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Wondering on opinions for rear speakers for the Crx.

I am simply running a stock Acura Cd player with 5.25 Pioneer Premier mids up front, just had these kicking around the house and might install the tweeters and x-overs later on if need be.
I am simlpy lookling for some good quality sounding rear speakers. Any suggestions as far as 2 way, 3 way, etc. I have looked into Eclipse, Rockford & Pioneer. Anyone with any first hand knowledge on any quality sounding speakers?
I do not plan on running any sort of amplifier to any of these speakers
(did the whole car audio thing many yrs ago). The most i would do is maybe upgrade to an aftermarket reciever.
 

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You don't need anything more than 2-ways for the rear, they're only 'filler' anyway, to give you a sense of being surrounded by music. From a purist's point of view, the signal is only stereo, so all you need is front speakers. I disagree with that, I like having rear fill audio, though I do have my fade setting heavily biased to the front.

If you have a quality set of front speakers, (I recommend 6.5" components) any set of 5.25 or 6.5 rear 2-ways will do you fine. You could also mix it up, so you have one set of 5.25's and one set of 6.5's, to get a more complete range of frequencies. I consider a sub mandatory for accurate low frequencies, but that's a matter of preference and another discussion.

Like everything in life, it all comes down to budget. You should be able to get a very nice set of 6.5" 2-ways for well under $200. I shopped around ebay for a bit, and picked up OEM rear speaker brackets and a NIB set of JL Audio XR650-CXi's for a grand total of ~$175 shipped.
 

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Good info and thanks for your input.

I have a basically new Polk Momo component set laying around in it's box, but i REALLY do not want to cut a hole to mount the tweeter, which i why i would like to put some quality 2 ways in the rear.

I guess i will be shopping around for some quality 2 way 6.5" speakers.

Anybody else with some opinions?
 

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I only have rear speakers in my crx. Pioneer TSA 1640 something. They are 6" 2-ways, and I think the bass is lacking in them.

I'll be looking for something in a 6.5" eventually to replace them.
 

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just adjusting your fade more to the front should improve the sound. Rear speakers are for fill, 3-ways would be overkill. If you want to splurge on sweet speakers, you'll get more out of components for the front.

I used to think like you too, that the rear speakers were closer and thus more apt to upgrades. In my experience though, the rears aren't as clear when you have a subwoofer in the back. They're good for mid-bass though, so you could do well with some 6x9s.
 

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jfrolang said:
just adjusting your fade more to the front should improve the sound. Rear speakers are for fill, 3-ways would be overkill. If you want to splurge on sweet speakers, you'll get more out of components for the front.

I used to think like you too, that the rear speakers were closer and thus more apt to upgrades. In my experience though, the rears aren't as clear when you have a subwoofer in the back. They're good for mid-bass though, so you could do well with some 6x9s.
Well i sold all 3 of my component sets( 2 Kicker Rs6 sets and a Polk MOMO 6.5" set) because i was not going to use them. They were all too big for the Crx and i don't wanna hack up the interior for speakers.
As for putting a sub in there, more than likely NOT gonna happen. I have gone thru that audio phase 10 yrs ago.
The Pioneer Premier mids in the doors are gonna stay because they were free.

So if 3 ways in the rear would be overkill, 2 ways then would suffice?
Suggestions on some current quality 2 ways then.

Simply want some decent quality sound and keep the factory look.
 

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With a 5.25 2-way setup up front and a 6.5 or 6x9 2-way setup in the back, you should be getting fairly good reproduction of most frequencies. I just don't think you'd get much benefit out of 3-ways in the rear.

I wasn't talking about putting huge subs in the back either. You can't get good low-frequency response from a coaxial speaker, a sub is necessary for any kind of decent bass. I run a single 8" bandpass sub in the back. It doesn't scare puppies or bother neighbors, but it's integral to full-spectrum audio reproduction.

You can have clear highs and tight lows with good tonal balance, if you have the right equipment and tuning.
 

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If you wouldn't sit in your living room and listen to music with your back to the speakers, why do it in your car? Rear speakers, as has been said here, are for rear fill, which is a very small part of the musical experience. The large majority of the sound should come from in front of you, not behind you. Spend your money on decent front speakers, and rotate your old cheaper aftermarket front speakers to the back...that's what I usually do when I buy a car.
 

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jfrolang said:
I wasn't talking about putting huge subs in the back either. You can't get good low-frequency response from a coaxial speaker, a sub is necessary for any kind of decent bass. I run a single 8" bandpass sub in the back. It doesn't scare puppies or bother neighbors, but it's integral to full-spectrum audio reproduction.
If i did run a sub, it would be a powered sub, Infinity Basslink.

ryan_long_01 said:
If you wouldn't sit in your living room and listen to music with your back to the speakers, why do it in your car?
Good analogy that makes sense.
Thanks for the replies.

I did all this stereo stuff like 10 yrs ago, component sets, subs, boxes, running power wire...UGH. I hate running wire! :D
 

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I went with Diamond 6-1/2" HEX Series up front, and their 3 series in the back (just as rear fill). The back speakers are attenuated at -10dB. You can only hear them if you're right up on them, but without, there's a huge difference in sound (keep in mind that this is in my other car - 4 seater). With the CRX, the rears might have to be dropped a bit more as the rears are so close to you. The point is, put the high dollars into your front speakers. As rear fill, you don't need the really high-end, as the performance demand is quite low comparatively.
 
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