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(weasel2htm)'s Review of the Monoprice 6.5" Car Stereo Speakers
Well, I picked up these 6.5 Speakers from Monoprice.com, for the
A:\>My work van's stock Delco speakers in the dash have been
shot for as long as I have been driving it.
A:\1>As I don't own the van, I didn't want to sink any more $$$
than I had to into replacing said speakers, but I needed my sanity back
B:\>I was dead curious how good (or bad) a pair of $13 speakers
would sound, $13, you can't even buy the bargan basement speakers at
Wal-mart for that cheap!
Here is the box they come in:
As of the writing of this review, I have already installed them (I had
to listen to them) but I didn't think to get any good pics of the
speakers themselves before installation.
A:\>They claim 100W Max power (I don't know if that is per
speaker or both speakers together), the 2000 Series Delco radio I have
driving mine won't even remotly push that aspect of them, so I'll take
their word for it and guess ~25 Watts RMS Per Speaker
B:\>They feature a 4-way design; Woofer, 1 Mylar Tweeter, 2-
Piezo Tweeters, but we know thanks to youtube user vwestlife
Piezo Tweeters don't do much, it should be noted that both
Piezo tweeters are crossed over and hooked up.
The box includes:
A:\> Styrofoam packing
B:\> Two Speakers
C:\> Two Simple, but nice grills
D:\> Two ~8 foot lengths of 24ga speaker
wire, preterminated on one end with the appropiate connectors.
The included speaker wire is one minor gripe of mine, very cheap, I cut
about an 8" length off each one and installed crimp connectors to
facilitate splicing into the factory speaker wires, The insulation on
the wire tends to stretch, where the wire inside breaks super easy.
However, for a $13 pair of speakers, I don't think I can complain!
Here is a little GM install tip I picked up several years ago, to
determine the polarity, look at the speaker connector, you will see a
"A" and a "B" the B = + and the A = -
Well, I managed throughout the morning to get the $13 Monoprice
speakers installed, why did I pick a cold Friday the 13th to install
$13 speakers ?!
The mids and highs are actually about the same as the stock Delco
speakers I took out. Though as I listened off and on throught the day,
They seemed to sound better and better, maybe even cheap speakers
benefit from break in. Also as I have listened more, I have noticed
more high frequency extension.
The main improvement is bass, the stock Delcos were shot in that regard
and buzzed (along with other bad nosies) rather badly, even with the
bass tone control turned all the way down. The new speakers do not buzz
and almost shake the dash! The van has no stock rear speakers, I have
zip-tied up some Labtec computer
speakers in the rear
and have them directly wired to the Delco radio, before the speaker
replacement, this let me turn the fader control to the rear
when the dash speakers were buzzing extra bad, now, with the new
speakers installed and the fader in the middle, they provide some nice
rear fill, making for a more full sound.
The bottom line:
For someone who needs something cheap that makes music, or to replace
shot factory speakers, they are good, especially for the money.
For someone who wants an upgrade in sound quality, look elsewhere.
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