Not worth it
2013 Honda Civic SI
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I actually haven't found these useful at all.
Cons: Difficult to install.
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Waterproof foam baffles from XTC fit behind speakers to keep them clean and dry. They compress easily to fit the installation, and form a mounting seal that can reduce panel vibration. Use these speaker baffles along with a Dynamat kit when you install your new speakers, and you'll enjoy improved sound and performance.
These baffles will protect your speakers. In many applications we recommend that you cut a hole in the bottom of the baffle, or remove the entire bottom of the baffle, to maintain good bass response while still protecting your speaker from dirt and water damage. Call one of our Advisors if you have questions — they'll be happy to share their expertise with you.
Nice, well fitting baffles. Easy to install, just needed a small slit at bottom to install speaker wires. Will effectively keep out dirt and moisture
I actually haven't found these useful at all.
Cons: Difficult to install.
Nice, well fitting baffles. Easy to install, just needed a small slit at bottom to install speaker wires. Will effectively keep out dirt and moisture
Pros: Good fit, and reasonably priced
Brings speaker to life
Love these. They really help. No issues w/ fitment.
Must have for any speaker install
Pros: Good fit
Helps keep the sound in the car!
Pros: Helps with the sound.
Cons: Can make speaker installation a pain tryjng to screw through foam
I could see the use of these if the location of install was wet or the speakers were exposed to possible damage. I didn't like the sound when used so I removed them.
Works great with the speakers and easily installed
They are going into a 1990 VW Westfalia. There mounted in the rear deck next to the A/C. Helped protect against moisture and enhanced the sound quality.
Review on foam speaker baffle
Pros: Excellent. Easy install, increase sound clarity, minimizes water getting to back of speaker.
Cons: No cons yet.
Nice thick material.
Pros: Easy to run line by poking hole thru material. Flexible yet thick barrier.
Cons: Was extra deep set, so a little oversized for the 5 1/4 " speakers I bought.
Installation was easy, but after turning on some music, I had to turn the volume up about twice as high as I used to just to get it to a comfortable listening level. There was also zero bass. Hoping it wasn't my new Focal speakers, I took one of the baffles out and it sounded like it should....loud with crisp highs and perfect bass. I proceeded to take the rest out and the music sounded great. I thought about cutting the back off as others have said in reviews, but I didn't bother. I can see the advantage of protecting your speakers, but if it makes your music sound dull and lifeless, is it really worth it? I may try cutting the back off one at some point and see how the speaker performs, but it's not high on my priority list. I regret spending money on this suggested accessory.
Pros: Ease of install Protects speakers
Cons: Reduced volume Completely kills bass
These do what they're supposed to
Pros: Focuses sound in pointing direction
Cons: Hard to install, dampens higher frequencies
good add-on for the disappointing Sony 3-way speakers
Pros: Easy to install
Nice fit really helped reduce vibration in my door speakers.
Pros: Easy to use.
These baffles work great for tightening up the bass of smaller drivers. add a bit of fiber fill before seating the speaker.
Seem to do their job, almost a little too well, I have been debating removing these, if you think they're a necessity go for it! But I'd skip this product.
Cons: Cuts sound quality quite a bit, very baffling.
These are pretty simple foam baffles. No need to be fancy but they work great! Just poke a small hole to pass the speaker wire through tighten speakers down and presto! Made a HUGE difference in the sound quality of all my speakers! My bro has been telling me for years to get baffles. I was redoing my system so I took advantage of the opportunity since the door panels would be off anyway. I was seriously surprised at the difference these made!
Pros: Speakers don't distort as easy and sound much better! For just a few dollars these make a huge difference!
These baffles seem to fit the speakers and my car well. I am new to using baffles with my speakers and hoped these would come with instructions. They didn't, and I couldn't find any online. Hope I installed them correctly.
Pros: fit well
Cons: no instructions
keep the speakers clean and dry, seem to improve the sound
Pros: fit snuggly, work to improve sound in my estimation.
Very easy to install, highly recommend
a little bulky and slightly awkward to mount with the speaker but should work well for the intended use and I would imagine should increase sound quality as well as protect the speaker.
