new speakers for my Rav4

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    So I swapped the oem headunit to a pioneer t1806 out of a scion, now I just want to switch out the shitty stock speakers.

    I need 6.5's, shallow mount as well I believe. I have been looking at Polk DB651s's and Infinity Reference 6032si's. I was going to just replace the speakers with 2 ways and use the stock tweeters up top. Would I be better off buying just front speakers and getting an amp or something?

    I dont have preouts from my headunit, any suggestions on a LOC or if I should avoid this option altogether. I am not looking to spend much here but I would probably put 200-300 dollars into it if it would be worth it. The sound now is pretty shitty although improved a good amount with the scion head unit.

    Just looking for some advice :wavey:
     
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    should i just leave the stock tweeters alone?

    what is the benefit of amping just the fronts? I am just unsure about what wattage etc I would need.

    Those speakers look to be getting some great reviews and the price is right down my alley. Thanks!
     
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    the stock tweeters are usually not a weak point, and unless they are bad i would not bother changing them out... you always want the better sound up front, amping the fronts will help with the sound stage... you can leave the back speakers running off the deck power, for rear fill.
     
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    should I even upgrade the rear speakers then? Maybe an amp + Quality front speakers would be better than front and rear speakers alone
     
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    hmm, I think I will replace all 4 speakers and go from there with an amp to the front probably, thanks for the advice!
     
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    I am also thinking about sound deadening the door panels atleast. Thinking about just getting some Raammat? Anyone have any experience with dynamat alternatives?
     
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    we use deadskin at the shop... just about any quality namebrand sound deadener will work.
     
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    Unless I get a big ass SUV i dont think I'll ever have rear speakers in a vehicle.

    The sound stage is for me, you can hear it plenty fine in the back seat.
     
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    There is none better.
     
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    what is the advantage of amping the front speakers? Is it worth it even if I use a low cost 2 channel amp? I am putting the speakers in tomorrow and will see where I want to go from there. Any suggestions on a cheapish 2 channel?
     
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    If its not too much hassle, yes an amp will sound better. Dont increase the volume you listen at, and you'll barely be pushing the amp meaning less distortion.
     
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    Put the speakers in today, sounds great. I am very satisfied with them, thanks!

    I am definitely interested in an amp and/or sound deadening, just not sure what I should do first, I will probably do both though.
     
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    cool beans
     
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    i've never been a fan of hi level inputs on amps.
     
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    I guess since I have the LOC I will just use it then, do I set the gain on the LOC before I set the gain on the amp?
     
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    i start at the 1/2 way mark on both gains on the LOC, and the gain on the amp... then blend them in at different volumes of the headunit... most factory decks have a bass roll off, to protect the factory speakers... some are more noticable than others... also be sure to start the car, and apply the accelerator a little while the deck is at a low volume... to make sure there's no motor whine... if there is, back the gains down until it goes away.
     
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    arggg, the left channel on the LOC is flakey, guessing a poor solder joint inside. Caused me ~an hour or two trying to figure out how I fucked up. Working alright now though
     
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    replaced the LOC, A+, started raammating the car, this shit will never come off my hands haha. I like the stuff though, only did the front drivers door so far. Raammat bxt on the outside door panel, then the inner door panel with a layer of foam on top
     
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    sound like fun
     

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