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BennyLava
08-11-2009, 11:47 PM
Im looking for the best bang for the buck, non-component speakers for my car. But more specifically, what are the best bang for the buck speakers in these two sizes:

3.5"

and

4x10


Those are the two sizes that my car came with, so that is what I have to deal with. I am not a very good modder or anything like that so I think it is best if I just go ahead and stick with the factory sizes. Anyway, what do you think is the best bang for the buck in those two sizes? (non-component)

mvw2
08-12-2009, 02:06 AM
Old car. :laugh:

4x10 hasn't been a common size for a long, long time.

There aren't too many products made anymore in these sizes, especially 4x10. Some brands still offer options, but there isn't anything exactly outstanding available.

Most of the time in these situations you opt for the better route. The better route is to chop up the doors and fit a 6.5" speaker set in the doors. The car is old enough it really shouldn't matter. A piece or two of 3/4" MDF will let you mount whatever you want in the door. It's just a matter of you willing to cut up the door panel and sheet metal to stick a speaker in the door.

What car is it?

What's the budget?

What type of sound are you looking for?

BennyLava
08-12-2009, 01:06 PM
Well the vehicle is a 1987 Chevy Silverado that I am restoring. The 73-87 chevy truck bodystyle has a huge following of fans, as I am sure you are aware. But unfortunately, there is only 4x10 speaker holes in the back, and 3.5" holes in the dash. Sure, due to the nature of the truck and cab the ones in the back could be changed to something a lot more modern, and yeah I could cut holes in the doors and stick something way better in there. But I'm really just not up for all that right now. As of now, all the truck has is one functioning 3.5" speaker in the dash, and a wore out clarion cd player that barely functions. So anything is going to be a drastic upgrade for it lol. Im just looking for clear, crisp sound like anyone else. I am not all about large bass as I am sure most of the members here are. I just like nice sound quality. As for the budget, I am not really sure what to say here. I guess the best thing I could say is, Im looking for what would be known as the best bang for the buck in those speaker sizes. Don't want to spend a ton, but I am willing to spend what it takes to get decent sound quality.

stocker08
08-12-2009, 02:38 PM
The 2002 Buick Century has a bigger following :fyi:

BennyLava
08-12-2009, 08:29 PM
You don't know much about the old chevy's then lol

misfit138
08-13-2009, 04:05 AM
3.5" speakers: Rainbow KX87 coaxial http://www.woofersetc.com/p7187/KX-87--Rainbow-KX-87-Installer-35"-Coaxial-Speakers.htm

4x10" speakers: Kicker 08KS4100 http://techronics.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=8413&aff=72182

I really don't think these speakers will give you anything near "great" sound quality to be honest.

I'd take the advice of the previous poster. Just cut a hole in the doors and mount some 5.25" or 6.5" components. It's an extremely easy upgrade that 99 out of 100 people would have little to no trouble performing. You'll get much improved sound quality that way.

BennyLava
08-13-2009, 11:17 PM
Just cut a hole in the doors and mount some 5.25" or 6.5" components. It's an extremely easy upgrade that 99 out of 100 people would have little to no trouble performing. You'll get much improved sound quality that way.


Yeah I am plenty capable of doing that. But I already bought some aftermarket replacements that fit in the factory sizes. If I do what you suggested, should I leave all the others installed, or will it kinda kill the sound quality of the new more modern speakers that I just installed in the doors?

jdawg
08-13-2009, 11:34 PM
buy these, no mods, take out your kick panels and drop these in, then add speakers, it will open up your options alot
http://www.qlogicfactoryoutlet.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=222_223_2331_2343&products_id=69


http://www.crutchfield.com/p_044C10068/Q-Forms-Kick-Panel-Enclosures-Beige.html?tp=130

misfit138
08-13-2009, 11:54 PM
Yeah I am plenty capable of doing that. But I already bought some aftermarket replacements that fit in the factory sizes. If I do what you suggested, should I leave all the others installed, or will it kinda kill the sound quality of the new more modern speakers that I just installed in the doors?

If you're lookig for decent sound quality and you're on a budget, do this:

Return the speakers you've already purchased and buy a set of components & a nice 4 channel amp.

This will allow you to power your components and have a little something left over for a subwoofer. I'd look for an amp that does 100 watts per channel @ 4 ohms that can be bridged to 300 watts x2 @ 4 ohms (the Alpine MRP-F600 comes to mind here). This will allow you to give your componets 100 watts apiece and you'll still be able to power a 300 watt, 4 ohm subwoofer.

There are dozens of amps that meet this criteria, and you should have little to no trouble finding a suitable sub either. Just do a little research to find the ones you like. That's half of the fun, really...

BennyLava
08-14-2009, 12:46 PM
If you're lookig for decent sound quality and you're on a budget, do this:

Return the speakers you've already purchased and buy a set of components & a nice 4 channel amp.

