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by Charlie Pastorfield

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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Product Overview: These acoustic baffles are designed to be placed behind car speakers to protect the speaker from moisture and dirt which can damage speaker components. Along with providing a sealed chamber, they also form a mounting seal between the speaker and the mounting surface to eliminate panel to frame resonance. Baffles will improve door acoustics by reducing road noise and vibrations transferred to the back of the speaker cone. The baffles are pliable and can be compressed to fit most applications.

Dimensions:

  • Speaker Size: 6-1/2"
  • Minimum Cutout: 5-3/8"
  • Maximum Depth: 2-3/8"
  • Thickness: 1/4"
  • Flange Size: 6-5/8" x 6-5/8"
 
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2 out of 5

all muffled

Written By moe, chicago on Saturday, 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
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles Review

Written By MikeD, Lonsdale, MN on Sunday, 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
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5 out of 5

Xtc 6-1/2 speaker baffles

Written By Keni, Ross, CA on Tuesday, 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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4 out of 5

Gets the job done

Written By 1990, columbia sc on Saturday, 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
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5 out of 5

protection is a must.

Written By Tim, st. louis on Saturday, 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
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5 out of 5

good idea

Written By Bo, St Louis, mo on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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helps with the bass
Pros:
makes the speaker sound even better
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Ian, Bellefontaine, OH on Saturday, March 01, 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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4 out of 5

Good But...

Written By Anonymous, Lowell, MA on Monday, 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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

helped a lot

Written By am2airframe, Shoreline, CT on Sunday, 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
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice addition

Written By Scott, Brandon, Florida on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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Nice addition for the back of the speakers
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5 out of 5

Baffles

Written By Jeff H, Hampton,Va. on Friday, January 17, 2014
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Keeps the water off the back of speakers
Pros:
Dropped in place
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written By Mike D, Graham, Wa on Sunday, January 05, 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
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4 out of 5

Nice product

Written By HazKom, Big Island Hawaii on Saturday, 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.
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5 out of 5

Great Product!

Written By Terry H., St. Charles, MO on Saturday, December 07, 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.
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4 out of 5

Does the job and more...

Written By BillDub, Seattle on Monday, December 02, 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.
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5 out of 5

xtc 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written By Albert L, Burlington Ct. on Monday, December 02, 2013
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Well made product. And special thanks to Norman for all his help.
Pros:
Good price.
Cons:
none
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1 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, Midlothian, VA on Sunday, 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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4 out of 5

Wish I had read the reviews...

Written By Brian, Tricities, WA on Friday, 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"
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5 out of 5

nice

Written By TXBlackRifle, Houston, Texas on Wednesday, 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
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5 out of 5

Baffles

Written By speaker baffles, Roxboro NC. on Monday, November 18, 2013
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Great product, good fit and good thick molds for my speakers.
Pros:
Great baffles
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

chews_cruise

Written By chews_cruise, Dresden, Ohio on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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worked great with my chevy truck door
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5 out of 5

It is what it is

Written By Lee, Al on Monday, November 11, 2013
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Does what it is suppose to do!
Pros:
Helps sound!
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

awesome

Written By Anonymous, texas on Monday, November 04, 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
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By RacerPR, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Great Price, Easy to Install, Great Performance
Pros:
Nice Fit, Great Price
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Dawn L, North port , Fl on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Fit perfectly awesome sound
Pros:
Light weight
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5 out of 5

worth getting

Written By Rory, NC on Monday, 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
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5 out of 5

Xtrem 6-1/2 speaker baffles

Written By Randy M, Reno nv on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Very easy to use
Pros:
Nice fit
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Not sold on advantages

Written By TheTraveler, Waterville, ME on Sunday, 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
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Snelson, SLC, Utah on Sunday, 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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5 out of 5

Speaker baffles

Written By kyle, Bonne Terre, MO on Friday, 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
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5 out of 5

Huge improvement

Written By Tyler, Kathleen, GA on Thursday, 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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5 out of 5

Yup. They are baffles.