Was very pleased with sound enhancement
These baffles were recommended for my front speakers when I added Kicker 40CS54 5-1/4 two ways to my cart. I assumed that they were meant to reduce rattle and vibration and protect the speaker from moisture. Fair enough. Installation was easy, but when I first fired up the system, the sound was... Disappointing. Highs had a definite hiss and bass was washed out and distorted. Songs I was very familiar with sounded almost unrecognizable. Fiddling with settings and EQ helped, but I was beginning to think id chosen poorly on speakers and was going to have to add a sub. I don't know what made me think of it, but after about a week I started looking up info on the baffles and many people said that they had a definite affect on bass. I opened my doors back up and reinstalled the baffles in the garbage can. A world of difference. Bass finally appear, highs and mids sounded better mixed. I don't think there is anything wrong with these baffles. If used with a component system or a sub, I think they would be great. I just think crutchfield needs to be more informative about the proper use of the baffles.
I installed these wih my Polk component speakers, and am not sold on their usefulness. I cut a port in the bottom of them as another review suggested, but still think I'm losing bass on them. They'll protect the speakers, sure, but if you sacrifice sound, hmmmmm....
Pros: Easy to install/modify
Cons: Potentially losing bass
These baffles fit well, are easy to install (if you know how to remove your car door panels) and appear to be fairly durable. Since they are medium density foam, it is easy to glue or mount then into whatever existing mounting locations you have. Just screw straight through it. My only recommendation is to triple check the dimensions and ensure you have enough cavity space in the door to accommodate it. The fit was a bit tight in my Subaru Impreza.
Pros: Durable Universal Easy to install
nice item no issue with installation
Pros: improved sound
Used these in my front doors and my MB Quart components sound ten times better than the premium Mark Levison factory system that came in my Lexus Gs. Thanks for a great price Crutchfield, you were better than ebay!
Pros: It protects your speakers, what else do you want them to do?
Xtc speaker baffles offer good protection around the backside of the speakers some sound deadening also.
Pros: Good speaker protection/ added sound dampening which makes for less rattles.
Good investment to keep your expensive speakers in good shape and dry. Plus you get good sound out of your speakers. I give this product A+++
I installed my new speakers first without these baffles then with them, they seemed to reduce the overall volume, but made for tighter, more accurate sound. Kind of like the difference between a sub in a sealed or a ported enclosure.
Pros: Better, tight sound
Cons: Reduced overall volume
don't know would not work
Cons: won't fit,to deep ,catch on window
Used correctly these are a quality baffle.
Pros: Great sound dampening and quality materials used.
Cons: Need enough room in my opinion for 1/4-1/2 inch behind magnet imho.
If you are refurbing your car stereo system and think you won't need to worry about needing baffles, you'd be wrong. They not only protect your new speakers from moisture (or worse), but they allow your speakers' deep sounds to reflect into your car instead of into your steel car door. Spend the extra money!!
Pros: Enrich the sound of the speakers for such a low price.
Used in my Jeep Wrangler dash to help with sound and protection from the elements. Works great!
Pros: Good protection.
They fit and will protect the speaker. Easy to cut small hole for wires to get out. Hole is almost self-sealing.
Pros: Low cost, easy fit that will protect the speaker.
Cons: Foam is not a high quality material.
well made good sound easy to mold.
Pros: easy to use
Best to cut out undeside in doors to allow for better soy nd
Pros: Easy to work with
I cut the bottom off of these baffles and I am using them with the 6x8 to 5 1/4 speaker adaptor plate. Prevents my speakers from rattling when my music is turned up. Easy to cut.
Great product! Used them on my Boston acoustic dash speaker. After cutting out the bottom and installing it improve sound quality greatly
Pros: Helped sound quality
Great product it shipped same day, makes speakers sound better and prevents them from rattling. I recommend everyone to purchase these if installing speakers. Front or rear door.
