Improvement over Stock
2000 Chevrolet Malibu
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These replaced the rear speakers in a 2000 Chevy Malibu. The rear speakers were (mostly) non-functional when we inherited the car --once in a while they'd cut in and play for a few minutes-- so any speaker would have been an improvement. I selected these speakers over others primarily due to cost. I didn't want to put a lot of money into the old car, but I wanted something that would at least match the Kicker DS46 speakers I'd put in the front doors. (Cost was the primary reason why I didn't select the 6x9 Kickers instead of the DS60s.) Installation was easy --much easier than when I put 6x9 speakers into an old Plymouth in my youth-- and the sound was a vast improvement over the sound of the stock speakers (when they would actually play). The few times I ever heard the stock 6x9 speakers the sound was flat without a high treble at all, so the highs in the DS60's were a welcome addition. The DS60's also had more well defined bass than the stock speakers. These speakers aren't world beaters by any stretch of the imagination --they're inexpensive for a reason-- but they worked well for my purposes. I felt that I was now bumping up against the limitations of the original head unit that was in the Malibu, and if I wanted to I'd replace that with an inexpensive aftermarket stereo and improve things further. However, the car is old enough that I made the decision to stick with the old head unit while the car is still driveable.
Pros: Inexpensive, improvement over the original speakers