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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-14-2015, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Speakers Suggestions for FR+RR Replacement (defect)

Got a quick one for you guys... an easy one...

Apparently one front speaker died recently into my 2k10 LS sedan... maybe just a poor connexion, but as long as removing the door panel, I want to upgrade the speakers in front and maybe on rear too... I already have an aftermarket Kenwood MP3/USB head unit since day #5 (5 days after purchasing the Cobalt brand new in 2010) and what I want now is to increase the overall bass output a bit (realistic) without adding a subwoofer. Subwoofer is definitely NOT an option BTW.

My main daily driver is a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan where I have AMAZING factory 6x9 on both front and rear and an aftermarket Kenwood MP3/USB/BT high-end head unit and let me tell you something... it's A LOT of bass inside without even a subwoofer!!!

I don't want to spend much on speakers.. let's say around 50$ a pair... so around 100$ for FR+FF.

Any suggestions of speakers that can make me happy? If possible consider I am in Canada so maybe something easy to find online or in store (BestBuy, Walmart, etc).

Thank you very much!!


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- 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus (3.6L auto)

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Check out Amazon.ca In the front you will need GM brackets.

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I went with Kenwood KFC-1665S speakers for my front door speakers.

You can get the GM bracket or you can install them like a lot of people do that involves destroying the original speaker and using it as a bracket for the new speaker.

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I used foam baffles in mine, which will cut your bass a little. Since I do have a small subwoofer, I wasn't too worried about this. I think most of your bass is going to come from your rear speakers. So you'll most likely need to upgrade those to get any results.
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JBL GTOs. You can buy the previous "model year" for a steal right now. One of my brothers just replaced the factory Boston speakers in his '05 Grand Cherokee with JBL GTOs that I helped him pick (6x9s up front and 5.25s in the rear), and replaced the factory amp with a 4-channel Pioneer amp, alongside an aftermarket head unit - and he said (before putting the sub in) that it had absolutely fantastic bass. Those are the same speakers that I'm planning for my brother's '01 Century as well - especially after the feedback he gave me.

Here are the links to what you'd need in the Cobalt.

6x9s (Rear): http://www.amazon.com/JBL-GTO938-9-Inch-3-Way-Loudspeaker/dp/B003KN2TGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447682042&sr=8-2&keywords=JBL+GTO
6.5s (Front): http://www.amazon.com/JBL-GTO628-6-5-Inch-2-Way-Loudspeaker/dp/B003KN2TEY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1447682042&sr=8-6&keywords=JBL+GTO

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With those you will have an impedance mismatch though, they are only 2 ohms

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OEM amplifier is 4 ohms.

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He has an aftermarket head unit. I don't think it'll handle 2 ohm speakers though (unless he amps them seperately) - good catch. That rules out Infinity, JBL and Polk - they all make their speakers 2 ohms.

And the OEM Cobalt amp (amp is only in the Pioneer system) is 2 ohms. Stock non-Pioneer Cobalt speakers are 4 ohms.

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This reminds me I really need to get around to installing my speakers haha, just don't feel like tearing my interior apart right now to run new speaker wire and rca cables and install the speakers

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Also need to find an amp that won't under power my subs too much.. my 2 10's run 3000w rms at 1ohm haha

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I've been happy with Alpine Type S coaxials in the front of both vehicles I've owned, so I'd recommend them for both front and back. Might be a little more than $50 per pair though...

Honestly, while I'm sure new aftermarket speakers will be a slight improvement over the stock system (as far as bass is concerned), you're really not going to get much of a difference without a subwoofer, or at least hooking up a small aftermarket amp to power the rear 6x9s.
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