Pros: Cheap, easy to install, makes sound better,
these work great with my new pioneer speakers makes the bass hit harder and makes the speakers sound so much better
Pros: sweet bass sweet sound
Purchased these to help reduce the road noise on my 5 1/4 aftermarket speakers in my F150. Installation took about 5 minutes for both front door speakers and they do their job just fine - reducing the road noise.
Pros: Perfect fit, easy to install.
Cons: nothing negative to say.
I just purchased Sound Ordinance 5-1/4" and 5" x 7" speakers for my 95 Dodge Dakota and was recommended by Crutchfield to buy the baffles for at least the front to help keep moisture out. I bought baffles for front and rear and installed the rear first. It's a little difficult to install the speakers into the baffles and then into the speaker mount while contending with the speaker wires but not to bad. I tested the sound of just the rear and it sounded really good so I went on to the front. Thats when I started have issues with the front 5-1/4" speakers and baffles. The speakers mounted loosely in the baffles where the speakers were not very snug in the baffle and had just a small cap between the magnet and the back of the baffle. I installed anyway's and tested the sound. It sounded horrible. There was a severe rattle or distortion in the doors & looked like the speakers were struggling to function especially with the bass. I got my hand behind the speaker and lightly pressed against the baffle so that it was touching the magnet; the rattle sound went away! The back of the baffle was vibrating against the speaker badly. So I tried cutting some ports on the side of baffle to free the air but didn't eliminate all the vibration. I then cut almost the entire back of the baffle out & the vibrations completely stopped & sounded great. I'm really baffled about the baffles. Why they work great for rear & not front is unknown.So I guess don't buy for smaller speakers!
Pros: Keep moisture and dirt/dust out. Made my 5 x 7 speakers sound good and still had very good bass
Cons: Smaller speakers really struggle when in the baffles. They vibrated against speakers causing a lot of distortion
still not convinced on this product i think it hampers bass even with hole cut in rear
Good to use if you can. Helps shallow speakers to sound better.
Pros: Helps the speakers to sound better. Gives them a richer sound and more bass.
Cons: Kind of tricky to fit and install. I did not have much extra space to fit.
I bought the 5.25 inch size and it was not more than 1/8 inch larger than the speaker magnet. Putting a woofer in an extremely small cabinet damps out the motion of the cone and prevents it from vibrating below a certain frequency. I tested these in my shop with soundeasy digital testing system and calibrated microphone accurate + or - half dB from 20hz to 20k hz. The driver I tested was an audiophile driver with an FS of 50 hz and measured response to 40 hz in my car. With the baffle.. in my shop, response stopped at 300hz and dropped like a rock below that at 18 dB per octave... so no usable output at all below 300hz. It would be great to use on your rear door speakers... even better than bass blockers.. but if you want anything lower than midrange, you do not want these.
First time purchasing the baffles no problems or complaints.
Made the sound in the front 2 doors allot btter. Good add on by the Crutchfeid rep.
I installed these front and rear in my 05 silverado ext. cab. The rear factory speakers were pretty dirty when i took them out so i think they will help protect the new speakers there, the front door speakers were pretty clean, but I do think they will help with noise and vibration as well. I played the new speakers with and without the baffles and they seem to sound sllightly better with the baffles.
Installed these baffles because Crutfield rep said they would help with bass response. Wow where they wrong it decreased bass response by 75%. So i tried it without the baffles and wow just one speaker sounded better than both (in phase) with the baffles. So removed both baffles now everything sounds awesome. Don't wast your money.
As an audio engineer, system designer and installer for 21 years, you cannot shove any speaker in any opening with any amp and expect it to work. If you have learned about crossovers, frequencies and slopes, as well as the impedance of the speakers to match them with the amp, then go one step further and learn about Thiele/Small numbers. The lower the frequency to be produced, the more air space required to produce it. In small spaces, this can be manipulated with vented boxes and port design, but if you install these baffles behind a full range speaker, you are losing the open air space of the door or rear quarter panel, and therefore lowering the ability to produce lower frequencies. These are great products when used as part of a whole system design. They will clean up the lower mids, reduce unwanted vibrations, focus the higher mids and protect your speakers. Do not use them if you do not have a component system with separate subs and still expect decent low end.
