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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers (Slim-line: 2-3/8" depth)

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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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Protection

Written by: aki from California on January 23, 2016

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It's best to add these baffles for protection when you install door speakers. I would recommend cutting a port for the bass on the bottom - you have to cut a hole for the speaker wires anyway.

Pros: Dad always says to use protection.

Cons: None.

You gotta use the baffle........

Written by: Scott A. from Corona California on January 18, 2016

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I've been buying these baffles for years. Every time I do a speaker install. Not only do these protect the back side of the speaker from dirt and moisture( yes, they both get inside your doors), but they also act as a gasket around your speake mount to provide vibration free mounting. OH, almost forgot the most important part: they keep the bass response clean and tight, coming out the front of the speakers and not filling you door........ If you don't use these for your installs, you should be. Even if you Matt your doors....

Pros: Keeps speaker clean and sound going where it should.

Cons: None

Protect your speakers

Written by: Richie from Georgia on January 18, 2016

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My 08 Cobalt coupe is leaking water in the doors (apparently somewhat of a common issue). My factory speakers went dead due to corrosion from all the water. I put in new Pioneer 2-way speakers (part of a Bluetooth stereo and 4 speaker set, by the way great). I didn't feel like spending money for new speakers every year, so I gutted out the factory speaker frame (since they were dead) and mounted the new speakers into the frame, and between them I put the baffles.

People complain that it kills their bass. I don't expect much bass from my 6.5" door 2-way speakers to begin with, but I did what the customer reps told me - cut a small hole on the bottom (not on top, so the water doesn't drip in it, this way it'll slide on the sides and not come in from the bottom defying gravity). You will need the hole to connect the wires anyway, and it fits in nicely.

Also, since they offer two depth, chat with the representative. I almost ordered the big ones, until the knowledgeable staff told me my Cobalt only has so many inches of room in the doors and that I needed the "slim" version.

Pros: Tight fit Foam feels sturdy Great customer service (more a Crutchfield thing than the product) Two sizes available depending on the need Don't kill the bass that much

Cons: I guess price - I mean, it's a piece of foam

Bass killer for 2014 Nissan rouge door installs

Written by: Andrew from Ohio on January 17, 2016

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I thought hey what a great idea Baffling the speaking in the car door. Well after getting the polarity correct the bass was not there. I cut out the back and received some bass. Then I removed all four baffles . Wow!!, what a difference. This kills bass !!!

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Cons: Kills base, stop selling to ppl that are unaware of this

Easy to work with

Written by: RIchard from Tennessee on December 28, 2015

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Soft flexible foam that is easy to work with. No drilling of holes that have to line up. I cut an opening at the bottom to help with the bass.

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Great Protection

Written by: diocco from New York on December 28, 2015

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Tried one installed without cutting it and yes it blocked about all the bass. I mounted it behind the speaker adapter. Which also helps vibration rattles. I ended up cutting an oval in the bottom. Over a quarted of the protruded part. Wish I could upload a photo!.

Pros: Protects from moisture. Helps vibration/rattles.

Cons: Kills Bass

Good Addition

Written by: NickMc from Indiana on December 26, 2015

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
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Installs fairly easy and helps attenuate rattling in the door.

Pros: Installs easily

Cons: N/A

Speaker Baffles

Written by: Wayne from California on December 26, 2015

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Nice product does exactly what it is supposed to do.

Pros: Fits & Works

Cons: None

As Advertised

Written by: MB from Delaware on December 23, 2015

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They work as advertised. Only challenge was the snug fit on Drivers side door/window. Had to ultimately cut the back the baffle so it didn't slow down the window in my daughters Ford Fiesta. May have worked fine if the Driver side window motor wasn't starting to show signs of weakness (and will ultimately need to be replaced). Only reason for 4 stars was based on my results due to my window motor, otherwise 5*

Pros: They're baffles...

Cons: Had to cut away the back side for the drivers side door speaker due to weak power window motor (so I could extend the life of the motor).

great extra

Written by: TK10K from New York on December 6, 2015

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this works great, moisture protection and vibration attenuation

Pros: price, performance

Cons: none

6.5" baffles

Written by: Mike from Colorado on November 30, 2015

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These baffles fit great.

Pros: Was concerned about fit with the extra speaker mounts but there was no problem

Cons: none

They're baffles... They do the job.

Written by: Josh K from Texas on November 18, 2015

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You can't really mess up baffles, they went on my speakers, installed it in my truck, and they're doing a good job, I'm sure. The reason for 4 stars, would have been nice to get a little card telling me how the baffle goes on, as in, when it comes to using an adapter to mount your speaker. I'm sure this is a no brainer for most, but I'm not experienced with audio installation (though I'm a quick learner), and I scratched my head for a minute when deciding if it goes speaker baffle adapter, or speaker adapter baffle, but I figured it out. Also, maybe a punch out hole in the baffle to run your wire through, not that you can't just poke one with a screw driver, but it would be a nice thought.

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great buy

Written by: comex from Texas on October 31, 2015

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this stuff is a need for a work truck, my window does not hold off the water out right so sometimes i leaks a little and when i went to change my factory speakers i noticed the speakers had a damp feel to them, so it was a must to have to protect the new speakers. great buy

Pros: great product to buy to protect the speakers.

Cons: did not come for free,

Just what I needed

Written by: casee from Washington on October 15, 2015

2009 Subaru Forester
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Just what I was expecting. Fit was great.

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Baffles

Written by: Ron from Kentucky on October 14, 2015

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easy install

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Speaker baffles

Written by: WRD from Orangevale Ca on September 15, 2015

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Fits and works perfectly. Even improved the sound in my old Ford truck when protection from the elements was all I was after

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: EdB from Wisconsin on September 14, 2015

2009 Chevrolet HHR
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these are easy to install and will redirect sound out of door cavity in cabin.

Pros: increase depth of sound. Easy to install.

Cons: None

Great Idea

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on September 14, 2015

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I would have never thought that these would have made that much difference till I forgot to put one in the right door. Listening to both speakers before putting the second baffle in, gave me a chance to hear the difference.

Pros: easy in, enhanced speaker performance

Cons: none

Baffles

Written by: OU fan from Oklahoma on August 6, 2015

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Muffles all bass. So if you want bass don't install these.

Pros: Good fit

Cons: No bass.

These are dumb

Written by: Anonymous from Columbia, MO on July 23, 2015

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These baffles are pretty much pointless. While they may provide some protection in situations where a speaker is exposed to a lot of moisture and dirt, they are way to enclosing and don't give speakers any chance to breathe. Furthermore, the most frustrating part is that these come with no packaging, literature, or instructions of any type and so a user has no idea on the ideal installation method and way to use them. In-all, I probably won't even use these in my installation and just wasted the money on two pairs of them.

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Crutchfield response on July 27, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

nice

Written by: jeff from West Virginia on July 16, 2015

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good idea, never seen these before

Pros: easy install

Cons: none

cheap insurance

Written by: turningwrenches from Central illinois on July 12, 2015

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These worked well to insulate my speakers from the elements in the door. These also seem to tighten up the lows a bit. Let's be honest you aren't out to rattle windows with 6.5" speakers anyway.

Pros: No surprises

Cons: None

ehh

Written by: Anonymous from United States on May 24, 2015

2011 Chevrolet HHR
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Good protection but takes away from bass

Pros: Water proof

Cons: Air can't move

05 Avalanche

Written by: Daryl from Fleming Island, FL on May 18, 2015

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these work great

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Very nice

Written by: BB from Minnesota on May 7, 2015

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These are very nice. A lot of the speaker baffles are just cheap plastic that's meant to keep any water in the door off of the speaker. These are nice, thick, dense foam, which helps to dampen door vibrations and improves the sound.

