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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-23-2014, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Component vs. coaxial speakers on a bike

So, are component speakers worth it when it comes to a bike? I've got a pretty decent knowledge of car and home theater audio, so I know the components kick ass. But does it matter when you are installing them on a glide? One of the big advantages that I can think of is the crossover. No need to spend time tuning in the amp high/low pass filters. You just hook up to the crossover and simply adjust the gain and call it good.

On the other hand, coaxial speakers can be had for less $$$. And I've had coaxials that sound great. You do end up having to play with the filters a bit but once that is done you are set.

What are your thoughts on component vs. coaxial speakers? Thanks guys.
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I have a 2005 E-glide with an aftermarket fairing w/6x9's and they sounded great, but lacked some of the defenition you get from component speakers.
I have a set of components in my 13' Road Glide.
I mounted the Tweets in place of the 2 lower gauges, never had a bike w/gauges so...A decent set of component speakers can be had for relatively cheap if you shop around. To me...the sound is night and day.

With a decent amp, the components produce a more crisp, clean sound @ highway speeds.

Soundstream makes a decent component set up for a great price. I have used their stuff in the past and always had a good experience.

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I'm thinking of using either the polk db6501 or Rockford Fosgate P165-S component system, woofers in the inner fairing, tweeter in the bottom gauge holes.
Now I just need to decide.
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So, are component speakers worth it when it comes to a bike? I've got a pretty decent knowledge of car and home theater audio, so I know the components kick ass. But does it matter when you are installing them on a glide? One of the big advantages that I can think of is the crossover. No need to spend time tuning in the amp high/low pass filters. You just hook up to the crossover and simply adjust the gain and call it good.

On the other hand, coaxial speakers can be had for less $$$. And I've had coaxials that sound great. You do end up having to play with the filters a bit but once that is done you are set.

What are your thoughts on component vs. coaxial speakers? Thanks guys.
i run both on my bike. just kept adding until it was as loud as i want. In the front fairing i have a set of hertz coxials and also a set of components. i put the coaxs in the stock location twe woofers from the components facing the forks and the tweeters in the bottom gauge holes. this way i had most of the highs facing towards me. In the rear i have a set of hertz components in Camtech SPL lids and a set of herts 6x9 coaxs in the bags facing towards the rear wheel. im running a pair of massive audio bx4 amps and an alpine bt149 head unit with biketronics controller. It basically boils down to how much you want to spend. you will get all sorts of opinions but i dont care how much you spend on speakers theres not a great deal of difference in sound quality while riding at 70. ALWAYS start with a quality head unit but if you cant afford to go all out at once start with a quality amp that has plenty of power and a set of speakers. you can always add more later
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I agree a lot with Sabre..... Only thing different I would put the coaxial speakers in the inner fairing and the components in the stock location. To answer OP question get both and do either set up I.e. Inner fairing vs stock location....
GL either way.

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