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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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1 out of 5

Did Not Work For My 02 Ranger Standard Cab

Written By momule, Rural Missouri on Monday, July 07, 2014
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Too deep to fit in either the doors or the back of my truck. Would have had to squish it in there and that seemed counterproductive. I kept them due to the low price and maybe I'll decide to modify them some time in the future. I believe that their best function would be in protecting the backs of the speakers from dust or water. These things are just a thin foam rubber material and probably cost pennies to manufacture...I wish I'd thought of this and maybe I could've retired rich by now......
Pros:
Relatively inexpensive Flexible but air cannot get through so it might isolate sound and reduce booming in door or back of truck Could have used in rear with back cut out to protect speaker from dust/dirt but again did not want to cut
Cons:
too deep for rear of truck and for door and I didn't feel like cutting to fit Made for two sizes of speakers so fit isn't great for either.
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5 out of 5

Whoa - cool.

Written By Chris, Glens Falls, NY on Monday, June 02, 2014
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They work! Thought it wS some voodoo, but they really do keep more if the sound in the vehicle as well as focus the bass response. Don't go without them.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Justin u., Dumont, NJ on Friday, March 14, 2014
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Quick shop easy install sounds great
Pros:
Quick and easy
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5 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, CA on Monday, February 03, 2014
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uh they work only time will tell
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5 out of 5

Good product

Written By Tom L, Marysville ca on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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Nice product. Made by family owned business. Fit great. Shallow enough to clear window regulator in my 09 f150 & my daughters 2011 escape
Pros:
Great fit
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

These speaker baffles will make the difference of day and night in spe

Written By Earp, Mars Hill, N.C.......... on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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These baffles really changed how our four component 5x7" Rockford Fosgate door speakers sound and perform for the BETTER!!!!!!!!!! Our R.F's now have a more crisp and much cleaner sound than they did before we installed the baffles!!!!!!!!! We recently up sized and upgraded all four of the very original and VERY blown 6.5" round door speakers with four R.F 5x7"z in our 1995 Chevy Suburban........ We also changed (here again original and VERY blown) a pair of stock 4x10'z which are located by the factory in the headliner above the third row seat....... Here again we up sized and upgraded to a pair of 6x9" Pioneers which we ordered and received a pair of baffles for but we do not have them installed as of yet......... All & all we do, we have and we will continue to tell people about how these baffles change the sound quality and overall speaker performance simply because it is true and best of all they are VERY REASONABLY priced here at Crutchfield!!!!!!!
Pros:
Sound quality & speaker performance, protects speakers from moisture, price!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons:
None as of yet..........
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1 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, Powell, WY on Monday, December 02, 2013
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Were sold these to help bass response of speaker. I did not know that they needed to be cut out to work and installed them as is. The sound of the new speaker was worse than the stock unit. Was going to pull the speakers when I read that the baffles could be the cause. My old speakers had no dirt or rust on them, so I pulled the baffles out and now the new speakers sound great.
Pros:
Fit in the hole easily.
Cons:
No instructions.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Sam, Allentown PA on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Reduced rattle and vibrations
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5 out of 5

Good stuff

Written By Bruce, Ohio on Monday, November 04, 2013
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Easy to use and effective.
Pros:
Easy to use
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Baffles probably help

Written By Gary, Tucson on Thursday, October 31, 2013
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These baffles were a bit tight on the 5X7/6X9 speakers. Don't know if they were necessary ar not, but probably worth the few bucks. I cut holes about 1-1/2" in the bottom of each one, for wires and porting.
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Waste

Written By Sslob G, Dimondale, MI on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
 
I put a pair of Pioneer speakers into an old Ford. My instincts were I would lose speaker performance if I used these baffles, but Crutchfield assured me it actually improves bass performance. Needless to say I was very disappointed I took Crutchfield's advice on this one. I mean it's common sense right? Isolate air flow around a speaker what do you think is going to happen? Anyways, I installed my pioneers with the baffles and was totally disappointed, took the baffles out and resinstalled the speakers and they sounded way better.
Pros:
I can't think of any
Cons:
Made my speakers sound much weaker.
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5 out of 5