This will allow you to power your components and have a little something left over for a subwoofer. I'd look for an amp that does 100 watts per channel @ 4 ohms that can be bridged to 300 watts x2 @ 4 ohms (the Alpine MRP-F600 comes to mind here). This will allow you to give your componets 100 watts apiece and you'll still be able to power a 300 watt, 4 ohm subwoofer.

There are dozens of amps that meet this criteria, and you should have little to no trouble finding a suitable sub either. Just do a little research to find the ones you like. That's half of the fun, really...

Thanks for the helpful reply. But Im afraid I don't even know what the real difference is between a component speaker and a regular speaker. Other than the fact that they look different. One has that little tweeter on top, right? And I lack the experience and knowledge to give my truck the total sound overhaul that it needs. As another member said, Im not going to get good quality out of the factory speaker sizes this truck ('87 silverado) has. I have to make all the holes bigger, (don't know what size I should increase them to) and make some new holes all together. Probly help to run all new thicker speaker wire, too. At this point I just don't have the time, knowhow, or funds to do all that, so that's why I was just asking about the best bang for the buck. I will have to do all the stuff you said when I don't have such budgetary restraints.

misfit138
08-14-2009, 01:02 PM
Thanks for the helpful reply. But Im afraid I don't even know what the real difference is between a component speaker and a regular speaker. Other than the fact that they look different. One has that little tweeter on top, right? And I lack the experience and knowledge to give my truck the total sound overhaul that it needs. As another member said, Im not going to get good quality out of the factory speaker sizes this truck ('87 silverado) has. I have to make all the holes bigger, (don't know what size I should increase them to) and make some new holes all together. Probly help to run all new thicker speaker wire, too. At this point I just don't have the time, knowhow, or funds to do all that, so that's why I was just asking about the best bang for the buck. I will have to do all the stuff you said when I don't have such budgetary restraints.

components have seperate drivers, tweeters and crossovers.

example of a component system:

http://di1.shopping.com/images1/pi/4d/42/e5/27943932-300x300-0-0_Polk+Audio+Polk+Audio+SR6500+Component+Speaker+S ys.jpg

example of coaxial speaker:

http://di1.shopping.com/images1/pi/a9/14/6d/42490302-300x300-0-0_Polk+Audio+db501.jpg

I'll say again; Disregard the factory speaker locations. Buy a quality 4 channel amp, install a pair of components in your doors and a get an enclosure & subwoofer for behind your seat.

That's probably the best advice I can give you here. You should get decent results from this without having to spend a ton of money...

BennyLava
08-15-2009, 04:13 PM
Thank you sir, that explains a lot. Makes sense too. So you say components for the doors, and a subwoofer for behind the seats. Im a noob, but it sounds to me like that covers the mids, and the lows. Should I get some decent tweeters to cover the highs? And when you say 4 channel amp... does that mean that it can be safely used to push a sub, as well as other speakers as well?

I have a perfect spot for tweeters already, in the dash. For the mids I can easily cut out the door holes for such a truck. Im pretty mechanically inclined so that should be no problem. The way the sub and amp will have to be is pretty self explanatory due to their size.

350zspl
08-15-2009, 04:17 PM
see if q-logic makes kickpanels for your car
than you can mount 6.5" components
easier than doing your doors
easier running wires
might be a better mounting spot as well

misfit138
08-15-2009, 04:42 PM
Thank you sir, that explains a lot. Makes sense too. So you say components for the doors, and a subwoofer for behind the seats. Im a noob, but it sounds to me like that covers the mids, and the lows. Should I get some decent tweeters to cover the highs? And when you say 4 channel amp... does that mean that it can be safely used to push a sub, as well as other speakers as well?

I have a perfect spot for tweeters already, in the dash. For the mids I can easily cut out the door holes for such a truck. Im pretty mechanically inclined so that should be no problem. The way the sub and amp will have to be is pretty self explanatory due to their size.


Component speakers come with tweeters. :D

4 channel amp will be fine. I suggested it so you won't have to buy more than one amplifier. It'll save you time, money and space...

You could look into the Q-Form kick panel enclosures too. They're pretty nice, but they'll cost you...

BennyLava
08-19-2009, 08:47 AM
What about a sound processor? To me, it sounds like a sound processor does the exact same thing as a crossover. Is this correct? It has been explained to me that a sound processor makes sure the right signals get sent to the right speakers. Same as a crossover, right? I have also heard that amplifiers can do the same thing...

So what's up with that? In reality, do they all have the same little component inside, that just makes the right sound go to the right speaker? And how do you know when you already have it covered, and it would be a waste of money to buy a sound processor? I have to admit that I have never even seen a crossover, if I have I had no idea what I was looking at.

southpoleman69
08-20-2009, 01:50 PM
Op, dont even deal with finding those. just get adapters. my car came stock with 4x6, and i got adapters to convert to 6.5s, for like 10 bux for the pair. check ebay, ur life would be so much easier