Pros: Good dampening material Durable

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xtc baffles

Written by: Anonymous from Johnson Creek, WI on April 22, 2015

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Did not know that these were needed thank you for knowing it helped out a lot

Pros: Keeps you protected

Cons: None

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: slim from Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 20, 2015

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Cheap insurance for expensive components. Just be sure to remove the bottom quarter to third of the baffle.

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protection

Written by: Paul from Baltimore, MD on April 12, 2015

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Love these cause they are for my door speakers so water that leaks in the door frame will not touch the speakers

Pros: Fit perfect does what they say

Cons: None

Speaker Baffles

Written by: Nick F. from Missouri on March 26, 2015

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I put these in my front doors when I installed new speakers. Don't know how effective they are, but I think that the little extra protection is peace of mind for me. Super easy to install. I had ZERO problems with this product.

Pros: Heavy duty foam, reduces rattles.

Cons: Kinda hard to find screw locations

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from California on March 16, 2015

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Not needed! If you have a modern day car they are made where you don't need these. Only OLDER cards need them.

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Baffles

Written by: Tpin from Havelock nc on March 2, 2015

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Reduced the rattle in my doors from the speakers

Pros: Heavy duty foam.

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Works Fine

Written by: KDO from Indiana on February 18, 2015

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Low cost. I used in my Silverado due to moisture getting on back side of speakers. Easy to install. Can't confirm if it helps sound any more, but I used for protection.

Pros: Cost, Installation

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Meh!

Written by: MikeG from Bakersfield, CA on February 12, 2015

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Not sure you really need these. Factory speakers were already well protected and therefore so would be my new speakers. No guidance for best way to install these. Screws supplied with the new speakers were too short to mount the speaker to the door And go though the 1/8"+ thickness of the baffle foam. I did use them on the front door, which uses a snap-in clamp for mounting the speaker and left them off the rear doors.

Pros: A little extra protection for the speakers. Possible improvement in bass.

Cons: Relies on mounting hardware that comes with your new speakers. The thickness of the foam may exceed the length of the new mounting hardware when trying to mount the new speaker with baffle to the door.

Cya speaker baffles

Written by: Scott from Maricopa,AZ on January 21, 2015

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Used these on my install on my Yukon. Fit great and speakers sound a little better. Plus added protection from the elements.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Gerry M from Lawrence, Ks on January 13, 2015

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These were recommended for the install on my 1996 Acura in the front door location. Don't spend the money - they won't fit.

Pros: Well made

Cons: Not usable. They were to deep - they interfered with the regulator on the door.

Perfect

Written by: Larry from Arkansas on December 31, 2014

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Got this to keep the elements of my speakers in my RZR. Fit like a glove and sound like it improved the sound of speakers !

Pros: Great price...fit...function

Cons: None

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: DannyO from Moss Point,MS on December 30, 2014

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Protects speakers.

Pros: Actually makes speakers sound better along with protection.

Cons: None.

seem good

Written by: Anonymous from Greenville SC on December 21, 2014

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I cut a quarter size hole in the back of these to make a ported enclosure for my door speakers. I honestly can't hear a difference, but they are inexpensive and super easy to install, so why not.

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Simple, inexpensive, effective

Written by: CSS from Texas on December 15, 2014

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So far they seem to be a perfect addition to my system. I made several other changes at the same time so I can't make an apples/apples comparison about improving sound quality, but I do feel confident about the weatherproofing for the front door speakers. I have noted that the sound is a little less audible outside the vehicle. When installing you need to be gentle when pressing them into the speaker hole. They are a little soft and I made a small tear in one of them pushing on it.

Pros: Simple, inexpensive, effective.

Cons: None.

Foam baffles

Written by: B from Minneapolis mn on November 10, 2014

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These foam speaker baffles are excellent! They make any speaker sound much better! They also keep your speakers dry from rain run off that goes between your door. Very minimal mods to install.

Pros: Increase sound clarity, and reduces water from touching the back side of the speaker. The Slim-line fits in tight spaces.

Cons: I have not found any cons so far. Only recommendation is to make foam maybe 30% thicker to increase compression of speaker to increase bass.

No more sounding like the Tin Man.

Written by: Car Whisperer from Lafayette, IN on October 29, 2014

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Great quality and helps the sound quality inside the vehicle.

Pros: Price and performance

Cons: Make the speaker slightly more difficult to install.

2013 Subaru Impreza Premium (8,500 mi.)

Written by: Scott C from Omaha, NE on October 21, 2014

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I was uncertain if these baffles would make a difference and was pleasantly surprised. I installed the baffles with with 4 Jensen DUBS265 in the doors. I happy the customer rep. recommended them.

Pros: High quality, easy to install and fit perfectly. Improved mid-range and bass but still allowed highs to shine through.

Cons: None.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Sergio from Tyler, TX on October 16, 2014

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Great product

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XTC 6-1/2" Baffles

Written by: BWade from Lafayette,LA on October 15, 2014

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Crutchfield recommended baffles to go with some replacement speakers I purchased since they were being mounted in the doors of a 2007 Avalanche and there were concerns about sound being "lost in the door chamber" and such. I decided not to get the baffles originally and I was unhappy with the sound of the new speakers. I thought it may have been the lack of baffles, so...

I decided to come back to buy the baffles thinking (hoping) they would help. In the end, there was very little difference overall and they did not make enough of an impact for me to be able to recommend them to anyone based on my experience. Unfortunately, I have to agree with most of the reviews I read here and say that they just were not worth it in my particular installation as they seemed to do nothing at all at any volume level. I haz an acoustic sad...

Pros: Very easy to install. Inexpensive too. :)

Cons: Did not do a single thing to improve speaker performance in any way that I noticed. :(

speaker baffles

Written by: classic sound from tripple cities N.Y. on October 13, 2014

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speaker baffles worked well in my classic car where space was very limited.

Pros: much better base and midrange

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baffles

Written by: Bouncer from Florida on October 9, 2014

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Quick and easy installation with the new speakers. can't get any better than this.

Pros: Cost and easy install

Cons: none

Works as it should

Written by: BK from Goose Creek, SC on October 7, 2014

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I can't say whether or not it affects acoustics as I am just using it as a shield from rain as rain ruined front the speakers in my Honda. I cut it out so that it just covers the top of the speaker and it works perfectly

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Not great

Written by: Geoff from Callahan, Fl on October 3, 2014

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Had to mod these a bit, good thing they're inexpensive

Pros: Provide some weather protection

Cons: Not a good fit for Harley FLHT, muffled sound a bit

my order

Written by: ray from essex maryland on September 26, 2014

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles i recomend this product for anyone who is looking for this type of product

Pros: great product,easy to install. compared to other types does a better job of preventing sound from escaping from behind speakers.perfect fit. and because it foam it does a better job of dampening vibrations.

Cons: couldn't find any cons about this product.

nice addition

Written by: David from columbia md on September 19, 2014

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foam baffles do the trick for protecting your speakers and adding additional fidelity which would be lost in the door chamber

Pros: soft easy to use and pliable

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: brown from Cove City, NC on September 16, 2014

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Shipment arrived complete and on time.

Pros: Great value.

