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Our take on the XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

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.

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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A very good addition to protecting new products from potential moisture issues shared by many GM truck owners. Used these as "insurance" for the new speakers. So far so good. Nice stock fit as well.

Anonymous, Pittsburgh, PA

What's in the Box:

  • Two acoustic foam baffles for 6-1/2" speakers

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles Reviews

Average Customer Review:

205 Reviews

Good protection to moisture

Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/25/2016

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A very good addition to protecting new products from potential moisture issues shared by many GM truck owners. Used these as "insurance" for the new speakers. So far so good. Nice stock fit as well.

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Nullified Bass Response

Jon from Indiana on 8/22/2016

2009 Chevrolet HHR
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I too thought these items would provide some protection from the elements, however when I installed them the sound was so muffled and isolated (to me) it rendered the speakers useless. As soon as I removed them the sound I was expecting was there. The OEM speakers did not have anything like this and did not appear water damaged in any way. It appears I did not need them at all. While I suppose if you must have a very specific moisture issue them they might be useful but I regret ordering them. By the way, I ordered these because they popped up as (what I assume was) recommended by Crutchfield. I am disappointed. I feel like I just wasted my money. I have not use for them now.

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Crutchfield response on August 24, 2016 Once we saw this review, one of our Customer Support team members, Donna, reached out to issue this customer a refund.

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Anonymous from Bellflower, CA on 7/31/2016

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It makes sense to have baffles to direct the sound more accurately. These did a good job. They were easy to poke holes in for the mounting screws.

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XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

B from Grinnell, IA on 7/21/2016

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These work spectacular for protection and sound quality

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Gasket & water protection in one

Icehawk from Miami, FL on 7/14/2016

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These worked out great for my application - the speakers I was installing had just a little interference with door panel, the baffle was a great gasket to use to give a good, even seal. My previous upgraded speakers did not have any kind of rain shield and the output tabs had rusted off from where they attached to the spider so I want to make sure I did not make that mistake with my new speakers. I used JL C2-650x and they fit perfectly in the shallow depth ones - there actually is room to fit the regular length and that would be a bit more optimal most likely. They appear to be waterproof, I put water in one and it did not seep in at all. My only concern is that the speaker might get hot without room to breathe - I may cutout some of the bottom to take care of that. No idea if they change the sound but my speakers sound good so I am happy.

Pros: Waterproof, useful as gasket between speaker and mount

Cons: *maybe* would cause heat problems?

Good fit for application

Tyrone from Allentown, PA on 7/12/2016

2009 Subaru Forester
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Installed with new aftermarket speakers. Fit well in rear speaker cutout. Had to poke small hole(s) to connect wiring harness. Maybe reduces low end response, but decided to keep to protect the speakers and allow crisp mid/hi end response.

Pros: Easy to install behind speaker in rear door cavity.

Cons: Suspect they reduce low end response (bass).

Speaker baffles

Daniel R from Irmo, SC on 5/10/2016

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Exactly what you need to keep your speakers from getting wet. Fast delivery!

Pros: Exact fit, perfect thickness.

Cons: None

Could not use these

Ken W from Fairfax, VA on 4/28/2016

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No issue with the baffles themselves, other than there was no way to use them. Why did Crutchfield suggest them if they wouldn't fit my car? Now its more expensive to return them than to keep them.

Pros: None

Cons: None

Crutchfield response on May 3, 2016 Once we saw this review, our Customer Support team reached out to issue this customer a refund.

Makes sense.

AlexAloha from Kaneohe, HI on 4/28/2016

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Was recommended to use these for front door Rockford Fosgate 6.5" component woofers. I'm not an audio expert enough to understand why they are not used in the stock speakers and why it was suggested for the replacements. As suggested, I did cut out a 1" diameter hole out the back "to let the speaker breathe". I did not do a with and without comparison, but am trusting they will better protect my new speakers and prevent any artifacts that could occur without them. Not sure why they were not recommended for the rear door 6.5" speakers.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Unknown.

