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mig_akira
10-29-2012, 01:02 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm trying to decide wether I should buy a Focal IS 165 or PS 165 to replace my stock Fiat 500 audio. The IS is cheaper, but I would like to know if I should spend the extra buck to get the PS 165.

Also, would they work with a Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4 amp (I'm choosing this one because of it's small size, which is important on the Fiat 500).

I mostly listen to Rock 'n' Roll, but a little bit of classical music and podcasts as well. I'd rather have a quality sound than a loud sound.

Thanks!

keep_hope_alive
10-29-2012, 02:18 PM
either will be fine with the amp. the PS is a nice step up from the IS. but whether or not you hear a difference will depend on the install. good seals are vital to getting the extra midbass out of the PS series.

sjv13
10-30-2012, 06:25 PM
either will be fine with the amp. the PS is a nice step up from the IS. but whether or not you hear a difference will depend on the install. good seals are vital to getting the extra midbass out of the PS series.

I have the IS 165s and I was wondering how I would go about getting a better seal. I can really see this improving my music.

sjv13
10-30-2012, 06:28 PM
double post. My bad

keep_hope_alive
10-30-2012, 09:59 PM
Seals are made with weatherstripping foam. Between baffle and door metal. Between speaker and baffle. And between speaker and door panel.

West
10-30-2012, 10:04 PM
Those ps165's are well worth the money IMO. I really enjoyed mine.

sjv13
11-01-2012, 05:45 PM
Seals are made with weatherstripping foam. Between baffle and door metal. Between speaker and baffle. And between speaker and door panel.

So I can just get this from a hardware store? Anything in particular to look for or stay away from?

keep_hope_alive
11-01-2012, 11:57 PM
Yea. Thickness and density should match the application. Sometimes you want it softer so it squishes more. Sometimes you want it harder. At $3 a roll just get several.

sjv13
11-02-2012, 10:35 AM
Yea. Thickness and density should match the application. Sometimes you want it softer so it squishes more. Sometimes you want it harder. At $3 a roll just get several.

Alright. So would just a seal between the door panel and speaker help? I'm not quite sure what the other places you are talking about are.

keep_hope_alive
11-02-2012, 08:59 PM
i made this for a visual aid
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/Sound%20Domain/DoorSeals.jpg