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#1 Old 08-05-2013, 01:21 AM
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Good speakers for head unit power?

Hi all, I'm not really that great with car audio stuff, nor do I really care to be. I have a 2005 wrx. Stock speakers and a really nice kenwood ddx419 touch screen deck that puts out 22w rms (don't really know what that means lol).
I am actually more than impressed with how great the bass is with just the deck and stockers, It sounds pretty good as it sits, I just would like to get a little more volume and bass out of it... Right now it vibrates my mirrors and I'm sure I'm losing my hearing slowly...
I am just wondering if upgrading to 6" speakers with spacers in the front would be worth it?
Would I be wasting money with going with more than 30w rms since I can only put out 22w rms?

I was thinking that since I have a day off for the first time in a long while that I would head down to Walmart or best buy and scoop up a pair of speakers for the front to try and get a little more bump.

What are the specs for the stock speakers?

Also I would like to say that I'm not intending on spending a bunch of money for an amp and sub and I know that I'm not going to get near what a nice amp and sub could produce out of speakers, I just was thinking that if I could get a little better sound for 40-50 bucks then it would be a fun project for me tomorrow. Again, not looking to buy an amp or subs or anything just a little upgrade from where I'm at.

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Find some cheapo Pioneer door speakers.... there are a few out there that take 20w RMS. I can't remember if all 4 of them are 5 1/4" .....

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There are many options you can go with, there is no problem going with a speaker that is higher watts then your head unit puts out, you have a higher chance of spending more money in the long run on buying new speakers to replace ones that blew because they are lower watts then your head unit puts out.
you just won't be able to push the speakers to their potential is all.
but getting into speaker specs is like how much boost to push on ## turbo. to much will hurt things, to little wont blow things up(if im wrong on this please correct me)
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I'm just wondering if I will get better sound out of the lower watt speakers rather than finding the highest rated speakers and only running 22w to them?

I'm assuming that the higher watt rating the more expensive so would it be worth the extra 20 bucks to get some 40w or 50w speakers if I'm only going to be running 22w?
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if your unit is pushing 22w then it can puch a 30w speaker to its max, if you run a 40 or 50, your bass wont be as clean! but your highs and mids will be super clean and you wont ever have to worry about blowing a speaker
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Ok thank you, I'm on the way to see what they have available, will a 6.5" speaker be louder that the 5 1/4" speaker of the same brand? I'm trying to figure out why people would use spacers to fit the 6.5" and if its really worth the hassle.
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honestly it all depends on what you go with, i had 6x9 in my old camaro and i changed them out for 5" and they 5s were way louder, it honestly is just on preference. so to answer your question, some brands yes, some brands no
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I would recommend getting the size speaker that fits the stock bracket. If ## not into possibly spending a lot of time making it fit properly.
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Well I got a set of 6" pioneers at best buy for 50 bucks, they sound a lot clearer and cleaner in the mid to high range but the bass output seems like its less than what I was getting out of stock speakers, no matter what I do with my eq it doesn't get a lot of bass .

I can tell the sound quality is better but I'm let down with the bass output a little, I noticed that the box said "40w rms optimal" do you think if I got a cheap amp it would make a little more bump?
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if your unit is pushing 22w then it can puch a 30w speaker to its max, if you run a 40 or 50, your bass wont be as clean! but your highs and mids will be super clean and you wont ever have to worry about blowing a speaker
No, if a speaker has an RMS of let's say 40w and all his deck is giving him is 22w... the speaker will sounds like $hit and has a greater chance of blowing.

Unless things have changed from "back in the day"

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Can anyone recommend a cheap amp that won't blow these speakers? Also, would it be ok to amp the stock rears or would that be bad? My dad has a 15w amp in his car and it sounds great.
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Alpine makes an amp that goes behind the headunit and it plugs into the RCA very easy to wire up and it puts out 45rmsz Name:  ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1375751528.347357.jpg
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just an option if you do not want to run an additional amp. Kicker,alpine and Rockford both make 4 channel amps that will be what your looking to get out of it. But with those you need to hide the amp and run alot more wires. Hope this helps.


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I also don't know much about car audio and was wanting to upgrade my factory speakers. I was thinking of getting some kickers to replace my door speakers. 5 1/4" front and 4" back. Does anyone have any experience with these? Good, bad?

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No, if a speaker has an RMS of let's say 40w and all his deck is giving him is 22w... the speaker will sounds like $hit and has a greater chance of blowing.

Unless things have changed from "back in the day"
The only thing that will hurt it would be the bass, because both settings would want to be equal and you would have to adjust the bass to be lower or else yes it would blow it but that is when an amp would come in hand but since he doesn't want to run the amp and get clean highs and mids I would suggest turning the bass down on his head and it would make it run clean as hell, enles the speakers he is running come with cross overs then you would be totally safe
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The only thing that will hurt it would be the bass, because both settings would want to be equal and you would have to adjust the bass to be lower or else yes it would blow it but that is when an amp would come in hand but since he doesn't want to run the amp and get clean highs and mids I would suggest turning the bass down on his head and it would make it run clean as hell, enles the speakers he is running come with cross overs then you would be totally safe
It's all distortion. But I get what you mean

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