Simple to install

Written By Gordy, NY on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Simple foam bafffles should be used in every speaker
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5 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, little rock arkansas on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Improves sound and easy to install
Pros:
easy install
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Work great

Written By Frank N, Exeter Mo on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Very nice
Pros:
Perfect fit and stops the doors from rattling
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Does not help sound quality

Written By Roadrunner71, Denver, CO on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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I bought these as a cheap attempt to try and improve the sound quality in the door speakers for my 2012 F150. I bought the Alpine type R 6x8s and for the first two to three weeks, I was getting a resonating sound that was irritating my ears. I tried these but they took out the bass completely and some of the mids sounded distorted with about mid-level volume. I decided not to use these. I could not give a horrible rating because they will be good for keeping speakers dry. Side note, I put in some Polk db651 speakers in my back doors and they sound much better so I am going to put the DB6501 components in the front doors.
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5 out of 5

XTC 5X7 Speaker Baffles

Written By Ryan, Marysville, WA on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Works great. Added depth to the speakers sound.
Pros:
East install. Cheap insurance against moisture.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Works great for non enclosed door speakers

Written By LBK GT, Lubbock, TX on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Bought these with the Infinity Reference speakers for my shaker 500 07 mustang gt. I your putting Speakers in your door and it doesn't have an enclosure, these are a must!
Pros:
Fit, sound difference
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3 out of 5

Good for protection, bad for bass

Written By ToddK, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, April 28, 2011
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I agree with what most others have said about this product - it significantly cuts
the bass. Maybe if I had a subwoofer it would be fine, but I don't and even cutting
a large port hole as described in other reviews cut the bass too much for me.
However, I still wanted some protection because when I installed them there
was still a lot of moisture within the door from a recent rain and there was a lot of
corrosion on one of my pairs of speakers (4 years old) So after several days, I
removed the baffles and cut them so only the top half of the shell was left to form
a protective hood over the speaker. It sounded much better after that and I think
that I have enough protection from dripping water.
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5 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By Frank, Fayetteville, NC on Monday, March 07, 2011
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Worked great with my new speakers installed in my 2000 Ford Ranger truck.
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5 out of 5

Sound Improvement

Written By Tracy, Sandston, VA. on Monday, June 21, 2010
 
I purchased a set of these when I ordered a set of the Polk Audio db571 speakers. I have them installed in a 97 Ford Ranger pickup in the front doors along with a Kenwood HU. Like some of the reviews here I cut a hole in the back about the size of a fifty-cent piece to act as a port as I thought the baffle muffled the sound without the hole, plus it made a nice spot to run the wires out of. I actually tried my new speakers without the baffles, and then with the baffles, and again with the baffles and the hole cut out of them. In my opinion they made a huge improvement in bass response. I would highly recommend using them and doing some experimentation.

I always like to leave a comment about Crutchfield any time I leave a review and this is no different. I would like to thank Bill Crutchfield for putting together a very customer friendly customer service department, your people are the best, period! I have been treated with nothing but courtesy and professionalism when ever I have called or emailed. I don't mean to go on and on but in this day where customer service is a "lost art" it's really nice to know there's a company out there that still delivers and I would say this is 75% of the reason I purchase from Crutchfield. Plus their products are priced in everyone's range and selection is incredible. Great job!
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5 out of 5

Makes a better sounding speaker

Written By Lee, Dearborn, MI on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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Of course theres some custom fitment issues i ran into, but nothing i couldn't handle.
These really do make them cheap speakers sound like $200 speakers. Highly recommend.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good investment

Written By Mike, Toano, VA on Saturday, July 25, 2009
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It is nice to know that my new JL 5x7's are protected from the elements. Nice product.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for keeping new speakers alive

Written By mgb65, South Florida on Friday, July 17, 2009
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I purchased four of these to help protect my new Infinity Reference speakers I installed in my 94 Cougar. I read some reviews here that said that these will kill the bass coming the speakers, but I really disagree. I tried the speakers both with and without the baffles, and found that the sound is better with them in there.