Written By Toophless, Winston-Salem on Wednesday, October 09, 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.
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5 out of 5

Xtc 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Written By Erin z, Washington on Thursday, 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
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5 out of 5

Awesome Product

Written By RayT, Ky on Sunday, 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
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1 out of 5

Should have read the reviews first

Written By Tunes 24/7, Seattle,wa on Tuesday, September 03, 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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5 out of 5

A must for door speakers!

Written By Wildfire, Harvard, IL on Tuesday, September 03, 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
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3 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By rob, northeast on Friday, 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
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5 out of 5

Functions as promised

Written By Frank, Savannah, Ga on Thursday, June 06, 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
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5 out of 5

Worth the money for peace of mind

Written By Ray, Deltona, FL on Wednesday, June 05, 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.
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3 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By DKMARSH, San Diego Ca on Thursday, 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
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, Albany, NY on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Worked perfect for my Mini Cooper door spekers
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Greg, North East,md on Monday, 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
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, crofton maryland on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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Great product
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5 out of 5

Easy to install

Written By Paul W, Chino Valley Arizona on Sunday, 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.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Tony, Florence Az on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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these work great with my new pioneer speakers makes the bass hit harder and makes the speakers sound so much better
Pros:
work great sound great
Cons:
nothing
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4 out of 5

Not Bad

Written By gh97, Bordentown, NJ on Tuesday, 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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3 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Mwd, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, 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.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Waste of money

Written By Manny, New York on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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Waste of money really not need.
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1 out of 5

Not Recommended

Written By bugsy05, Germantown, MD on Saturday, 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.
Cons:
Didn't need them in my setup.
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, atl ga on Monday, March 05, 2012
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as described. works great.
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1 out of 5

poor fit

Written By marc g., Waterville, ME on Friday, February 10, 2012
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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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4 out of 5

Not bad addition.

Written By Ro, FL on Monday, February 06, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Worked Great in my Silverado

Written By RobertA, Sacramento, CA on Saturday, February 04, 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.
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5 out of 5

Necessary and also inexpensive for any system.

Written By ZachW, WVa on Thursday, 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
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Total junk

Written By Farmer B, Cherryvale, KS on Thursday, October 06, 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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4 out of 5

Good Addition

Written By Jinx, DC on Monday, October 03, 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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

I guess they work

Written By Jeff, St. George, Utah on Monday, August 08, 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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4 out of 5

Great product - needs instructions

Written By DaveL, Boston, MA on Sunday, 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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5 out of 5

Great to prevent rattles

Written By Chris, Central Texas on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Great product, does what it's supposed to do...
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By JJ, Georgia on Tuesday, 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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5 out of 5

Nice !

Written By Mark, US on Saturday, 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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5 out of 5

Don't listen to the one stars!

Written By Chris M, Toronto, ON on Friday, 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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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By JasonH, Dallas, TX on Sunday, 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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1 out of 5

Avoid If You Like Bass

Written By Jeremy, Davison, MI on Monday, February 07, 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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1 out of 5

put it in, take it out

Written By cvillehick, gloucester, va on Tuesday, 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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1 out of 5

Completely lost all bass sound was muddy

Written By Turbo S, Melbourne, FL on Saturday, 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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1 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Dave, New York on Monday, October 25, 2010
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Dont get these if you like bass. Removed them, bass 100x better.
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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Ryan, Central Florida on Sunday, 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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2 out of 5

Wow what a difference REMOVING these made!!!

Written By hollon, Wichita KS on Friday, August 27, 2010
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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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2 out of 5

Not for High End

Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, 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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5 out of 5

Preventative Maintenance!

Written By Mr. Leasure, Utah on Tuesday, June 01, 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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5 out of 5

Work great

Written By Matt, Scarborough, ME on Saturday, May 08, 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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4 out of 5

Not at all bad for the money...

Written By Patrick, Chester on Saturday, May 01, 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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4 out of 5

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

Written By Keith, Brunswick, Ga on Thursday, February 04, 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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5 out of 5

best sound for the money!!