Protection where you need it.

Paul from Duncan, SC on 3/8/2016

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These do exactly what you would expect. Perfect for isolating the speakers from the elements. Exposure to moisture in the door made to old speakers brittle and ultimately fail. I cut a small hole in the bottom for wires, otherwise installation was plug and play. Yes, they cut the bass, but look up baffle in the dictionary before you purchase, ok? Don't complain because they cut sound since that is what a baffle is designed for. If you want full sound (and bass) but still need to shelter your speakers, build a custom fiberglass (or other non-absorbant material) enclosure.

Pros: Performs as advertised.

Cons: None.

Great product

CBLV from las vegas, NV on 2/29/2016

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have used these in the past - they keep door speakers clean, also get better sound from speakers. No need to worry about rusted speakers with these.

Pros: keep speakers clean and rust free better sound easy to install great price

Cons: none

Protection

aki from California on 1/23/2016

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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........

Scott A. from Corona California on 1/18/2016

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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

Richie from Georgia on 1/18/2016

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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

Andrew from Ohio on 1/17/2016

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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

RIchard from Tennessee on 12/28/2015

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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

diocco from New York on 12/28/2015

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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

NickMc from Indiana on 12/26/2015

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

Wayne from California on 12/26/2015

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Nice product does exactly what it is supposed to do.

Pros: Fits & Works

Cons: None

As Advertised

MB from Delaware on 12/23/2015

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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

TK10K from New York on 12/6/2015

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this works great, moisture protection and vibration attenuation

Pros: price, performance

Cons: none

6.5" baffles

Mike from Colorado on 11/30/2015

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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.

Josh K from Texas on 11/18/2015

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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

comex from Texas on 10/31/2015

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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

casee from Washington on 10/15/2015

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

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Baffles

Ron from Kentucky on 10/14/2015

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easy install

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Speaker baffles

WRD from Orangevale Ca on 9/15/2015

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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

EdB from Wisconsin on 9/14/2015

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

Anonymous from Florida on 9/14/2015

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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

OU fan from Oklahoma on 8/6/2015

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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

Anonymous from Columbia, MO on 7/23/2015

2004 Subaru Forester
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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

jeff from West Virginia on 7/16/2015

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good idea, never seen these before

Pros: easy install

Cons: none

cheap insurance

turningwrenches from Central illinois on 7/12/2015

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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

Anonymous from United States on 5/24/2015

2011 Chevrolet HHR
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Good protection but takes away from bass

Pros: Water proof

Cons: Air can't move

05 Avalanche

Daryl from Fleming Island, FL on 5/18/2015

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these work great

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Very nice

BB from Minnesota on 5/7/2015

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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

Anonymous from Johnson Creek, WI on 4/22/2015

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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

slim from Minneapolis, Minnesota on 4/20/2015

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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

Paul from Baltimore, MD on 4/12/2015

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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

Nick F. from Missouri on 3/26/2015

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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

Anonymous from California on 3/16/2015

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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

Tpin from Havelock nc on 3/2/2015

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Reduced the rattle in my doors from the speakers

Pros: Heavy duty foam.

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Works Fine

KDO from Indiana on 2/18/2015

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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

Cons:

Meh!

MikeG from Bakersfield, CA on 2/12/2015

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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

Scott from Maricopa,AZ on 1/21/2015

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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

Gerry M from Lawrence, Ks on 1/13/2015

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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

Larry from Arkansas on 12/31/2014

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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

DannyO from Moss Point,MS on 12/30/2014

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Protects speakers.

Pros: Actually makes speakers sound better along with protection.

Cons: None.

seem good

Anonymous from Greenville SC on 12/21/2014

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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

CSS from Texas on 12/15/2014

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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

B from Minneapolis mn on 11/10/2014

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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.

Car Whisperer from Lafayette, IN on 10/29/2014

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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.)

