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    Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    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.

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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    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.



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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by keep_hope_alive View Post
    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.




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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    double post. My bad




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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    Seals are made with weatherstripping foam. Between baffle and door metal. Between speaker and baffle. And between speaker and door panel.



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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    Those ps165's are well worth the money IMO. I really enjoyed mine.




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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by keep_hope_alive View Post
    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?




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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    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.



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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by keep_hope_alive View Post
    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.




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    Re: Focal IS 165 vs. Focal PS 165 - Is there a signficative difference?

    i made this for a visual aid



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