I will admit that I am not an audiophile by any stretch, but for what I have installed (a JVC head unit and Infinity Reference speakers) in all the stock locations these worked out really well, are easy to trim and if you hate them, they will come right out.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

inexpensive insurance

Written By Steve, Sabattus, Maine on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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For those who purchase these baffles thinking they were going to make some sort of huge difference in your sound, go back and do a little more research. These things basically do 2 things very well, depending on your enclosures they will effect the bass sounds coming from your speakers. In my ford pickup when I opened up the doors and rear panels I saw raw metal all around the speaker locations. I'm thinking Gee.... metal doesn't really make a good speaker box! So after I placed these baffles in the speaker openings they immeadatly started to reduce the hard refllective sound and - yes - increased my low frequencies sounds quite noticeably! Secondly, should water or ice or dust and 'whatever else' get in there, the speakers are protected. End of story! And for the few bucks they cost I'm thinking it was well worth it and in-fact I'm getting a second pair for the rear speakers too now that I've seen the metal inside my 2006 Ford ranger.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Speaker Baffles

Written By Alex, Washington on Monday, May 18, 2009
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The description said they would work for either 5 x 7 or 6 x 9. They are a little skimpy for a 6 x 9 . Since I was stappling them down to a shroud,I was able to stretch them to make them fit, otherwise they would never have worked for a 6 x 9.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2005 Ford Mustang

Written By Jerimy, Seattle, WA on Monday, May 04, 2009
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I put these behind a set of Boston Acoustic SL80 speakers. They sounded more natural than without. I am using 300 hz bass blockers so maximum bass was not my goal. That is what mid bass and subwoofers are for. If you don't care about water protection and want to weigh your car down with Dynamat then you probably don't need these.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By macgyver, Sykesville, Md on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Baffles perform as they should-protect the speakers from the elements. There may or may not be any enhancement to the bass emanating from the speakers. Bass enhancement is not the intended purpose of implementing the use of a baffle.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

2004 Ford F150 4x4

Written By Tony, FL on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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The baffles distorted the bass in my front speakers, I have removed them from the front and the speakers sound great.
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5 out of 5

Good stuff

Written By Lucas, Missouri on Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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I bought this
product for the main
purpose of keeping
my speakers dry and
clean. However, i
have noticed some
what of a gain in
performance from my
speakers. The bass
isn't louder, but it
is clearer. It's
like these baffles
keep the bass from
being distorted or
from being absorbed
by little pieces on
the inside of the
door. I like them so
much, i just
purchased a set for
my rear 5x7's. I
recommend this for
anyone who is in to
clear sound.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Does only half of what it's supposed to do

Written By James, Thousand Oaks, CA on Sunday, April 06, 2008
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This product didn't improve my bass, it destroyed it, but I'm not looking for
bass response in speakers, which is why I'm in the middle of installing a
subwoofer. The foam baffles probably will protect against water damage
however.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent speaker protection

Written By Rob, California on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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First of all for people using these to try and achieve vast amounts of sound quality and response improvement, this is probably isn't your best bet, but this will not effect the speaker performance in a negative manner. If you are using these to improve performance try coating these a couple times with a sound deadening material. Maker sure they have already conformed to the location in which you will be installing these and that you already have the speaker wire installed into the baffle. This will make them much stiffer and rigid, and will make it much more like an enclosure. If you are buying these to help protect your invest you are making a wise choice. As with most products there are many possibilities. Use you imagination and you can come up with some very useful tips and ideas. Good Luck.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Baffle misconceptions created by the D.I.Yer