As many have reported, installing these baffles with my new speakers wiped out the bass. I wish Crutchfield Tech Support would have read these reviews and helped me figure out what had gone wrong. It took returns, new and different speakers, many hours and much frustration to figure out it was just these simple pieces of foam. If your speakers need protection in the back, fix the door. Don't sacrifice sound quality for protection.
im shocked in that everyone in this review page is bashing a wonderful product. let me ask a question did anyone lower there x-over freq to allow for the baffles? my bet is no. its not taking anything away but "controling" the speaker, meaning if your still using the setting as you did when they were free air, your way off.
Installed these in my doors and they rub on my windows even after i put a spacer in there. They still make my cheap speakers sound good.
So I first installed my speakers without these baffles. I have four 51/4" kickers. I isolated each speaker and listened to it with and without the baffle. I lost a lot of bass with the baffle the s[eakers began distorting much sooner. Unfortunately my door seals leak, so I need them. I just got a sub and some bass blockers to fix the bass problem.
Even with my factory speakers, my truck had that infamous rattling noise when the volume was turned all the way up. These baffles will not get rid of all the vibrations, but do make a big difference. They also protect your speakers from the elements, so including these in your installation is a good idea.
I bought these with my new door speakers on Crutchfield's recommendation. They come without instructions, which isn't so great for a total amateur like myself. As far as I can tell for my 95 Honda Civic, I'd have to take the door apart to get them in there, so I left them off. My new speakers sound fine without them.
If you're like me, a step-by-step guide is necessary. I had to call Crutchfield twice, first to ask about how / where the harness is supposed to exit, and then to inquire if the baffles go in front or behind the plastic mounts.
I couldn't fit 6x9's in my 1996 Dodge ram so I bought these baffels to boost the bass in my 6 1/2's and 5 1/4's. Hard to say how much diff it made since I didn't try it w/o them. I wouldn't bother with them for 6x9's
this was the first time i put in speakers and used the baffles. they make the install nice and clean while keeping the speaker protected too. worth the extra few $ in my opinion.
definelty baffles bass but they will keep them from debris and possible damage
I invested into a pair of these, because I had some rattles in my doors. It fixed the rattles, but I lost any bass response below 150hz. so I went ahead and trimmed off the foam, everything except what covers the basket and motor. It is a cheap rattle fixer, but there will be no noticeable improvement on your bass response.
I bought this pair for my Pioneer 3-ways located in the door panel of my '94 Ford Escort. I mainly got the baffles to keep the moisture out of the speakers, but I did notice a difference with the bass, though I had to cut a hole in the baffle for air flow. Not a bad investment if you wish to take care of your speakers!
I had a rattle in the drivers door of my Jeep Cherokee. Once I installed the new speakers with these behind them, the rattle was gone and the new speakers, Polk Audio db 525's with bass blockers installed sound great.
I like these things. I installed them when i installed my new Audiobahn AS50Q 5-1/4" 2-way Speakers. I didnt really care about bass response since i have two 12" MTX Thunder 6000's. I mainly got them to keep dirt and water off the speakers.
I purchased these for my Jeep Cherokee front door speakers. I have weak Pioneers that are basically good for the mids and the highs, but the lows are missing, so I put a bass filter on them, so they only hit the mids and the highs. When I would be on the outside of my car, I could here these speakers just as well as when I was inside the car, so I figured these would keep all the sound inside the car and maybe improve the mid bass. At first, I only installed it on one side, just to hear the difference. It sounded as if I had just taken that speaker I put the baffle on and turned it into a tweeter. The mid bass was completely gone, and the little power that these speakers had was completely obliterated. Basically, don't buy these, even if you are thinking what I was thinking. Bass wasn't something i cared about, but after these sucked everything below 15k, I realize how big a rip these are. Great advertising for them though.