Scott C from Omaha, NE on 10/21/2014

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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

Sergio from Tyler, TX on 10/16/2014

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Great product

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XTC 6-1/2" Baffles

BWade from Lafayette,LA on 10/15/2014

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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

classic sound from tripple cities N.Y. on 10/13/2014

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

Pros: much better base and midrange

Cons:

baffles

Bouncer from Florida on 10/9/2014

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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

BK from Goose Creek, SC on 10/7/2014

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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

Geoff from Callahan, Fl on 10/3/2014

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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

ray from essex maryland on 9/26/2014

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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

David from columbia md on 9/19/2014

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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

brown from Cove City, NC on 9/16/2014

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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

Anonymous from herndon pa on 8/21/2014

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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

Anonymous from lake ariel pa on 8/18/2014

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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

JL from colorado on 8/17/2014

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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

Anonymous from Hawaui on 8/12/2014

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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

TS from Atlanta on 8/10/2014

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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

Matthew L from Woodward, OK on 8/6/2014

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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

Bob from Bentonville on 7/20/2014

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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

Anonymous from Point Venture TX on 7/2/2014

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Works as advertised

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Good when used right

David L from CA Central Valley on 6/25/2014

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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

BA from Michigan on 6/9/2014

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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

Papa from Sierra Vista, AZ on 6/1/2014

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Perfect fit. Great product!

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Baffles

Chris from San Antonio Texas on 5/10/2014

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Improved sound quality.

Pros: improved sound

Cons: Difficult fit

speaker baffles

scott from Oronoco Mn on 5/4/2014

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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

Cons:

Does the Job and DEM SUM!

mikey from powder springs, GA on 5/1/2014

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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

Cons:

Work for me

Billy Jack from Nashville, TN on 4/26/2014

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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

ChrisH from Tracy CA on 4/21/2014

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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

Wayne54 from Slidell,La on 4/21/2014

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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

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jack from United States on 4/19/2014

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Works well

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Speaker baffles

Anonymous from St Clr Shores, MI on 4/18/2014

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Great product & makes install a must.

Pros: Easy to install sounds good.

Cons: No cons

all muffled

moe from chicago on 4/12/2014

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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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MikeD from Lonsdale, MN on 3/30/2014

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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

Keni from Ross, CA on 3/25/2014

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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

1990 from columbia sc on 3/22/2014

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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.

Tim from st. louis on 3/22/2014

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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

Bo from St Louis, mo on 3/18/2014

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helps with the bass

Pros: makes the speaker sound even better

Cons: none

XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles

Ian from Bellefontaine, OH on 3/1/2014

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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...

Anonymous from Lowell, MA on 1/20/2014

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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

am2airframe from Shoreline, CT on 1/19/2014

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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

Scott from Brandon, Florida on 1/18/2014

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Nice addition for the back of the speakers

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Baffles

Jeff H from Hampton,Va. on 1/17/2014

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Keeps the water off the back of speakers

Pros: Dropped in place

Cons: None

XTC 6-1/2" speaker baffles

Mike D from Graham, Wa on 1/5/2014

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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

HazKom from Big Island Hawaii on 12/28/2013

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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!

Terry H. from St. Charles, MO on 12/7/2013

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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...

BillDub from Seattle on 12/2/2013

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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

Albert L from Burlington Ct. on 12/2/2013

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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

Anonymous from Midlothian, VA on 11/24/2013

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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...

Brian from Tricities, WA on 11/22/2013

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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

TXBlackRifle from Houston, Texas on 11/20/2013

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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

speaker baffles from Roxboro NC. on 11/18/2013

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

Pros: Great baffles

Cons: None

chews_cruise

chews_cruise from Dresden, Ohio on 11/17/2013

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worked great with my chevy truck door

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It is what it is

Lee from Al on 11/11/2013

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Does what it is suppose to do!

Pros: Helps sound!