Written By Roy, Alabama. on Wednesday, 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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4 out of 5

Must be modified

Written By Robert, Chesapeake, VA on Monday, 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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1 out of 5

Spend your money and time on Sound Proofing

Written By daniel, Alliance, Oh on Friday, 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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1 out of 5

Don't waste your money.

Written By Jon-Paul, CT on Thursday, April 09, 2009
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Sounded much worse with them on. No bass response. I threw mine away.
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3 out of 5

Be sure to cut a hole

Written By Glenn, Minneapolis on Sunday, 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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3 out of 5

6 1/2 speaker baffles Beware!

Written By irbiltroy, Oklahoma on Thursday, 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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2 out of 5

Made Car Speakers Sound Like Clock Radio!

Written By Taffy, Omaha, NE on Saturday, 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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2 out of 5

Excellent Bass Blockers

Written By Joel, Chesterfield, VA on Thursday, 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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3 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By jason, Newport Beach, CA on Thursday, 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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5 out of 5

Increased performance & Protection

Written By Shaun, Alaska on Wednesday, 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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3 out of 5

Works OK...

Written By Steveflier, Allen, TX on Monday, February 16, 2009
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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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2 out of 5

Dont Bother

Written By Rocko, Maine on Saturday, 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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1 out of 5

Won't let the speaker breath!!!

Written By s92pilot, Florida on Sunday, 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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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Jason, portland, or on Thursday, 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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4 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Duane, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, January 04, 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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1 out of 5

Cheap and Overrated

Written By Brett, Nashville on Tuesday, November 04, 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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5 out of 5

Use properly

Written By Kevin, San Jose, CA on Monday, 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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5 out of 5

Gotta use them correctly

Written By Krome, Nevada on Sunday, 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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4 out of 5

Cheap but Questionable

Written By Ryan, Cleveland, OH on Saturday, 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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1 out of 5

don't work DON'T BUY!!!

Written By ab, Los Angeles, Ca on Saturday, September 06, 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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1 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By jsco, pittsburgh on Thursday, June 05, 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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3 out of 5

SAVE YOUR TIME, READ THE REVIEWS FIRST!

Written By Ijoo Lee, LITTLE FERRY, NJ on Monday, 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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4 out of 5

Good for water protection

Written By Rob, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, February 07, 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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5 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Kyle, Redmond, WA on Monday, February 04, 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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5 out of 5

Cleaner and Quieter

Written By James, Queen Creek, AZ on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
 
I installed these with each of my speakers, in my 2004 Honda Civic 4-door Sedan LX. While installing the front door speakers I cut them to fit within the pop-out mount bracket adapters while still overlapping the hole in the door. I cut the foam around the bracket and speaker to fit the flush mount bracket adapter cleanly. To allow for air and the power adapter I cut a quarter sized whole in the center of the foam. I am satisfied with this purchase.
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2 out of 5

Terrible Sound

Written By joseph, Bay Area, Ca. on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Not a good product at all! I wish I would of read some of the reviews before I purchased these. If you need to weatherproof your speakers, then these are a good decision, but for sound quality it's no good. I purchased these for my 6 1/2s and my 5x7s, and I am completely disappointed! installed it all this morning, and now I'm about to take them right back off. I do not suggest buying these if you're going for sound quality.
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4 out of 5

Descisions- Bass or Weatherproofing?

Written By Paul, Omaha Nebraska on Sunday, June 17, 2007
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From the reviews I read of these, I knew what I was in for with losing the bass, but I figured it was worth it since I have subs and sometimes water does leak into the door where the window goes.

These are fairly thick, they show 1/4", maybe compressed! These are pretty thick, make sure you leave enough room for their thickness. Also, getting the wiring in there can be tricky when trying to mount everything.

It's going to keep my speakers dry and help prevent vibrations, I can deal with the lack of bass since I have subs. If you do not have any subs or have no plans to get any, you might want to think twice about these.
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2 out of 5

Disappointment

Written By Shad, Lebanon, Ohio on Thursday, April 26, 2007
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After installing the baffles in my front door panels I lost what little bass I had. I was under the impression that these baffles would "tighten" my bass, not remove it.