Cons: Easy install and a real equipment saver.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from herndon pa on August 21, 2014

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cant tell if they do anything

Pros: easy to put in

Cons: cant tell if they really do anything

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from lake ariel pa on August 18, 2014

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Makes speaker sound better little hard to install just can see holes with it but good

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It helps

Written by: JL from colorado on August 17, 2014

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Helps sound quality and ability to get it louder with out distorting. They are thick though and I had problems with depth and rolling down my windows

Pros: -sound quality (less distortion) -sound volume

Cons: Depth

XTC Speaker Baffle

Written by: Anonymous from Hawaui on August 12, 2014

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Excellent product. Can't beat the price. Best baffle out there.

Pros: Price, easy to work with

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: TS from Atlanta on August 10, 2014

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I bought 4 of these, and could only use 2. I think the 2 speakers without them sounded better, so I cut a 2' diameter vent in the back of the baffle. In my application with just a head unit (low power) I think these sealed off the back of the speaker too much and it couldn't "breathe/flow". Probably best for high powered systems that can overpower the static air of a sealed back.

Pros: easy to trim, seals the speaker to mounting surface perfectly.

Cons: Wont fit some locations. Front speakers in a 99 CRV are a no go. May lower speaker out put in low power system if not vented to flow some air.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Matthew L from Woodward, OK on August 6, 2014

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Did exactly what I wanted it to. I installed door speakers in my classic truck, and I knew I would need something to waterproof them. Fit was great.

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STC 6.5"Baffles

Written by: Bob from Bentonville on July 20, 2014

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I ended up returning these since they did not fit in doors with speakers.

Pros: They should have better sound if used, I was not able too

Cons: Did not fit my car

Speaker baffles

Written by: Anonymous from Point Venture TX on July 2, 2014

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Works as advertised

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Good when used right

Written by: David L from CA Central Valley on June 25, 2014

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Some people really have a thing against baffles, but having ruined aftermarket speakers with no baffles, I can't not use them. First, they make a great gasket between the speaker and whatever it's mounted too. They're easily trimmed. Then I just start with a hole at the bottom underside of the cup for the wires, listen to how it sounds, and then increase the size of the hole. You could take off 75% of the cup and it would still keep most of the speaker dry if your window seals are less than perfect.

Pros: Inexpensive, keeps your speakers dry, helps the sound if you use them right

Cons: Should be free with speakers...

Good, if you need them

Written by: BA from Michigan on June 9, 2014

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I installed these with new 6.5" speakers in the rear doors. I'm not sure it was necessary, but I went with the recommendation. In retrospect I probably wouldn't use these again. New cars shouldn't have water issues and I'm not convinced the sound is improved. Just make sure to cut the hole/port at the bottom (side of baffle if looking at it like a cup) so that any water would drain and bass isn't hindered.

Pros: Easy to install. Does the job if you actually need protection for your speakers.

Cons: Just a suspicion, but probably more of a hindrance than help to sound quality.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Papa from Sierra Vista, AZ on June 1, 2014

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Perfect fit. Great product!

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Baffles

Written by: Chris from San Antonio Texas on May 10, 2014

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Improved sound quality.

Pros: improved sound

Cons: Difficult fit

speaker baffles

Written by: scott from Oronoco Mn on May 4, 2014

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Used before I really like how they clean up the music

Pros: You can put more power to the Speaker's

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Does the Job and DEM SUM!

Written by: mikey from powder springs, GA on May 1, 2014

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These do what they say they will. They improved the sound in my speakers enough for me to buy another pair, but i went with the boom mat brand. The boom mats look better and I'm probably going to replace these with the boom mats. I also installed the dynamat lite stuff, on all my doors which also were worth the investment. If you are an audiophile on a budget, and an amplifier is out of the question, then add some baffles at least. You can also add dynamat just around the speakers and holes in the door to help keep sound in and unwanted noise out Just make sure you have enough room so your windows don't run against the back of the baffle, and you have to add a hole for the wire and so the speakers can move easier (the baffles will create a suction if an hole isn't added.)

Pros: price, advantage of longer speaker life, and ease of install

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Work for me

Written by: Billy Jack from Nashville, TN on April 26, 2014

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I ordered these mainly to serve as protection from potential water damage, but I also like the benefit of having a foam buffer between the outer flange of my speaker and the metal door, which has all but eliminated the rattling when the music is played.

Honestly, I cannot comment on how the baffles affect the sound, as the backs were slightly opened to make installation easier. But, for me, the sound deadening and peace of mind of water staying off my speakers make this a very inexpensive investment.

Pros: Inexpensive Stops door vibrations by providing a buffer between the speaker and the metal door. Keeps water from getting onto your speaker components.

Cons: No real way for me to tell whether these provide sonic bliss, but this is not really a con since I think my speakers sound good.

Not bad

Written by: ChrisH from Tracy CA on April 21, 2014

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Bought these when I purchased replacement speakers for the rear deck of my car. They were easy to install. Sound seems to be improved, but that is also in due in part to the new speakers.

Pros: Will keep the back of the speakers clean. Easy to install.

Cons: None yet.

slin line baffles

Written by: Wayne54 from Slidell,La on April 21, 2014

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used more of these, had used in past and work good. protect and help bang sound back into vehicle. will use again. good product

Pros: good fit, help protect speakers and helps bounce sound back into vehicle

Cons: none

speaker baffle

Written by: jack from United States on April 19, 2014

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Works well

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Speaker baffles

Written by: Anonymous from St Clr Shores, MI on April 18, 2014

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Great product & makes install a must.

Pros: Easy to install sounds good.

Cons: No cons

all muffled

Written by: moe from chicago on April 12, 2014

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i tried using them in the doors and rear deck of my 2008 honda civic.didnt fair well at all. removed them and sound performance increased, seems as though they muffled the sound. maybe custome enclosers would have been better

Pros: the idea is there but the wrong material...should be some kind of harder material to allow better sound travel

Cons: to soft of material and it doesnt allow for sound to travel properly

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles Review

Written by: MikeD from Lonsdale, MN on March 30, 2014

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The will work perfectly to house my Pioneer speakers and will enhance the sound quality for my F100 pickup.

Pros: Quality construction of the baffles and excellent material

Cons: None

Xtc 6-1/2 speaker baffles

Written by: Keni from Ross, CA on March 25, 2014

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Fits right in. I can easily tell the different "before" and "after". It a must buy for people who love music.

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Gets the job done

Written by: 1990 from columbia sc on March 22, 2014

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It does what it exactly says it does. A little expensive for a piece of foam though.

Pros: protects your speaker from water damage and dust. Does help sound quality a little bit.

Cons: price

protection is a must.

Written by: Tim from st. louis on March 22, 2014

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I install these baffles in my wifes car because her old speakers died do too rain and other elements. and after the install of new speakers in these baffles sounds much better and provides the protection that is needed.

Pros: actually added some bass

Cons: None

good idea

Written by: Bo from St Louis, mo on March 18, 2014

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helps with the bass

Pros: makes the speaker sound even better

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Ian from Bellefontaine, OH on March 1, 2014

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Not a lot to review here, but really love these baffles. They do the job and now don't have to worry about elements getting to my speakers and ruining them. Shall see how long they last.

Pros: It is a foam baffle that fits and protects speakers......the end.

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Good But...

