Let me start by saying that I like loud and clear music on my bike but what I know about audio systems wouldnít fill a Monopoly sized thimble. That said, Iím looking for validation of what I was told...
I had a GREAT sound system from Biketronics (great people and great products) for about a year now. BT2250 amp with two 6.5Ē Hertz Mille Legend speakers. Sounded great around town at about 1/2 volume; and good on the highway 80-100mph but typically had it full blast at the high speeds.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed some static/cracking in the left speaker. Then I washed the bike and after she dried I took it out for a ride and that left speaker was cutting in/out... mostly out. Didnít let it ruin the ride, I just turned it off and rode on. When I got home I popped the grills and both speakers were blown and I assume the left ruined when I washed the bike and got water under the cone.
In speaking with a few audio sales people several said that the problem wasnít the speakers or the amp, but pointed to the Stock GT stereo tuning. They said from the factory the stock flash is very bass heavy with virtually no ability to level the sound. They said that the high bass combined with high volumes are most likely the cause of the blown speakers. They said that a digital sound processor (and new speakers) would be all I needed. The Biketronics team, said they didnít even want to sell me a sound processor. They said new speakers (even trying to get mine covered by warranty - GREAT people to do business with) and a different stereo flash should be sufficient.
Of course, in the end I used it as an excuse to go crazy with a 6 speaker system (Herts MPK 165.3s; Hertz SV 165.1s and Hertz 6x9s with HH25s) and a new amp (Diamond Audio Micro84U 4 channel 660watt) to power them all, but added a Rockford Fosgate DSR1 processor as insurance to hopefully prevent more blown speakers.
So, all of that said, do those of you that actually know what youíre doing in the audio world agree that the speakers probably blew because of the sound levels and the DSR1 should help the new ones? I debated on replacing the deck with the Sony XAV-AX5000 even but the sales people said that the DSR1 with the stock head unit would be a better combination and talked me out of spending more $.
Iím interested in perspectives on the sound processor, but of course feel free to comment on the overall setup I ordered too.