- Aug 10, 2019
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This right here is gold! I don’t know how the 5th Gens are setup but the 4th gens use capacitors to limit frequency ranges on the dash and front door speakers. Essentially mimicking a tweeter or high frequency speaker in the dash and a woofer or low frequency speaker in the front door. While OEM speakers are full range the caps limit the frequencies they reproduce. When upgrading to aftermarket we all want the best sound possible and many folks choose a multi-way speaker for the front doors. The soundstage is created by high frequencies and best served in front of the listener. This creates the ability for our ears to recognize where vocals, instruments and placement on a stage come from. The dash speakers provide this aspect of the sound reproduction. By adding high frequency capable speakers to the front doors you essentially create a second soundstage that is down around your knees or ankles. While some people find this sound immersive like surround sound many call it “muddy” or sounding unclear because the ear can’t tell where the vocalist is on the stage or the crash of a cymbal sounding like it’s coming from behind you when we are used to the cymbals being in front of us on a stage. Multi-way speakers for the rear doors are fine as they are just used for fill in sound but the front speakers matter most. Keep the high frequencies up high around your shoulders or face like the dash speakers do to set the soundstage and keep the highs out of the front doors. As IDSandman stated component speakers are the best option for the front. I completely agree with his assessment that the low sounds or bass is really brought out with the proper front door speakers. I’m using Kicker 6X9 mid/woofers in the front doors of my 2018 and the bass from them is as good as most 8 inch subwoofers without the need for extra amps, wiring and space.The kenwood excelon separates kill the infinity 9633IX. It also makes no sense to install a 3 way in the bottom of the doors. The highs should be coming from a higher location in the cab to fill it properly and the mid and bass should be coming from the lower position. You could do a two way in the rear doors for some fill, what I did, with some separates up front. It will sound way better set up this way.
The Infinity’s you are talking about do sound good don’t get me wrong. I’ve installed a few sets for friends who were dead set on them. They all kicked themselves after listening to my truck, built it after theirs.
And no, quality aftermarket speakers absolutely do not produce less bass. Sounds like a bad install and probably wired out of phase. Out of phase will absolutely kill the bass. Don’t assume they are wired correctly from the factory. My right front was not. Lol. One buddy was going to add a sub but when I finished his build he decided it had plenty. Hell most thought my build had a sub before I added it while trying to decide on my enclosure, sub and amp.