Written by: Anonymous from Lowell, MA on January 20, 2014

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Installed these XTC 6 1/2" speaker baffles in the doors behind my new Polk speakers to protect them from water damage. When I removed the old factory speakers, I noticed there was some moisture and water on the back side of the speaker magnet and basket. These are the shallow mount (or slim line) baffles but their 2-3/8" depth was a little too deep for my doors -- I only had a 1-3/4" of clearance between the door glass and speaker opening in the door frame. I had to trim the back to fit and also cut a small opening, about 1" x 2" in the bottom of the baffle (side away from dripping water) to allow the speaker wire to pass through. These baffles are flexible and fit easily through the speaker opening. It appears that these baffles should provide adequate protection to the speakers from moisture and water damage and the foam structure while not really strong should be good for this application. I also checked the sound of my speakers with and without these baffles and I couldn't detect any difference in the overall sound and they didn't kill the bass response. Perhaps this might be due to the opening I cut in the bottom of the baffle for the speaker wires.

Pros: Good protection from moisture and water damage Reasonable price

Cons: Too deep for my application

helped a lot

Written by: am2airframe from Shoreline, CT on January 19, 2014

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The sales advisor recommended I use these to help seal any air gaps around the speaker install. I cut the back of the baffle out as I was only using these for a seal. Once my speakers were in stalled I trimmed the excess baffle material off. Looks great as well as enhancing the quality of sound.

Pros: Good product

Cons: No cons

Nice addition

Written by: Scott from Brandon, Florida on January 18, 2014

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Nice addition for the back of the speakers

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Baffles

Written by: Jeff H from Hampton,Va. on January 17, 2014

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Keeps the water off the back of speakers

Pros: Dropped in place

Cons: None

XTC 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written by: Mike D from Graham, Wa on January 5, 2014

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I install a set of these in each of my kids Dodge Neon's doors. The improvement of sound from the door speakers is very noticeable.

Pros: easy to install

Cons: none

Nice product

Written by: HazKom from Big Island Hawaii on December 28, 2013

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Cheap, keep your speakers from getting rusted, dusted, and crusted.

Pros: Oversized so they can be cut easily to fit. Deep. Cheap insurance on your install.

Cons: Don't know how long they'll last, in five years they might crumble as they're just foam.

Great Product!

Written by: Terry H. from St. Charles, MO on December 7, 2013

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Turns out that my speakers sounded better without these but they are still a great product for those that do need them. My factory adapter has a overhang that protects the speaker from drips of water if any should get inside the door. I would recommend this product to a friend.

Pros: Can't give any since I didn't use them.

Cons: Some time you need them, some time you don't.

Does the job and more...

Written by: BillDub from Seattle on December 2, 2013

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These work as described however due to the shallow installation needed, I had to return.

Pros: Will protect speakers and does enhance sound slightly.

Cons: Deep installation, not meant for shallow clearance.

xtc 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written by: Albert L from Burlington Ct. on December 2, 2013

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Well made product. And special thanks to Norman for all his help.

Pros: Good price.

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from Midlothian, VA on November 24, 2013

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I was advised to buy these and did so. But after installing my new speakers with these baffles around them in the front doors of my 98' Jeep Cherokee, I removed the baffles a couple days later. I was told they would protect the speaker and even improve sound quality. I'm sure they would protect the speakers however, when I looked at the factory speakers, they didn't seem to have any water damage or grime. Also I felt like my new speakers didn't sound the way they should, the bass seemed limited, even though I cut the hole out where the "C" is like I was told. Because of these two reasons, I took out the baffles. The bass and overall sound quality of my speakers improved and I obviously wasn't losing any sort of protection by removing the baffles as my factory speakers can prove. Long story short, they are a waste of money. Luckily, Crutchfield being as awesome as they are, refunded me the money. Yes they were only like 8 bucks but I don't like throwing away 8 bucks. I'm still going to remain a lifelong Crutchfield customer even though I was poorly advised to get these baffles.

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Wish I had read the reviews...

Written by: Brian from Tricities, WA on November 22, 2013

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These work as described. They sealed my speakers from water and dirt. I installed then In a 97 ford pick up and they fit fine, I trimmed the extra off after mounting them for cleanliness. I wish I would have known to cut ports in them before I installed them as they do seem to choke the bass out. (or that might just be caused by me using the 50$ Kenwood 6.5" speakers) but they are still a night and day difference from the stock "premium" speakers. Oddly, when I installed them I could hear an improvement in sound quality at lower listening volume, as opposed to the speaker in open air. (I was hurrying to finish the install and didn't think to try it at higher volume). if it wasn't such a hassle to remove the door panels on my truck, I would cut some ports in the baffles. I still might down the road. For now I just cranked up the power to the rear 6x8"s. I'm happy the Crutchfield rep talked me into them. For less that 8$ they are worth the dirt/water protection.

Pros: Cheap! Keeps your speakers clean/dry

Cons: No instructions on "porting"

nice

Written by: TXBlackRifle from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2013

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Cut the bottom out and installed right behind 6.5" Polk DXi 650's. Sounds ok. Protection is a plus.

Pros: Protection.

Cons: None

Baffles

Written by: speaker baffles from Roxboro NC. on November 18, 2013

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Great product, good fit and good thick molds for my speakers.

Pros: Great baffles

Cons: None

chews_cruise

Written by: chews_cruise from Dresden, Ohio on November 17, 2013

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worked great with my chevy truck door

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It is what it is

Written by: Lee from Al on November 11, 2013

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Does what it is suppose to do!

Pros: Helps sound!

Cons: none

awesome

Written by: Anonymous from texas on November 4, 2013

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awesome, these things are fantastic. I will never not use them again.

Pros: price, quality, usage, form fit and function

Cons: none

Great Product

Written by: RacerPR from Puerto Rico on October 30, 2013

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Great Price, Easy to Install, Great Performance

Pros: Nice Fit, Great Price

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Dawn L from North port , Fl on October 30, 2013

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Fit perfectly awesome sound

Pros: Light weight

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worth getting

Written by: Rory from NC on October 28, 2013

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I bought mainly worried about vibrations in the door. And maybe a little bit more bass. as for more bass, Im not sure because I didnt want to spend lots of time putting in, taking out etc to see which had more. I just took the salesmans word for it. Havent found any vibrations, but the one reason for having these that I didnt think of is WATER. I had to remove the door panel several days later and it had rained a day or two before. when I pulled out the baffle there was moisture all over the outside of the baffle! Just pay attention to how you orient the speaker wires. My window would pull the speaker wires off when rolled down.

Pros: moisture barrier

Cons: dont think any

Xtrem 6-1/2 speaker baffles

Written by: Randy M from Reno nv on October 27, 2013

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Very easy to use

Pros: Nice fit

Cons: None

Not sold on advantages

Written by: TheTraveler from Waterville, ME on October 20, 2013

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I installed these wih my 6.5" Infinity Reference 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 modify/install

Cons: May be losing bass without a port cut

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Snelson from SLC, Utah on October 13, 2013

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Bought these to protect the new speakers I installed. So far so good. This seems to reduce the Bass, so I might cut the bottom part off to experiment.

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Speaker baffles

Written by: kyle from Bonne Terre, MO on October 11, 2013

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Pretty easy to install pretty cheap help with mid range

Pros: Easy, cheap, helps mid range

Cons: nothing I can think of

Huge improvement

Written by: Tyler from Kathleen, GA on October 10, 2013

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Greatly improved sound quality and also protects the speakers. Would not install a new speaker without them.

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Yup. They are baffles.

Written by: Toophless from Winston-Salem on October 9, 2013

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They're baffles. How could they go wrong? (Some disgruntled customers seem think these are amplifiers. They are not. They are baffles.)

Pros: I can't imagine there is a better baffle out there.