It sure makes a lot more sense to use these. I'm definently getting a pair for my 4 inch speakers in the front. I did noticed a little more bass from the rears. But I'm getting a subwoofer anyway. So that doesn't matter. These things seal up the rears of the speakers so they'll sound much cleaner and keep them protected.
dont get these if you think they will improve the bass response of your speakers. it only hinders them becasue it doesnt provide enough air behind the speakers creating a sort of vaccum when they are on the outward movement. when i tried them out the bass was completely eliminated form my setup. i am running the pioneer 3-ways but i like my friend's polks better. the main reason i got these baffles is I have a problem with water splashing up through a hole in the bottom of my door. what i am gonna do is cut the top of the cup off and leave the bottom there to keep the water off and leave the lip around the hole so my speakers are well cusioned. sounds like a plan
weatherproof speakers [ Michael Jul 29, 2016 ]
A little extra protection from the elements is never a bad idea, especially in an older vehicle. [ Kevin Jul 15, 2016 ]
The advisor told me I would need them to cut down on rattling in front doors. [ Danny Jul 14, 2016 ]
to protect from wet and dust. [ Manuel de Jun 14, 2016 ]
These fit the speakers in my leaking door. [ Webb Jun 08, 2016 ]
Seemed like a good idea [ james May 20, 2016 ]
for water resistance [ Kaitlyn May 19, 2016 ]
Fits [ Johnathan May 17, 2016 ]
Help with sound direction and protection of speaker. [ Roberto Apr 27, 2016 ]
little bit more bass and protection for and from the mid speakers in doors [ Paul Apr 24, 2016 ]
recommended by sales rep Jenny Jenny's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=112 [ Carvel Apr 16, 2016 ]
Cherokee classic, removed a dead factory speaker with what looked like water damage. [ Graygory Apr 11, 2016 ]
recommended by an advisor [ Dana Apr 07, 2016 ]
To reduce noise vibration against the rear of the cab on our Dodge Ram 1500 and protect the new speaker from moisture. [ Rafael Mar 29, 2016 ]
maybe it will help with noise pointing in the right direction [ CHARLES E Mar 24, 2016 ]
It was suggested by advisor. [ LESLEY Mar 18, 2016 ]
jus incase i need when i cutout the other speaker [ jose Mar 15, 2016 ]
They were recommended to improve sound quality. [ David Mar 08, 2016 ]
Help protect the speaker ! [ Wayne Feb 27, 2016 ]
To help protect my speakers [ B Feb 20, 2016 ]
My front doors leak water, I did not want to get my speakers wet. [ Joseph Feb 12, 2016 ]
They were recommended for better performance. [ Franklyn Feb 08, 2016 ]
Needed for door installation. [ bruce Feb 03, 2016 ]
HEARD IT WAS THE BEST AND IT SHOULD WORK FOR WHAT I NEED. [ NAVID Jan 26, 2016 ]
Can protect both speakers and crossovers. [ Jeffrey Dec 26, 2015 ]
It was suggested to go with my speakers. [ Shannon Dec 21, 2015 ]
protection from water and dirt during off road. [ warren Dec 19, 2015 ]
Your recommendation [ Edward Dec 19, 2015 ]
It was suggested for better quality sound. [ Jeff Aug 20, 2016 ]
I grabbed a pair of these as I've learned from experience that installing speakers in the rear doors without baffles produces a very tinny sound. That and make sure you've got enough power to the speakers. Good Luck! [ Hamza Aug 02, 2016 ]
Ina top less jeep roll bar, hopefully a little more weather protection [ STEPHEN D Jul 28, 2016 ]
I want these for some weather protection in the fairing of my Motorcycle. [ DOUGLAS Jul 20, 2016 ]
to protect speaker and better sound. [ edgar Jul 18, 2016 ]
To protect my door speakers and give them a little anti rattle protection [ JOHN Jul 04, 2016 ]
To prevent further water damage to new speakers. [ Keith Jun 20, 2016 ]
This was a recommendation for both pairs of speakers and I thank you for it. I like super sound, and anything that can prevent speaker damage or potential exposure to outside elements is helpful. Thanks very much. [ Dennis Wayne May 31, 2016 ]
