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In-dash center channel car speaker

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    SBS-05DC center channel speaker

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by Ken Nail
Alpine
Alpine Authorized Online Dealer

If you're installing a mobile video system in a vehicle with a double-sized stereo opening in the dash, Alpine offers a clever solution with the SBS-05DC center channel speaker. Two midbass drivers and a soft-dome tweeter are mounted into a 2" tall enclosure that fits in your dash, delivering accurate sound for your multi-channel sound system.

Mount the speaker above or below your aftermarket stereo and you'll appreciate crisp, clear movie dialog, enhanced sound effects, and detailed highs. The SBS-05DC is an vital part of creating a pure 5.1 digital surround system in your vehicle. An installation kit is included.

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Highlights:

  • single-DIN car center channel speaker
  • contains two 1-5/8" x 2" oval midbass drivers and a 1" soft-dome tweeter
  • removable grille
  • power range: 2-50 watts RMS (150 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 150-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • 7-1/4"W x 1-15/16"H x 4-9/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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  • Mono center speaker
  • Mounting sleeve
  • Plastic trim ring
  • 4 ISO-DIN mounting screws
  • 4 Gasket tabs
  • Application guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • Customer Care Registration card

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Features

Product Overview: The SBS-05DC Center Speaker System consists of a high quality dash-mountable mobile speaker with dual 2" x 1.6" oval midrange drivers and a 1" balanced soft dome tweeter. It is designed for use as a center channel speaker for a mobile multi-channel surround sound system.

Speaker Design: The speaker is a self-contained unit which mounts to the dashboard of the vehicle using the included mounting base. The speaker is designed for horizontal mounting in an unused DIN opening in the vehicle. No speaker wire is included with this speaker.

Speaker Mounting: The speaker can be mounted in an ISO-DIN (Type I or J) or a Euro-DIN (Type E) dash opening. With the ISO-DIN mount, you will use the 4 supplied mounting screws to secure the speaker to the dash using the factory brackets. In a Euro-DIN mode, you will use the mounting sleeve and the gasket pads to install the speaker. The multiple bendable tabs on the sleeve can be used to secure the bracket into place. Once the sleeve is mounted, the speaker slides into the bracket.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Speaker Unit: Width: 7.263", Depth: 4.560", Height: 1.928"
  • Mounting Sleeve: Width: 7.298", Depth: 2.755", Height: 2.166"

Specifications

Speaker:

  • Driver Size: Two 2" x 1.6" Midranges and a 1" soft dome tweeter
  • Frequency Response: 150Hz-30kHz
  • Power Handling: up to 50 watts RMS
  • Maximum Power Handling: 150 watts
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Sensitivity (1w/1m): 85dB
  • Weight: 16.2 oz (speaker unit)
 
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5 out of 5

Knocks Kenwood OUT!

Written By Zach, Tulsa, OK on Thursday, May 14, 2009
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I have the older KVT-915DVD which had a 5.1DTS/D.D. processor and 5.1 channel amplifier on board. I used the Kenwood 900CTR and the 700CTR, a little tiny speaker set in a 1/2" depth housing. "THIN" is all i could describe it as. With this new alpine installed the voices come to life. they actually sound like people talking instead of an old modem speaker we all remember and cringe at the thought of.

Buy ALPINE for the center channel... unless you have the time and money to put a 5.25 or 6.5 custom in your dash...


Adios!

Zach
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5 out of 5

Alpine SBS-05DC

Written By Mike, Maryland on Saturday, March 28, 2009
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Excellent solution for those who do not wish to have a center channel speaker sitting On their dash. I've got this paired in the dash with a Pioneer AVH-P7800DVD setting under the sspeaker so I knew that the flip out screen would interfere with the proper imaging. Even with the screen sitting about an inch infront of it, it still performs well. Like the previous reviewer said, make sure you set your crossover properly. This speaker should not be seeing the lower frequencies or else it WILL sound like a tiny speaker in a plastic box. Two thumbs up here.
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5 out of 5

This speaker is high quality and won't disappoint.

Written By DJ, Eugene, OREGON on Monday, June 09, 2008
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The little speaker
that could! This
speaker does what it
was deigned to do.
It deliver
tantalizing Highs
and Mids and will
look right at home
next to your double
DIN Head Unit. I
removed the vents
from my 2005
explorer to make
room for this
speaker. I powered
it with the Alpine
50 watts per channel
theater amp. I roll
the bass frequencies
off this speaker
pretty early and
steeply and treat it
gently. If you
adjust your cross
overs correctly it
will play very loud
and clear. Another
superb product from
Alpine. No
complaints, very
high quality build
and Sound
reproduction.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Alpine Center Channel Speaker

Written By David, Pottsville, Pa. on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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The speaker was shipped immediately. I had it within 3 days. It was very easy to install and sounds great. Shipping was free and I will be sure to deal with Crutchfield again!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent In Just About Every Way

Written By Brian, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, December 31, 2007
 
Alpine have made quality audio gear for years and the SBS-05DC continues the tradition. If you have a double-DIN space in your dash, this center channel is the one to have. The unit is solidly constructed and looks great with or without the supplied grille. Internally, damping material and polyester fiber fill are used to quell enclosure resonances just as in any quality loudspeaker cabinet. The unit uses a single high-level input to connect to an amplifier or head unit. The Alpine SBS-05DC uses a tuned port enclosure to extend its low frequency range beyond the typical compact automotive center channel. While most everything about the SBS-05DC is top-notch, the one thing that might be improved is its internal crossover board. The high-quality dual mid-woofers are driven full range with a first-order bass filter which comes into play at around 200 Hz. The dome tweeter uses a first-order high-pass filter which has a cutoff frequency of around 12 kHz. Despite the simplistic crossover design, sound quality is better than many other automotive center channels that I have heard with good off-axis tonal characteristics. The tonal balance could be described as a bit bright and edgy, which should compliment most component sets sold today. It can be made to sound warmer and smoother by replacing its internal crossover board, adding an attenuation circuit to the dome tweeter, or simply disconnecting the tweeter as the mid-woofers do a respectable job of reproducing higher frequencies without it. While there might be other automotive center channels that are cheaper and/or come with dedicated amplifiers, they likely won't sound quite as good as the Alpine SBS-05DC.
18 out of 18 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Addition!!!

Written By Jeff, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, February 17, 2006
 
This is one of the best things Alpine has done for the Car Theatre market. I had a 3 1/2" Alpine speaker in the stock center location on my Armada and it sounded OK. Now, with the IVA-D310 and a double din opening, I forgot how great Alpine really is. I am running SPS-171a components in the front and back and this center channel in the dash, all powered by the Alpine MRA-F350 with an Alpine Mono Block Sub amp. This is awesome, I love it. Alpine, you've done it again.
52 out of 59 people found this helpful
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