Cons: They don't add horsepower or get you hot chicks.

Xtc 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written by: Erin z from Washington on September 26, 2013

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These were a tight fit but overall they worked out good not sure if I need to cut a bigger hole in the bottom cause my speakers don't sound like they have as much base as my other ones but they are new and not Brocken in yet.

Pros: Cheap easy way to keep speakers clean and provide a good seal

Cons: Not sure if they take away from the base

Awesome Product

Written by: RayT from Ky on September 15, 2013

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They do exactly what they are suppose to and they do it well . These Are in all 4 doors of my Trailblazer keeping the water off of my new MTX TDX65's . They are easy to install and they are Easy to cut / trim for the perfect fit. I cut a 2 inch wide slot in the bottom edge from the front to the back and these do not effect the bass nor the sound in the least. Install them how they were intended to be used and for the reason they were intended and your speakers will be protected from water , dirt and dust . Cover up your driver , be Safe

Pros: Easy to cut and trim, well made, Good product, does what they were made todo

Cons: None

Should have read the reviews first

Written by: Tunes 24/7 from Seattle,wa on September 3, 2013

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Installed these with Polk db 651 6.5 door speakers. My intentions were to keep the speakers dry and clean. Right off the bat I notice that there was no bass, thought they were terrible speakers. Had them in for a while, and was in the market for another pair of speakers for another vehicle.Read the reviews on them, and went back in and removed the baffles, night and day difference. A lot more bass and clearer sound overall. Do not use these if you don't have to. Other reviewers have modified them to keep their speakers clean , I realized, I did not have any water issues with the insides of my doors.

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A must for door speakers!

Written by: Wildfire from Harvard, IL on September 3, 2013

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These are a must for door speaker installs! These should be mandatory with door installs like all the other accessories your get from Crutchfield!

Pros: Keeps weather away from speakers and also reduces reverberation.

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: rob from northeast on July 19, 2013

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I am using these in conjunction with dynamat, which makes for additional thickness, not a real problem just something to account for. I choose to cut the bottom portion out, but retain the outer lip around the entire baffle to maintain the sealing surface, but allow the speaker to have more space to "breathe" in as the baffle doesn't provide enough total space for a larger speaker.

Pros: Cheap, works as advertised to protect from water

Cons: may need to be cut to size depending on speaker application

Functions as promised

Written by: Frank from Savannah, Ga on June 6, 2013

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The adviser told me they are used to protect the speakers in the door to prevent water and dirt damage. When i was installing my new speakers the old factory ones had obvious signs of water damage and mold on them with copious amount of dirt. I've read and the adviser said to cut a hole the size of the "C" in the baffle to 1 let the speaker wire in and to allow air movement so as not to restrict the movement of the speaker. I didn't notice any sound quality loss or gain. So as far as the other 1 2 stars I would like to say stop whining it does what is listed on the info section and nothing more.

Pros: Protects the speaker from environmental junk

Cons: ... none

Worth the money for peace of mind

Written by: Ray from Deltona, FL on June 5, 2013

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I read a few of the reviews about this product before buying them. I both 2 sets of the 6.5" baffles. They are easy to install and ensure you don't get any excessive rattle or vibration. As for bass response improvement they were installed with brand new 6.5" MTX 3-ways, which replaced my OEM speakers in my 09' Malibu LT. So anything is an improvement compared to the OEM.

Pros: Easy to install, not a bad price, eliminates rattle and excessive vibration from speaker location.

Cons: None so far.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: DKMARSH from San Diego Ca on May 23, 2013

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Cheap accessory. I was attempting a better quality instal.

Pros: easy to work with

Cons: no significant change is noticed

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from Albany, NY on March 12, 2013

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Worked perfect for my Mini Cooper door spekers

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Great product

Written by: Greg from North East,md on March 11, 2013

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The baffles fit perfect in my Mazdaspeed 3. I had to trim a hole in the back to let air out and the wires. They do a great job keeping water out. Worth every penny!

Pros: Great moisture barrier.

Cons: None

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from crofton maryland on March 6, 2013

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Great product

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Easy to install

Written by: Paul W from Chino Valley Arizona on October 21, 2012

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Easy to trim and fit the 6 1/2 inch speaker perfectly. Time will tell how they perform over the years.

Pros: Easy trimming and just the right diameter and depth. Nice and thick too.

Cons: None that I noticed.

Awesome

Written by: Tony from Florence Az on 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: work great sound great

Cons: nothing

Not Bad

Written by: gh97 from Bordentown, NJ on May 22, 2012

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I used these as an additional precaution to keep new speakers dry and dust free. I had to cut the baffles to size...no big deal.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Mwd from Charlotte, NC on April 14, 2012

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The speaker baffles were supplied with my infinity speakers. I could not use them because of the shallow factory plastic dooe enclosure on my GTO.

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Waste of money

Written by: Manny from New York on April 4, 2012

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Waste of money really not need.

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Not Recommended

Written by: bugsy05 from Germantown, MD on March 31, 2012

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If you have any type of 94-04 Mustang/Cobra/Saleen convertible with the Mach stereo system you will not need these. They will already be housed/enclosed and protected by the Mach stereo.

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Cons: Didn't need them in my setup.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Anonymous from atl ga on March 5, 2012

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as described. works great.

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poor fit

Written by: marc g. from Waterville, ME on February 10, 2012

2005 MINI Cooper
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These didn't work for my application. I have a 05 Mini Cooper Convertible. They are to deep and bulky for what I needed. I did not ise them.

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Not bad addition.

Written by: Ro from FL on February 6, 2012

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Not bad product.

Pros: Added protection and a little richer sound from spaekers.

Cons: Made it a close fit when windows go all the way down.

Worked Great in my Silverado

Written by: RobertA from Sacramento, CA on February 4, 2012

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I agree some installation instructions for these would be helpful. I did some on-line research on these both at Crutchfield and else where. I found various ideas and decided to go with what sounded best and waht seemed to work during installation once I got there. I kept the flange on the baffles and ended up sandwiching it in between the mounting brackets provide by Crutchfield and the speakers themselves. I cut about 1 1/2 inch diameter hole in the bottom of each baffle for the speaker wires and for air flow. That worked as the sound of the speakers is great and the speaker is protected from water getting in the door. I will definitely use these again.

Pros: Speaker protection. No impact to speaker performance.

Cons: No installation instructions/recomendations.

Necessary and also inexpensive for any system.

Written by: ZachW from WVa on November 24, 2011

These require some ingenuity to install, but are worth it in the end. I made holes for the wires, which I believe are adequate enough to be a port as well.

I may get the Xacto knife out and make them a little bigger.

Pros: Price, quality, excellent shipping

Cons: Must figure out how to install, troublesome

Total junk

Written by: Farmer B from Cherryvale, KS on October 6, 2011

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These baffles are good only in theory. In actual practice, they are awful. They are much too thick to be useful with the speaker mounting brackets supplied by Crutchfield for the Chevy C1500. I tried to use them but they were so thick that I couldn't snap the speaker/bracket assembly into place without severely distorting the bracket (speakers on a C1500 do not screw to the door, but snap in with a bracket). I tried to modify the baffle by trimming it some, but it still didn't work. Crutchfield should make a note with on the product desccription with a list of vehicles that the baffle will not work with the speaker mounting bracket. Instead, I wasted my money and can't return it because I had to modify it.

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Good Addition

Written by: Jinx from DC on October 3, 2011

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Very good addition to my new speakes. It cut down some of my road noise and gave me better base sound.