Because you guy's (Crutchfield) recommended it. [ Stacey May 30, 2016 ]
You gentlemen know your stuff if it's recommended I buy it. [ Eric May 29, 2016 ]
Recommended [ jason May 26, 2016 ]
It was recommended with my speakers. [ Benjamin May 20, 2016 ]
The JVC head unit had the features I was looking for at good price. The speakers seem like there a good upgrade from what I have and the discount with the head unit was really good. thanks [ Susan May 19, 2016 ]
To test audio quality [ Mario May 11, 2016 ]
To protect my speakers from moisture, I hope they work?? I have a pair of Rockford Fosgate R16-S (5") speakers installed in the doors, of my 1975 Ford F-250 pickup. So I hope they help ??? [ Stanley May 10, 2016 ]
These didn't work really well [ DAN Apr 29, 2016 ]
I chose these because they were recommended to me, for my speaker choice. [ Marston Apr 03, 2016 ]
Takes the boom and echo effect out of body cavity mounted speakers. [ Jack Mar 26, 2016 ]
To protect my investment and to boost the sound a bit. [ Clarence Everet Mar 25, 2016 ]
Protects the speaker in rear, will slightly improve bass response [ Julio Mar 25, 2016 ]
Good protection fro speakers in humid climates. [ Ramon Mar 21, 2016 ]
Recommended by the very knowledgeable Brittany at Crutchfield. I simply gave her my vehicle make/model/year and what I needed and she came up with this package for me. I recommend everybody call Brittany for all your Crutchfield needs! Brit's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=206 [ Shane Mar 18, 2016 ]
It was recommended [ Mark Mar 17, 2016 ]
Because the speakers I'm using in the door are 5.25 instead of the 6.5 [ thomas Mar 14, 2016 ]
Because u guys said to buy them [ Ryan Mar 14, 2016 ]
Weather protection because they are going in the doors. [ Brian Mar 13, 2016 ]
I picked this item because you said it would help protect my speakers . [ Charles Mar 11, 2016 ]
get fuller sound from speakers [ JOSE Feb 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by Brit Brit's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=206 [ Thomas Feb 21, 2016 ]
Baffles contain sound that would be lost through the backside of the speaker and help push the sound forward projecting it it the direction the speaker is pointed.. It also act as a sort of dustcover keeping things off of the voice coil..dust, dirt soot..they all can affect the quality of sound .. [ David Feb 21, 2016 ]
Came with product [ Michael Feb 19, 2016 ]
To keep speakers clean [ Bobby Feb 12, 2016 ]
Needed for installation [ Paul Feb 11, 2016 ]
For protection and sound quality [ John Feb 07, 2016 ]
Speaker protection for my customer [ Michael Jan 29, 2016 ]
Have pair of 6x9's in the front doors and they sound good, will match with these rear door speakers [ LARRY Jan 28, 2016 ]
These baffles assist in reflecting the sound forward from the speaker instead of loosing sound from the rear with the door that cannot be heard. Cannot beat the price for something that works so well. [ Mike Jan 04, 2016 ]
My friends speakers rattle, and I don't want mine to rattle. [ Lori Jan 02, 2016 ]
I trust the suggestion that these are 'required' or 'strongly recommended' because Crutchfield staff do an impeccable job preparing people like me for a quality self-installation. [ Mark Jan 02, 2016 ]
Looked like it would help installation of really good speakers in a really old car a bit more weather resistant. I didn't use them because I was able to re-use the OEM speaker mounting adapter. Be wary the depth of these baffles could interfere with window operation. [ Robert Dec 21, 2015 ]
To protect speakers from moisture [ Robert Dec 20, 2015 ]
Recommended and agree it's a good idea to improve the sound. [ Bruce Dec 18, 2015 ]
its suggested for best sound [ Rhett Dec 18, 2015 ]
When I purchased mine about two years ago, it did. [ JAIRON Sep 28, 2015 ]
It has been almost two years but I think It had two baffles in the package, if Crutchrield says there are two in the older then believe them since they are good at what they do. [ JOSE Sep 28, 2015 ]