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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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J&M, Hawg Wired, or JL Audio Speakers?

OK, this has probably been discussed before...but I couldn't find it. I'm looking to upgrade my stock speakers and add an amp. For now I'm only replacing existing speakers, I may add 2 more to the inner faring later on. What do you guys recommend between these 3? I have a lot of experience with JL in boats and they are great speakers! But I have no experience with bike speakers. I'm buddies with a local stereo shop that will hook me up with a pair of JL 6.5's for around $150 and either an Alpine or a Fosgate amp for about $150-200. What do you guys recommend. I want the best sound quality, loudness/volume isn't top priority.

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 09:36 AM
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Stay away from J&M and HW if your wanting sound quality. Ive heard BOTH at JP Cycles open house and wasnt impressed. My Boom Audios sounded similar to them.

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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 08:28 PM
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I had J&M and they were OK. Very loud but I wasn't crazy about the tinny sound they had. I replaced them with Hawg Wired ZX and I love them. Venomized, I did not see a Hawg Wired boot at the J&P open house, I wonder if you are confusing them with Hog Tunes. I also have had Hog Tunes and there is a huge differance between them and Hawg Wired. I think you will be better off listening to them yourself to make up your mind. Do a search on here on speakers and you will find a ton of opinions.
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I have to agree with "the dude", only thing I'll add is if you're able to get top shelf JL speakers for that price, I'd probably go that direction, the Hawgwired are going to be a little more $$$$.

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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 12:28 AM
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I'm a big fan of J&M

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I'm a big fan of J&M

Me too. And that is after HW, Focals, Polk.

To OP-- Only you can decide-- your money, your ears.

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I'm a big fan of J&M
Me to. I just installed the Rokker XX series in my Glide and i love the sound matched with the Alpine HU.

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certainly I can be viewed as biased ,,,,, but I want to tell you from first hand experience, that the J&M ROKKER XX speakers paired up with the J&M ROKKER XTP DSP amplifiers will give you the BEST sound available ,,,, and we listen to all of the competition day in and day out ,,,,,, see http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=45 ,,,,,

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I have only had ARC Audio and JL Audio - and JL audio (2 pair in the faring) was a significant upgrade.

I have a Sony head unit, a JL Audio amp, and 2 pair of the JL Audio 6.5's in the fairing. See picks in my album.

The second pair of speakers in the fairing really did the trick. I ride with a full face helmet and can finally hear the stereo at speed.

I was luck enough to find 2 pair of these used and they kick a$$:

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 02:36 PM
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Hawg Wired and JM both offer great entry level options and the customer service for both companies is great.

I would avoid the Hog Tunes and HD Boom stuff.

Buy the best speakers you can afford, while keeping in mind that the JM/Arc amp is not 2ohm stable and the Hawg wired CS or RS is two ohm stable.

If the speakers you choose are 4 ohm then you don't have any worries either way.
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