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I guess they work

Written by: Jeff from St. George, Utah on August 8, 2011

The crutchfield guys always push these and I typically trust their advice. I understand the need for a certain amount of air space behind speakers but the air space with these baffles seem too small for the Alpine 6.5" speaker I installed them with so I feel they limit the bass the speaker can provide. Mids and highs are great.

Just my $0.02

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Great product - needs instructions

Written by: DaveL from Boston, MA on June 26, 2011

The product itself is fine, but it should come with instructions that discuss the options for installation. So my rating of 4 is really the average of 5 for the product itself and 3 for the lack of guidance on how to use it. If you mainly want to protect your speakers, then install the baffle as intact as possible, cutting only the smallest possible slit for the wires. If, on the other hand, you also want your speakers to sound good you need to cut a more significant hole. When I first installed the speakers with the baffle intact, I wondered why my speakers sounded so dead, so muffled, I then did some research and discovered the need to add a port for air movement.What would be useful to come from the manufacturer is guidance on the hole size. I didn't want to take the time to experiment with different sizes, but cutting out about a fourth of the sidewall of the baffle on the bottom made a huge improvement in the sound. What I don't know is whether a smaller hole would have worked just as well (a smaller hole would compromise the protection less).

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Great to prevent rattles

Written by: Chris from Central Texas on June 22, 2011

2009 Chevrolet HHR
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Great product, does what it's supposed to do...

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Great product

Written by: JJ from Georgia on May 24, 2011

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Had to trim them down to fit in the doors of my civic. But they are great waterproofers.

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Nice !

Written by: Mark from US on May 14, 2011

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Second set and I just ordered another for a different app.After reading many
reviews I ported my baffles with a 3/4" hole and got back the missing mid
range.The now sound way better than with no baffles and are water resistant to
the point of submerging my SUV.I tried the speakers with one non baffled and
other baffled and also one ported and one baffled.Conclusion was speakers
sounded best with the baffles and ported and with no baffles sounded cheap.I was
using high end Pioneer D class speakers.

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Don't listen to the one stars!

Written by: Chris M from Toronto, ON on April 15, 2011

I bought these because the doors in my Miata get wet inside. The speakers I
pulled out were rusted and in very bad shape from water damage.

Everyone that rates these a one star does not know how to use them. You are
supposed to cut holes in them. I placed two 2 inch holes in the bottom so they
are still protected from the rain, and they still sound great. I'm not sure if they
actually help the sound, but I noticed no degradation.

Customer service was excellent also.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: JasonH from Dallas, TX on February 13, 2011

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I only use these baffles for weather proofing door speakers. They do add
precious little bass response, but are a perfect shield against the elements
(water and dirt). I poke a hole in the bottom facing side to run the wires
through for the speaker and then mount it all. Works like a charm.

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Avoid If You Like Bass

Written by: Jeremy from Davison, MI on February 7, 2011

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The only reason I bought these is because the Sales Advisor on the phone said they
would help my bass response. I only bought one pair for the front doors since the rear
liftgate is not a wet area. My front and rear speakers are the same brand and model yet
the rear speakers sound amazingly better on lower frequencies than my front speakers
do. Imagine placing a baloon over the back of the speakers, ultimately killing any bass
response they could have had and some of the clarity of the mids. So you've constantly
got the pressure from the last movement fighting the next one. The only reason I did
not remove and return them is because the cost I incurred replacing several broken
door clips because they were so old and brittle has put fear into me that I'll have to
replace several again. As soon as it warms up or when I have another reason to pull my
door panels, these things are going in the trash. Waste of money! Unless you have
obvious signs of corrosion on your current speakers or have had speakers damaged
from corrosion in the past, avoid these at all costs. My only wish is that there were a
lower rating than 1 star. Then these would get it.

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put it in, take it out

Written by: cvillehick from gloucester, va on January 25, 2011

YES! GREAT! AWESOME! PHENOMENAL BASS, OUTRAGEOUS HIGHS! BEST
THING I EVER DID TO MY SOUND...after removing them from the speakers and throwing
them away, that is.

these things, like ALL the reviews say, take ALL the bass out, and make your sound
overall as FLAT as it can be. midbass is painfully blunt, no definition, and highs are just
flat, certainly not clearly and sparkly. if you want to PROTECT your speakers from rain
and dirt, then get these. if you want to HEAR your speakers, absolutely under no
circumstances get these. take the chance on rain and dirt and get your dollars' worth from
your speaker purchase.

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Completely lost all bass sound was muddy

Written by: Turbo S from Melbourne, FL on October 30, 2010

I recently installed a set of Infinity Kappa's and these XTC foam baffles in my STI, after
turning on the stereo I noticed that the bass was significantly less than the factory
speakers, and the sound was very muddy. I re-checked my wiring and started
considering replacement of the headunit when I read online that these foam baffles can
suck the life out of your speakers. I removed the baffles and reinstalled the speakers-
problem solved. My speakers now sound great.......

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Dave from New York on October 25, 2010

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Dont get these if you like bass. Removed them, bass 100x better.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Ryan from Central Florida on September 19, 2010

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These baffles fit nicely, I cut 1 1/2 inch holes on the bottom of them so the speakers can
breath. My 6 1/2 inch alpines sound great in them. A lot of people on here complained
about lack of bass and I really can't tell that much of a difference with or without the
baffles installed.

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Wow what a difference REMOVING these made!!!

Written by: hollon from Wichita KS on August 27, 2010

2005 MINI Cooper
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I bought these because crutchfield recommended them. I bought them with Kicker 6.5" speaker. When I turned it on there was virtually no bass. I read on here that these were the issue so I spent a couple hours redoing all of my speakers... Turned it on as WOW!!!

Make sure you know what your getting with these things...

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Not for High End

Written by: Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on August 16, 2010

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I was going the whole nine yards on my Pathfinder system. I added these in with my Infinity Kappa componant install. The bass was non existent. The Mids and Highs sounded good. I even called Crutchfiled tech support who suspected it was an amplifier crossover problem.

I hit the web for the answer, and after reading these reviews decided to try and remove one of these baffles. Bass came through clear and deep. I tested some more to see if I can just cut an air hole in them and salvage some of the protection of the baffles, but they sounded better without any baffle altogether.

My final thoughts are these might work well for 20 watts replacements or factory speakers, but the high end 200w with amps are not meant to be restricted. They will need the air to reach their peaks perfromance.

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Preventative Maintenance!

Written by: Mr. Leasure from Utah on June 1, 2010

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Uber easy to add to any install. I have no doubt that these will help protect my speakers. Especially after seeing how the factory speakers came out. If that can happen to factory speakers that were only 6 years old, then this is the cheapest insurance I can find!

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Work great

Written by: Matt from Scarborough, ME on May 8, 2010

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I bought these because my old speakers were destroyed by water in my car's door,
so I wanted to protect my new speakers.... They work great, and provide
protection against rattles, and I think they make the bass on my 6.5" Boston
S64RC's sound very clean and accurate.

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Not at all bad for the money...

Written by: Patrick from Chester on May 1, 2010

I don't know what all these disgruntled reviews are really trying to say. First of all, the baffles are only this much, not a big deal if you don't like them. Second, they're the only thing on the market today that will provide superior water, dust, and moisture protection for your door speakers. As far as sound quality goes, I think it really depends on what type of speaker you're installing (full-range, component, etc.) and how much air space that particular speaker needs. Not as big of a deal with door speakers, like it is when installing a subwoofer in an enclosure. But like all speakers, they require the right amount of air space to perform well.