Cons: none

awesome

Anonymous from texas on 11/4/2013

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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

RacerPR from Puerto Rico on 10/30/2013

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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

Dawn L from North port , Fl on 10/30/2013

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Fit perfectly awesome sound

Pros: Light weight

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worth getting

Rory from NC on 10/28/2013

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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

Randy M from Reno nv on 10/27/2013

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Very easy to use

Pros: Nice fit

Cons: None

Not sold on advantages

TheTraveler from Waterville, ME on 10/20/2013

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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

Snelson from SLC, Utah on 10/13/2013

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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

kyle from Bonne Terre, MO on 10/11/2013

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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

Tyler from Kathleen, GA on 10/10/2013

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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.

Toophless from Winston-Salem on 10/9/2013

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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

Erin z from Washington on 9/26/2013

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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

RayT from Ky on 9/15/2013

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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

Tunes 24/7 from Seattle,wa on 9/3/2013

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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!

Wildfire from Harvard, IL on 9/3/2013

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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

rob from northeast on 7/19/2013

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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

Frank from Savannah, Ga on 6/6/2013

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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

Ray from Deltona, FL on 6/5/2013

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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

DKMARSH from San Diego Ca on 5/23/2013

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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

Anonymous from Albany, NY on 3/12/2013

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Worked perfect for my Mini Cooper door spekers

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Great product

Greg from North East,md on 3/11/2013

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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

Anonymous from crofton maryland on 3/6/2013

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Great product

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Easy to install

Paul W from Chino Valley Arizona on 10/21/2012

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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

Tony from Florence Az on 9/20/2012

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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

gh97 from Bordentown, NJ on 5/22/2012

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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

Mwd from Charlotte, NC on 4/14/2012

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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

Manny from New York on 4/4/2012

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Waste of money really not need.

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Not Recommended

bugsy05 from Germantown, MD on 3/31/2012

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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

Anonymous from atl ga on 3/5/2012

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as described. works great.

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poor fit

marc g. from Waterville, ME on 2/10/2012

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.

Ro from FL on 2/6/2012

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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

RobertA from Sacramento, CA on 2/4/2012

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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.

ZachW from WVa on 11/24/2011

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

Farmer B from Cherryvale, KS on 10/6/2011

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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

Jinx from DC on 10/3/2011

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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

Jeff from St. George, Utah on 8/8/2011

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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

DaveL from Boston, MA on 6/26/2011

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

Chris from Central Texas on 6/22/2011

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

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Great product

JJ from Georgia on 5/24/2011

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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 !

Mark from US on 5/14/2011

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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!

Chris M from Toronto, ON on 4/15/2011

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

JasonH from Dallas, TX on 2/13/2011

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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

Jeremy from Davison, MI on 2/7/2011

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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

cvillehick from gloucester, va on 1/25/2011

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

Turbo S from Melbourne, FL on 10/30/2010

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

Dave from New York on 10/25/2010

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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

Ryan from Central Florida on 9/19/2010

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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!!!

hollon from Wichita KS on 8/27/2010

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

Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 8/16/2010

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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!

Mr. Leasure from Utah on 6/1/2010

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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

Matt from Scarborough, ME on 5/8/2010

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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...

Patrick from Chester on 5/1/2010

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.

Keith from Brunswick, Ga on 2/4/2010

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!!

Roy from Alabama. on 6/17/2009

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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

Robert from Chesapeake, VA on 4/20/2009

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

daniel from Alliance, Oh on 4/10/2009

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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.

Jon-Paul from CT on 4/9/2009

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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

Glenn from Minneapolis on 3/29/2009

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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!

irbiltroy from Oklahoma on 3/26/2009

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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!

Taffy from Omaha, NE on 3/14/2009

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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

Joel from Chesterfield, VA on 2/26/2009

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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

jason from Newport Beach, CA on 2/26/2009

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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

Shaun from Alaska on 2/18/2009

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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...

Steveflier from Allen, TX on 2/16/2009

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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