear and you don't hear a different type of sound because of different brands of speakers. Like said before skip sony and get some good speakers. Alpine Type S, Rockford Fosgate and Kicker are all good if your on a budget. I have had all three at some time or another and they sound great for the money and are a good value too. Infinity is good but expensive and you really need a good amp to make them sound there best.
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in car audio sony isnt what they are in tvs and stuff but for the money they arent that bad. they are alot better than other speakers at that price range. will they be the cats pajamas? no of course not. youd be a fool to expect them to be but they will get the job done.

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thanks all the help. how do these speakers look?

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_20607DS...50.html?tp=105
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As jcool mentioned, try to keep all the speakers you use the same brand & model. Different brands have different sound characteristics and, depending on the ones used, they may not mesh together well. Keeping it the same ensures the same acoustic characteristics, even for 5.25" vs. 6.5" models of the same model line.

Also, since you are not amping these speakers, keep the power requirement BELOW 35W RMS for each speaker. Anything over that, and the headunit's power will not be able to keep the woofer cone in check and will distort at higher and even medium volume.

The Kickers in the above post are pushing the limit of ANY headunit's ability. Remember: matching the power requirements of your speakers to the power supply of the headunit/amp is more important than getting higher-end speaker. A $300 pair of Focal coaxials that require 65W RMS each (for example) would sound horrible compared to a pair of $50 Pioneers that only require 30W RMS each when powered by a headunit. The headunit simply can't control the Focal's cone movement.

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BTW, if it were me, I would use those Infinity References front and rear. They're a nice speaker for the price, and the lighter cone can be driven by the headunit fine. Not sure the sizes front/rear for the '99 XJ, but I'm assuming it's 5.25" in the front and 5.25" or 6.5" in the rear sound pod.

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Those kickers look good also here are some comparable rockfords http://www.crutchfield.com/p_575R152...152.html?tp=97 also I see that crutchfield has all kenwood speakers 25% off. For Headunit powered speakers only they will work good also. Just go with the midrange ones such as these http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KFC1...2ie.html?tp=97 I have never really cared much for kenwood but that is just me.
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I keep hearing about 33 Engineering's dash speaker brackets that allow you to run 5.25 coaxial speakers up front. Seems to be the most common upgrade from what I can tell.
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Of the speakers listed, infinity, sony, kicker, rockford fosgate and kenwood, the infinity will probably give you the best bang for the buck. They have the highest sensitivity rating (dB) which is a number referencing how loud they will sound compared to how much power they're given. When using only a factory head unit to power speakers this is a key number for selection. The kenwood speakers linked by jcool have the second highest dB but 3 way speakers are unnecessary and kenwood speakers aren't known for quality, same with sony. I have used the kickers and even though they have a lower sensitivity I know they give good midbass on the stock h/u power. You should try to listen to the inifinity and kicker brands (even if it's not the speaker you end up buying online) then pick the one you like the best.

Buy 4 matching speakers or 4 of the same brand (a phenomena called voicematching, if you use different brands the speakers may "cancel" each other out due to timing delays which will make your system sound hollow and not very loud).
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Stay away from 3-way, 4-way, 5-way, etc...coaxials. Those tin blisters do not emit any sound and look stupid to boot.

Try these for the front:

http://www.millionbuy.com/mbqfsa213.html

And these for the rear:

http://www.millionbuy.com/mbqeka113.html

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Stay away from 3-way, 4-way, 5-way, etc...coaxials. Those tin blisters do not emit any sound and look stupid to boot.

Try these for the front:

http://www.millionbuy.com/mbqfsa213.html

And these for the rear:

http://www.millionbuy.com/mbqeka113.html
Both MB Quart links you posted would need an amp to work effectively. Off the oem head unit they wouldn't perform very well. The OP mentioned not having the funds or desire to buy amps or perform a custom install.
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Both MB Quart links you posted would need an amp to work effectively. Off the oem head unit they wouldn't perform very well. The OP mentioned not having the funds or desire to buy amps or perform a custom install.
Had a set of MB Quart 6.5" seperates running off an Eclipse deck in my Colorado and they sounded beautiful. Granted, a crossover-equipped amp could power them more safely (removing bass notes they can't play) but they'll work just dandy and are a steal.

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