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Waterproof foam baffles from XTC fit behind speakers to keep them clean and dry. They compress easily to fit the installation, and form a mounting seal that can reduce panel vibration. Use these speaker baffles along with a Dynamat kit when you install your new speakers, and you'll enjoy improved sound and performance.

These baffles will protect your speakers. In many applications we recommend that you cut a hole in the bottom of the baffle, or remove the entire bottom of the baffle, to maintain good bass response while still protecting your speaker from dirt and water damage. Call one of our Advisors if you have questions — they'll be happy to share their expertise with you.

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Highlights:

  • foam speaker baffles (pair)
  • maximum speaker mounting depth: 4-1/4"
  • baffle fits behind a 6"x8" speaker
  • protects speaker from water, dirt, and grime
  • improves acoustics
  • extends speaker life
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Two acoustic foam baffles for 6x8" speakers

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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: 6x8"
  • Minimum Cutout: 5.65" x 7.975"
  • Maximum Depth: 4.25"
  • Thickness: 1/4"
  • Flange Size: 7.524" x 9.334"
 
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1 out of 5

Nope

Written By Jesse, Portland, OR on Sunday, October 12, 2014
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If you want to take the life out of your sound they're perfect. They would protect from moisture though. If you must try them, install on one speaker and one speaker without. Give it a listen there's a difference.
Pros:
water proof
Cons:
kills sound
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5 out of 5

baffles

Written By fbogoni, Goshen, KY on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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These baffles work excellent for my f-150!! They help bring out bass and stop vibration.
Pros:
Stop vibration and bring out bass
Cons:
Fit tightly
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5 out of 5

Baffles are worth it!!!

Written By Scarpace, Austin, Texas on Friday, September 12, 2014
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Why use a baffle? These help protect your speakers from the back side moisture and dust. They also can help muffle out unwanted vibrations or sound from behind the speaker as well. These are super simple to use, just don't squeeze them in such a way that touch the actual back of the speaker cone. I am using 6 of these on my door and mid panel speakers in my Ford Excursion. It's worth the price to help make your speakers last longer. I also believe it helps improve sound quality.
Pros:
Low price for extra speaker protection! Easy to install! Helps muffle out other sounds!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, Frederick, MD on Saturday, August 09, 2014
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What's to review. They work great, and you can't beat the price.
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4 out of 5

Useful baffles

Written By C Weaver, Harker Heights, TX on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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The baffles themselves are fairly malliable which allowed me to pull them closer to the speaker in my doors so they wouldn't rub my windows. It may only be my perception but the sound seems fuller, with a less "hollow" sound to it.
Pros:
-Bendable, Formable
Cons:
-Slightly oversized for the uses I had for the product.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not For Me

Written By momule, Rural Eastern Missouri on Monday, June 23, 2014
 
This item did not come close to fitting in the space available in my 2002 Ranger regular cab...neither in the doors or behind seats. They are too deep. And while one review discusses cutting them and glueing them to be less deep I'm going to go the dynamat route and not try to make this "iffy" product work.
Pros:
none
Cons:
Ya get what ya pay for.
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5 out of 5

They work!

Written By Geo Eak, St. Louis, Mo on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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They help keep the lows inside my ride instead of having it going to anyone outside. Easy to install just remember which end works the best to put your holes for the speakers. Good for the price.
Pros:
easy to add and work good for my ride.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles Review

Written By Anonymous, Chesapeake, VA on Monday, June 16, 2014
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The Crutchfield advisor I spoke to recommended speaker baffles while I was purchasing new speakers. The baffles reduce/eliminate vibration and improve speaker sound.
Pros:
Improved sound, reduced speaker vibration, easy to install
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By Lu, Moreno Valley, CA on Friday, April 18, 2014
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The baffles are quality built and provide a punch to the bass. The old speakers had a lot of dust on them which won't happen with these baffles and the speakers are protected from moisture too. The only thing is they are about 6" deep. I had to cut them and glue them to shorten them so the windows don't rub against them. Alpine said the baffles could touch the back of the SR speakers with no problems.
Pros:
Quality accurate bass and dust and water protection.
Cons:
Too long (6") deep.
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2 out of 5

Waste of money.