I removed them immediately after listening.
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2 out of 5

Good speaker protection, bad sound!

Written By Kahres05, Fleetwood, PA on Monday, March 12, 2007
 
I bought these for my install for a 2005 wrx. The speakers are polk db650's. First off, I made the mistake of not testing the sound of the speakers without the baffles. Anyway, the system sounded good with the baffles in but I have a sub in the car so I didnt realize how much bass I was loosing. So I turned off the subwoofer and found out the speakers had like no midbass, I was dissapointed and not pleased after that. They say these baffles improve bass response not kill it! Knowing these are great speakers from a previous install I knew it had to be the baffles. I called Polk support to find out what they thought about the baffles and the tech said that would completely kill the sound of the driver. So I took my door cards off, pulled the speakers out and cut the baffle backs in half so air flow was good, but still had protection from water coming off the windows above; looks like a speaker hood. The end result was nothing but great sound with some protection but the audio was the way it was intended for. I only recommend this product if you properly vent the rear of the driver othervise dont be talked into buying these.
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5 out of 5

Rebricate and they work great

Written By CoronaIslander187, Medina, OH on Saturday, January 20, 2007
 
I bought these to accomodate a pair of 6 1/2's from Kenwood due to the fact there was water leaking inside the door. The previous speakers (an old pair of eclipse's) suffered so much damage the surrounds were falling apart and the terminals were turning green. After the install I noticed a very slight decrease in bass response but the new speakers still screamed. I did what was advised by previous buyers and made a decent size hole in the bottom to provide air. This perhaps makes all the difference. Now I have piece of mind knowing my speakers are high and dry.
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5 out of 5

A Little Time and Effort

Written By Ronald, Coudersport, PA on Sunday, January 07, 2007
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I own a 2006 Nissan Altima. After replacing the factory door speakers and A-pillar tweaters with an Infinity Kappa 60.7cs component system, I had an issue with water leaking into the door trim panel and onto the carpet. The factory speakers included a "splash" guard that redirected the small amount of water that leaked past the window gaskets, the Kappa's did not.

I purchased the 6 - 1/2" baffles to divert water away from the inside door skin. After a couple of car washes and several rain storms, the baffles have paid for the agrivation I previously experienced.

I did follow the advice of several others who posted on this product, and cut "ports" in the bottom of the speaker baffles to allow better response from the drivers. I also used silicon sealant to create a water break on the outside of the baffles to prevent water from entering the hole that I made in the bottom of the baffle.

Although this took some fabrication and fore thought, the raw materials that were provided were flexible, well made and inexpensive... I would definately recommend these. However, just like purchasing any other aftermarket audio product, you should be prepared (physically and mentally) to modify the products in order to get everything to fit in your particular installation.
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4 out of 5

Works for me!

Written By Dennis, St Louis, MO on Thursday, January 04, 2007
 
I've heard my 6 1/2" Polk DBs with and without the XTC's and prefer with; vocals and soundstage are more accurate.

A small speaker in a baffle is better damped than one in a big box, which is what the inside of a door is. Installers often glue carpet scraps to the back of door speakers to better damp the cones. Door speakers can't produce deep bass anyway. I use a powered subwoofer balanced to the doors, so dunno if XTCs reduce the bass.
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2 out of 5

need to vent them

Written By gary, crown point indiana on Thursday, September 28, 2006
 
used these for kenwood 1660s in rear of 2000 dakota. if you just seal them around the speaker, sound is muffled and bass in non existant. i cut a 3" hole in the rear and what a difference...gave those inexpensive 1660s 5 star performance compared to being sealed. just a matter of physics.
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3 out of 5

Okay for the money...

Written By Mike, Salinas, CA on Sunday, September 10, 2006
 
They're okay if you have the space for them. Sometimes even the slightest increase in the profile of your speakers can make them difficult to fit or close the grill over. I had this problem. The benefit would've been minimal anyhow. I tried my new speakers both ways and didn't notice much difference. My advice would be to use these if you know your speakers are very likely to be exposed to harsh moisture and dust.
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4 out of 5

READ THIS....It might help

Written By CLovvorn1, Douglasville, Ga on Friday, July 14, 2006
 
I had to write in a little advice after reading all the bad reviews..... Its amazing how smart people can forget basic physics. I can say that cuz I forgot them too......

