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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on Best Amp for J&M 7.5" Speakers

I tried searching but seem to find various threads about amps and speakers but nothing really specific to my main question...this is my configuration...'08 Road Glide, faring speakers only for now...will eventually go with 4..haven't decided on tourpak speaker pods or saddlebag lid type.

My friend just sold his RG and was gracious enough to give me the J&M 7.5" standard speakers with tweeters and his Hogtune 24.2 amp...I installed them and honestly am not that impressed...I had the J&M 5.25 speakers just running off the stock radio and to me I hear very little difference...yes the amp is connected correctly and is working...I can only think that the amp is not powerful enough to drive the speakers.

So my question is..with a stock HK radio and the J&M speakers I have, what amp would you recommend for my current setup along with eventually adding rear speaker?

At the present time, I'm not looking to change out my speakers. Your opinions are appreciated.


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 07:39 AM
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I have the j&m 250 watt amp. I'm real pleased. There customer service is second to none.

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Are you sure the amp is your problem? Others on this forum have been underwhelmed by those speakers.

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Are you sure the amp is your problem? Others on this forum have been underwhelmed by those speakers.

And others are quite happy with them, so it's an interesting situation.

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And others are quite happy with them, so it's an interesting situation.
I could be wrong. I'll retract my statement until I can find something to back it up. Would not want to mislead.

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What would sound better would be an opinion, and how much money you are willing to spend. You could add a RF PBR300X2, and I think it would sound a lot better, definetly a lot louder. That would be an under $160 answer, now if you have more $$ you want to spend, the options become more.......

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I have the J & M 250 watt amp as well. Very good sound for me!
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I actually did a little more research and found out that the gain on the Hogtune amp was set to zero...it gives you 3 positions only ( -3db, 0db, +3db)..I removed the fairing and set it to the +3 position....it was better, but not truly what I expected.

I have no problem spending money on a new amp, but would like to keep it to a minimum..I've been thinking about the RF PBR300X2 but was concerned about the speaker ohms vs the amps.

I also took note that my Klockwerks windscreen also creates wind noise...something I did not really consider, but definitely would affect the way my ears hear the music...while I love the look of a low profile screen, maybe there is another screen similar that will deflect the air more to eliminate wind noise.

But ultimately a new amp may be in order.

Thanks to all who have have replied.


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I have the amp made by Bazooka, and I am happy with it, not real impressed with my J&M's after I heard some other speaker types. I guess it really does come down to what your final goal is and how many monies you are willing to part with.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:00 PM
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You are right about the windscreen. I had the same on an 08 RG and I felt like the wind just pounded my ears, a totally different beast. I went with a Long Ride Shield recurve on my CVO and it is night and day. I run a 250w Wetsounds amp, essentially an ARC/J&M amp and 4 6.5" Alpines but am switching to Hertz (wish I could afford Focals but got a good deal on the high energy Hertz speakers). Whatever you do think of expansion at a later date, if you are going for two, wanting four and thinking six, you may want to just hold off with what you have until you can do four properly with a good amp and prepare for six if you so choose. Audio is selective especially with what is out there and can drive you nuts, unfortunately the atmosphere surrounding us cuts the sound quality down significantly, unless you spend mega bucks on a high end system and those that have invested have phenominal sound but easily their systems are in the $$thousands. I think you should be able to find an inexpensive J&M/ARC 250 watt amp somewhere to try, but if you want four I'd get an amp that would drive four easily, jmho.

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