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azmodien
01-25-2005, 05:17 AM
I am looking to upgrade the speakers in my oldsmobile cutlass. Unfortunately, all I can do with the dash speakers is replace them with different 3.5 inch speakers.

Now I realize I am not going to get much bass response out of speakers that size, but what are my options exactly?

I tried some Infinity Reference speakers and they sounded pretty decent but not quite good enough. There are also Infinity Kappa speakers which are more high end and might sound a bit better.

Does anyone have any better recommedations?

Thanks.

Vestax
01-25-2005, 05:35 AM
Let's just say 3.5 inches are limited to about 200~400hz and up.... pretty much like you said, no midbass. You'll hear mostly guitars, mid end piano, and a lot of vocals, and that's about it.

Can you do 6 1/2's in kickpanels?

azmodien
01-25-2005, 07:12 AM
I think it would be way too difficult and expensive to do any custom work. I would probably need whole new panels. I'm not looking for an amazing system, just something that sounds reasonable. If I have to, I can get subs to compensate for the lack of bass.

squeak9798
01-25-2005, 09:32 AM
If I have to, I can get subs to compensate for the lack of bass.

But subs won't compensate for the midbass that you'll be missing (80hz - 200hz or 400hz). That's a range that subs 1) weren't designed to play, and 2) shouldn't play for localization reasons.


Any chance you could get 6.5's in your lower door? In most of the cars I've messed with, there are voids in the metal inner door in the lower front portion.....all you'd have to do is cut the door panel and make a baffle for the speakers to be mounted onto.


I dunno.....go around to your local shops or Best Buy/Circut City and ask to listen to only 3.5's (with nothing else playing) and see if they produce enough sound for your tastes.

req
01-25-2005, 09:58 AM
my 1994 cavalier couldnt do it. and the headunit blew 3 pairs of 3.5s

dont even waste your money. get to fabricating a set of 6.5's or 5.25's in the door son. trust me. its a complete waste of time to try and make it work.

BDIDDY
01-25-2005, 10:14 AM
I put some kicks in my cutlass for the time being: http://www.cardomain.com/member_pages/view_page.pl?page_id=602382


They are pretty ****** but I have some glassing I did to my door panels for them that is gonna look really good. I would recommend putting them in the door, because where I have mine is a pain in the ***....

profilepower
01-25-2005, 10:57 AM
just bought 2pair of 3 1/2s ....65hz- ,40rms, $18 each pair. havent put in yet.
bought this yr.
1 pioneer 10' sub
2pair lanzer3 1/2s.
2pair jvc5 1/4.
1pair jvc 6x9s.
................total cost $185.00 plus shipping

req
01-25-2005, 01:18 PM
just bught 2pair of 3 1/2s ....65hz- ,40rms, $18 each pair. havent put in yet.
bought this yr.
1 pioneer 10' sub
2pair lanzer3 1/2s.
2pair jvc5 1/4.
1pair jvc 6x9s.
................total cost $185.00 plus shipping

and you are a worthless pile of bettle dung. so go lick a stick of frozen ***** and play with your grundle.

nobody cares, and you have no idea what you are talking about


WTF is "65hz-" supposed to mean?

psycho72
01-25-2005, 01:49 PM
I think he is saying that his 3.5's will go as low as 65Hz. I swear every post he makes is proof positive that Darwin was full of it, because natural selection should have already selected him (I was raggin on you PP).

profilepower
01-25-2005, 01:54 PM
hAHAHAhaHa..yes that what it means..its sad really.... what people dont know......sobs.....our future...
it seems the people can see what things mean only if you write exactly what you want to say.....
''i'm a mystery wrapped in a riddle.''

maylar
01-25-2005, 02:57 PM
I am looking to upgrade the speakers in my oldsmobile cutlass. Unfortunately, all I can do with the dash speakers is replace them with different 3.5 inch speakers.

Now I realize I am not going to get much bass response out of speakers that size, but what are my options exactly?

I tried some Infinity Reference speakers and they sounded pretty decent but not quite good enough. There are also Infinity Kappa speakers which are more high end and might sound a bit better.

Does anyone have any better recommedations?

Thanks.

Been there, done that. Kappa's in the dash were too bright (tweeters hurt my ears). Best 3.5's by far are the Boston Acoustics FX3's that I'm running now. But like the other guys said, you need more than 3.5's for any decent front sound.

I put 5.25's in the doors of my Olds and amped them. The difference was unbelievable. Still have the 3.5's off HU power, but only to raise the sound stage up a bit. If you can fit 6.5's it'd be even better.

http://pages.cthome.net/davecullen/door_panel_installed.JPG

flakko
01-25-2005, 07:41 PM
well... yea get some kicks on the floor or something, cuz me in same situation as you are got infinity kappa 3.5" in my dash those tweets kill my ears, and ima havin to crossover my sub at 160hz to make up for the lack of bass. All im hearin is highs and lows nothing in the middle... its terrible... terrible i say!!

bonesninja
01-25-2005, 08:05 PM
first of all---there are 3.5's that sound great. i HAVE a 81 olds cutlass(bdiddy has a nice cutty as well) with 3.5" memphis coax's(15-PR35's) in the dash that sound great......but...as mentioned above--no bass. and if your cutty is like mine the only way to put more speaks in is with custom kicks or door panels. your first option is to throw some quality 3.5's in there then add some subs--then evaluate your sounds to see if you want some mids. then the question is where to put em. let me know if you need any advice.

azmodien
01-26-2005, 04:33 AM
Would kick panels sound that much better? That would put the speakers all the way on the floor. Would I need to keep some 3.5s running at the same time?

squeak9798
01-26-2005, 09:53 AM
Would kick panels sound that much better?

Yes


That would put the speakers all the way on the floor.

Yes


Would I need to keep some 3.5s running at the same time?

Not if the kickpanels are aimed properly