I have a set of Alpine 6.5" SPX-17PRO's and they repalced an older set of Alpine components, except with these, I cut a small 1"X2" hole in the bottom of the baffle. It did seem like the speaker cone moves MUCH more freely as it should. The sound did improve, although it could've been that these are just better speakers. I think part of the problem that people are having with these baffles is, that they're trying to run a set of speakers that require more power than the crappy IC chip internal amp of these modern day head units can supply. Do yourself and your ears a favor, whenever possible, use external amplification, your speakers will thank you for it!

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They are cheap, if you don't like them not much lost.

Written by: Keith from Brunswick, Ga on February 4, 2010

A Crutchfield tech suggested using these baffles with Infinity Reference 6022si
speakers. (See me review of the speakers). I was happy with the sound, but I made the
mistake of reading the reviews about these baffles. Suddenly I was filled with doubt.
Where my speaker reaching the full potential? Had I screwed up and I am to tone deaf
to realize it? So I e-mailed Infinity about the use of baffles with the Infinity Reference
6022si speakers. This is the response: "While it is true that these speakers do not
require the use of a baffle, a baffle will always help to tighten up and improve the low
frequency response in almost all cases. There is no way for me to say that you should
or shouldn't use the baffle. I can only suggest that you try it with and without and go with
whichever way sounds best to you. That really is the only way to determine the best
way." Folks, they are working for me. The only thing I wish I had done different was to
try one speaker with a baffle and one without, but I did not. The speakers sound good
and the baffle is providing protection. I would say, if in doubt purchase them and try
them, then if you need to cut a hole, or remove them what have you really lost?

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best sound for the money!!

Written by: Roy from Alabama. on June 17, 2009

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I put two pair of these in my Pontiac Grand Prix (6.5 and 6x9) and I feel that my money was very well spent. They enhanced the already great sound that I got from my Infinity speakers. I recommend them to anybody that is a sound quality freak like me!!!!

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Must be modified

Written by: Robert from Chesapeake, VA on April 20, 2009

I got these to go with installation of 4 new Polk db651s. Installed them in a 2005 4Runner. I have an Eclipse EA3422 driving them. Anyway...got them in, checked my amp settings...and I'll be doggone if the rear speakers didn't sound terrible. There was this horrible, bass knocking/buzzing with increasing volume. It took me a day of jacking around with them to figure it out. The problem: the baffles for the rear speakers were snug around the base of the magnet. Even though I had cut ports in the bottom of the baffles, the air movement was causing the baffle to literally "slap" the base of the speaker. After cutting the lower half of the baffle off...problem solved.

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Spend your money and time on Sound Proofing

Written by: daniel from Alliance, Oh on April 10, 2009

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I put baffles on both my front and rear speakers. The next day I took off the baffles on the front I rear speakers. Absolutely no bass and no midrange was coming through. I tried cutting holes but it was little help. If you want to stop bass tones from vibrating (rattling the door) I would suggest soundproofing (such as Dynamat.) Baffles just didn't work.

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Don't waste your money.

Written by: Jon-Paul from CT on April 9, 2009

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Sounded much worse with them on. No bass response. I threw mine away.

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Be sure to cut a hole

Written by: Glenn from Minneapolis on March 29, 2009

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I put these on my Infinity Reference components and they sounded horrible! I thought I hooked up the speakers wrong or something. So, I took the door apart again and took off these baffles and the speakers sounded great. I read later someplace that you need to cut a hole in the bottom to allow for airflow. Unfortunately, there were no instructions included with this product. I put one back on (with a hole in the bottom) when I had the door panel off for another reason and it didn't seem to affect the sound at all.

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6 1/2 speaker baffles Beware!

Written by: irbiltroy from Oklahoma on March 26, 2009

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After ordering I read the reviews on the baffles. If you are buying these for
weather protection then great. If you are buying for better sound quality
then please note I beleve you will be dis satisfied. I even took the time to
port the foam on the bottom side of baffle as suggested in the reviews by
others. I tested different sizes of holes to see what would sound best to
me. With out the holes or port the sound was worse.

So the short version of this is do not buy these to improve your sound.

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Made Car Speakers Sound Like Clock Radio!

Written by: Taffy from Omaha, NE on March 14, 2009

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An adviser recommended these baffles for the 6.5" speakers in my door panels. After ordering them, I checked the reviews here (should have done that first). Many reviewers who were happy with the baffles mentioned they cut a small 'port' in the bottom of the baffle 'cup'. So when they arrived, I tried a small experiment - I cut a small port in one baffle, and only a slit on the other to snake the speaker wire through. I then installed the speakers in the door panels.

Now, I have a 'tin ear' but the difference between the two speakers was amazing! The speaker with the ported baffle was deep and rich sounding. It had a great low end (for a 6.5").

The speaker with the baffle that only had a slit in the back sounded horrible: little to no bass response. In fact, you could literally see that the woofer on the ported baffles was moving much more dramatically than the one with the un-ported baffle.

I'm disappointed that I was recommended these baffles. I'm probably just going to toss them out entirely. If you must use them due to moisture issues, porting is a must! My $0.02.

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Excellent Bass Blockers

Written by: Joel from Chesterfield, VA on February 26, 2009

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I installed these in a 2009 MINI Cooper with Infinity 6022si's. The result was dismal. I installed one on the left side, and left it off the right, and put on a song with some heavy bass. You could see the difference - the right speaker moved back and forth effortlessly, but the left had virtually no movement. A quick balance check confirmed the almost absolute lack of bass. So for me these didn't achieve what I wanted. I next tried "porting" the enclosure by cutting a 1.5" hole in them (at the bottom), but it had little to know effect.

I later called Infinity support, and they confirmed that their drivers are designed to work in"open air", and do not recommend the baffles.

I threw them away.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: jason from Newport Beach, CA on February 26, 2009

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The amount of torque necessary to hold the speaker in place was enough force to tear the baffle. Sound improvement is definately a plus.

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Increased performance & Protection

Written by: Shaun from Alaska on February 18, 2009

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I have recently installed some polk 6 1/2" 651db slim speakers in my
Pontiac Vibe, with the stock head unit it was dismal. I changed the head
unit to a Alpine 9884 and it was quite a difference, much better sound
especially with the ipod. I didn't get baffles when I installed the speakers
and after doing some research I decided it would probly be worth the 15
bucks. So last night I installed them... I'd say it was the best bang for the
buck in the whole setup thus far. The bass response is improved and
maybe best of all it protects the speakers from the elements. I took the
advice of previous posters and the crutchfield advisor I spoke with and cut
a 1" hole in the bottom of the baffle. My only critique would be that
crutchfield enclude that information with the product. I'd recommend this to
anyone installing a new set of speakers in their doors or any location for
that matter.

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Works OK...

Written by: Steveflier from Allen, TX on February 16, 2009

2005 Toyota Corolla
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Except for a slight gap at either end of the mounting bracket (Universal
Bracket - 6 1/2") the baffles perform as advertised. The rear deck should
be sealed from the trunk to provide a good subwoofer response. You may
need to use neoprene rubber to get a good seal.

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Dont Bother

Written by: Rocko from Maine on January 31, 2009

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tried to use these for installing polk DB651s in a 2004 subaru outback. They didn't really fit very well, made the installation more complicated then necessary. At first I didn't cut the vent in them, and thought that was impacting the bass response, but even once I vented them they didn't seem to do much. the subaru speaker frame has a splash guard to keep water & dirt out of the speaker, that's enuf for me (especially with marine rated speakers)

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Won't let the speaker breath!!!