Written By Anonymous, Texas on Saturday, February 22, 2014
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These are waste of money. Don't buy them.
Pros:
None.
Cons:
Don't fit the F150
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5 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By Rob, Jupiter on Friday, February 21, 2014
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Fits perfect in the speakers that I bought from Crutchfield.
Pros:
Helps protect speaker from any moisture or rain that may seep down the window. Also improves bass performance.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Good Speaker baffles

Written By MrGNY, Middletown, NY on Monday, January 13, 2014
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Good product, easy to install, no rattles from the speakers.
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5 out of 5

Product works as expected

Written By Zane M, SLC, UT on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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A pretty simple item that filled a need in my case to enclose a speaker in a open air situation.
Pros:
Fits well, and had extra material on the face to trim to desired pattern.
Cons:
Kind of expensive for what they are
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5 out of 5

F150 04

Written By James, VA on Monday, October 14, 2013
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These worked great when installing my new door speakers!!
Pros:
Keeps speakers protected, and sound facing forward
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

They Work Well

Written By Robert, Knoxville, TN on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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They work well for me. On the rear, kept my rear deck speakers from popping due to the 5000 watts of power in my trunk. I had to make a small hole in the bottom to keep my speakers from heating up though. I will be ordering more for my doors as well.
Pros:
Protects your speakers.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

6x8 baffles

Written By mrblunt, here on Monday, September 02, 2013
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grey, foam, works as it should,, what else can u say about a baffle,,,lol great 2 day shipping as always with Crutchfield
Pros:
yes
Cons:
no
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By RC, Richmond, VA on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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I have used these 6x8 baffles in several of my ford vehicles over the years. They serve their intended purpose well. They are cheap insurance for moisture, and help isolate the speaker from the door sheet metal. A good buy for sure.
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
A bit too deep, in my opinion.
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5 out of 5

Did the job

Written By Timn, Jacksonville fl on Friday, August 16, 2013
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I bought these baffles to keep my speakers from getting wet in the door. Easy to work with . no problems
Pros:
Easy to cut. Keeps speakers dry.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Just What I Wanted!

Written By JAB, OK on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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I purchased a new Pioneer stereo system for my hubbies (new) 1993 Ford E150 XL econoline van. I knew I wanted to purchase these and install them with his new speakers. Somewhere I had read that someone thought they were a bit flimsy. I did not think that for a moment! They have a nice weight to them and if you treat them a little bit nicely when you install them you won't have any problems with ripping them or atleast we didn't! The only thing we had to do was to trim a little bit of the material off the flange after the speakers were installed. You might not have to do this but we wanted to make sure the door panels easily reinstalled. I really like these! If/when I ever replace factory speakers again in a vehicle I will definitely buy them again and I would recommend them to others!
Pros:
Good weight to the material. Easy to use!
Cons:
NONE!
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5 out of 5

good water protection

Written By Don, Agawam, MA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Good water protection in door mount
Pros:
seal out water, keep from resonating
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By Anonymous, South Bend, IN on Friday, July 19, 2013
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Great
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5 out of 5

They REALLY do work

Written By Al L., Calumet City IL. on Friday, May 03, 2013
 
Not only do they protect your investment. They also help keep the speaket from flatting out on the hi power low notes area. Well worth the price add per speaker.
Pros:
They work great and are easy to install.
Cons:
Nothing.....
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1 out of 5

Uselss

Written By Ace, Naples, FL on Friday, January 11, 2013
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Even after trimming the material was ineffective
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5 out of 5

