J and M frsu front speakers

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J and M frsu front speakers

Postby andy who » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:53 pm

Im thinking of fitting these speakers are they as good as they say .

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Re: J and M frsu front speakers

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:16 pm

First, welcome to the forum.

There are about as many opinions about which speakers are best as there are anything else.

Personally, I installed the Polk 401 & 501 speakers in my 1500.
I put foam baffles behind them and to me they sound great.
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Re: J and M frsu front speakers

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:41 pm

I'd have to vote for the Polk 501's in the front, as I have them myself. They just visually appear to be a MUCH more serious speaker. They do sound good, or as good as you will get from the stock audio system, and poor front enclosures. I didn't do the foam baffle thing, but have read some good reviews from those that have. Audio sound is a very subjective thing, and hard to quantify without actually hearing what someone else thinks is good audio. The foam baffle thing doesn't make sense to me, that it should improve the sound. I have built speaker enclosures, and rule #1 is to use good, solid, resonant material. Foam doesn't meet that requirement. But, maybe it's an improvement over the open space that is otherwise behind the speaker. If you use the foam baffles, I would think it wise to make a small hole, maybe 1/4", at the bottom of the baffle, for drainage of any water that might make its way there.

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Re: J and M frsu front speakers

Postby raven41951 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:06 am

I also installed the Polk with foam baffles. There was a noticeable difference in sound, but at speed my old half deaf ears can't really tell. I also use a Sena 20s but the sound is very tinny but my ears can hear it.

What we really need is a serious aftermarket stereo upgrade that includes the Honda harness (intercom, CB, etc.). Any EE's out there want to take it on? I am sure there is a market for a good direct-replacement unit.

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