Written by: s92pilot from Florida on January 25, 2009

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I bought 2 sets of these for install in my 04 350Z. I put them in the door with a new set of Infinity Reference 6022si. When I turned the system on I noticed a distortion in the speakers when bass was higher or the volume was up past mid range. I watched the speaker diaphram move and it was pounding. I was thinking I had a bad speaker, so I removed the baffle and all the distortion went away . I didn't even try them in the rear locations. I don't think the baffle was allowing the speaker to breath properly.

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Excellent

Written by: Jason from portland, or on January 22, 2009

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I cut holes in my factory doors and installed a set of the new polk audio mm series, 6.5 inch components. I used these baffles and I do not know if they increased bass response because i had nothing to compare it to, but at hte very minimum, these baffles do a great job protecting my speakers. they keep them dry and they protect them for getting dinged and scratched up.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Duane from Raleigh, NC on January 4, 2009

A must for most door speaker installs! These work great for 4" and smaller speakers as-is. For 5.25" and larger the internal volume of the baffle is too small for lower notes, and since it is not rigid it will wreak havoc on the speaker. To remedy this, cut a 2" or larger hole on the downward-facing side of the baffle (when installed). For door speakers, do not cut out the back. By only cutting on the downward-facing side (door speakers, usually) you will maintain protection from water and still benefit from the gasket seal it creates at the mounting rim of the speaker. Speaking of which, these create a far better gasket than the adhesive foam tape, which deteriorates very quickly in the blazing heat of summer.

This product suffers from bad marketing and misuse. It is not a speaker enclosure, and it will not improve bass response by itself. By helping to turn your door into a sealed and safe enclosure, it will improve bass. For the guy who had trouble when the window rolled down and hit the baffle, there are slim-fit models available.

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Cheap and Overrated

Written by: Brett from Nashville on November 4, 2008

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I purchased a pair of these while purchasing some Infinitti Kappa door speakers for my Honda Civic. After seeing what I purchased, I was a bit skeptical. The baffles appear very cheap. I understand the potential upside of baffles, but after installing I determined not to use them. When I installed the speaker in the right door, I installed it with a baffle. I then installed the left door speaker without a baffle. After using the head unit to adjust toggle back and forth between the two speakers, I decided to not use them. I thought that the speaker without the baffle had more bass. The baffle seemed to make the bass "boomy."

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Use properly

Written by: Kevin from San Jose, CA on October 13, 2008

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These Baffles get five stars because they do exactly what they advertise. But, if you dont know how baffles work, then they will ruin your sound. They are left uncut so you can decide where the best plcement is for the opening. If you simply cut a big hole in the back, then you will not get any improved bass response. the hole should be on the bottom of one of the sides. that way the speaker is still enclosed, giving that improved bass response, and protecting your speakers from water and moisture. Its the same concept as a box for subs. they all have some ventalation, but keep the sub enclosed. they are cheap and with proper installation will give you a slight bass improvement. well worth the price.

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Gotta use them correctly

Written by: Krome from Nevada on September 21, 2008

Okay, these things work. If you use them correctly then they work great! Yes, you must cut a small hole (3/4"X3/4") in the bottom side to let some air out, but you have to cut a small hole anyway in order to get the wires to the speakers. I have Polk Audio DB650's in the rear and DB6500's in the front. I used these on both front and rear and noticed a huge difference in sound. The sound is way more full and they do protect the speakers from water also. The easiest way to demonstrate how it improves the sound is to play the speaker outside of the baffle, then place it into the baffle. You will notice a sound difference. Everyone who says they don't work obviously aren't using them correctly. I recommend these to veryone.

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Cheap but Questionable

Written by: Ryan from Cleveland, OH on September 13, 2008

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I'm not sure if this really helped the bass or not, but for the price I figured why not, plus it would protect the speakers from any leaking water. I figured it was worth the waste of money, just in case it actually helped with the bass a bit cause I don't have a sub or anything high end like that so any little bit of help I could get I'd take.

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don't work DON'T BUY!!!

Written by: ab from Los Angeles, Ca on September 6, 2008

Not only do these NOT help bass, they HINDER it. I bought new Alpine speakers and these Baffles. They caused the speakers to sound worse than the GM factory speakers I had just taken out! To make matters worse, when I rolled down my driver's side window the glass snagged one of the baffles causing enough resistance to force the motor to bend the regulator arm. Now I can't roll my window down. If you cut a hole baffle you get your bass back, or you could just skip all the hassle.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: jsco from pittsburgh on June 5, 2008

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These foam cups get one star because they do the exact opposite of what they are advertised to do. They do not "improve" bass, they severely reduce it. If your problem is too much bass, then yes, in that situation they might provide a cheap mechanical alternative to bass blockers, but otherwise these are NOT something you should use.

The only redeeming qualities of these baffles are that they can keep water off of your speakers and they might provide a little vibration damping. If you use them for this purpose, cut a big hole out of them so that they don't ruin your sound.

These should not be recommended accessories. They are a specific solution to a specific problem (water).

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SAVE YOUR TIME, READ THE REVIEWS FIRST!

Written by: Ijoo Lee from LITTLE FERRY, NJ on May 19, 2008

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I was going to post a review saying that I really don't know if these baffles
helped the speakers sound better. Right before I was going to post a
review, I read other reviews (don't know why I didn't before I purchased
these). You definitely have to make ventilation holes on these baffles.
THESE WILL KILL YOUR BASS if you just install them the way they come. I
was really getting disappointed with my new Blaupunkt GTc652 component
speakers. After I made the holes on these baffles, the speakers became
alive. CF really should clarify what these baffles will do to the sound. Save
your time and energy and read the reviews before you install anything.
Reviewers here at CF are really helpful. Thanks guys.

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Good for water protection

Written by: Rob from San Francisco, CA on February 7, 2008

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The foam material is a bit cheaper feeling than what the picture looks like but I'm sure it will do the job. You can easily rip or cut it with scissors so you have to be a bit careful about making sure you don't scrape it on sharp edges during installation.

Like everyone else says, if you don't cut a hole out, you will lose your bass as air won't flow to move the woofer cones. I cut maybe a 1 inch by 2 inch (1" x 2") rectangular hole on the bottom side of the baffle and a hole that small did the trick to get the bass back from the speaker. I installed the slim pair on my 2006 Honda Civic LX sedan. Beware about the Civics. A LOT of water gets into the doors, so the last time it rained hard, my speakers had puddles behind them and it even leaked into the outside of the door between the trim panel and got into my car. Took me days to dry out the front driver side floor. That is the primary reason to buy these baffles. You should not buy them if you are thinking of ways to improve your bass response as it won't help at all for most people. I say most people because every car speaker is different and maybe some speakers work better with tight enclosures. I'm no expert, but it seems that most car speakers won't get any improved bass by using these baffles. The best the baffles will do is shield from water.

I'm giving 4 stars for the review just because I think the baffle material could be better quality and not so fragile feeling.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written by: Kyle from Redmond, WA on February 4, 2008

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Well I read almost all these reviews before I bought these and I'm not sure that the other people were using an AMP instead of their deck to power their speakers... I just put these in and I am beyond satisfied!! I finally have that mid-bass I have been looking for!! I wish I had spent the measly Dollars a long time ago had I known the sound I would get.

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Cleaner and Quieter

Written by: James from Queen Creek, AZ on December 26, 2007