Worthy addition

Written By ScottABQ, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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I installed a pair of the XTC 6x8 oval speaker baffles with new Pioneer TS-G6844R spekers in my 2002 Ford Ranger and they work well. Of course I also installed FatMat in the doors as well, but I think the speaker baffles were worth the minor cost. I was unable to install speaker baffles for the rear speakers and I can hear the difference. I also believe that the XTC speaker baffles will protect the Pioneer speakers in the doors. The factory speakers were coated in dust when I removed them. Regarding the subwoofer, which I don't have in my Ranger, I cut a generous hole in the bottom of the baffle and use the whole door as an enclosure. They work well without a sub, but I think the FatMat (similar to DynaMat) in the doors also aided the sound.
Pros:
They DO improve sound quality.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Work like they should

Written By John, Metter, GA on Saturday, May 26, 2012
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No problems with installation, work as they are described.
Pros:
Perfect fit, better sound.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By Wade, Kernersville, NC on Monday, April 11, 2011
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Great product, tried them, but was not getting good bass with my Pioneer 3-way
speakers.
Took them out after reading the review that says "If you do not have a sub then
don't buy them." I get better bass without them.
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5 out of 5

The Shipping, I will also review baffles once I get them...

Written By Collin2000Watt, Madison, WI on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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I selected the basic UPS ground shipping for these, and Ive tracked them since I made
the order 2 days ago, and I have to say, these puppies deliver fast! I should be getting
them either tomorrow or the next, at a total of 4 days, and I was expecting them to take at
least a week to ship from North Carolina To Madison, Wisconsin. I have read other
reviews, and an equal mix of good and bad reviews made me think a few times before I
ordered. I have a few ideas of my own to make these work, and Ill explain it once I receive
my package. If all goes well, I will without a doubt order the small depth version of the 6.5
inch baffles once I get my matching pair of pioneer 6.5 three ways. I have a good feeling
about these so far, lets hope my judgement isnt wrong...
1 out of 9 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good quality/Bad fit

Written By Anonymous, Renton, WA on Monday, January 26, 2009
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Do not buy these for your front speakers on an F-150 they will not fit. If you have a sub they work great for the rear. If you do not have a sub then don't buy them.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

depends on your goal

Written By enrique, fayetteville, NC on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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I put these in my
2005 F150 supercab
with kicker (KS68-
6x8's) and I'm
pushing them with a
pioneer DEH-4800
head unit. These
really tightened up
the bass. They got
rid of the muttered
sounding lows at
high volumes. I was
really hectic buying
these after all the
bad reviews but i
thought to myself
"they're only 8
bucks a pair even if
they suck". I bought
two pairs for the
front and the back
but could only use
the rears because
the window rails in
the door hit them
when you roll it
down which really
disappointed me. The
rear worked great
but i think only
because those
windows don't roll
down. These are
great if you have a
sub for the low
bass. If you are
trying to get
low,long bass out of
your mids these are
not for you. I
haven't bought a sub
yet but am enjoying
a major improvement
in responsiveness
and tightness. I
listen to mostly
alternative and rock
and these are
perfect for that
genre of music
(short tight bass).
Definately not
rap/hip hop. I only
give a 4 star
because of the front
door fitments issue
but all in all
totally worth 8
dollars a pair.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works well now

Written By D-Man, Grand Rapids, Mich on Friday, February 22, 2008
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Used in a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport. After reading all the reviews of what worked and what didn't. I made my own plan. I first installed the baffles as they came, and the sound had less bass then without them.
As shown to work, I cut a quarter size hole in the bottom of each baffle for air and to also run the wires through. I then glued to the inside bottom of each baffle a 1 inch thick layer of fiber fill, still leaving the hole open. Now the bass is as deep as before, but a lot tighter without the muddy sound to it. Thanks for all the feedback.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Ver y Good

Written By Nikhil, Dallas, TX on Monday, September 10, 2007
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My car has 6x8 speakers from Factory, but I upgraded to 5-1/4 component speakers. At the same time I wanted something that would give better sound quality from the woofers and make the door vibrate less.

