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Old 09-22-2015, 08:01 AM   #1
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Replacing 3.5" speakers in convertible

Just curious what people have put in there. I added a new Alpine PDR V75 amp which is capable of 121W per channel at 2 ohms (according to test results sheet with amp). I love the amp it has totally brightened up the sound but I think I may have blown one of these back speakers.

I'm having trouble locating speakers that size to handle that power so I was wondering if anyone has replaced these with bigger speakers? I don't mind modifying if the end result looks professional. I just don't know what the metal framework behind the plastic will accept. Also if I can find some 3.5" that are good that would be ideal.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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3.5" speakers are not generally designed for high power. The easiest solution is to go grab any number of reputable designs available for $50 or less;
Infinity Kappa 32.9cf
Kicker CS354
Boston Acoustics SE35
Polk Audio db351 (Best fit for power)

You will need to get your amp output matched perfectly to the speaker rating with a volt meter and make sure you cross them over at 100 or 120hz. Your alternative is to simply set your amp gain well below 50%. You will not hear distortion before they blow, the voice coils are simply going to vaporize.

If you want to serious about it, I highly suggest cutting the panel and installing a 5.25" or 6.5" round. Your last option is to go high end with the likes of CDT Audio, their ES02 Black's retail for $300 a pair ($175-200 street) and will handle 100WRMS.
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:08 PM   #3
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Have a look at this thread, this is what I did some months ago.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=395145
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Some good tips. It'll be a good winter project.
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:01 PM   #5
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Have a look at this thread, this is what I did some months ago.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=395145
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