Written By curtis, Orange County, Ca on Sunday, February 04, 2007
 
Speaker baffles do exactly what there are supposed to do. They protect your speakers (investment) from wind and moisture, and while at times can enhance the performance the same way a subwoofer box does for a subwoofer. Don't mislead yourself by adding a baffle just to increase the performance of a particular brand of speaker. For those who have tried and have had luck increasing the performance of the unit, good for you. As for the people who have not, please try to inform yourself with the knowledge necessary to make the improvements that you are looking for, before immediately criticizing a certain product. And do not rely on input of the neighorhood kid who has been doing this for years. He may not know all there is to know as I do not know all there is to know in this field. One tip for those who are having sound quality issues, try to port the encloser. If you want to get fancy, create a port from the vehicles interior to the baffle encloser (in the same manner a blower motor (the thing that forces air out the vents of your car) is vented with a rubber tube) this will provide you a little more protection. Yes , this may involve more work than you may have thought. Welcome to customizing a whole new world of endless possibilities. If in doubt consult a professional audio / performance shop there price includes years of instruction and knowledge from componet manufactures. Have fun! Inform yourself and last but not least be SAFE!
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1 out of 5

Terrible sound

Written By WBR, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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I'm sure these work well inside leaky vehicles, but they completely kill the bass. Made my brand new Polks sound like a PC system speaker. If you hate the bass, these are for you!

This is not a reflection on Crutchfield, everything else about the installation of my order went flawlessly.
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1 out of 5

Decreases Speaker Performance

Written By JR, Dallas, TX on Friday, April 07, 2006
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If you have leakage issues, or your speakers are at risk of environmental damage, then these will suit your purpose.
I bought them hoping to clean up the sound a little, and reduce the rattle in one door. These did nothing but reduce performance. Highs from my 5x7s were not affected, but any low frequency sound suffered so drastically that I took these out the same day I installed them. The bass was simply horrific.
For anyone with an ear for quality sound, I would not recommend these.
They got to me really fast, though. I'll buy again Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

Good protection, but doesn't really do anything to the sound

Written By zero2dash, Fenton, MO on Monday, February 13, 2006
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These baffles offer excellent protection for your speakers and (probably) keep out road noise, but otherwise they don't really offer anything in terms of better sound or bass response (at least that's my experience). I tried my new speakers with and without these and didn't see a difference; bass and treble were both the same. (I didn't have any problems with highs or vocals sounding "muddy".) I still used them anyway as protection from dust and moisture though. Very cheap...considering you're spending money on speakers, why not add some protection to give them a longer lifetime? I had to trim off a little on the corners (basically rounding them off) so they'd fit better in my car, and I used the scissors to also poke a small hole in the bottom to run the wire through, but other than that - these worked great.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome Protection

Written By Scott, New Bern, NC on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
 
I like these baffles. My truck is a 1969 Suburban, and it's old and leaks water, and I'm not in the business of destroying my speakers. It provides a good waterproof barrier that will help insulate the sound and protect your speakers from damage.
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2 out of 5

Do not work as recommended

Written By Dallas Ben, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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I bought 2 pairs of these for my 5X7's, 1 pair for the door speakers, and 1 pair for the rear deck speakers to protect them from vibration from the sub in the trunk. I installed one in the back left, then disconnected the sub and faded the music to the rear to hear the difference between the "enclosed" speaker and the "free" speaker. The speaker with the XTC baffle actually performed worse, the bass was actually decreased and the vocals sounded muddy. After further research, I have read that these size speakers are designed for an infinite baffle, so they technically should work better without the enclosure.

The only reason I am giving this more than one star is because I was able to cut the foam off the bottom and still leave a nice barrier/gasket between the front of the speaker and the metal rear deck frame. This stopped any vibration I was getting from the sub and rear speaker hitting the rear deck. I wouldn't buy these unless you want to do the same or if you have serious water leakage issues.
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5 out of 5

XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Written By don_effonefifty, MO on Monday, October 24, 2005
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These are awsome! I had only changed-out one other set of door speakers before now, and I wish I had bought a set of these then after I heard how much better my most recently changed-out speakers sounded than the first set. Also, if you have an older vehicle (like I do) when you open that door panel up and see all the dust and filth in there, you will kinda go "ugh, do I really want to put this $100+ set of speakers in THERE???" The only opening you need to make is a pin-hole to push the speaker wire through which will seal up around it, and screw holes which are closed off anyway.
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