I looked at the XTC baffles, read the negative reviews and was concerned. But then I thought about it logically and looked around me and all the speakers that I have in the house. My mini component stereo in my house also has 5-1/4" speakers and has excellent Bass. So I decided to buy a baffle that was about as big as the speaker enclosure at home for the 5-1/4" woofer. The 6x8x4.5" baffle was a good approximate to that and I ordered it. Fits perfect in the factory 6x8 opening and being that it is made out of foam, also fits easily around the objects in the door frame, and when the window rolls down too. The sound is definitely better too! Not tinny like so many others have complained. I guess they have complained because they have used a baffle that fits like a glove around their speaker allowing no "air space" for the speaker driver to move easily, and in control fashion.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Written By ecclissiass, Houston, TX on Saturday, November 11, 2006
 
At first I was extremely hesitant about making this small purchase due mainly from bad reviews. I gotta tell you, these baffles work really well at both confining your speakers (6x8 in my case)and improving sound quality. I am presently runing two Kappa Series 6x8 in my 1998 ford explorer sport. I have them pushed by a 4 channel amp at 100x4 to the front and rear. I am extremely impressed by the "tightness" of the sound in the midranges of my rear speakers. I bought them beacuse I wanted definition in my rear speakers and not for protection. After looking behind the speakers I found the area to be bone dry. However, I found that with those spaekers in that area there was alot of resonance emitting from the spaces inbetween the panal and the cars exterior. I am well aware that sound dampening is preferred but this was an inexpensive resolution to my problem(s).
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2 out of 5

Unnecessary

Written By Patrick, Richmond, VA on Monday, January 30, 2006
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XTC makes sure that they point out that these "improve sound quality" while they really don't. If you look around at reviews of other size baffles, you'll see a few people say that they took theirs out and realized that they were really hurting their speakers' performance. Trust these people, they're completely right. I did the same exact thing after reading their reviews, and had the same results for my Pioneer 6x8's. These not only don't improve the sound quality, they're completely unnecessary. I looked around the area where the speakers were, and it was completely clean; so protecting your speakers from dirt is no biggie.

These were also extremely difficult to install. I had to stab a hole in them to run the speaker wire, then cut the edges to fit inside the grilles. After all of that, the baffles pushed the mounting depth out 1/4", and the tweeter cover rattled like crazy on the inside of the grille.
12 out of 24 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Tighter Sound

Written By brian, Greater Boston on Thursday, September 15, 2005
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Well i haven't installed a head unit or a speaker for 30 years and i was/still am/will forever be/ out of the loop but i know a good investment when i hear it. I installed 4 speakers with these baffles and could not believe how tight they sounded so i uninstalled the baffles & cranked my new modestly priced install back up & sure enough it WAS the baffles. What a dramatic difference they make in my wifes full-sized ford! The bass is so much more present and each speaker sounds alot tighter with this low-priced add-on. If you are installing new speakers ESPECIALLY without a sub/amp in your trunk you need this item. (btw, i installed over 100 systems in the early 70's & i ain't just blowin smoke:))
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1 question already asked

One customers said he put a quarter size hole in and glue 1" of fiber fill to them. What the heck is fiber fill? Did he glue it to the inside or outside. I don't think I have enough clearance on the outside. This are for my front doors on a "98 Grand Marquis LS. Thanks a bunch, [ Alan  Dec 26, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • fiber fill is probably that polyester stuff that is probably in stuffed animals. It's safer than fiberglass (no issue w/ inhaling or itchiness) and available at most craft/ fabric stores. I would assume he means he dropped it on top - not mount the baffle underneath - so it just sits on top of the sheetmetal and your speaker drops on top of that. [ ERIC T   Dec 28, 2013 ]
  • I didn't put any glue, I placed them inside and held them there with the new speakers. Then I just cut the excess around them. It works great and sounds good. [ CRISTIAN   Dec 27, 2013 ]

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