Polk Audio Speakers

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  1. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    Yeah, I do bi-wire on my home theater stuff. Good way to go. From my experience working at circuit city for a few years back in highschool/college, I don't think that monster cable is that big a deal anymore, but I do like it still. As long as it's cheap off ebay :)
     
  2. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
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  3. DougLas

    DougLas Active Member

    764
    Dec 13, 2008
    Lake Erie
    39 Express
    454
    In my 39Express Iā€™m installing in the outside area 12- DB 651ā€™s, 2-12ā€™ā€™ DB 1240DVC subs powered by 2- 500.4 and 1-PA 1200.1 amps. All are Polk audio componets.
    I am also looking to change the rest of the system and could use some suggestions on what is out there now that would be a real good unit to match with the other components.
    Other than the speakers the other componets are down in the cabin.
     
  4. caruso1006

    caruso1006 New Member

    88
    Sep 4, 2008
    Pittsburgh
    1999 260 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI - BIII
    I got the DB6501 and DB651's for Christmas. I also got a new Sony CDX-M50IP head unit, a Sony XM-604 AMP, and a 10" Sony Sub, and the Sony RM-X55M wired remote.

    It took me 2 weekends to complete..here is what I did!!!

    I made a mount from a cutting board and installed the AMP in the cabin below the stereo. I cut a 10" hole for the sub under the port lounge seat (scary!) I found a breaker for the circuit panel and ran the remote wire for the amp to that, so I can kill power to the amp to save battery if needed. I installed the tweeters at the helm and one by the cup holder on the port side. I mounted the crossovers for the tweeters in the cabin storage next to the microwave.

    The wired remote is at the helm. My speedometer does not work (I use my GPS) so I removed it and the remote fits perfectly without cutting.

    Now I know that Sony may not be the best, but I was very impressed with the over all sound. I choose the Sony sub because it was open air and I did not need to make a box.

    I was very suprised at how clean and hard hitting the amp/sub combo was. The only thing I have on the amp is the sub and I have it bridged. The head unit is plenty of power for the speakers.

    Very happy and looking forward to May 1st when she goes into the water for the year.


     
  5. KayKook

    KayKook New Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Mitten State
    89' 200CC Cuddy (Sold)
    175HP 4.3L V-6
    Depends on what you like, what you can afford, and if high end is what you like. I think you will survive with the polks.
     
  6. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    Yeah, i'm over my audiophile phase when i worked at Circuit City, haha.
     
  7. DougLas

    DougLas Active Member

    764
    Dec 13, 2008
    Lake Erie
    39 Express
    454
    I put together a car boat stereo sound off. The cars were in their category and the boats in theirs. The judging was done by IASCA and there were a lot of entries from both sides. Systems such as Bose, Clarion, etc were even there. Surprise here was Polk Audio won in the boat competition for clarity and good clean sound through out the ranges. I believe I will go with the professional judges and their choice. I was not concerned as to what the speakers would cost all I wanted was good clean sound. So big money does not always equate to better sound.

    This is the web site for IASCA the ones that did the judging.

    http://www.iasca.com/
     
  8. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    Do you know what series in particular? Now that I think JL's are out of the picture for me due to price, I am trying to decide between the DB and Momo's. Sounds like the install problems with MoMo's might be reason enough to just go with DB's though, haha.
     
  9. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Savanna GA
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    I just installed 4 db651 speakers. I can't believe how good they sound.:wow: The new Sony headunit is WAY better than the Kenwood I had prior. I even put the foam baffles in with the speakers.

    Next year is the amp and sub...
     
  10. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    What do the foam baffles do?

    Good to hear that the db651's sound great. Looking forward to setting this all up!
     
  11. DougLas

    DougLas Active Member

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    Dec 13, 2008
    Lake Erie
    39 Express
    454
    They were the DB651's
     
  12. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Savanna GA
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Foam Baffles
     
  13. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 DA
    2002 Sea Doo GTI (sold)
    2002 300 DA (sold)
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator
    Do you think the baffles make a difference? Did you just place them behind the speaker and trim the corners off?

    Does anyone caulk around or behind their speakers?
     
  14. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Savanna GA
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Yes it made a difference. The sound is more crisp and the bass is cleaner. I have no amp or sub as of yet.

    In the package with the db651's there are plastic rings with multiple ears for mounting. I snapped off all ears. In the existing cut-out, I placed the baffle and then the plastic ring. Secured it will 6 screws. Then mount the speaker with the foam ring and grill.

    Yes, trim the exposed foam from the baffle.
     
  15. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 DA
    2002 Sea Doo GTI (sold)
    2002 300 DA (sold)
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator
    Mark...do you recall which baffles you used? I have the db651 (not the shallow mount). Looks like there are 2 depths(for the 6 1/2") - 2 3/8" and 3 1/4".

    Thanks for the input.
     
  16. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Savanna GA
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    3-1/4... :thumbsup:
     
  17. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    Ok, thanks. Exactly what I was thinking you were talking about.
     
  18. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    Any way of knowing which I will need ?
     
  19. glocklt4

    glocklt4 Member

    447
    Jul 31, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    200 Sport
    5.0L Carb / Alpha I Gen II
    And one more thing on this...

    How do you guys think these compare to Wet Sounds 6.5? A buddy of mine can get them for not too much more than the polk db651's.
     
  20. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Savanna GA
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    If you have the room, the 3-1/4" I guess will work for whatever speaker you decide on. Unless you get the shallow mounts, then you will need the shallow baffles.
     

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