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6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

I'm interested in upgrading the 6x9's in the front. I have the 8.4N alpine system. I'm thinking either focals or inifinity speakers. Seems like an easy DIY, however I don't want to mess around with the tweeters. I'm not a fan of super shrilly metallic treble sounds (so just looking to replace the 6x9's). I don't like crazy pounding bass either. I want a nice balanced system that isn't muddy and that is full and has depth.

Would this upgrade be worth it?

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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

i'm about to do the Infinitys. They get here tomorrow from ebay 159.99. plus metra adapters
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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

Greetings,

The key to upgrade the front door speakers alone it get one with an efficiency rating that is high, 91 db or better. For example, if you look on Cruthfield's website, the use the term SENSITIVELY for efficiency.

The next thing to determine is what type of tweeter you want. Focal, the main choice here, the tweeter is bright and tiny. If you do not like your music that way go for a soft dome tweeter which comes in many forms. Polk, Infinity, Helix and Alpine a few brand names in the soft dome tweeter category.

To answer your question, the upgrade is worth it as long as you get the right efficiency rating. IF you carefully search the forum, many speakers have been reviewed here.

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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

Thanks 1stjeep.

Along the line of the OP, any sense in just doing the front speakers and leaving the factory tweeters? I want to avoid any heavy modding.

I see you are from NYC area. Any reputable shops you'd recommend?

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Mlwald...which eBay seller had those speaker kits?
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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

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Mlwald...which eBay seller had those speaker kits?
dunno if they have any more


opulence-luxury-electronics on eBay

NEW Infinity Reference REF-9620cx 6"x9" High Performance Component Car Speakers
Item price $159.99

fedex tracking number says they are showing up tomorrow
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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

All the reviews I read say the tweeters are too bright. If I get the focals or infinity speakers can I just put the woofers In and leave the stock tweeters? Any cons to doing this?
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Thanks 1stjeep.

Along the line of the OP, any sense in just doing the front speakers and leaving the factory tweeters? I want to avoid any heavy modding.

I see you are from NYC area. Any reputable shops you'd recommend?

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Greetings,

The only one I would recommend currently is Proline: Proline Car Stereo | The best car stereo in Brooklyn
This would be their Atlantic Avenue Shop. If Junior is their that is the guy to speaker too. Their are plenty of other shops around all hi-end as well.

Since this is basic install, you can take it to even to Best Buy and they will put the woofer in. And, yes it does make sense because if you stay with a 6x9 or go with a 6 inch driver from the aftermarket world, you be get a better midbass punch that is sharper and more distinctive.

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All the reviews I read say the tweeters are too bright. If I get the focals or infinity speakers can I just put the woofers In and leave the stock tweeters? Any cons to doing this?
Greetings,

Mix and match components is done all the time between the midbass driver and up. The Focal 6 inch is a hard hitting driver that is very good. Some folks match that with a soft dome tweeter . It is more important to keep components the same when you have separate drivers for midrange and tweeter. You want to keep what they call the timbre the same.

If you are looking to this, I would recommend 2 excellent sources that have been around for years. However, they do not sell Focal but they other award winning drivers also. A careful internet search you find individual Focal drivers for sale.

Parts Express: https://www.parts-express.com

Madisound: https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com

Both of these companies have excellent support staff if you have questions. The products they sell are from the manufactures that design and built speakers for tens of years. Many of the name brands you read about work in combination with products from ScanSpeak, Seas, Morel and others.

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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

Has anyone taken their speakers bought somewhere else and then used Best Buy as installers?? What was the quality of the work and pricing??
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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

Mlwald...what exactly did you get to install?? What components are you replacing?
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Re: 6x9 upgrade in front; worth it?

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Has anyone taken their speakers bought somewhere else and then used Best Buy as installers?? What was the quality of the work and pricing??
Best Buy website says $99.99 to install components. And I would feel comfortable having them do it, if I didn't wanna mess with it myself. It's pretty straight forward.
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