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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.

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5 out of 5

Good add-on

Written By Ron H, Houston, TX on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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good add-on for the disappointing Sony 3-way speakers
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Speaker Baffles

Written By corronamj, Green Cove Springs, FL on Monday, June 09, 2014
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Nice fit really helped reduce vibration in my door speakers.
Pros:
Easy to use.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

They work great

Written By Steve3513, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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These baffles work great for tightening up the bass of smaller drivers. add a bit of fiber fill before seating the speaker.
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3 out of 5

XTC 5.25

Written By Jay, Rocklin ca on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

a "must have" extra

Written By clean music, Peoria on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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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!
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

speaker baffles fit

Written By treya3, McKinney, TX on Monday, March 03, 2014
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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
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4 out of 5

Baffles

Written By DS, Chagrin Falls, Oh on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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keep the speakers clean and dry, seem to improve the sound
Pros:
fit snuggly, work to improve sound in my estimation.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4 Speaker baffles

Written By Patty, Boonville, NY on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Very easy to install, highly recommend
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4 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, texas on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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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.
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5 out of 5

Amazing

Written By Sam, Allentown PA on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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Was very pleased with sound enhancement
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2 out of 5

Not sure why these were recommended

Written By Nate, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Not sold on usefulness

Written By TheTraveler, Waterville, ME on Sunday, October 20, 2013
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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
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4 out of 5

Does what it should

Written By Ben, Evergreen, CO on Monday, October 14, 2013
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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
Cons:
Deep
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5 out of 5

review

Written By Bill D, Yorktown Va on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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nice item no issue with installation
Pros:
improved sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By T H, St Charles, MO on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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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?
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Xtc speaker baffles

Written By Anonymous, Washington on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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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.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Speaker Baffle's

Written By Jose, Paterson NJ on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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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+++
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4 out of 5

Helpful, but not necessary

Written By LucasC, Tulsa,OK on Monday, August 12, 2013
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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
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1 out of 5

Speaker Baffles

Written By fshnfool, nc on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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don't know would not work
Pros:
non
Cons:
won't fit,to deep ,catch on window
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4 out of 5

5 1/4 speaker baffles

Written By Nate, Solway, MN on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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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.
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5 out of 5

Must Haves

Written By Rose33090, Montgomery, AL on Friday, August 02, 2013
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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.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Just what i needed.

Written By JC, FL on Friday, July 12, 2013
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Used in my Jeep Wrangler dash to help with sound and protection from the elements. Works great!
Pros:
Good protection.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By Ryang, Sarasota, FL on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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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.
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4 out of 5

good product

Written By MikeK, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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well made good sound easy to mold.
Pros:
easy to use
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

good depth and easy to work with

Written By Anonymous, Metairie, LA on Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Best to cut out undeside in doors to allow for better soy nd
Pros:
Easy to work with
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

XTC speaker baffles

Written By Scott, Norfolk, NY on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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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.
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5 out of 5

5 1/4 speaker baffles

Written By charles, louisa, va on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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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
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Jwilly74, Mesquite, TX on Sunday, March 10, 2013
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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,
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5 out of 5

Sweet

Written By Tony, Florence Az on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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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
Cons:
nothing
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5 out of 5

Perfect fit

Written By Kingmo, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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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.
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3 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By John, Jackson, MI on Saturday, May 05, 2012
 
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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By random man, indy on Monday, February 20, 2012
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still not convinced on this product i think it hampers bass even with hole cut in rear
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Helps the Sound

Written By Jahbello, Irvine, CA on Saturday, November 12, 2011
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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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Tiny air space turns a woofer into a midrange.. OK if that's what you

Written By Audiophile, ATL, GA on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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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.
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

First time

Written By T.L., P.A. on Sunday, July 10, 2011
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First time purchasing the baffles no problems or complaints.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good product

Written By Gary, Cedar Bluffs NE on Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Made the sound in the front 2 doors allot btter. Good add on by the Crutchfeid rep.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pretty Good Product, Helps With Noise, Protects Speakers

Written By LeeM, corinth, ms on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Bad Idea

Written By jpin, Crossville, TN on Friday, December 24, 2010
 
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.
5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

They do work

Written By ksa, Chicago, il on Thursday, October 14, 2010
 
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.
22 out of 23 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Pointless

Written By HowdyPete, Los Angeles on Saturday, September 11, 2010
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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.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

im really confused on this review page

Written By kyle, kingwood,wv on Monday, June 07, 2010
 
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.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kinda big but still great

Written By Lee, Dearborn, MI on Thursday, February 18, 2010
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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.
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2 out of 5

Bad for sound good for protection

Written By Garry, Newport News, VA on Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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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.
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4 out of 5

Good investment for you speakers

Written By mike, Seminole, FL on Saturday, March 14, 2009
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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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Not as Easy as I Thought

Written By Frank, SF Bay on Saturday, February 28, 2009
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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.
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4 out of 5

Instructions on how to mount would be helpful

Written By Roger, Walnut Creek, CA on Thursday, February 12, 2009
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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.
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3 out of 5

so-so

Written By magnaman, king william va on Saturday, January 17, 2009
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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
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4 out of 5

keepin it clean

Written By Michael, Philly burbs on Thursday, October 30, 2008
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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.
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3 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By ken, stockton,New York on Monday, July 28, 2008
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definelty baffles bass but they will keep them from debris and possible damage
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4 out of 5

Good product. I guess.

Written By greg, Some place, U.S.A. on Saturday, November 17, 2007
 
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.
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5 out of 5

Interesting.....

Written By Matmoh, Flagstaff, AZ on Saturday, August 05, 2006
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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!
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5 out of 5

One of the components I used for my system

Written By B-rad, Akron, Ohio on Friday, July 21, 2006
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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.
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5 out of 5

Nice Product

Written By Nicholas, Derby, KS on Thursday, February 23, 2006
 
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.
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1 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By dancro86, St. Aug, FL on Thursday, February 16, 2006
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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.
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5 out of 5

XTC 5-1/4" Speaker Baffles

Written By Kenneth, Skamokawa, WA on Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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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.
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1 out of 5

bad for sound good for protection

Written By fernando, maryland on Monday, May 23, 2005
 
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
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