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    6x9 box?

    I have a 98 saturn and there is no room for 6x9s in the back.. i hjave had them in these cheap walmart boxes for a while now, but i decided to take them out. now i have 2 options, i can a: build a fiberglass enclosure for them so i wont haVe to cut into the aluminum metal type material that the factory speakers were cut into, or..use my dremel and cut away at the tin foil. What would be best for my sound quality(as i am an audiophile). and if i should make a box for them, do i need to do it to some sort of specs, or as long as they fit they should be fine?

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    I just cut into the speaker holes. Depending on how your speaker was, and how the speaker cover is meant to fit, you can use the speaker cover that came with the car, or you can use the one that came with the speaker. Fiberglass would be kind of a waste. Just use a dremel. Practice on something first though.
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    My personal opinion in the matter:
    * Forget the rear speakers, period. A good set up components up front and a decent bass sub in the back makes for a great sounding system, unless you have backseat riders who need the highs too.
    * If you must have rear speakers.... do you have speaker holes in your back dash at all? Any round speaker (of reasonable size) will sound better than an oblong 6x9 any day. If you are placing 6x9 speakers in a box in your trunk and leaving the seats in their full upright position then your seats are absorbing a whole lot of the highs anyway.
    I, like you, am all about sound quality, and also a saturn owner (I have 2 actually). My ION has a very nice sounding system for the time being, until I move it into my VUE in the coming weeks, and it consists of:
    Image Dynamics component speakers for the front.
    1 Kicker Solo-Baaric S10L5 in the rear in a sealed box.
    1 Kicker KX550.3 amp to power it all.
    Granted I went all out for the components blowing almost $700.00 for them, Infinity makes a great component set for well under $300.00
    Anyhow, I'm just yammering here, but I think your saturn has the oversized 6.5 - 6.75 speaker holes in the back and front? You could really do a whole lot better than 6x9 speakers...
    Okay, I'll shut up now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheerio
    6x9s
    Quote Originally Posted by cheerio
    What would be best for my sound quality(as i am an audiophile)
    these two things dont belong in the same sentance!!

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    6x9s arent good for audio quality? this is something i never knew, i think it sounds good with a bit of tuning as my 6x9s in a BOX sounds good. oh well, i guess ill keep my 6x9s and place them in the trunk, and buy some new speakers. haev my 6x9s so when i open the trunk ppl get mad or something. SO what would you reccommend that gets LOUD AND retains its sound quality

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    Go for components front and rear if you're really an audiophile. You could probably go with 6" mids. You could check what fits your car on www.crutchfield.com I wouldn't buy the stuff from them though, they charge full retail price on most electronics. Great site for reference though.
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    alright, here's another opinion/option
    if you want to keep your 6x9 speakers it's cool
    but I highly reccommend getting a decent component system for up front, Infinity makes some great ones for around $300.00 and kicker has some nice ones too that can be found on eBay for less than $200.00 in most cases. Get a decent 4 channel amp to push them all and use the crossover on the amp to cut the 6x9 speakers to low pass only. This will give you a great sound stage up front with the component speakers and a decent ammount of filler bass from the rear.... but not as good as you'd get from a single subwoofer in the rear and good components up front.
    No one can blame you for going this route if you are low on funds, and you'll probably be happy with it.
    Decent imaging and a good soundstage make for a better audio listening experience, IMO

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    If you do decide to install the 6x9's don't waste your time on an enclosure for them. They were designed to work in an infinite baffle situation (mounted in the rear deck and using the trunk as the enclosure). I would also definitely second the motion for the components up front. Personally if it were my car and I had plenty of time and cash to burn up doing it I'd try to squeeze a pair of 8" woofers into the back deck and run them as mid-bass. I did a system for a customer in a dodge intrepid doing that and it sounded great, also used a 12" DVC sub too so that helped a bit too.

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    I have Pioneer componets in the front(150watt max), with pioneer 6x9s in the back(350 watt max), pushed by a xplod 4channel amp 600 watts max, plus 2 mtx 12s" currently powered by a alpine 300 watt amp. i just hoooked up the amp to the componets and it shoulds 100% better (and louder at that too ;x). everything sounds fine its just a matter of getting the right frequences for the right devices, and the right power, EQ settings ect ect ect. btw: this IS my cheap system. gotta get everything first, upgrade later BUT that was not my question, my question was i have 6x9s, and no room for them in the back, so i wanted to know if i should make a mount/enclosure for them so i wouldnt have to cut into my car, or should i just cut it. and actually i started cutting into it, and jesus its a lot harder than i thought. i broke like 10 of those cheap *** dremel disks

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    here's what I'm in the process of doing- I had no room in the back either, so I just made this:




    i glassed yesterday and am sanding/bodoing now, I'll post more pics when im done

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