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04-24-2004, 10:01 AM
:wave: any have any experience with the baffles from crutchfield or any other place brand, putting 2 pairs of 6.5 in all 4 doors of a sedan. I ordered slims for the front doors and deep for the rear doors also they are 6.75 baffles(bigger is better). I've heard both good and bad things about them.

1. Should I use them or Not ???????

any info would be great :wave:

04-24-2004, 10:29 AM
if youre able to keep with the stock baffles, use those so as to keep a more stock look. thats my opinion

04-24-2004, 10:58 AM
they will never be seen they are inside the doors.

04-24-2004, 12:15 PM
if the baffles are inside the doors, then why would you spend more money on them???

we are talking about the same kind of baffles... as in speaker grills right????

04-24-2004, 12:31 PM
no, a baffle is basicaly a small foam,plastic,fiberglass enclosure that the speaker is put into.

speaker grill is a speaker grill.

04-24-2004, 11:06 PM
I have them and they made my midbass slightly better. I had no material behind my speakers so I added baffles with the bottoms cut out. This was recommended to me by a car audio shop I trust and they didn't even have the baffles to sell me. I would do it. Pep Boys has them for like $5.

04-25-2004, 03:37 AM
Are you talking about those XTC foam baffles?

04-25-2004, 11:07 AM
yea, Should i put em in but cut some of the bottoms out?

04-25-2004, 02:49 PM


04-25-2004, 04:00 PM
I too would like to know if this is benificial. I am Dynamating my doors the beginning of the week and will add baffles if it will improve some.

04-25-2004, 05:30 PM
Id like to know as well. Specifically which applications would improve from this (just midbass, or are there other improvements)? And what are the benefits of making an MDF baffle instead of buying a foam one?

04-25-2004, 07:18 PM
I used them once a few years ago on two pairs of 6.5"s, I didn't notice any audible difference.

04-27-2004, 01:09 PM
well still don't know if i should use them, install starting soon . anyone else with more info?

05-05-2004, 07:29 PM
I think that baffles are cheap insurance for your speakers. IF you spend a couple of hundred on a components speaker set, why not protect them? The inside of doors sometimes get moisture and dirt in them. I have baffles on all 4 of my speakers. I really don't know about the sound, but definetly get em.

05-05-2004, 08:27 PM
I have them on my speakers...slightly better sound but I like them because they protect my speakers.

05-06-2004, 09:24 AM
I don't have tones of experience here. My Maxima have very nice (deep) door speaker holders made from plastic. These are open to the inside of the door. I thought it would be a good idea to enclose with some fiberglass the back of the speaker holder to make a sealed enclosure. I am running Infinity 605cs and found that the woofer was somewhat stifled by the added air resistance. I ended opening up the back of the enclosure with a hole saw to allow them to breath again. I was not worried about water in my doors as they are very dry. I noticed about 5-10% more sound output but quality didn't change much.

My point is, most speakers this size are designed to run free air. I'm not familiar with these foam baffles, maybe they breath. I think most important, you need to seal the front of the speaker from "seeing" the rear of the speaker (prevent air movement from the front of the speaker seeing the back of the speaker). However this is done does not matter. If your doors have a lot of holes, it might be a good idea to use the baffle to accomplish this. If you can use the door as a baffle and it is dry, I dont think they are required. I think this is proven by the others who cut out the bottom of the baffle (as recomended). My 2 cents

05-13-2004, 08:40 PM
thanks i had to cut the back off the front baffles (not enough depth) sound better than the rears . I will now cut the backs off the rear baffles also. someone said they sound like a fart cannon w/baffles i would have to agree.

05-13-2004, 11:20 PM
I have all of my doors matted but I have baffles on all my door speakers because I'm more concerned about water getting on the speaker, plus it helps provide a good seal between the door cutouts and the speaker. What i did was cut out the bottom half of the baffle, leaving all of the top and back portion of the foam to protect the speaker. Overall its mainly protecting my investment but you really can't loose by having them.

05-14-2004, 08:22 AM
Another good point, is the use of baffles in the rear when you have a sub in the trunk. Most rear speakers are open to the inside of the trunk space. If you are running a sub(s) in the trunk, the air pressure will move the rear speakers from the inside, effecting sound quality. In this case, I would not cut the baffle in the rear, its actually good to have. I don't use my rears but I would even consider fiberglassing (instead of foam) enclosures as the foam is flexible and will move with the sound pressure. You might not notice the difference (baffle/no baffle) unless you are running your rears too loud but I would consider this, depending on your time, budget, skill and end goal. No sub, then ignore what I am saying.