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Old 15 Apr 2006, 03:19 am   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I went to Wal-Mart, and got a pair of Durabrand (yes, Durabrand)
4-way 6x9 speakers for $20.

They sound pretty good. (I was finally able to get the rear seat out -
my Haynes showed me where there were two latches, and I just had to
pull up on those left and right latches.)

But... two problems:

1. They don't "really fit". Apart from having to drill holes (which
was a challenge in its own right, I might add) the tweeter part sticks
up, preventing me from putting the rear deck cover on. So, should I
use a saw to cut up my rear deck cover? For now, I just didn't put the
rear deck back on. Looks kinda funky without it...

2. When I play some music with bass (Enigma, for instance) I get some
annoying distortion. I later traced the "distortion" to my top brake
light vibrating. (!!!) Any suggestions?

Any suggestions?

Overall, not bad speakers for $20. I was expecting them to sound like
crap - they don't. I actually hear bass where there's supposed to be
bass - not this disappointing gap where I know there should be bass but
is missing.

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Old 15 Apr 2006, 03:11 pm   #2 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> Ok, I went to Wal-Mart, and got a pair of Durabrand (yes, Durabrand)
> 4-way 6x9 speakers for $20.
>
> They sound pretty good. (I was finally able to get the rear seat out -
> my Haynes showed me where there were two latches, and I just had to
> pull up on those left and right latches.)
>
> But... two problems:
>
> 1. They don't "really fit". Apart from having to drill holes (which
> was a challenge in its own right, I might add) the tweeter part sticks
> up, preventing me from putting the rear deck cover on. So, should I
> use a saw to cut up my rear deck cover? For now, I just didn't put the
> rear deck back on. Looks kinda funky without it...
>
> 2. When I play some music with bass (Enigma, for instance) I get some
> annoying distortion. I later traced the "distortion" to my top brake
> light vibrating. (!!!) Any suggestions?
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Overall, not bad speakers for $20. I was expecting them to sound like
> crap - they don't. I actually hear bass where there's supposed to be
> bass - not this disappointing gap where I know there should be bass but
> is missing.


Update - the rear deck cover fits after all. Looking at the old
speakers, I noticed the speakers have a black support sticking out
about 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch above the cone. The tweeters on my new
speakers stick out about that much also, so I figured the deck should
fit. It did after all.

Re: the top brake light: I just removed the brake light cover. Seems
like the cover was the one jiggling on high bass. With it gone, no
problem.

These Durabrands are probably the best $20 I've ever spent on audio.
Very impressive bass. I bet I could even drive around Edmonton at
night with my windows down and drive Mr. Sharx crazy

Thanks all for the help,

onehappymadman

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Old 15 Apr 2006, 08:29 pm   #3 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
>> Ok, I went to Wal-Mart, and got a pair of Durabrand (yes, Durabrand)
>> 4-way 6x9 speakers for $20.
>>
>> They sound pretty good. (I was finally able to get the rear seat
>> out - my Haynes showed me where there were two latches, and I just
>> had to pull up on those left and right latches.)
>>
>> But... two problems:
>>
>> 1. They don't "really fit". Apart from having to drill holes (which
>> was a challenge in its own right, I might add) the tweeter part
>> sticks up, preventing me from putting the rear deck cover on. So,
>> should I use a saw to cut up my rear deck cover? For now, I just
>> didn't put the rear deck back on. Looks kinda funky without it...
>>
>> 2. When I play some music with bass (Enigma, for instance) I get
>> some annoying distortion. I later traced the "distortion" to my top
>> brake light vibrating. (!!!) Any suggestions?
>>
>> Any suggestions?
>>
>> Overall, not bad speakers for $20. I was expecting them to sound
>> like crap - they don't. I actually hear bass where there's supposed
>> to be bass - not this disappointing gap where I know there should be
>> bass but is missing.

>
> Update - the rear deck cover fits after all. Looking at the old
> speakers, I noticed the speakers have a black support sticking out
> about 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch above the cone. The tweeters on my new
> speakers stick out about that much also, so I figured the deck should
> fit. It did after all.
>
> Re: the top brake light: I just removed the brake light cover. Seems
> like the cover was the one jiggling on high bass. With it gone, no
> problem.
>
> These Durabrands are probably the best $20 I've ever spent on audio.
> Very impressive bass. I bet I could even drive around Edmonton at
> night with my windows down and drive Mr. Sharx crazy


It wouldn't take that much to drive me crazy-I'm in the income tax field and
our season ends in 2 weeks. However, thanks to central air, we keep our
windows closed, cutting down almost all street noise. You'd have to discover
the frequency required to set the house resonating.



>
> Thanks all for the help,
>
> onehappymadman



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Old 16 Apr 2006, 08:31 am   #4 (permalink)
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<onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1145089173.075521.8530@g10g2000cwb.googlegrou ps.com...
> Ok, I went to Wal-Mart, and got a pair of Durabrand (yes, Durabrand)
> 4-way 6x9 speakers for $20.
>
> They sound pretty good. (I was finally able to get the rear seat out -
> my Haynes showed me where there were two latches, and I just had to
> pull up on those left and right latches.)
>
> But... two problems:
>
> 1. They don't "really fit". Apart from having to drill holes (which
> was a challenge in its own right, I might add) the tweeter part sticks
> up, preventing me from putting the rear deck cover on. So, should I
> use a saw to cut up my rear deck cover? For now, I just didn't put the
> rear deck back on. Looks kinda funky without it...
>
> 2. When I play some music with bass (Enigma, for instance) I get some
> annoying distortion. I later traced the "distortion" to my top brake
> light vibrating. (!!!) Any suggestions?
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Overall, not bad speakers for $20. I was expecting them to sound like
> crap - they don't. I actually hear bass where there's supposed to be
> bass - not this disappointing gap where I know there should be bass but
> is missing.


Mounting speakers can be frustrating because of the details you have
provided. Try to make them look as good as possible even if you have to make
some unwanted "mods" to the rear shelf. That is how I would approach it,
given the good performamce you have got from them. Sometimes just throwing a
rear mat over them is sufficient to hide any unfortunate installation
compromises.

Jason


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