These baffles are great when used properly. They are great protection for speakers in locations where they might be exposed to excessive dirt or moisture, such as doors. But lets not forget a speaker has got to move around to produce sound. These baffles are more or less air tight...if you simply stuff them in behind a speaker without any means of venting, it will basically "air lock" the speaker so it cant move very well. In addition, it blocks most of the energy from the rear of the speaker from entering the door or whatever cavity its mounted on. That is essential for good bass response. Cutting a good sized hole in the bottom side remedied both problems for me. The speaker is still well shielded from dripping water and falling dirt, and that way it gets all the air it needs to really pump out the sound.
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1 out of 5

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Written By Vic, Chicago, IL on Friday, June 30, 2006
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Don't waste your money. They'll make your speakers sound worse.
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1 out of 5

Baffles

Written By Paul, Chicopee, MA on Friday, June 23, 2006
 
I also bought these for my 97 Audi A4 for the 6 1/2 Polk speakers I bought from Crutchfield. The speakers ROCK!, but these simple baffles made them sound like a kids fisher price mono speaker. After reading the reviews today, I cut the baffles out and NIGHT AND DAY. I can't believe I even listened to my system with them installed as long as I did. I wouldn't waste the time with these at all...........besides, if they did work that well, alot of newer cars would have them installed already. Rock on!!!
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5 out of 5

Awsome Just need to know what your doing

Written By scottn, St. Louis MO on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
 
These are awsome. You just need to put in door and roll your window down so you can smash it in there. Then you apply alittle fiberglass resin. Slap some fiberglass on the back and inside and you have a great enclosure custom made for your door. As far as lacking good bass, they are door speakers come on now. I have always had subs for the low end.
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2 out of 5

Baffled

Written By chris, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, May 03, 2006
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I bought these baffles after I totally changed my cars stereo. I have a 2002 acura rsx, I bought an alpine cda-9855 head unit, an alpine mrp-f450 amp, boston acoustics sl65's coaxials for the rear and boston acoustics sl60 components in the front. The rear 6-1/2's weren't giving to much bass, and when you turned up the volume they are easily distorted, so I bought these baffles thinking that they would be the perfect solution, I figured they would act as a suspension to the cone. I was dead wrong. After putting these I had a significant loss in bass. These things definately didn't help my speakers sound better. Live and learn I guess, if you don't believe it then give them a try, they may work better if your only running your speakers off your head units internal amp, but the 70 watts rms that I have going to each speaker was to much for these things to handle, I would not recommend these things to anyone who is currently happy with there setup and thinks they may be able to squeeze out more bass, but if you think it might work do what I did and give it a try, there relatively cheap compared to other costs that go into car stereo equipment and at the very least they would definately protect your speaker from outside elements.

P.S. - I removed the baffles right after I installed them, if you want more bass, buy a subwoofer.
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1 out of 5

No, no, no....

Written By sgtpeeper, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, April 02, 2006
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I got some nice Infinity 6012si speakers from Crutchfield for my Jeep Cherokee. I installed these baffles with them. I could not believe how badly my speakers sounded. I thought they must have been defective! My 10 year-old factory speakers sounded better. It's true, these really do make speakers sound like transistor radio speakers. At least they made mine sound that way. I ripped them out yesterday and now my speakers sound amazing... like they should.
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1 out of 5

Don't Waste the money!!

Written By Anonymous, Virginia Beach, Va on Thursday, March 16, 2006
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I thought the Boston Acoustics S65RC were bad, until I took the baffles out and what a world of difference! I love the speakers now but hate the baffles!
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1 out of 5

These make my $100 Polk Speakers sound like a factory radio!

Written By motocrossmann, San Jose, CA on Monday, February 06, 2006
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Terrible. That is all I can say. Maybe they work well for some applications, but not on a 1997 GMC Sonoma. They make the midrange sound like mud.