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briggle2
04-30-2012, 11:23 AM
I need four 6.5" speakers for my tower and four 1.5" tweeters.. The 6.5" are easy to find but there are thousands to choose from. Does anyone have any suggestions for reasonable priced ones? I had Clarion but they are discontinued which is good cause they dry rotted easily.

The hard thing to find is 1.5" marine tweeters! Any suggestions?

Thanks!

76S&S
04-30-2012, 01:15 PM
Kicker will fit, maybe Polk, but to be honest I'd just throw a few more dollars at it and get a pair or Wetsounds (or similar speakers). You'll be amazed at the difference.

briggle2
04-30-2012, 01:34 PM
Thanks man. I'll check them out. Still can't find replacement tweeters.

swatguy
04-30-2012, 01:37 PM
Ditch the old cans all together and pick up some used HLCD speakers like Wetsounds Pro 80's of bullet hollowpoint 770's There are tons of people selling slightly used PRO 80's as Wetsounds just revamped their entire line. 2 of these will blow any amount of those 6.5 speakers out of the water. They will also be just a bit more that 4 decent new 6.5 components cash wise if you do the used route. They will project and sound 10 fold at the end of the line than what's up there now. Since you have a reason to upgrade take advantage and spend just a bit more and do it right.

mlawler34
04-30-2012, 02:32 PM
This is always everyones standard comment "Just get Wetsounds" but for instance on my application, its just not feesable. I have 8 speakers mounted up there from the previous owner, 4 original clarions with the tweeters like Briggle2, and a pair of the old Fusion 6.5, 5.5 and tweeter cans. I have freaking holes everywhere on this tower, so realistically to make anything else look nice (i.e. the Rev10's i would love) I feel like I would have to put up a whole new tower cause of the holes.

So im in the same boat, I need to replace all the clarions cause they cracked/dry rotted almost to the point where they dont function. Thank goodness the Fusions held up.

briggle2
04-30-2012, 04:40 PM
I honestly don't know much at all about audio. Will any marine 6.5" fit my cans? I've got an amp solely for my tower speakers..

Deltaxstar
04-30-2012, 05:03 PM
I'm starting to think everyone on this site works for wetsounds lol

nmcjr
04-30-2012, 05:20 PM
I put Polks in mine so I know they fit. Kept it that way for about 2 months and went with Bullets. I totally agree with swatguy-my opinion: HLCD speakers are the only way to go on the tower (by a mile).

swatguy
04-30-2012, 08:57 PM
A great speaker with wattage that will fit in the cans if you want to stay with 6.5 are the MB Quart speakers and a great bang for the Buck as mentioned are the Polls. I have also heard great things about the new Exile surf 6.5 speakers, but again now we're are talking a few hundo for sets.

While there are plenty of other options besides Wetsounds to fullfill you HLCD needs there just isn't a ton of the other brands "used" stuff out there. There is a reason HLCD speakers such as wetsounds, nvs, exile, bullet, krypt are always recommended. It's because tower speakers have come a long way in the years. You no longer need to push car speakers to their limits to obtain some sound. They specifically engineered tower speakers to project sound distances. They blow those old 6.5 components away at the end of the rope for times while riding. If you are not concerned about tunes while riding and want more of a party cove sound the older 6.5 can still work well. However if you are wanting tunes while you ride HLCD speakers are the only way to go.

I am not a huge thumping stereo guy. Forever I thought HLCD speakers were for those guys thumping stereoes all day.....I slowly upgraded very the years from the standard 6.5 coax to MB quarts, then to 6.5 Krypt HLCD speakers. They fit my standard 6.5 inch can and were an awesome upgrade. You could cleanly hear the music back at 80ft with just 2. If you can get your hands on them (krypt or bullet 6.5 Blvd speakers) they will drop in your pods. I then upgraded to Wetsounds pro 80's as i got deal on used pair and again the performance was 10 fold.

I have done the budget thing and tried to keep costs down however had I just done the upgrade right away to HLCD speakers I probably would have saved money in the long run because every 2 years I wanted a bit more sound at end of the rope. Again I am by no means/a huge thumping stereo guy. I ride usually only with my tower speakers 90% of the time don't really party cove thump . Even with that I appreciate fully the cash to sound ratio for HLCD speakers. There really is no comparison whether Wetsounds, NVS, Exile, Bullet or Krypt. Especially now that you can find used/HLCD speakers.

Again just my .02

Lakeside09
04-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Do yourself a favor and take a look at Exile.... great customer service and support.

mlawler34
05-01-2012, 10:23 AM
Swatguy - I agree with you 100%, I would love to at least throw some REV8's up there and call it a day, but as I said before I really feel like i would have to go buy a whole new tower with all the holes I would have in mine from the current speakers. Anybody have any ideas to fill all the holes? Do i need to fill all the holes?

Also, I have toyed around the idea of getting the Kicker 6500.2 6.5" HLCD's and putting the setup in the 4 stock outer cans, but would they sound Ok with the tweeter cans on them? Or can you close those up? Im open to ideas. I would just rather spend 400 to get me through the summer right now since all my Clarions are dry cracked and no good. Plus im pretty sure i need to replace the Clarion sub as well, I am getting a lot of rattle with it.

swatguy
05-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Daum. That will be a ton of holes to fill. How are those clarions on the outside attached?


Ideally don't have a solution to plug them. It wont hurt the tower to leave them open but I know how you are going to feel about the open holes. Maybe just leave the clamps up there , slide them over the hole and spin the attachment point inside out of sight. Then it just looks like an extra brace ring from the outsidthuse Rubicons up there? Those cans your kind of screwed as you will be hard pressed to match

However if you can get your hands on some bullet 6.5 or krypt6.5 HLCD speakers they will drop right into those clarion cans. They did discontinue them as speakers have gotten ginormous but maybe there are some floating around. Assuming those are the old stock mc cans. Tough call...............I would probably just roll with the holes. Nobody can really see them except you while your ridind or tied up I would think

76S&S
05-01-2012, 12:23 PM
I believe the speakers in the link below is what I put in my original cans before I sold them. That was about 2 years ago and they were less than $180 then.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Kicker+-+6-1/2%22+Component+Speaker+System+with+Polypropylene+C ones+(Pair)+-+Graphite/2304247.p?id=1218320073961&skuId=2304247

swatguy
05-04-2012, 01:08 AM
Just in case anyone was interested not sure if these are the exact speakers you guys are looking for, but came across these while browsing the Classifieds..........Maybe they fit your guys needs

http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=47189

briggle2
05-04-2012, 10:34 AM
Thanks for all the input fellas.. Are the tweeters a must if I stick with 6.5 in my cans?